Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
Custer National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Custer National Forest,  Ashland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Custer National Forest,  Beartooth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Stillwater Mining Company's Revised Water Management Plans and Boe Ranch LAD
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/26/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2012 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 Patrick Pierson
406-657-6205x213
ppierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine bonding and management practices necessary once mine ceases operations. (Was formerly listed as East Boulder Mine Post Closure Water Management Plan and BOE Ranch LAD Alternative). Peter Werner is Gallatin NF contact.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=7466
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District, Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R15E, Sec(s) 21, 22. Stillwater Mine, Beartooth RD, Custer NF; and, East Boulder Mine, GNF, Big Timber RD, Gallatin NF.
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Custer National Forest,   Ashland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cow Creek Prescribed Fire Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Martin Mitzkus
406-784-2344
mmitzkus@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning in 2000 Stag Fire perimeter to reduce heavy dead and down fuel loadings.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - T6S, R45E, in portions of Sec(s) 9-17, 20-23, and 27-28; and T6S, R46E, Sec 18-19. Cow Creek drainage.
Cow Creek Rangeland Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 Megan Dawson
406-784-2344
mbdawson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct environmental analysis of livestock grazing on the 16,189 acres Cow Creek allotment. The District Ranger will decide whether or not to authorize grazing, & if so, the site specific livestock grazing preseciptions to be implemented.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River, Rosebud. LEGAL - T6S, R45E, various number of sections. Cow Creek Allotment, 20 miles south of Ashland, Montana.
Otter Creek Coal Tract Groundwater Baseline Date Collection and Monitoring Well Installation
CE
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology 
Completed  Actual: 09/23/2011  10/2011 Patrick Pierson
406-446-2103
ppierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to install four batteries of water monitoring wells which will monitor baseline data related to groundwater conditions adjacent to the shared Ashland RD and Otter Crk Coal Tract boundary. Three to five wells are proposed well battery.
Location: UNIT - Ashland Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powder River. LEGAL - T3S, R46E, Sec 31 and T4S, R46E, Sec 31 PM and 6th PM. T3S, R46E, Sec 31 and T4S, R46E, Sec 31 PM and 6th PM.
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Custer National Forest,   Beartooth Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beartooth Ranger District Aquatic Organism Passage Project, Little Rocky Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/30/2011  10/2011 Joseph Vacirca
406-657-6205x225
jvacirca@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace two smaller dia. culverts w. a large dia. culvert on Benbow Rd (2414), as well as reconstruct the west approach btwn the culverts & the Benbow millsite. This project was separated from the Benbow portion of project #31906.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - T5S, R16E, Sec 21. Benbow Rd #2414, Little Rocky drainage.
Initial Creek ROW and Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management
- Land acquisition 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Allie Wood
406-446-2103
awood01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Secure legal ROW and construct trail acros one mile of patented mineral land and construct a bridge to provide trail access from Initial Crk campground to the WF Stillwater River.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R14E, Sec. 14. Initial Creek Trail, West Fork Stillwater River.
Main Fork Rock Creek Road Maintenance and Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/31/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Amy Waring
(406) 683-3948
amywaring@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct road mtc, reconstruction, & minor alignment adjustments along the length of the road (approx. 10.7 mi). Activities include gravel re-surfacing, ditch maintenance, replace & add culverts, replace Hellroaring bridge & vegetation clearing.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T9S, R19E, Sec(s) 7, 8, 18, & 19; T9S, R18E, Sec(s) 24, 25, 26, & 33-35. Main Fork Rock Creek Road.
Nevoro Montana, Inc. Upper Iron Crk/Crescent Crk Proj. Montana Plan of Ops for Activities-Custer NF
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/08/2011  09/2011 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploratory core drilling proposed & reclamation at 10 drill sites. 6 Crescent Crk sites on existing road & would be accessed by road or helicopter. 4 Upper iron Crk sites would be accessed by helicopter. Total est. ground disturbance < 0.5 acres.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R14E, Sec(s) 7, 8, 18 & 20. Beartooth Plateau - Crescent Creek and Iron Mountain.
Senia Creek Trail Re-alignment
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Allie Wood
406-446-2103
awood01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-align a section of Senia Creek trail to establish a new trail at grade within FS trail specifications.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R18E, Sec(s) 32-33. Senia Creek Trail, Red Lodge Creek Plateau, A-B Wilderness.
Stillwater Mining Company Benbow Baseline Data Collection Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 Patrick Pierson
406-446-2103
ppierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Collect data needed to characterize the 1 ac. site related to future possible exploration actions w/in Benbow area. Data proposed for collection includes geo-tech. conditions, ground & surface water quality/quantity, cultural, wildlife, & fisheries.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - T5S, R16E, Sec(s) 20, 21, 28, &29. Benbow area, near the Benbow Chrome Mill site.
Stillwater Mining Company Blitz Project Surface Exploration Drilling Plan Of Operations For Mineral
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/20/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
07/2012 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploratory core drilling proposed and reclamation at 2 drill sites accessed via helicopter. Two holes would be drilled at each site. Total proposed ground disturbance is approximately 0.04 acres.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Stillwater. LEGAL - T. 5S, R. 16E, Sections 19 & 29. Benbow area Little Rocky Creek and Prairie Creek.
West Rosebud Road Maintenance and Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/08/2011  10/2011 Amy Waring
(406) 683-3948
amywaring@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct road maintenance, reconstruction, replace & add culverts, vegetation clearing, reconstruct fill and cut slopes, revegetate disturbed areas, some road widening to meet single lane standards.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon. LEGAL - T7S, R16E, Sec(s) 1-3, 9, & 10; T7S, R17E, Sec 6; T6S, R16E, Sec 31; T6S, R17E, Sec(s) 28, 32, & 33. West Rosebud Road.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.