Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Helena National Forest

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Projects Occurring Nationwide
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
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 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
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  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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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,   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:09/2012
 
10/2012 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.
Demers Private Land Access SUP
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:02/2012  06/2012 Eric Barclay
406-495-3722
ebarclay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private landowner is seeking vehicle access across FS land to their patended mining claim. Proposed access route would start from FS Road#692 and extend ~1600' on an existing two-track route to the private land parcel.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - W1/2, Sec. 35, T8N, R5W. General Description: Occidental Plateau/ South Fork Quartz Creek.
Divide Travel Plan
EIS
- Road management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/08/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Jaime Tompkins
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel management analysis covering summer and winter motorized use and Forest Plan amendment for elk hiding coverage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24091
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  Completed  Actual: 11/22/2011  11/2011 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/20/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@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.
MacDonald Pass Ski Trails Maintenance for Hazard Trees
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/03/2010 
Expected:10/2011
 
02/2013 Roy Barkley
406-495-3853
rbarkley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fell dead/dying trees up to 150 feet on either side of the Mac Pass cross country ski trail.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. MacDonald Pass, adjacent to HWY 12.
Monarch lode claim sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
03/2012 David Madden
406-449-5490 ext.3934
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The operator proposes to open a collapsed adit with a backhoe, timber the opening and place a gate at the opening. The operator plans to take samples from the adit. An estimated 500 pounds of material will be tested.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T08N, R06W, sec #30. Bison Mountain, Monarch Mine.
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 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.
Rimini County Rd. Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 11/21/2011  01/2012 Timothy Lahey
406-495-3950
tlahey@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to increase the safety of the public on Lewis and Clark County Road #695. Hazard trees are proposed to be mechanically removed up to 1 1/2 tree lengths from the road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36501
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T9N, R5W, sec. 20, 29, 32. Ten Mile drainage, between the Forest boundary and the town of Rimini along county road #695.
Second Creek Placer
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/19/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 David Madden
406-449-5490 ext.3934
dmadden@fs.fed.us 
Description: A total of five test holes are proposed 10x25'x 5-10' deep. The holes will be dug with a rubber tire backhoe. a small wash plant will be used for testing th ematerials. Test materials will be replaced in teh test hole and the top soil replaced.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T7N, R3W, Sec 14. Tizer road area.
Senecal Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 10/12/2011  10/2011 Stephen Wyatt
406-266-3425
swyatt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private land owner requesting a change of permitted access from the current route to the original/ historic route.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - SE 1/4, Sec 12, T9N, R7W. Un-numbered road, off of Forest Rd. #1871-A3.
Skelton Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/18/2003
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 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 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 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 with the county.
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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30353
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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/12/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30351
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
Alice Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/27/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Pat Shanley
406-362-7006
pshanley@fs.fed.us 
Description: These projects improve big game winter range by reducing conifer encroachment within native grasslands. In addition to creating and maintaining natural openings and improving stand structure, burning will improve forage quality and quantity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34765
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T16N, R7W, sections 10,11,14 and T14N, R07W. The headwaters of Alice creek just west and north of Lewis and Clark Pass, and south of Hwy 200 east of Hogum Cr.
Blackfoot - North Divide Winter Travel Planning
EIS
- Recreation management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/09/2006
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15664
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 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/29/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
11/2012 Jaime Tompkins
406-495-3946
jtompkins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel Management analysis for non-winter motorized use
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30899
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest, excluding the Scapegoat Wilderness.
Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 01/2012 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will address stand health and related fuel hazards in an area with expanding insect infestations (mountain pine beetle).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37404
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. Five miles southeast of Lincoln, MT.
Helmville Face Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012  08/2012 Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Using prescribed fire, this project restores the role of fire and the resultant processes. In addtion to, creating and maintaining natural openings and improving stand structure, burning will improve forage quality and quantity for ungulates.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R10W, section 16. In the Wasson Creek and Wilson Creek areas.
Ponderosa Snow Warriors Warming Hut
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Ernie Lundberg
406-362-4265
elundberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a semi-permanant building on National forest Lands. The project will not be on a foundation, but staked to the ground for ease of movement if needed. Located on a groomed snowmobile route.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T15N, R10W, Sec 24. Arrastra Creek area.
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 01/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Amber Kamps
406-362-7000
akamps@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30355
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
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 02/2012 
Expected:02/2012
 
05/2012 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 (Douglas-fir beetle and pine bark beetle).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=12512
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. Big Belt Mountains - Cabin Gulch and North Fork Deep Creek drainages.
Grassy Mountain Fuels and Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Heather Degeest
406-495-3851
hdegeest@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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/04/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
05/2013 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.
Sale of Townsend Dwelling
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/03/2007 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Teague Ranches Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 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.