Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
Gallatin National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest,  Big Timber Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest,  Bozeman Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest,  Gardiner Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest,  Hebgen Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Gallatin National Forest,  Livingston 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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
East Boulder Mine Post Closure Water Management Plan and BOE Ranch LAD Alternative
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Peter Werner
406-587-6962
pgwerner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of operational and post-closure water management at the East Boulder Mine, GNF, Big Timber District.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District, Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass. East Boulder River near confluence with Dry Fork Creek.
Nevoro Mountain, Inc. West Vez project Plan of Operatins for Mineral Exploration Activities on GNF
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploratory core drilling proposed at 8 sites on the GNF using small drill rigs transported overland or via helicopter or pack stock. Total proposed disturbance is less than 0.5 acres.
Location: UNIT - Beartooth Ranger District, Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T4S R13E, Sections 1,2,3,4; T5S R14E Sections 7 and 21. Beartooth Plateau - Chrome Mountain.
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 08/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 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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Gallatin 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
Fire Management Amendment to the 1987 Forest Plan
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Julie Shea
406-587-6706
jshea@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a fire managment amendment to the 1987 Forest Plan which considers the full range of fire management strategies for naturally-ignited wildland fire across all NFS lands within all management areas, when and where appropriate.
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Carbon, Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass. Forest wide.
Gallatin Forest Plan Amendment to Remove or Replace Outdated Management Direction (Clean Up Amendmen
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/25/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Steve Christiansen
406-587-6750
schristiansen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal would remove outdated, ineffective and/or unclear standards and other direction from the Gallatin National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (i.e. Forest Plan)
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - All forest. Amendment would apply to the entire Gallatin National Forest.
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Gallatin National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Carbaryl Spray Recreation Sites
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 03/21/2011  05/2011 Susan Lamont
406-823-6976
slamont@fs.fed.us 
Description: Spray trees with carbaryl to protect them from mountain pine beetle attack. Following locations: Langohr Campground, Chisholm Campground, Hood Creek campground, Cascade Summerhomes area, Covered Wagon resort and Wapiti Cabin Area.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District, Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T3S, R6E, S32, T4S, R6E, S23, T5s, R4E, S15, T9S, R4E, S2, 19. Hyalite Canyon (Langohr , Chisholm, Hood Creek Campgrounds), Gallatin Canyon (Cascaade Summer Homes, Covered Wagon resort), Taylor Fork (Wapiti Cabin).
Snowy Range Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/09/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
12/2011 Robert Dennee
406-587-6914
rdennee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 13 ac. of NFS lands in the East Fork of Mill Creek on the the Livingston Ranger District, would be exchanged to SRR for approx. 1 acre of SRR land in E Fk Mill and a 20 acre parcel in the Taylor Fork area on Hebgen Lake RD
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District, Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Park. LEGAL - Mill Cr. parcels Section 17, T6S, R10E. Taylor Fork parcel Gallatin County Lot 29, Certificate of survey 1505A, Section 1, T9S, R3E. Livingston Ranger District along East Fork of Mill Creek near the Absaroka Wilderness Trailhead for Forest Trail 51 and Taylor Fork Area, Hebgen Lake Ranger District.
Trail Creek Land Exchange and Reciprocal Access
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Grazing management
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/16/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
12/2011 Robert Dennee
406-587-6914
rdennee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 645 acres of NFS lands in the Trail Cr area on teh Livingston RD would be exchanged to DePuy Ranch for approx. 721 acres of DePuy lands in the Bear Canyon area of Bozeman RD.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District, Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Park. LEGAL - Non-federal land T2S, R7E, Sections 31-32, T3S, R7E, Sections 5,8,17 Federal land T3S, R7E., Sections 15, 22, 27. Trail Creek and Bear Canyon drainages on Gallatin National FOrest.
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Gallatin National Forest,   Big Timber Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Christikon Special use Request for Campfire Ring and Water Storage facility
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use request to use NFS lands for a campfire ring and water storage facility.
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - unsurveyed section 21, T6S, R 12E. Main Boulder Drainage, vicinity of Upsidedown Creek, east of the Main Boulder Road uphill from Christikon.
East Boulder Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
Actual: 06/03/2010 
12/2011 Barb Ping
406-522-2570
bping@fs.fed.us 
Description: The primary purpose is to reduce fuel loadings in the East Boulder Corridor to reduce the probability and intensity of a severe wildfire, public and fftr safety,safety of employees at the East Boulder Mine, evacuation and secondary goals.
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T3S, R13E, Sections 28-34, T4S, R13E, Sections1-16, T4S, R14E, Sections 7-9, 16-18. East Boulder Corridor including the Dry Fork Drainage. Includes both sides of FSR 205 for approx. 6 miles including near the East Boulder Mine.
