Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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) :
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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)

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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/06/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 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.
Illi Allen Peak Access
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/23/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
06/2013 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land on Allen Peak over approximately 5.3 miles of NFS road #2301.
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - NFS road #2301 in following sections: Section 36, T26N, R30W, Section 31, T26N, R29W, Section 6, T25N, R29W, & Section 1, T25N, R30W. Libby Ranger District.
Rock Creek Mine Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/13/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012-2017 Rexford and Fortine Pre-commercial Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/24/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Moira McKelvey
406-296-7137
mmckelvey@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to treat approximately 4,962 acres with precommercial thinning across the two districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39353
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District, Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. Various on Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts (See map).
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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 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 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.
Minton Trout
EA
- 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.
Pilgrim Timber Sale
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/23/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 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.
Spring Gulch Timber Sale
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/17/2013 
Expected:04/2013
Actual: 08/25/2011 
06/2013 Steven Snell
406-827-0757
ssnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: 322 acres of timber land with commercial thinning and regeneration harvest, 231 acres of prescribed fire use for forage enhancement. No new perm. roads, and 9 miles of existing road reconditioning
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29890
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  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.
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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 03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 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
Clay Banks Cost Share
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
01/2013 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
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 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.
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 11/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
03/2013 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 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 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.
Montanore Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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.
Rainbow Lake Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:12/2012  04/2013 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.
Redemption Pit
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/23/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
07/2013 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Creation of a stockpile area and future gravel source for Libby District projects in the Wolf Creek area.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SW1/4 NW1/4 Section 17, T29N, R27W north of NFS road # 2358. Libby Ranger District.
Twin Meadow Cost Share
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/28/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
04/2013 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/28/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 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.
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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:04/2013
 
05/2013 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.
Shooting Star Subdivision Special Use Permit Request
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/07/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Sandi Mason
406-283-7787, Fridays 406-296-2536
smason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrade approximately 1600 feet of existing open road (Road #7308) to meet Lincoln County Subdivision Road specifications and improve access to private lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41216
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T 36 N, R 28 W, Sec 1; T 36 N, R 27 W, Sec 6. FS Road 7308 (Ingram Road).
Triangle Two Ranch Special Use Outfitter And Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/25/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Marcy Goheen
406-296-8305
mgoheen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Permit Application for outfitter and guide, guided equestrian, horse drawn wagon, and sleigh ride activities in the West Kootenai area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40556
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. West Kootenai area, Rexford Ranger District.
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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
Black Diamond Mine Road Access and Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/07/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
06/2013 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access and exploration of existing mine portal. Bulk sample removal of material for testing offsite.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 2, T33N, R34W, PM. Three Rivers Ranger District.
Buckhorn Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 02/05/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
09/2014 Patricia Shira
406-295-7439
pshira@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management, prescribed burning, and watershed restoration work in the Buckhorn Planning Subunit in the Yaak River drainage
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41167
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Boundary, Lincoln. LEGAL - Townships 35 and 36 North, Ranges 34 and 33 West, Lincoln County, Montana and Township 64 North and Range 3 East, Boundary County, Idaho. The Project Area is located approximately 27 miles north of Troy, Montana, in the Yaak River Valley.
Dorr Skeels Blowdown
CE
- Recreation management
- Forest products 
Completed  Actual: 02/08/2013  02/2013 Mark Mason
406-295-7480
mamason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of blowndown timber from the paved road in Dorr Skeels Campground
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40671
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 20, T29N, R33W. Dorr Skeels Campground, Bull River Valley, Three Rivers Ranger District.
Hellroaring MMG Plan of Operations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/27/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Lynn Hagarty
406-283-7502
lhagarty@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration drilling on MMG's claims in Hellroaring Creek, including one drill site with up to three drill holes. Drilling would be off the side of open National Forest System Road (NFSR) 745, Hellroaring Creek Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41358
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 35, T36N, R34W. Hellroaring drainage off of existing open NFSR 745.
Sears Flat Cross Country Ski Trail Improvement
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/07/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 Mark Mason
406-295-7480
mamason@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of select trees along existing cross country ski trail that are causing snow intercept; improvement of trail corridor fro grooming of ski trail.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T32N R34W sections 9, 10, 16. Sears Flat Cross Country Ski Trail, Three Rivers Ranger District.
South Fork Fuels
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 02/05/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
09/2013 Sarah Canepa
406-295-7426
scanepa@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.
Why Not Placer Plan of Operations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/27/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 Bonnie Geber
406-283-7502
bjgeber@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project includes a plan of operations from an individual on a claim on the Yaak River. Suction dredging and power sluicing are proposed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41359
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 33, T34N, R33W. The claim and proposed operations are in the Yaak River accessed from the yearlong open Eastside Road.
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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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.