Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
Kootenai National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, 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
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  12/2011 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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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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 01/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
01/2013 Ellen Frament
406-283-7660
eframent@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.
Rock Creek Mine Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:11/2012  01/2013 Bobbie Lacklen
406-283-7681
blacklen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Rock Creek Mine is a proposal for a copper/silver mine under the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Sanders County Montana on the Kootenai National Forest. The proposal includes an associated mill, tailings storage facility and a waste water treatme
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34999
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T. 26 N., R. 32 W., Section: 3, 10, 15, 21,22, 27,28,29,32,and 33. Approximately 3 miles East of Noxon, Montana in the Rock Creek Drainage.
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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
20-Odd ATV Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Gary Kedish
406-827-3533
gkedish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new access spur to circumnavigate a washed out area on a popular local trail system for motorized use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35948
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S7; T24N: R30W; and S12; T24N; R31W; PMM Sanders County. From Vermilion River road at approx. MM4, to the Roe Gulch and 20-Odd road system.
Chapel Slide Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Craig Neesvig
406-827-0734
cneesvig@fs.fed.us 
Description: The District proposes to restore a portion of the Vermilion River channel to move the river away from a problematic sediment source, known as the Chapel Slide.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T24N; R30W; S1; Sanders County; PMM. Located approximately 0.75 miles below Vermilion Falls.
District Motor Vehicle Use Map 2011
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Gary Kedish
719-486-7412
gkedish@fs.fed.us 
Description: mandated creation of Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) on the Cabinet RD. Deadline for publication and release is September 2010.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22407
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - various locations on the Cabinet Ranger District. district wide.
Minton Trout
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/09/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Craig Neesvig
406-827-3533
aosborn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest of merchantable timber (commercial) on 545 acres. Approx. 8100 acres of natural fuels burning for forage enhancement. All log yarding in these proposed units would be accomplished with skyline and tractor based systems.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38284
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S1- 4, 9- 16; T23N; R33W; S3- 10, 15- 18; T23N; R32W; S22-28, 33- 36; T24N; R33W; S13-15, 19-24, 26-35; T24N; R31W; S18; PMM, Sanders County, Montana. Trout Creek and Minton Creek drainages.
Napolean Hiking Trail Improvement
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/17/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Joel Sather
406-827-0720
jsather@fs.fed.us 
Description: reconstruction and new construction on the Napolean Gulch Trail (#1035) - improve the trail segment to avoid overly steep sections and problematic switchbacks. Some new tread would be constructed. Most work is improvement. All non-motorized.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T27N; R33W; S17; PMM, Sanders County. Pillick Ridge, East Spur of Star Peak area - trail climbs up Napolean Gulch to main trail system.
North Fork Bull River Non-motorized Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Joel Sather
406-827-0720
jsather@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a new non-motorized trail to access the North Fork of the Bull River trail system from FSR#410. The original access was the former FSR #2722, which was washed out in 2007. This new trail would be located near the old roadway location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35106
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S1, 11 &14; T28N; R33W; PMM; Sanders County, Montana. North Fork of the Bull River from South Fk Bull River Road #410.
Pilgrim Timber Sale
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31645
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.
Rock Creek Gravel Pit
CE
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 10/20/2011  07/2012 Gary Kedish
406-827-3533
gkedish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sanders County Road Department has proposed to reopen and expand the existing Rock Creek Gravel pit. Total area of disturbance could be up to 4.5 acres. No commercial timber would be removed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35946
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T25N; R32W; S27; PMM; Sanders County, MT. Rock Creek road #150M, near mile post 1.6.
Special Use Permit Renewals FY2011
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/02/2011  12/2011 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: various SUP renewals, various locations on district, to be completed in fiscal year 2010.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22532
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - various. various.
Trout Creek Admin Timber Sale
CE
- Land management planning  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Matthew Martens
406-827-0705 or 406-827-3533
mmartens@fs.fed.us 
Description:  The proposed commercial thinning would occur on two units (16 and 46 acres). All logs would be yarded to landings with tractors. Harvest-related fuel treatments would include a combination of slashing, excavator piling, and underburning.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S24; T24N, R32W; PMM, Sanders County, Montana. old administrative site in the Trout Creek drainage, west of the town of Trout Creek, MT.
Vermilion River Restoration
EA
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?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.
Williams Plan of Operation - Vermilion River Mineral Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Gary Kedish
719-486-7412
gkedish@fs.fed.us 
Description: Small mine operation. Project would approve exploration pits and require restoration by November 1, 2011.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34887
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S4; T24N; R30W; PMM, Sanders County, MT. Existing Carl E#4, and Walnut #2 claims along Vermilion River, near FS Road #154.
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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 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 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
AOP Culvert Removal - Road 14458
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove two undersized and perched culverts to improve stream function.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T28N, R30W, Section 31. Libby Ranger District.
AOP Culvert Removal - Road 835A
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to remove the culvert on NFS Road 835A and re-contour the roadbed away from the stream channel.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T31N, R27W, Section 16. Libby ranger District.
AOP Culvert Replacement - Road 4891
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repalce the undersized and perched culvert to improve stream function and aquatic organism passage.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T32N, R28W, Section 26. Libby Ranger District.
AOP Culvert Replacement - Road 4912
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Culvert replacement to improve stream function and connectivity between aquatic organism populations.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R28W, Section 3; T31N, R28W, Section29; T32N, R28W, Section 29. Libby Ranger District.
