Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Lewis And Clark 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, Lewis And Clark National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Belt Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Judith Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Musselshell Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  Rocky Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Lewis And Clark National Forest,  White Sulphur Springs 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
- 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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Lewis And Clark 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
Forestwide Recreation/Administrative Site Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Jennifer Woods
406-791-7765
jjwoods@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove dead, dying and structurally unsound trees 2 tree-lengths around recraiton and administrative sites. Trees that do not pose a safety hazard to the public or pose a risk to damaging the infrastructure for a site will be retained.
Location: UNIT - Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Teton, Wheatland. Rocky, Little Belts, Highwood, Castle, Crazy, Big Snowy, and Little Snowy Mountain Ranges.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deadman-Memorial Way Road Reconstruction
EA
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 09/03/2009  09/2009 Robert Korb
406-791-7737
rkorb@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will have 2 decisions made for it because a portion of this project requires Secretary of Agriculture redelegation of authority. Reconstruction of 16 miles of road to address resource and safety needs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19744
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin, Meagher. LEGAL - T12N, R8E, Sec 12, 24 & 25; T12N, R9E, Sec 7, 18, 19, 20, 27-30, 34 & 35, T11N, R9E, Sec 2, 11, 12. Deadman Road #837 & Memorial Way Road #487, Little Belt Mountains.
Little Belt Mountains Roadside Hazard Tree Removal (Mountain Pine Beetle)
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Jennifer Woods
406-791-7765
jjwoods@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mountain pine beetle epidemic is resulting in many hazardous trees. Along prioritized roadsides remove dead, dying and structurally unsound trees 1-1/2 tree-lengths. Any areas along the roadways that do not pose a safety hazard will be excluded.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. Little Belt Mountains.
Permit Reissuance for 6 Pastures and 1 Fenceline - Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: CASTLES: Hereim Pasture S13 &23, T7N, R9E -Voldseth Pasture S13,T7N,R9E, S19 & 30,T7N,R10E - Rostad Pasture S23,T7N,R9E - IV Ranch Pasture S32,33,T9N,R9E CRAZIES: JCM Cattle Co S18,T6N,R11E BIG SNOWIES: Swanz Pasture S13, T11N,R18E
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher. Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies Mountains.
Sun Canyon Residence Fiber Optic Service Permit Reissuance - 3 Rivers
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2009 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue 3 Rivers expired Special Use Permit and include installation of new buried and aerial fiber optic line. This project includes a 12' x 16' building providing phone and high speed internet service to residence in the Sun Canyon area.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Teton. D1 -Line runs from Forest boundary along Teton Rd to the 7Lazy P Guest Ranch and lines in the Sun River Canyon area. D7 Line runs from Forest boundary along Hwy 89 to Porphory Peak.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Belt Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/24/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Jennifer Woods
406-791-7765
jjwoods@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would treat 1200 acres using mechanice treatments and prescribed burning. It would require about 0.5 miles of new road constructions, 3.0 miles of road reconstruction, and 3.6 miles of temporary road. Temporary roads will be obliterated
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26775
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. Little Belt Mountains, Dry Fork of Belt Creek Drainage.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Judith Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Hill Culvert Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011  05/2011 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will remove two culverts on a switchback and replace the switchback with a curve to blend back into the existing road, eliminating two crossings of Big Hill Creek.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. Big Hill Creek, Little Belt Mountains.
Blacktail Hills Fuels Reduction
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/07/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning to reduce fuels in timber stands by removing the Douglas-fir and promoting the existing ponderosa pine on approximately 370 acres. This proposal also includes 1290 acres of prescribed burning to remove ladder fuels.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - T15N, R10E, Sections 13, 14, 23, and 24. Little Belt Mountains, approx. 13 miles SW of Stanford, MT.
Highwood Mountains Range
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
03/2012 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of adaptive management strategies to move toward desired condition objectives in authorizing livestock grazing across the Highwood Mountains landscape area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33676
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Chouteau, Judith Basin. LEGAL - Portions of T19.N. R.8,9&10E. and T.20N. R.8,9&10E. National Forest Lands in the Highwood Mountains of Central Montana.
Lyon Gulch AOP Culvert Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011  05/2012 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will remove the upper culvert on the switchback. During replacement of the culvert with an aquatic organism passage (AOP) structure the road will be realigned to reduce impacts to the stream.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - T14N, R10E, Section 19. Lyons Gulch, Little Belt Mountains.
Middle Fork Judith Vegetation Maintenance and Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew Plagenz
406-566-2292
mplagenz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of elk wintering habitat and reduce the risk for intense wildfire effects in the area between Yogo Cr. & Middle Fork Judith River. The project would prescribed burn portions of the project area & slash nonmerchantable small diameter trees
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. Little Belt Mountains in the area of Yogo Creek and Middle Fork Judith River.
