Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Kootenai 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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Cabinet Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Fortine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Libby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Rexford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Three Rivers 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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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/12/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Karl Dekome
208-765-7479
kdekome@fs.fed.us 
Description: Preparation of a Supplemental EIS to amend land and resource management plans for the Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to address motorized access management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24882
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units, Kootenai National Forest All Units, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Lincoln, Sanders, Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Northwestern Montana, northern Idaho, and northeastern Washington. Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.
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Kootenai 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
Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/10/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Kathy Rodriguez
406-283-7659
krodriguez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of Forest Plan management direction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/kipz
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - All NFS lands within the forest boundary. Kootenai National Forest.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Cabinet Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Battles Bridge Installation and Property Access
EA
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:11/2010  12/2010 Gary Kedish
406-827-3533
gkedish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing foot/ATV bridge with automobile suitable bridge, to allow continued use of private property. Project includes granting of easement, and some road reconstruction
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - NE1/4; NE1/4; S14; and SW1/4; S13; T24N; R31W; PMM. Vermilion Fisher Road (FSR 154) at mile marker 1.5.
Bull River Campground ADA Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:07/2010  07/2010 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: construct Phase 2 of CG ADA trail system. This is a 1200 foot long by 5 ft wide ADA compliant trail within the confines of the existing campground.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S10; T26N; R33W; PMM Sanders County. Bull River Campground - West end of Cabinet District at confluence of Bull River and Clark Fork River.
District Motor Vehicle Use Map 2010
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2010 
Expected:09/2010  09/2010 John Head
406-827-0738
jhead@fs.fed.us 
Description: mandated creation of Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) on the Cabinet RD. Deadline for publication and release is September 2010.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - various locations on the Cabinet Ranger District. district wide.
Pilgrim Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
09/2011 Doug Grupenhoff
406-827-0741
dgrupenhoff@fs.fed.us 
Description: Regeneration harvests-approx. 500 acres via skyline & tractor systems. Intermediate harvest-approx. 900 acres via skyline & tractor systems. 3.1 miles new permanent road, 1.8 miles temporary road, & 26 miles road reconst. 5000 ac wildlife burns
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T25 & 29N; R32, 33 &34W; Sanders County; PMM. Pilgrim, Smeads, and Stevens Creek drainages, west of Noxon Reservoir.
Special Use Permit Renewals 2010
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2010 
Expected:09/2010  09/2010 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: various SUP renewals, various locations on district.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - various. various.
Spring Gulch Timber Sale
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/24/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
11/2010 Steven Snell
406-827-0757
ssnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stand regeneration and commercial thinning on approximately 291 acres, one mile of temporary road construction, and 11.3 miles of existing road reconstruction, to improve stand vigor and address forest insect and disease concerns.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S3, 9, &10; T23N; R30W; PMM Sanders County. Spring Gulch drainage at the SE portion of the Cabinet Ranger District.
Vermilion River Restoration
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
05/2011 Craig Neesvig
406-827-0734
cneesvig@fs.fed.us 
Description: stream habitat restoration program proposed for 9 specific reaches on the Vermilion River over a 10 yr period
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/project.shtml?project=31702
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S31-33; T25N; R29W; and S1-4, T24N; R30W; Sanders County; PMM. Vermilion River reaches approx. 3.6 miles in an area beginning ~0.5 miles below Vermilion Falls and downstream to about Lyons Gulch.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Fortine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Galton
EIS
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2010 
Expected:08/2010
 
10/2010 Ron Komac
406-296-2536 x7130
rkomac@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel planning, prescribed fire, urban interface
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26647
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - all or parts of T34, 35, 36, 37 N and R 24, 25, 26W. Galton Range - east of the Tobacco Valley, Lincoln County, Montana.
North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marcy Butts
406-882-4451 x8341
mbutts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide Outfitter and Guide services to the public, both consumptive and non-consumptive.
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T37N, R24-29W; T36N, R24-30W; T35N, R24-31W; T34N, R24-31W; T33N, R24-31W; T33N, R24-31W; T32N, R25-28, 30W; T31N, R26W. North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Libby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Flower Creek
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/03/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project includes fuel and vegetation management through commercial timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning and fuel grinding. Also includes 1.81 miles of road storage, 1 mile of temporary road construction, and 0.23 miles of trail construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29532
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R31W, Sections 3, 4, 5, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29 and 30; T30N, R32W, Sections 3, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36 PMM, Lincoln County, MT. Flower Creek watershed, 3 air miles south of Libby, Montana.
Little Hoodoo Access
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2009 
Expected:05/2010
 
