Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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 09/2012 
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.
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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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Rob Carlin
406-758-5322
rcarlin@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
Forest-wide Western Larch Seed Collection
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
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Flathead National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Betty Baptiste
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:06/2013  07/2017 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: A project to increase forest productivity/diversity/health; provide forest products; manage/improve wildlife habitat & security; improve fish passage; improve recreation/safety values in recreation sites; & improve scenic views along Road 38.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40128
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District, Spotted Bear Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. The project area is located on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir, bounded to the north by Paint Creek, to the south by South Dry Parks Creek and to the east by the Great Bear Wilderness boundary.
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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
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/22/2011 
Expected:10/2012
 
07/2013 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest of lodgepole pine trees on about 100 acres
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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).
Heinrude Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:03/2013  07/2014 Michele Draggoo
406-387-3827
mdraggoo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel reduction acitivities (reducing tree density and ladder fuels) adjacent to Heinrude homesites.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40388
Location: UNIT - Hungry Horse Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead. Westside of the Hungry Horse Reservoir (adjacent to Road 895) in the Heinrude Creek area.
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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
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 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38024
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District. 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.
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/24/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
03/2013 Joleen Dunham
406-837-7510
jdunham@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes management activities on approximately 2102 acres of NFS lands within the Project Area. An estimated 1710 acres of activities are located within the Wildland Urban Interface.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 Highway 83 to the south end of Lindbergh Lake - Missoula County.
Island Unit Trail System Additions Project
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/29/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Wild Cramer Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/24/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2014 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 10/2012 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 
Completed  Actual: 08/14/2012  10/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 
Completed  Actual: 09/25/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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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