Premium Exploration Inc. Chrome Mountain Mineral Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/02/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
07/2011 Dan Seifert
406-446-4520
dseifert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan of Operations proposes exploratory drilling and reclamation at 15 drill sites to explore its mining claims for the presence of platinum group elements. Access would be via ground-based overland travel and helicopter.
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T4S. R13E., Sections 30-33. Chrome Mountain area between the West Fork of the Stillwater River and the Boulder River about 12 miles west of Nye MT.
Renfrow Water Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of an existing historic water transmission line
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Unsurveyed, Section 13, T5S, R12E. Main Boulder Drainage, vicinity of Miller Creek.
West Bridger Allotment Environmental Assessment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/10/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
08/2012 Barb Ping
406-522-2570
bping@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental review of the West Bridger Grazing Allotment in order to determine if the allotment is being grazed within Forest Plan standards and if and how the area will be grazed in the future.
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T2S, T3S, R15E, many sections. Lower Deer Creek, West Bridger Creek and Derby Gulch southeast of Big Timber, MT.
Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Restoration in the Upper Boulder River Watershed
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  08/2011 Bruce Roberts
406-522-2544
broberts@fs.fed.us 
Description: MFWP is proposing to replace existing rainbow trout fisheries in the upper Boulder River drainage with Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Rainbow trout would be removed from Fourmile Creek and part of Meatrack Creek, the six Rainbow Lakes, etc., via gill
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - That portion of the Fourmile and Meatrack Creek drainages within 4 townships R11E T5S, R11E T6S, R12E T5S, R12E T6S. The upper Boulder River watershed is located approx. 50 miles south of Big Timber within lands primarily owned and administer by GNF. the majority of the project area lies within the AB Wilderness.
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Gallatin National Forest,   Bozeman Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 02/14/2011
03/22/2010 
06/2011 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Protect the municipal watershed and treatment plant from excessive sediment or ash associated with severe fire and reduce the risk of a crown fire in the urban interface immediately north of the Forest boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9111
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. Sourdough/Bozeman Creek and Hyalite Creek drainages south of Bozeman, Montana.
Bridger Bowl Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Facility management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Susan James
406-522-2520
sljames@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of hazard trees from within the ski area boundary (less than 300 acres) and plant trees (less than 50 acres)
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Sections 24 & 25, T1N., R6E. Bidger Bowl Ski Area, north of Bozeman MT.
Bridger Ridge Communication Site - Lease Reisuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue lease for use of existing communication facilities.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. Bridger Ridge north of Bozeman MT.
Buck Ridge Communication Site Lease Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue expired lease for existing communication site.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T8S., R4E. Buck Creek Ridge, Bozeman Ranger District, south of Big Sky, MT.
City of Bozeman - Water Diversion and Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to an existing special use permit for water diversion and pipeline for municipal water supply
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T3S., R5E, Section 23. Hyalite Drainage south og Bozeman MT.
Fairy Lake Campground and Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:04/2011  05/2011 Susan James
406-522-2520
sljames@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of the trailhead and campground
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Section 22, T2N., R6E. North of Bozeman MT., Bridger Mtn Range, Fairly Lake Campground and Trailhead.
Gallatin Golden Gate Road Association - Private Road SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit on an existing facility.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - SWSE Section 22, T6S., R4E. Gallatin Canyon South of Bozeman MT West side of Hwy 191.
Ken Mack Water and Telephone Corp. Water Transmission SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of existing authorization for a water transmission system
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Section 28, T7S., R4E. Gallatin Canyon - near Rainbow Ranch.
Montana Opticom Special Use Application
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:12/2011  05/2012 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install buried fiber-optic cable capable of providing broadband technologies to underserved areas of Gallatin County, Montana.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. Gallatin Canyon along US191 corridor to Big Sky turn-off then along State Highway 64 on NFS Lands.
NorthWestern Energy Jackrabbit - Big Sky 161 kV Transmission Line Upgrade
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Teri Seth
406-522-2539
tseth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to upgrade the existing 69kV line to a 161 kV line
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - within Townships 4, 5, 6 South and Range 4 East. Gallatin Canyon along Highway 191 between Four Corners and the Big Sky Meadow Village.
South Cottonwood Fuels Reduction
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Teri Seth
406-522-2520
tseth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels reduction in wildland urban interface. Thinning of large and samll trees using mechanized and hand methods.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Secs. 28, 33, 34 T3S R5E, PMM. South Cottonwood drainage 12 miles south of Bozeman, MT.