05/2010 Mike Guthneck
406-283-7565
mguthneck@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to grant access to private property through National Forest System lands using a special use permit. The private property is located on Little Hoodoo Mountain near Libby, Montana.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T20N R31W Sections 27 and 28. On Little Hoodoo Mountain approximately 10 miles south of Libby, Montana.
Montanore Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/27/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
05/2011 Bobbie Lacklen
406-283-7681
blacklen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Kootenai National Forest, in conjunction with Montana's Dept. of Environmental Quality will prepare an EIS for a proposal to permit the development of the Montanore silver/copper mine and associated power transmission line by Mines Management Inc
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/project.shtml?project=11743
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - T26N, R29W, S 5, 8, 9; T27N, R29W, S 18-20, 29, 30, 32; T27, R30W, S 16-24; T28N, R30W, S19; T27N, R31W, S 1-3, 9, 11-15; T28N, R31W, S 13-15, 23, 24, 26, 35, 36; T27N, R31W, S 29. Approximately 18 miles south of Libby, MT adjacent to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The surface mill would be located in the Ramsey Creek drainage.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Rexford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cook's Run Road Realignment
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignmnent of an existing road to provide access to private landowner through a special use permit
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T35N, R27W, SE1/4 NE1/4, Sec. 29. Approximately 10 miles of southwest of Eureka, MT.
Gateway Maintenence Burning
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/28/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
04/2011 Pat Price
406-296-7163
pprice@fs.fed.us 
Description: Utilize prescribed fire along with minor amounts of slashing, hand piling, and machine piling to treat fuels in the urban interface. The area experienced fire on a 10-25 year interval historically. Treatments are designed to mimic this pattern.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29936
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - all or parts of T37N, R27W. Tobacco Plains, north of Eureka MT, approx 2200 acres.
Lincoln Electric Cooperative Koocanusa Reservoir Underwater Line Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2010 
Expected:08/2013  04/2011 Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of existing underwater cable system
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. Koocanusa Reservoir.
Non-Consumptive Recreational Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/22/2010  06/2010 Eric Heyn
406-296-2536
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Rexford Ranger District is reviewing a number of requests for issuing special use outfitter and guide permits for non-consumptive recreational uses by various institutional groups and individuals.
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. Throughout the Rexford Ranger District.
Pinkham Douglas-Fir Beetle Project
EA
- Forest products  On Hold  N/A  N/A Pat Flanary
406-882-4451
pflanary@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage high-value trees killed by Douglas-fir beetles from approximately 225 acres.
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T.35N. R.27W. Pinkham Creek drainage - approximately 6 miles south of Eureka, MT.
Pinkham Falls Access Road
EA
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate access road to Pinkham Falls. New access resolves land ownership issues and safety issues.
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T36N, R27W,NE1/4 SW1/4, Sec. 31. Appoximately 5 miles southwest of Eureka, MT.
Special Use Water Irrigation Ditch
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:09/2010  12/2010 Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a water irrigation pipeline that traverses 3450 feet of NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. The point of diversion is within SE1/4NW1/4NE1/4 Section 23, T37N, R28W. Pipeline crosses 3450 ft of NFS land from Young Creek to Private Property.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Three Rivers Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Small Tracts Act ROW Disposal
CE
- Land ownership management  Completed  Actual: 07/02/2009  08/2009 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road Right-of-Way Disposal
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SE1/4 of Section 35, T32N, R34W, PMM. Three Rivers Ranger District.
South Fork Fuels
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:05/2011  09/2011 Kathy Mohar
406-295-4693
kmohar@fs.fed.us 
Description: HFRA Urban interface fuels treatments and possible other management actions in the South Fork Yaak planning subunit
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T34N, R31W; T35N, R31W; T36N, R31W; T35N, R32W; T34N, R32W, PMM, Lincoln Co., MT. South Fork Yaak Planning Subunit.
Sparring Bulls
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/26/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2011 
Expected:02/2011
 
10/2011 Kathy Mohar
406-295-4693
kmohar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes vegetation management activities including timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvement, access management changes and watershed rehabilitation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/project.shtml?project=29324
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T28-31N, R32-34W. Spar and Lake Planning Subunits.
Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/21/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Bobbie Lacklen
406-293-7773
blacklen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Genesis, Inc.of Troy, MT has proposed to revise the Reclamation Plan for its copper and silver mining and milling operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/project.shtml?project=22452
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T28N, R33W, Sections 5 & 6; T29N, R33W, Sections 5, 6, & 7; T29N, R34W, Sections 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, & 36; and T30N, R33W, Sections 31 & 32, PMM. Fifteen miles south of Troy, Montana in the Lake Creek drainage.
Yaak Air Force Base NSFl Parcel Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2007 
Expected:11/2010
 
01/2011 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: The conveyance of a parcel of land that is 0.19 acres in size that is completely surrounded by a single private landowner. To be implemented by a direct sale through the Forest Service Facilities and Realignment Act.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SW1/4 Section 35, T36N, R32W, PMM; Lincoln County, MT. NE of Yaak, MT.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.