Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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,  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
- 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
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 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Gallatin Forest Plan Amendment to Remove or Replace Outdated Management Direction (Clean Up Amendmen
EA
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 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.
Northwestern Energy Master Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: renew existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gallatin National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - forestwide. Gallatin Forestwide.
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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  Cancelled  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.
Miminagish Organization Camp
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Pamela Brown
406-823-6066
psbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Master Plan development and new Special Use Permit for the Miminagish Organization Church Camp in the Main Bounder area, Yellowstone Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Big Timber Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sweet Grass. LEGAL - T5S, R12E, Section 26. Main Boulder Road.
Renfrow Water Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 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 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 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
Altman Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2013
 
01/2014 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec. 22, T8S, R4E. Cinnamon Creek area, Gallatin Canyon, Bozeman Ranger District.
Aspen Enhancement Bozeman District
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  06/2013 Bev Dixon
406-522-2541
bdixon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aspen enhancement through removal of live/dead conifers, using a combination of mechanical and Rx burning.
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - T7S, R4E, Sec. 21 (Porcupine) and T2N, R7E, Sec. 30 (Fairy Lake). Between Porcupine Creek and Twin Cabin Creek and off Fairy Lake Road.
Bridger Ridge Communication Site - Lease Reisuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 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.
Ken Mack Water and Telephone Corp. Water Transmission SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/12/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 April Heesacker
208-756-5147
aheesacker@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 08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
11/2012 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 Bridger Interface Salvage Sale
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:01/2013  07/2013 Susan Lamont
406-823-6976
slamont@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal would selectively harvest dead and dying trees on 250 acres next to Bridger Bowl Ski area
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. T1N, R6E, Sec. 30; T1S, R6E, Sec. 1.
South Cottonwood Fuels Reduction
EA
- Fuels management  Cancelled  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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 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.
Three Rivers Communication buried telephone line
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/29/2012  07/2012 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend existing special use authorization to add new installation of buried telephone line to two recreation residences
Location: UNIT - Bozeman Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Secs. 15 and 24, T5S, R4E, Gallatin County, MT. Greek Creek and Cascade Creek Recreation Residence Tracts.
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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
Abandoned Mine Lands physical safety closures 2012
CE
- Recreation management
- Minerals and Geology 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Robert Grosvenor
406-848-7375 ext.28
rgrosvenor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Backfill and closure of identified mine related physical hazards on USFS land on the Gardiner and Yellowstone Ranger Districts
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park, Sweet Grass. LEGAL - D3-T9S, R9E, Section 23: D4-T5S, R13E, Section 4, Montana PMM. Gardiner Ranger district-North of Gardiner and Yellowstone Ranger District on the Boulder Plateau.
Aspen Restoration CE
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Rachel Feigley
406-222-1892
rfeigley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fire and mechanical means are proposed for treatment to remove conifers and restore aspen stands ranging from 1/2 to 5 acres.
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. aspen restoration.
Backcountry Hut Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Pamela Brown
406-823-6066
psbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation and maintenance of a backcountry hut (yurt) for backcountry skiing in the Cooke City area, Gardiner Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T9S, R14E. Cooke City vicinity.
Balcombe Stephens Private Road and Septic System
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road and septic system special use permits
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Lot 13, Sec. 1, T6S, R4E. Gallatin Canyon , Bozeman Ranger District.
Bruce and Debbie Bateson Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Sec. 9, NW 1/4 Sec. 16, T9S, R8E. North of Gardiner Airport, Gardiner Ranger District.
Cooke City Solid Waste Disposal Facility
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - NE 1/4 SE1/4, Sec. 25, T9S, R14E. Cooke City, Gardiner Ranger District.
Flathead Electric Centurylink buried electric distribution and fiber optic line installation
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/29/2012  07/2012 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use authorization for proposed installation of buried power line and fiber optic cable in same trench to provide electrical services and high speed internet in the Cooke city area
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - NE1/4 Sec. 25, T9S., R14E, Park Co. Montana. Cooke City Area, Montana.
Gerald Bateson Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Sec. 9, NW 1/4 Sec, 16, T9S, R8E. North of Gardiner Airport, Gardiner Ranger District.