Squaw Creek Range Allotment stock tank and fence installation
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Reggie Clark
406-522-2542
rmclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a stock tank in the Storm Castle pasture to improve cattle distribution. Install a boundary fence on the north side of Purdy pasture above the Purdy Fire burned area to keep cattle on the allotment.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - NW Section 27, T4S., R4E, NE Section 26, T4S, R4E. Tank - Storm Castle Pasture above logging road in NW section 27. Fence - above Purdy Fire in NE section 26.
Townsend Private Road SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new private road special use permit on an existing facility. No new construction is proposed..
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - SWSE Section 22, T6S., R4E. Gallatin Canyon south of Bozeman south of Deer Creek , West side of Hwy 191.
Travel Plan Modification in Bear Canyon, Trail #440
EIS
- Recreation management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/01/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 Lisa Stoeffler
406-587-6705
lstoeffler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest is proposing to modify the Gallatin Forest Travel Plan 2006 for Trail #440. The approved season of use for summer motorized vehicles (motorcycles and off-highway vehicles) would be extended from 7/16-10/14 to 7/16 to 12/1.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T3S, R7E. 8 miles southeast of Bozeman Montana in the Bear Canyon area Trail #440.
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Gallatin National Forest,   Gardiner Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cooke City Whitebark Pine Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/17/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Jodie Canfield
406-587-6739
jecanfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treatments are designed to sustain and restore white bark pine using mechaincal thinning, fire and planting.
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. Cooke City, MT near Fisher Creek.
Crevasse Mountain Road Permits
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Mary Maj
406-848-7375
mmaj@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a road access to patented mining claims
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T9S, R9E, Sections 14, 15, 22, 23. Southeast of Jardine.
Flathead Electric Underground Power Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use permit for an underground power transmission line in Lulu Pass Road.
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Sections 19 & 20, T9S., R15E. Lulu Pass Road Cooke City MT.
Pine Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/18/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
12/2011 Robert Dennee
(406)587-6701
rdennee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Equal value exchange of approximately 22 acres of federal (National Forest System) lands (special use pasture) for approximately 33 acres of non-federal lands (patented mining claims) within the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T9S, R8E, and Section 24; and T9S, R9E, Section 11. Federal Land: E of Gardiner, MT. Non-Federal Land: North of Palmer Mtn. in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Qwest Buried Fiber Optic Line
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use permit for buried fiber optic line in the Yankee Jim Canyon.
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T7S, R7E, T8S., R7E., T8S., R8E., T9S., R8E. Yankee Jim Canyon near the Yellowstone River to Gardiner MT.
Shooting Star Ranch Water line and Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2009 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue two new special use permits for an existing water transmisssion line and access road that was previously permitted and erroneously terminated after the holder applied for and recieved a Ditch Bill easment for a related irrigation ditch.
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Section 32, T8S, R. 7 E., P.M., MT. near Shooting Star Ranch, Gardiner MT.
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Gallatin National Forest,   Hebgen 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
Caprioglio Private Road SUP Authorization
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: New authorization for private road through NFS land to access private land.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Section 27, T8S., R4E. South of Big Sky, MT near the Gallatin River and Cinnamon Creek.
Grayling Creek Snowmobile Bridge and Big Sky Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  08/2011 Todd Stiles
509-852-1077
tstiles01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a bridge across Grayling Creek adjacent to Highway 191 within MT Department of Transportation Right of Way. Purpose of the project will be for public use of snowmobiles, snowmobile grooming equipment and non-motorized use.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Section 10, T12S., R5E., PMM MT. Nine miles north of the Town of West Yellowstone, adjacent to Highway 191.
K Bar K Property Owners Association Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use permit for an existing facility. No new construction is proposed.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - W1/2SW1/4SW1/4 Section 9, T12S., R5E. Parade Rest/Grayling Creek area West Yellowstone MT.
Lonesome Wood Vegetation Management 2
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/09/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 Teri Seth
406-522-2520
tseth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildland Fuel Reduction in wildland urban interface including evacuation routes along the Hebgen Lake Road and aspen enhancement. This analysis proposes to bring the 2008 LW decision into compliance with current grizzly bear direction.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Portions of T11S, R3E., Sections 26, 35, 36, T12S, R3E., S. 1, 12, 13, T12S., R4E, S. 17-20, 29-33, T13S. R4E, S. 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 20. Along the Hebgen Lake Road west of Hebgen Lake. Hebgen Lake Ranger District, West Yellowstone, MT. Gallatin County.
Missouri Flats Ditch
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/27/2011
01/27/2011 
06/2011 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew and amend two special use permits on existing ditches in Sheep Creek and Mile Creek.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. Sheep Creek, Mile Creek, Little Mile Creek.
