Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
Helena 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) :
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)

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
EHK Placer
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/18/2013  06/2013 Hans Oaks
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed activities involve sampling for the presence of placer mineral deposits at 3 identified areas. Sampling would use hand tools only and dry screening of material. Final processing would occur off of Helena National Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41598
Location: UNIT - Helena National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N, R7W, Section 9. Proposed activities are in the Meyers Hill vicinity (Ophir Creek drainage).
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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
1988 Elkhorns Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/08/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Heather Degeest
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Townsend and Helena Ranger Districts are proposing to maintain and enhance natural vegetative conditions that provide essential big game habitats, and to promote diversity in age class and speci
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41153
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District, Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 08N R 01W Sec(s) 4, 7-9, 16-21; T 08N R 02W Sec(s) 1, 2, 11-13; and T 09N R 02W Sec(s) 25, 35, 36. Northern and eastern Elkhorn Mountains.
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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
3 J's PLacer Sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/12/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Hans Oaks
406-495-3730
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operator will use an backhoe excavator to flatten a path into his claim area and explore 5 different locations. Each hole will be approx 2' x 10' removing approx 4 cubic yds/hole, then shaken into a 400 gal tank & redeposited back to hole & rehabbed
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N, R1W, Section 35. Cave Gulch in the Big Belt area of the Helena Ranger District, Helena National Forest.
3J's Placer Sampling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/18/2013  06/2013 Hans Oaks
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proponents would sample for placer gold in the Cave Gulch drainage located in the northwestern Big Belt Range. A total of 5 test excavations would be completed; excavation method would involve use of either a rubber-tired backhoe or handtools.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41685
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - East ½, Section 35, Township 11 North, Range 1 West, MPM . Cave Gulch, northwest side of the Big Belt Mountains.
Albrights Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/01/2013  06/2013 Mark Hunting
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is the issuance of a new special use authorization to replace existing authorization HEL116, which expires at the end of 2013.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41318
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - SW ¼ NE ¼ sec 16, T9N,. Grizzly Gulch Drive south of Helena.
Angry Trout Trail Run
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Roy Barkley
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The York Fire Community Association has proposed to host a one day trail running event on the Helena Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41971
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. The event would take place in the York area, FR 4136 Black Bear Gulch, down FR 4132-A1 Kingberry and out Jim Town Road.
Beaver Soup Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/31/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
05/2013 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is designed to improve wildlife habitat including forage, bitterbrush habitat, grasslands and savannahs through prescribed burning and hand treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39586
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N R01W Sec 05; T11N R02W Sec(s) 3,4; T12N R01W Sec(s) 1,7,8,12,18,19,30-32; T12N R02W Sec(s) 12-15,23-24,26,27,34; T12N R01E Sec(s) 5-7; T13N R01E Sec(s) 31,32. The Beaver Soup Project is located about 20 miles northeast of Helena, MT including the Beaver, Soup, Upper Trout Creeks & the Missouri River/Hauser Lake drainges on the Helena Ranger Dist. Helena NF.
Chessman-Area Unauthorized Route Decommissioning Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/31/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Heather Degeest
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Helena Ranger District has proposed to decommission less than 5 miles of roads in the Tenmile watershed in the general vicinity near Chessman Reservoir.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42055
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Southwest of Helena in the upper Tenmile watershed near Chessman Reservoir.
City of Helena Permit Change and Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 Heather Degeest
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The City of Helena proposed an increase right of way width from 7.5 feet to 100 feet on either side of the flume structure to reduce risk to wildfire and tree strikes. All other permit authorizations remain the same
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42061
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposal applies to upper Tenmile southwest of Helena, MT.
Dirt Divas Mountain Bike Clinic
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Roy Barkley
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed Zoe Smith “Dirt Divas Mountain Bike Clinic” would use existing trails and travel routes on the Helena Ranger District for a one-day mountain biking event.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41972
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. The event would take place near the Davis Gulch Trailhead, Grizzly Gulch and Wakina Sky trails.
Divide Travel Plan
EIS
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2013 
Expected:01/2015  06/2015 Jaime Tompkins
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel management analysis for summer and winter motorized use; to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized routes and areas consistent with 36 CFR 261.13. A programmatic Forest Plan amendment for elk hiding coverage is included.
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Ten Mile drainage, Little Blackfoot drainage, and area towards Meyers Hill.
Don't Fence Me In Trail Run
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Roy Barkley