Karnes Durfey Road User Association Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Sec. 9, T9S, R8E. North of Gardiner airport, Gardiner Ranger District.
Lynnwood Johnson proposed private road
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consider issuing a new special use authorization for private road to private inholding
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SE1/4 NE1/4 Sec. 5; SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 8; NE1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 Sec. 9, T9S, R14E, Park County, MT. West of Lake Abundence Road, north of Cooke City, MT.
Myers Septic System
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/01/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Lot 36, Sec. 25, T9S, R14E. Cooke City, Gardiner Ranger District.
Northwestern Energy Steamboat Mtn Communication site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: issue special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - Section 35, T7S., R5E. Steamboat Mountain, Gardiner Ranger District.
Pine Creek Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Shooting Star Ranch Water line and Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 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.
Slip and Slide Creek Headcut Stabilization
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 Clint Sestrich
406-823-6985
csestrich@fs.fed.us 
Description: Place rocks by hand in channel to stabilize a headcut in Slip and Slide Creek
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T7S R7E, Section 36. The project will occur on Slip and Slide Creek North of Gardiner, Montana.
William Schneider Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Gardiner Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Sec. 9, NW 1/4 Sec. 16, T9S, R8E. North of Gardiner Airport, Gardiner Ranger District.
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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
Fall River electric cooperative Inc. storage yard expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/01/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Frank Cifala
406-932-5155
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: amendment to existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - S1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 29, T. 13 S., R. 5 E. A minor expansion of an authorized facility located on Hebgen Lake RD.
Lonesome Wood Vegetation Management 2
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/23/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 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.
Plains Spadefoot Breeding Site Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2012  08/2012 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.
Riparian Habitat Improvements
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 Cavan Fitzsimmons
406-823-6963
cfitzsimmons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thsi project will involve mechanical removal of encroaching conifers from willow and cottonwood habitats and prescribed burns within these habitats across the Hebgen Lake Ranger district
Location: UNIT - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Hebgen Lake Ranger District. The project will take place in riparian communities across the Hebgen Lake Ranger District.
South Fork and Watkins Allotment Managment Plan Update
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2011 
Expected:11/2012
 
01/2013 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  Cancelled  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.
Yellowstone Ranch Preserve Reciprocal Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  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
Brumfield Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing private road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - NE 1/4, NW 1/4, SW 1/4 Sec. 10, T3N, R10E. Westside Crazy Mountains, Yellowstone Ranger District.
Eagle Ridge Ranch Convenience Enclosure
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:08/2012  01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - E 1/2 Sec. 10, T3N, R10E. Westside Crazy Mountains, Yellowstone Ranger District.
Eleanor Clark Private Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing priate road special use permit
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - SW 1/4 Sec. 14, T6S, R9E. Bulldozer Creek, Yellowstone Ranger District.
Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Montana State University Pit Tag Reader, Special Use Perm
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Pamela Brown
406-823-6066
psbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Apply fixed PIT tag readers at mouth Lodgepole Cr & at mouth of Dugout Cr. in the Upper Shields River basin.Fixed PIT tag reader stations will consist of a 10 foot T-bar post in the ground with 8 feet exposed upon which will be two solar panels
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T5N, R11E, Sec, 8,9,10. Shields River basin, mouth of Lodgepole Creek and dugout Creek.
Pine Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement and Access Improvement
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 Clint Sestrich
406-823-6985
csestrich@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance fish habitat with boulder-formed pools and create ADA fishing platform with new interpretative panel at Pine Creek Campground
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T4S, R.10E, Section 7. The project will occur at the existing fish habitat improvement/interpretive site along Pine Creek Campground trail south of Livingston, Montana.
Templed Hills Organization Camp Amendment
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Pamela Brown
406-823-6066
psbrown@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend the Templed Hills Bible Camp Special Use Permi authorization to include a high ropes challenge course.
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - T6S, R10E, Sec. 29. Mill Creek Road.
Weismann Water Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
01/2013 Frank Cifala
406-587-6713
fcifala@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing special use permit
Location: UNIT - Livingston Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Park. LEGAL - NE 1/4 Sec. 17, T6S, R10E. East Fork Mill Creek, Yellowstone Ranger District.
West Paradise Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  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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