Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Helena 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, Helena National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest,  Helena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest,  Lincoln Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest,  Townsend Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
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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Helena 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
Helena National Forest Hazardous Tree Removal
EA
- Fuels management
- Facility management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 08/23/2010  08/2010 Dave Carroll
406-495-3716
dcarroll@fs.fed.us 
Description: Standing dead and dying trees would be felled and /or removed. Designated trees are approximately 75-175 feet (1.5 tree lengths) from the edge of the road surface or within/around the boundary of an administrative site.
Location: UNIT - Helena National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Powell. Helena National Forest system roads, campgrounds, trailheads, and administrative site would be treated to reduce the public safety hazard of beetle killed and infested trees.
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Helena National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
University of Montana - Helena
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/05/2010  12/2010 David Payne
406-495-3735
dpayne@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed outfitter/guide activities
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District, Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson, Lewis and Clark. Helena RD& Lincoln RD; South Hills, Elkhorns, Blue Cloud, MacDonald Pass, Stemple Pass.
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Helena National Forest,   Helena 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 Soup Maintenance Treatments
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/18/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Brett Beagley
406-495-3859
bhbeagley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-application of prescribed fire to dry habitat meadows
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. West side of the North Belts Mountains, between Magpie Gulch and Beaver Creek.
Charity Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/26/2010  08/2010 David Madden
406-449-5490 ext.3934
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration for metals. Expected excavation and screening rate is 50 yds/day: concentrate production is 1 ton/day. Concentrate will be transported off-site by the claimant for processing.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N., R7W., sec 11. Charity Gulch near Meyer Hill.
Divide Allotments Grazing Reauthorization
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mandy Alvino
406.449.5490
malvino@fs.fed.us 
Description: Propose to reauthorize lovestock grazing on three allotments in the Divide area (Macdonald Pass, Austin and Empire) using current management levels and practices.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - T10N, R6W, sec 26,25,35,36; T10N R5W sec 23, 26, 30, 31; T9N, R6W sec 1,2,12,13; T9N R5W sec 6,7: T11N, R6W sec 5, 9. West of Helena, Montana alon the Continental Divide.
Divide Travel Plan
EIS
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:05/2011  09/2011 Jaime Tompkins
406-495-3946
jtompkins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel management analysis covering summer and winter motorized use.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. Ten Mile drainage, Little Blackfoot drainage, and area towards Meyers Hill.
Haug Special Use Private Road permit renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2006 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of an existing Road Use Permit that allows the permittee to access their private land.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. SE 1/4, Sec. 9, T 8 N, R 2 W.
Holliday Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application requesting access to private land. An exchange of reciprocal easements is possible, depending on alternative selected.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T 8 N, R 6 W, Sec. 6. Little Blackfoot River/Telegraph Creek.
Lewis and Clark County Hedges Mtn. Communications Use
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application for long-term occupancy of site on Hedges Mtn. for communications use.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 11 N, R 1 E, Sec. 6. Hedges Mtn.
Little Blackfoot River Road Conveyance
CE
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010  03/2011 Larry Cole
406-495-3728
lcole@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conveyance of ROW easement to Powell County of isolated segments of Forest Development Road #227. This conveyance will consolidate jurisdiction of the affected exisiting road.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T9N, R6W, W 1/2 Sec.30 & Sec.36, T8N, R7W, SW 1/4 NW 1/4, Sec.1. Little Blackfoot River area.
Ophir/Carpenter Drift Fence
CE
- Grazing management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Shawn Heinert
406-362-4265
sheinert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build a short drift fence to prevent cattle from traveling from the Carpenter Creek drainage over the ridge to Ophir Creek.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N, R6W, Sec.20. Carpenter and Ophir Creeks.
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application requesting access to private land.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T8N, R2W, Sec.2. Elkhorn Mountains.
Radar Placer
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/23/2010  09/2010 David Madden
406-449-5490 ext.3934
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sample 20 holes 6x20x8 deep with a backhoe over a 3 year period; test for gold with a metal detector and refill.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Township 11N; Range 7W; SW 1/4 of section 16. In the Ophir Creek area below Cause Springs on the Helena National Forest.