406-4955490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Prickly Pear land Trust has been organizing the “Don’t Fence Me In” trail run for 10 years. The event consists of three trail runs all held on the same day: a 50k, a 30k, and a 5k.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41976
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - T9N, R4. The trail runs would take place in the Mt. Helena area.
Elkhorn Mountains Ultra Marathon Runs
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Roy Barkley
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Helena Ultra Marathon League (HURL)would host the annual Elkhorn Mountain Ultra Marathon Runs on the Helena and Beaverhead Deer Lodge National Forests. The event would use existing roads and trails and would be limited to 200 participants.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42049
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Existing roads and trails within the Elkhorn Mountains.
Great Divide Cyclery Mountain Biking Event
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Roy Barkley
406-495-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Great Divide Cyclery of Helena Montana is proposing to use existing trails and travel routes on the Helena Ranger District to hold a one day mountain bike event.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41974
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. The event would take place near the Park City Trailhead, Mount Helena Ridge Trail, Mini Ridge and Dump Gulch Trails.
Holiday Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3912
mhunting@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 Mark Hunting
406-495-3912
mhunting@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.
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew McGiffin
406-495-3937
mmcgiffin@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.
Peanut and P.F. Placer Sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Hans Oaks
406-495-3730
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to dig six 4'L X 20'W X 6' mineral test pits using a rubber tires back-hoe. Sample material will be tested using a wash plant and then will be returned to the test pits and have top soil placed back on top.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T7N, R2W, Section 7, 18. The upper end of Wilson Creek in the Tizer Basin of the Elkhorn Mountains.
Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 03/15/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 06/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Heather Degeest
406-449-5490
hdegeest@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of hazards and fuels from around the Red Mountain Flume and Chessman Reservoir to reduce the likelihood of damage to the municipal watershed infrastructure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41571
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T.8N. R.5W. Sec. 1-4, 9, 11 & 12. Project is located in the Upper Tenmile Municipal Watershed for the city of Helena. It's about 11 air miles southwest from the city of Helena.
Rimini Substation
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Jamey Lowdermilk
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Baxendale Fire Dept.is proposing to pour a concrete slab and construct a 3 bay fire station to store firefighting equipment and to utilize existing underground tanks for the filling of fire engines during supreession activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41317
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - NENE sec.32 T9N R5W. The area proposed for the Baxendale improvements was formerly the waste water treatment facility for the community of Rimini, which was abandoned following its construction.
Second Creek Placer Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/18/2013  06/2013 Hans Oaks
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to sample for placer gold along Upper Prickly Pear Creek in the northern Elkhorn Mountains Range. Proponents would like to excavate 5 exploratory test holes using a rubber-tired backhoe and small scale wash plant system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37298
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - SE ¼ section 14, Township 7 North, Range 3 West, MPM. Prickly Pear Creek, adjacent to FS Rd 164, east of Woods Park.
Skelton Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew McGiffin
406-495-3937
mmcgiffin@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.
Sleeping Gaint Disc Golf Tournament
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Roy Barkley
406-495-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Sleeping Gaint Disc Golf Club is proposing to hold a one day disc golf tounrment in the Priest Pass area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41973
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. Priest Pass area.
South Hill Trail Running Series
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Roy Barkley
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The South Hills Trail Running Series includes three events: two approximately 7 mile runs, one in the Little Black Foot area and one along the Mount Helena Ridge Trail; and a 31-mile run beginning on the B-D and ending at Kading Campground.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41988
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark, Powell. Little Blackfoot area, Mount Helena Ridge Trail, and trails into Kading Campground.
Telegraph Vegetation Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/20/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
07/2014 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is designed to be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreak by recovering economic value of dead and dying wood, reducing hazardous fuels, promoting desireable regeneration, and maintaining diverse wildlife habitats.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30353
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. 15 miles southwest of Helena and 5 miles south of Elliston, MT in the Little Blackfoot andTelegraph drainages.
Voigt Road Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/18/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 Mark Hunting
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The goal of this project is to ¬¬allow landowner access for reasonable use and enjoyment of their private land. The proposal includes the construction of a new road for a distance of 2300 feet across NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42253
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T8N, R5W NW ¼ NW ¼ sec 16 and NE ¼ NE ¼ sec. 17. Road would junction with Forest Road #1876 (Gould Diggings Road).
Warm Springs Habitat Enhancement Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/12/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2015 
Expected:03/2015
 