Plains Spadefoot Breeding Site Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 Bruce Roberts
406-522-2544
broberts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hebgen Lake District is proposing to artificially create 3 new Plains Spedfoot breeding sites mimicking existing sites using 1 of 2 techniques. Excavate small shallow depressions in the sedge flats close to Hebgen Lake that would fiill and drain
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T12S, R5E, Section 31, and T13S, R5E, Section 5. Along the north and south shoreline of Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake.
South Fork and Watkins Allotment Managment Plan Update
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/04/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
07/2011 Susan Lamont
406-823-6976
slamont@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update the allotment managment plan for South Fork and Watkins Allotments. Analyze issues associated with cattle grazing ( 69 cow/calf pair). Currently there are 15 pair in the South Fork Allotment and 55 pair in the Watkins Allotment 7/1-9/30
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T12 S., R4E., Sections 7, 8, 17, 18; T12 S, R 5E. Sections 12, 13, 24 and T 13 S., R4 E., Sections 3, 10. West side of hebgen lake, 5-10 miles northwet of West yellowstone, MT.
Travel Plan Modification in Lionhead Recommended Wilderness
EIS
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Steve Christiansen
406-587-6750
schristiansen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to modify the Gallatin National Forest Travel Management Plan Decision (12/2006) to prohibit mountain biking in the Lionhead Recommended Wilderness Area and change motorcycle restrictions on Deer Cr Trails 5, 13 & 124.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Madison. LEGAL - Generally within Townships 11 and 12 South, Range 3 East, P.M.M.and T3S, R14 & 15 E PMM. The Lionhead Recommended Wilderness straddles the Continental Divide along the Idaho-Montana border in the Henry's Lake Mtns , northwest of West Yellowstone, MT.
University of Utah, Gravcroft Ridge Seismograph Station
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: University of Utah proposes to remove an existing seismograph station near Grayling Creek and Hwy 191 and to establish a new station on Graycroft Ridge North of Hebgen Lake.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T12S., R4E., NW1/2, NE1/4 Section 25. Near Graycroft Ridge between Red Canyon and Teepee Creek. Approximately .75 miles for FSR # 2527 in the Teepee Cr. Basin.
West Yellowstone Perimeter Trail - SUP Amendment
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 Robert Davies
406-823-6971
rdavies@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establishment, signing and maintenance of 2 miles of nonmotorized trail around the perimeter of West Yellowstone. Approxmately 1.2 mile of trail would be on city land and .8 mile of trail would be located on NFS land. No new ground disturbance.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T13S., R5E., Section 27 and 28. West Yellowstone MT along the North, northeast and northwest side of the town boundary.
Yellowstone Ranch Preserve Reciprocal Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue an easement for an existing facility. No new construction.
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T12S, R44E, NENE Sections 25. North of West Yellowstone MT near Rainbow Point, Horse Butte Area.
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Gallatin National Forest,   Livingston Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Iron Cap Mine
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  06/2011 Robert Grosvenor
406-848-7375 ext.28
rgrosvenor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Placer mine exploration project in Emigrant Gulch. Small placer mine exploration project spanning two years. Activities include trenching, operatin of a wash plant.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T7S., R9E, Sections 5 & 6. Emigrant Gulch, Yellowstone RD, Unpatented mining claims: Mint #29(MC# 92322), Mint #34 (MC#93845), Mint #36 (MC92324).
Lawarre Private Road Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new pprivate road special use permit on an existing facility. No new construction.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Section 17, T6S., R9E. East Fork of Mill Creek.
Park Electric Underground Power in East Fork of Mill Creek Road and East Boulder Public Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue an amendment to an existing special use permit for an underground power line in the East Fork of Mill Creek Road and East Boulder road. Remove the existing overhead line.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - Sections 17&18, T6S., R10E, and Section 32, T3S, R13E. East Fork of Mill Creek Road south of Livingston MT. East Boulder Road south of Big Timber, Montana.
Qwest UndergroundFiber Optic Cable in East Fork of Mill Creek
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use permit for an underground telecommunication cable in conduit shared by Park Electric in the East Fork of Mill Creek Road.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Sections 17 & 18, T6S., r10 E. East Fork of Mill Creek Road.
Smith Creek Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 03/11/2011
03/11/2011
03/06/2009
12/18/2007 
06/2011 Barb Ping
406-522-2570
bping@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel Reduction and Thinning in the Smith Creek Drainage in and adjacent to the Smith Creek Wildland/Urban interface area.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T5N, R10E. Approximately 35 miles north of Livingston, MT in the Crazy Mountain Range.
West Paradise Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Barb Ping
406-522-2570
bping@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation treatment including the use of prescribed fire in the WUI to reduce fuel loadings and allow for natural processes (wildland fire use) in the nearby study area.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T4S, T6S, R7E R8E. Paradise Valley, SW of Livingston MT, West side of Hwy 89.
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