North Fork Highwood Creek Fish Barrier
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 12/02/2010  06/2011 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct fish migration barrier to protect native westslope cutthroat (WCT) trout from invasion of non-native fish. This project would decrease the risk of extinction of WCT in Highwood Creek when major events, such as wildfires, effect the area.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Chouteau. LEGAL - T20N, R9E, section 34. Highwood Mountains, North Fork of Highwood Creek.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Musselshell Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Little Snowy Mountains Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of a dry site site ponerosa pine ecosystem with an emphasis on providing habitat diversity and to minimize the risk of stand replacing fire through thinning, mastication and prescribed fire to meet outlined desired future conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33857
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Fergus, Golden Valley. LEGAL - Portions of T.11.N. R.20&21E. and T.12N. R.20&21E. National Forest Lands in the Little Snowy Mountains of Central Montana.
Permit Reissuance for 8 pastures & new issues for 1 pasture, Little Belt Mtns
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Inclusion of adjoining NFS lands for convenience pastures for ease of fencing, use of natural barriers, spring developments & water gaps and not logical to include in grazing allotment.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. LEGAL - Prince S10-11,14-15,T9NR10E,Indreland S28,33-35,T10NR10E,Gough S29,T10NR10E&S5,T9NR10E,Nelson S32,T10NR10E,Brewer S21,T10NR10E,Goodrich S4T9NR10E,Capser S3T10NR13E,Gaugler S21T11NR5E,Saylor S7T11NR15E. Little Belt Mtns, Musselshell Ranger District.
Special Use Permit renewal for Water Pipelines
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2009 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit renewal of Voldseth Water Transmission Line, Mauws Ranch Stockwater Pipeline, and MacDonald Cabin Pipeline.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - NW ? NE ? Section 9, T8N, R9E. SW ? Section 16, T11N, R15E. E1/2 NW ? Section 2, T11N, R17E. Little Belt Mountains.
Willow Creek Road Reciprocal Right-of-Way
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange of road right-of-way with Sunlight Ranch Compay on Willow Creek Rd located on Musselshell Ranger District.Forest Service will grant Sunlight Ranch Company a Forest Road Easement in exchange for right-of-way across Sunlight Ranch Co. property
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Fergus. LEGAL - T12N, R21E, Sections 23, 24, and 25. Little Snowy Mountains.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   Rocky Mountain Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Benchmark Fuels Reduction
EA
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 12/20/2010
02/03/2010 
01/2011 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use of prescribed fire and mechanical fuels treatments to remove dead and diseased trees and ladder fuels to improve forest health, promote surface fire, retain mature fire-resistant trees, and protect homes and developments in the Benchmark area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=6823
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T19N R9W S10,11,14,15 and T20N R10W S26,35,36,15,16,22. Ford Creek and Wood Lake drainages, Rocky Mountains.
Benchmark Wilderness Ranch Resort Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Horn
406-466-5341
khorn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a 20-year permit to operate and maintain a public recreation resort on 17 acres of National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T20 R10W Sec. 22 (SW 1/4, NE 1/4). Benchmark area; lower Fairview Creek drainage, Rocky Mountains.
Gates Park Pack Bridge
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Ian Bardwell
406-466-5341
ianbardwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair existing bridge structure.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T23N R10W S5. North Fork Sun River Trail #110, Gates Park area, Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Mattingly Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continued authorized use of right of way on 0.12 miles of National Forest land to access a private road on private lands.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T22N, R9W, Section 22 SE 1/2. Rocky Mountains.
Moose Creek Trail #131 Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Ian Bardwell
406-466-5341
ianbardwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The reconstruction will include repair and installation of drainage structures, turnpikes, and puncheon bridges.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T23N, R10W, sections 19,20,29,30 and T23N, R11W, sections 25, 26, and 34. Lower 1/3 of Moose Creek Trail beginning at junction with Trail 166; NF Sun River, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Rocky Mountains.
Old Beaver-Willow Road Trail 282 Connector
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Ian Bardwell
406-466-5341
ianbardwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: One thousand feet of new trail will be built to connect Trail 292 to the Little Willow Trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T20N, R9W, Sections 2, 3, and 11. Rocky Mountains.
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Lewis And Clark National Forest,   White Sulphur Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Central Montana Communications Fiber Optic Line Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Central Montana Communiations will be replacing old lines with fiber optic lines.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. Little Belt Mountains.
Durocher Special Use Road Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private land owner requesting access across Forest Service to private inholding.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. Little Belt Mountains.
Grasshopper Special Use Road Permits (two permits)
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Service is proposing to issue two special use road permits to two landowners in the Grasshopper area of the Castle Mountains. The purpose for this proposal is to allow access to private inholdings.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T9N, R8E, Sections 17, 18, and 19. Castle Mountains.
Road 6424 and Road 6424029 Reciprocal Right-of-Way
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
03/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange of road right-of-way with Bair Ranch Foundation on Rd 6424 and Rd 6424029 located on White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. Forest Service will grant Bair Ranch Foundation a Forest Road Easement in exchange for right-of-way across Bair Ranch
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - A Forest Road Easement, granting and assigning nonexclusive use of those portions of existing Tenderfoot-Bair Road No. 6424029 across NFS land in Section 36, T14N, R4E, and across the easement reserve. Little Belt Mountains, Tenderfoot Creek Drainage.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.