Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Flathead 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, Flathead National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Flathead National Forest,  Glacier View Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Flathead National Forest,  Hungry Horse Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Flathead National Forest,  Spotted Bear Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Flathead National Forest,  Swan Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Flathead National Forest,  Tally Lake 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:03/2012
 
01/2013 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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
Forest Plan Revision, Lolo, Bitterroot and Flathead National Forests
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Barbara Beckes
406-329-3809
bbeckes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan Revision
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/wmpz/
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units, Flathead National Forest All Units, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Granite, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders. Western Montana.
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Flathead National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Flathead National Forest Pre-commercial Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/30/2011  09/2011 Amanda Smiley
406-387-3837
asmiley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes no more than 3,652 acres of treatment. Implementation of this project would occur annually during the summers between 2011 and 2016. The proposed treatment acres have been refined based upon comments received on the project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33293
Location: UNIT - Flathead National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. Tally Lake, Hungry Horse, Glacier View, Swan Lake, and Spotted Bear Ranger districts.
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Flathead National Forest,   Glacier View Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Fork DNRC Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/09/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: New easement to Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in the Trail Creek area would include 135 feet of rew road construction..
Location: UNIT - Glacier View Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T36N, R22W, Section 2. Glacier View Ranger District - Trail Creek.
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Flathead National Forest,   Hungry Horse Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Granite Lodgepole Pine Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012  07/2012 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest of lodgepole pine trees on about 100 acres
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37707
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. Granite Creek drainage near Marias Pass (in the Middle Fork Flathead River area of Hungry Horse Ranger District).
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Flathead National Forest,   Spotted Bear Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Soldier Addition II
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 12/14/2011  07/2012 Anastasia Allen
406-387-3810
aeallen02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest, thinning, and prescribed burning treatments to maintain or increase timber productivity and forest resilence and health; also favor the growth and establishment of whitebark pine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36481
Location: UNIT - Spotted Bear Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. Battery Creek to Bunker Creek (west-side of Hungry Horse Reservoir and the South Fork Flathead River).
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Flathead National Forest,   Swan Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Crane Mountain Trail System Expansion
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Andrew Johnson
1-406-837-7507
andrewjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improving non-motorized trail opportunities in the urban interface
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T25N R18W, T26N R19W. Swan Lake Ranger District, Crane Mountain area west of Swan Lake.
Glacier Loon Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/21/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
02/2013 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7510
jdunham@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes management activities on approximately 2154 acres of NFS lands within the Project Area. An estimated 1709 acres of activities are located within the WUI.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36946
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - T21N, R17W Section 36; T20N, R17W Sections 1-2, 11-15, 22-27, 33-36; T19W, R17W Sections 1-4, 7-23, 26-35; T18N, R17W Sections 2-6 ; T20N, R16W Sections 7, 18-19, 29-32; T19N, R16W Sections 5-9,16-17. The project area lies in the Swan Valley, southwest of Condon, MT, west of Lindbergh Lake to the western edge of the Swan Lake Ranger District on the Mission Mountains Divide.
Island Unit Trails
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/18/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Andrew Johnson
406-837-7507
andrewjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed additions to Swan Lake Ranger District trail systems in the Island Unit portion of the Swan Lake Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22659
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T26N R22W. Island Unit of the Swan Lake Ranger District, southwest of Kalispell, Montana.
Missoula Electric Coop Pierce Lake Line Burial
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Andrew Johnson
406-837-7507
andrewjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would directly bury power line from private lands into the NW of Section 22 in Township 19 North, Range 16 West of National Forest lands to Forest Service Road #1030, travel along the road and then to residence's meter box.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37860
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Sections 21 and 22 of Township 19 North, Range 16 West. The project area lies in the upper Swan Valley, eleven miles southeast of Condon, MT at Pierce Lake on the Swan Lake Ranger District.
Swan Mid Slope Remote Area Weather Station (RAWS)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
07/2012 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7510
jdunham@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would install a National Fire Danger Rating approved remote weather station (RAWS) mid slope, on the east side of the Swan Valley.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37866
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula. LEGAL - Section 21 of Township 21 North, Range 16 West. The project area lies in the upper Swan Valley, three miles northeast of Condon, MT on the Swan Lake Ranger District.
Wild Cramer Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/26/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
06/2013 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is intended to address forest health and hazardous fuel concerns within a portion of the Island Unit (near Lakeside and Kila) on the Swan Lake Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34158
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. Island Unit, which includes Wild Bill, Truman, Emmons, Patrick, Cramer, Bierney, and Stoner drainages.
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Flathead National Forest,   Tally Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Mountain Downhill Bike Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:07/2012  07/2012 Derek Milner
406-758-5340
dmilner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately four miles of downhill bike trails at the Whitefish Mountain Resort located on Big Mountain.
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T32N; R22W; Sections 35 and 36. Project is located approximately 5 miles north of Whitefish, MT on the Big Mountain.
Flathead Electric Coop Ashley Lake Project
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  03/2012 Derek Milner
406-758-5340
dmilner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Flathead Electric Coop is requesting to install approximately 500 feet of new underground power line on NFS lands near Ashley Lake.
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T28N; R23W; Section 6. This project is located approximately 11 miles west of Kalispell, MT on the south shore of Ashley Lake.
Griffin Creek Resource Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
01/2013 Bryan Donner
406-758-3508
bdonner@fs.fed.us 
Description: A project to improve forest tree structure and species composition, reduce hazardous fuels, maintain and improve wildlife habitat, improve recreation opportunities,improve water quality and aquatic habitat, and provide commercial wood products.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31840
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T28N, R26W; T28N, R25W; T28N, R24W; T29N, R26W; T29N, R25W; T29N, R24W; T30N, R26W; T30N, R25W; T30N, R24W. This project is located in the Griffin Creek drainage on the Tally Lake Ranger District approximately 17 miles west of Kalispell, MT.
Knights of Columbus Special Use Permit Reauthorization Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/08/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Derek Milner
406-758-5340
dmilner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Our proposal is to reauthorize, for a period of ten years, the Knights of Columbus special use permit for a statue of Jesus Christ located on NFS land near the top of Chair 2 within the Whitefish Mountain Resort permit boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37457
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T32N, R22W, Section 35. The project is located approximately six miles north of Whitefish, Montana on Big Mountain.
Potter Creek Private Access Project
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 11/08/2011  12/2011 Derek Milner
406-758-5340
dmilner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private land owner is requesting access across approximately 50 feet of NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37195
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T32N; R24W; Section 25. Project is located approximately 14 miles northwest of Whitefish, MT.
Round Meadow Ranch Temporary Access Project
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/21/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Derek Milner
406-758-5340
dmilner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private land owner is requesting temporary access across NFS lands to treat his vegetation that is susceptible to Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37198
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T31N; R23W; Sections 8 and 17. This project is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Whitefish, MT near the Round Meadow recreation area.
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