Sale of Helena Administrative Site
EA
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Larry Cole
406-495-3728
lcole@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of buildings, dwellings, and raw land comprising a portion of the Helena Administrative Site.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T10N, R3W, Sec.20, SE1/4. Helena, MT.
Skelton Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/18/2003
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application requesting private access to two separate tracts of private land. An exchange of reciprocal easements will be required, thus allowing the public access to adjacent NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 12 N, R 1 W, Sec. 31, T 13N, R 1 E, Sec. 19. Soup Creek, Elk Ridge.
Telegraph Creek Road Conveyance
CE
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:04/2011  05/2011 Larry Cole
406-495-3728
lcole@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conveyance of ROW easement to Powell County of isolated segments of Forest Development Road #495. This conveyance will consolidate jurisdiction of the affected existing road.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - N1/2 sec. 29 T9N R6W. Telegraph Creek.
Telegraph Mountain Pine Beetle Salvage Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/13/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
08/2011 Liz VanGenderen
406-449-5201
lvangenderen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, maintain and improve viable mature habitat structure to support big game and other wildlife, promote resiliency with a mosaic of species, reduce fire hazard and potential, and provide timber products.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. 20 miles southwest of Helena in the Telegraph drainage.
Warm Springs Habitat Enhancement Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/09/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
07/2011 Liz VanGenderen
406-449-5201
lvangenderen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat appx. 4500 acres to develop and/or maintain mature habitat structures where possible, address mountain pine beetle infestation and fuel hazard, and manage the landscape and fuel loadings so that stand replacement fire is less likely.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. 10 miles south of Helena in the Warm Springs drainage.
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Helena National Forest,   Lincoln Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blackfoot - North Divide Winter Travel Planning
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/09/2006 
Expected:10/2010
 
12/2010 Mandy Alvino
406.362.4265
malvino@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create a plan that will provide for a variety of motorized and non-motorized winter recreation opportunities.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. Lincoln Ranger District (except Scapegoat Wilderness) & appx. 30,000 acres nw of Helena RD.
Blackfoot Travel Plan (non-winter)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jaclyn Heinert
406-362-7009
jmheinert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel Management analysis for non-winter motorized use
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest, excluding the Scapegoat Wilderness.
Helena National Forest Plan Amendment - Management Area Designation
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/25/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Jaclyn Heinert
406-362-7009
jmheinert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Assign management area designation for land purchased in 2006 from the Nature Conservancy.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/helena/projects/lincoln_ma_designations/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - T15N R10W, T14N R10W, T15N R7W. Lincoln Rnager District.
Lincoln Compound Sanitation Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/08/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Jaclyn Heinert
406-362-7009
jmheinert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re,pva; pf dead amd duomg trees pm 16- acres. both North and South of Hwy 200. Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pine will be removed. Salvage is expected to be incidental on the south side of Hwy 200, and more widespread on the north side.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T14N, R8W, Section 19. Lincoln Ranger District Compound.
Lincoln Rip Rap
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/20/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
05/2011 Jaclyn Heinert
406-362-7009
jmheinert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Utilize local areas on Lincoln Ranger district Forest Service lands to provide economically viable amounts of quality riprap for fisheries river restoration.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. Baldy: site 1--N46.88725, W112.59675, 5553'; site 2--N46.90150, W112.65467, 5119'; site 3--N46.90669, W112.60680, 5671'; Stemple: N46.93344, W112.44662, 6633'; Cadotte: N47.05333, W112.42513, 5598'.
Stonewall Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/13/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Liz VanGenderen
406-449-5201
lvangenderen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, maintain and improve viable mature habitat structure to support big game and other wildlife, promote resiliency with a mosaic of species, reduce fire hazrd and potential, and provide timber products.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. 6 miles northwest of Lincoln in the Lincoln Gulch drainage.
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Helena National Forest,   Townsend Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Benton Gulch Placer Exploration/John Zawada
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/12/2010  06/2011 David Madden
406-449-5490 ext.3934
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sampling of placer materials at his current processing site in Benton Gulch. 4 holes 2 ft by 8 ft dug using the back hoe & haul the test material with a loader. Each hole will be filled before next is tested. 20 to 30 yds of temp road may be needed.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T11N; R3E; section 32. East side of the Big Belt Mtns. in Benton Gulch.