AOP Culvert Upgrade - Road 6734
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: The replacement of the existing culvert on Road 6734 with one designed for stream simulation and aquatic organism passage.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T27N, R29W, Section 24. Libby Ranger District.
Bunyan/Getner Fuels Reduction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat approximately 70 acres (including WUI) to reduce fuels.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T29N, R30W, Sections 30, 36; T29N, R31W, Section 26. Libby Ranger District.
Clay Banks Cost Share
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012  08/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: The State of Montana Department of Natural Resourcese and Conservation has requested to cost share into roads in the Clay Banks area, northeast of Libby, MT.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R30W, Section 19; T30N, R31W, Sections 13, 24. Libby Ranger District.
Clay Banks HFRA
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is designed to reduce fire hazard within the WUI in the Clay Banks area, northeast of Libby, MT.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R31W, SAections 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 24. Libby Ranger District.
Cripple Horse Cost Share
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: The State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has requested to cost-sahre into roads in the Cripple Horse drainage of the Libby Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T31N, R29W, Sections 2, 12. Libby Ranger District.
Cripple Horse Stone Sale
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Propsal is for the samll sale(s) of building and landscape stone from the Cripple Horse area of Libby District.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T31N, R27W, Section 7; T31N, R28W, Sections 2, 3, 11, 12. Libby Ranger District.
Culvert Removal - Road 4952
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose is to remove the washed culvert on the 4952 road and re-contour the road away from the stream.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T31N, R27W, Section 16. Libby Ranger District.
Culvert Removal - Road 600
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove, Upsize and relocate culvert on Road 600.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T32N, R32W, Section 11. Libby Ranger District.
Culvert Upgrade - Road 4925
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to remove the twin culverts and replce them with a bridge.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T31N, R28W, Section 29. Libby Ranger District.
Culvert Upgrade - Road 6761
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove the existing culvert on Road 6761 and replace with a larger culvert that provides stream simulation.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T26N, R29W, Section 15. Libby Ranger District.
East Reservoir
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/15/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
11/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes vegetation managment through commercial timber harvest, precommercial thinning and prescribed burning. It also includes trail access management changes, fuel treatment areas, road storage and dispersed recreation site improvement.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34594
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. Libby Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest.
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 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
11/2012 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.
Koocanusa Marina Expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expansion of approximately 33 campsites and associated facilities at the Koocanusa Marina.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T31 N, R29W, Section 2. Libby Ranger District, Libby MT.
Little Hoodoo Access
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/24/2012  03/2011 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:
NOI in Federal Register 07/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
02/2013 Lynn Hagarty
406-283-7642
lhagarty@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/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?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.
Rainboe Lake Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Increase depth of Rainbow Lkae to provide winter habitat for trout, increase wetland productivity by building a dam and re-introducing beavers, and improve existing undeveloped camping area.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T33N, R31W, Sections 6, 7. Libby Ranger District.
Twin Meadow Cost Share
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plum Creek Timber Company has requested to cost sahre into roads in hte Twin Meadow area, southeast of Libby, MT.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T27N, R26W, Sections 2, 20, 29, 30. Libby Ranger District.
Whitebark Daylight Thinning
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Daylight thin around whitebark pine trees, prune lower limbs and verbenone application to reduce susceptibility to Mountain Pine Beetle attack.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T25N, R31W, Section 2. Libby Ranger District.
Wolf Creek Bridge Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing Wolf Creek bridge which has failing abutments and supports.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R27W, Section 13. Libby Ranger District.
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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
2011 Precommercial Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/19/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Pat Flanary
406-882-4451
pflanary@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercially thin 314 acres, primarily in Sullivan Creek drainage, as part of district insect and disease thinning program.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36050
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. Sullivan Creek Drainage.
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 Maintenance Burning
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 02/07/2012  02/2012 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.
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.
Special Use Water Irrigation Ditch
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33696
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.
Young-Dodge
EIS
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/18/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2012 
Expected:02/2012
Actual: 04/25/2008 
04/2012 Moira McKelvey
406-296-7137
mmckelvey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest (3,400 acres), prescribed burning (2,000 acres); prescribed burning w/ mechanical pre-treatment (1,500 acres); road management (decommissioning, etc); and recreation facilities. Forest Plan exceptions and openings greater than 40 acre
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=20067
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - All of T.37N. R.28W and part of T.37N. R.29W. Approximately 15 miles northwest of Eureka, MT on the west side of Lake Koocanusa.
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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
Grizzly Vegetation and Transportation Management
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 02/08/2012
04/24/2009 
03/2012 Leslie McDougall
406-295-7431
lmcdougall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes veg mgmt on 2,360 ac. Proposed activities include timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, pre-commercial thin, wildlife habitat improvement, access mgmt changes, watershed rehab including decommissioning, and aspen restoration
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=9767
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T34N-T37N, R32W-R34W. Grizzly Planning subunit.
McHugh Road Access
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/03/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
03/2012 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a road across NFS to access private property
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 19, T36N R31W PM MT. Upper Yaak near Lap Creek.
South Fork Fuels
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/19/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
08/2012 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32367
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 04/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Leslie McDougall
406-295-7431
lmcdougall@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/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?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
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/20/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2016 Bobbie Lacklen
406-283-7681
blacklen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Troy Mine, 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/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?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:06/2014
 
06/2014 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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