07/2016 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.
Willow Creek Trail Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/30/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Roy Barkley
406-449-5201
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 5 miles of trail reconstruction, 2.5 miles relocated and 2.5 miles new construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41187
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N R2W Section 1, 2, 3, 11, 13, 14, 24. North side of the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness: Willow Creek is near the border of the Wilderness Area and the State of Montana Bear Tooth Game Range.
York Fire Department Mountain Bike Ride
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Roy Barkley
406-449-5490
comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us 
Description: The York Fire Department would host a one-day mountain biking event spanning 38 miles on the Helena Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41970
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. The event would take place in the York area, Indian Flats and Trout Creek Canyon Trail #270,.
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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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/27/2011 
Expected:06/2013
 
09/2013 Pat Shanley
406-362-7006
pshanley@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project improves 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 15. The headwaters of Alice Creek just west and north of Lewis and Clark Pass.
Baldy Mountain Sampling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/21/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Beth Ihle
406-266-3425 office: or 495-3863 voicemail
bihle@fs.fed.us 
Description: An operator will be removing sample materials from the side of FS Rd. #1826. Operator will remove ~77 cu. yards of sample materials to private land for testing, and then will return materials back to test pit.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N; R8W, Section 4. Baldy Mountain road in Lincoln, MT (FS Rd. #1826).
Blackfoot - North Divide Winter Travel Planning
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/09/2006 
Expected:05/2013
 
01/2014 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
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/26/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
06/2014 Jaime Tompkins
406-362-7000
comments-northern-helena-lincoln@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is for non-winter motorized use to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized and non-motorized access routes and areas that would be consistent with 36 CFR 261.13. A programmatic Forest Plan Amendment is also included.
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest, excluding the Scapegoat Wilderness.
Colby #1 & #2 Placer Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/14/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 Gabe Witham
406-362-7000
comments-northern-helena-lincoln@fs.fed.us 
Description: Patent holders are proposing to ¬¬sample the unpatented mining claim for placer gold. The project involves digging six test holes at various sites on the claim.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42249
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Washington Gulch, Lincoln Area.
Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/16/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2014 
Expected:11/2015
 
03/2016 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 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/08/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34763
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R10W, section 16. In the Wasson Creek and Wilson Creek areas.
Stonewall Trail (417) Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/09/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Michael Mullin
406-362-7000
comments-northern-helena-lincoln@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lincoln Ranger District proposes to reconstruct the 4.8 mile Stonewall ATV Trail (417) in partnership with the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41987
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 15 N R 8, 9 W. Approximately 10 miles north of Lincoln leading to Stonewall Lookout.
Stonewall Vegetation 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 05/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
02/2014 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
Crow Creek and Sitton Mill Water Developments
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/05/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Tracy Schilling
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us 
Description: These projects are designed to improve riparian conditions along the South Fork of Crow Creek and the upper end of Slim Sam by providing off site water developments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41365
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T6N R1W NW ¼ of section 16 and T6N R1W NE ¼ of section 29. South Fork of Crow Creek and Slim Sam Creek in the Elkhorn Mountains.
Deep Creek Riparian Improvement Project
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/24/2013  07/2013 Tracy Schilling
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project activities would include water developments (in stream and spring), riparian fencing, and extensions of pasture fencing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39588
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Meagher. LEGAL - T6N, T7N, R5E. South Belts Mountain Range including Cedar Bar, Carl Creek, Faulkner Creek, and Hay Creek drainages.
Elkhorns Travel Plan Implementation
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/05/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 Heather Degeest
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Townsend Ranger District will be taking measures to continue to implement the Elkhorn Mountains Travel Management Plan on the ground in FY13 and FY14.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41141
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. Townsend Ranger District, Elkhorn Mountains, Helena National Forest.
Links #1, #2, and #3
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Kyle McGuire
406-266-3425
comments-northern-helena-townsend@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed activities would use a suction dredge to process placer gravels in the stream channels of Confederate and Cement Gulches as water levels allow. If water levels drop, claimant would use a sluice box to remove concentrates.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T10N, R3E, NE 1/4, Section 20. Proposed activities would occur approximately nine miles up Confederate Gulch (NE from FS road #287) at the mouth of Cement Gulch and in an unnamed gulch immediately to the east.
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