Bigler Lode Mine Sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2009 
Expected:12/2010
 
04/2011 David Madden
406-449-5201
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Underground mining with a 3 person work force three days a week. Would drift 50-60 feet and produce 150 tons of waste rock that would be used to fill exploration pit in the area.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T9N., R4E., Sec.28. Gipsy Lake, east side of the Belt Mtns.
Cabin Gulch Vegetation Management
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/27/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
03/2011 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will address stand health and related fuel hazards in an area with expanding insect infestations (Doglas-fir beetle and pine bark beetle).
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. Big Belt Mountains - Cabin Gulch and North Fork Deep Creek drainages.
Cement gulch sample drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/27/2010  09/2011 David Madden
406-449-5201 ext. 3741
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration of mineral deposit int eh Cement Gulch area of the Big Belt Mountains. Drilling of 15 holes to a depth of 500 ft. No new road construction wil be needed. Some small diameter trees would be removed.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T10N, R3E sections 8 and 17. Top of Cement Gulch in the Big Belts on the Townsend Ranger District.
Elkhorn Improvements
CE
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2010  07/2010 Tracy Schilling
406-495-3870
tschilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Eagle Riparian Fence & Water Develpment and Indian Creek Pasture Division Fence. Consturct approximately 3 miles of fence using the 3-wire design. Also install a cattleguard on Rd. 405 and develop a spring to provide off-site water to livestock.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R1W, Sections 28, 15, and 23. Project is within the Ekhorn Mountains.
Eureka Creek Riparian Restoration
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/28/2010  06/2010 Tracy Schilling
406-495-3870
tschilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Utilize dead and dying conifers to minimize livestock access to stream banks by cutting them down and placing them along the banks approx. 1 mile of the stream reach. Also install an off-site tank to provide water to livestock.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R1W, Sections 16,20, and 19. In the Elkhorn Mountains.
Grassy Mountain Fuels and Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/16/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Liz VanGenderen
406-449-5201
lvangenderen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce fuels around the WUI and throughout the project area, maintain and enhance sagebrush/grassland communities, promote aspen stand vigor and distribution, and increase native plant species diversity.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Meagher. 20 miles east of Townsend, MT in Hay Creek drainage.
Grassy/Deep Creek Cattle and Horse Allotment Management Plan Revision
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/04/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
06/2011 Lauri Teig
406-449-5201
lteig@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revise AMP written in 1968 and 1969.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. Big Belt Mountains, Grassy Mountain.
Rickets Spring and Fence Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/10/2010  09/2010 Duane Harp
406-495-3924
dharp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a water develpment and relocate about .25 miles of the fence and cattleguard.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - SW1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 7, T6N, R1W. Elkhorn Mountains, Jenkins Gulch off of road #277.
SCB#1
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/09/2010  06/2010 David Madden
406-449-5201 ext. 3741
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: mining on a placer claim.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T10N; R03E; section 06. Benton Gulch in the Big Belts.
Sale of Townsend Administrative Site
EA
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Larry Cole
406-495-3728
lcole@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of RAW lands compromising a portion of the Townsend Administrative Site.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R3E, Sec.32, NE 1/4. Towsend, MT.
Sale of Townsend Dwelling
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/03/2007 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Larry Cole
406-495-3728
lcole@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of home on administrative site within Townsend city limits.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R2E, Sec. 31, Lot 8, Block 22. Townsend, MT.
South Belts Road Closure Prescriptions
CE
- Land management planning
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/16/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 David Marr
406-495-3740
davidmarr@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine the method of road closures in compliance with the S. Belts Travel Plan
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. Southern Belt Mountains.
Teague Ranches Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:02/2011  03/2011 Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of easements for water storage and conveyances systems that qualify under authority of the Ditch Bill (P.L 99-545). Storage and conveyance systems are existing and in place; previously authorized by Special use Permit or terms of an AMP.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T9N, R4E; secs. 4,5,6 and T10N, R4E; sec. 32. 21 miles NE of Townsend, Montana; Pickfoot and Atlanta Creeks.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.