Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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,  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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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.
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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
Cold Jim Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
02/2013 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7510
jdunham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to harvest timber and interplant on approximately 1245 acres of NFS lands. An estimated 1185 acres of this harvest activity is located within the Wildland Urban Interface.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38024
Location: UNIT - Flathead National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lake, Missoula. LEGAL - T22N, R17W Sections 21, 28, 290, 31-34; T21N, R17W Sections 3-10, 15-22, 27-33, T21N, R18W Sections 1-4, 8-17, 20-29, 32-36; T20N, R18W Sections 1-5, 8-12, 14-15; T20N, R17W Sections 5-6. The project area lies in the Swan Valley, three miles northwest of the community of Condon MT.
Forest-wide Western Larch Seed Collection
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/07/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Marsha Moore
406-758-5325
memoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Felling up to 270 western larch trees over a 10-year period to collect cones.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38688
Location: UNIT - Flathead National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Lake. Various locations on the Flathead National Forest.
Glacier Loon Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/21/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
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 - Flathead National Forest All Units. 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.
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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
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 05/23/2012  07/2012 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..
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37567
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
Flathead Electric Coop Halfmoon Buried Powerline
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/23/2012  07/2012 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Flathead Electric has requested authorization to install approximately 250 feet of underground power line along the edge of an existing utility access road near the Halfmoon Lake area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38768
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T31N, R19W, Sec. 02. This project is located near the Highway 2 corridor near Halfmoon Lake.
Granite Lodgepole Pine Project
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/22/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
07/2013 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,   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.
Island Unit Trail System Additions Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/21/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 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.
Swan Mid Slope Remote Area Weather Station (RAWS)
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/30/2012  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.
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.
Whitebark Pine Planting Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 06/04/2012  06/2012 Marsha Moore
406-758-5325
memoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: To plant about 4,100 whitebark pine seedlings on 20 acres of land in the South Fork of Lost Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39230
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T24N, R16W, section 6. South Fork of Lost Creek, 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 07/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
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
Beaver Lake North Fuels Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Bryan Donner
406-863-5408
bdonner@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to manage vegetation and hazardous fuels and create post treatment conditions that would be more resiliant to wildland fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38809
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T31N, R22W, Sections 29, 30, and 31. This project is located approximately four miles west of Whitefish, MT.
Big Mountain Downhill Bike Trail Expansion Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/01/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Bryan Donner
406-758-3508
bdonner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately five miles of downhill bike trails at the Whitefish Mountain Resort located on Big Mountain.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37193
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.
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/16/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
05/2013 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.
Martin Creek Resource Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/07/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
06/2013 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, maintain water quality and aquatic habitat, and provide commercial wood products.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38754
Location: UNIT - Tally Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. LEGAL - T32N R25W Sections 1-2,10-16, and 21-24: T32N R25W Sections 3-6, 7-15, and 17-18; T33N R25W Sections 33 and 34. This project is located in the Martin Creek Drainage of the Tally Lake Ranger District approximately 15 miles northwest of Whitefish, MT.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.