Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
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
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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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
GCM Services, Inc. Archeological Investigations Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: GCM Services, Inc. has held a special use permit on the Lewis & Clark NF since 1992. The last permit, issued in 2008, has expired. They have applied for a new special use permit to authorize cultural resource surveys on projects yet to be defined.
Location: UNIT - Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Glacier, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Teton, Wheatland. Lewis and Clark National Forest, Forest-wide - as projects are identified.
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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
Little Belt Mountains Roadside Hazard Tree Removal (Mountain Pine Beetle)
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/09/2012  05/2012 Jan Fauntleroy
406-449-5201
jfauntleroy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazard trees dropped or removed on about 575 miles of priority roads for about 1 1/2 tree lengths each side. Tree not presenting a hazard would be retained. Same for selected rec & admin sites except for about 2 tree lengths.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33772
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District, Judith Ranger District, Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland. Little Belt Mountains.
Permit Reissuance for 6 Pastures and 1 Fenceline - Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2008 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 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:04/2012
 
05/2012 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
3 Rivers Communications Telephone Service to Cascade County Solid Waste Collection Site
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/06/2011  07/2011 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: 3 Rivers Communications has submitted an application to bury 240' of telephone line to the Cascade County Solid Waste Transfer Site. Installation would be within existing right-of-way. A special use permit would be issued for the installation.
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. Section 36, T15N, R7E, P.M.M., Cascade County, Montana.
Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/26/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
Actual: 07/28/2011 
06/2012 Jennifer Woods
406-791-7765
jjwoods@fs.fed.us 
Description: The vegetation treatments include commercial harvesting, pre-burn slashing, and prescribed burning. This project proposes 2.3 miles of road reconstruction and 4.3 miles of temporary road construction. All temporary roads would be completely oblitera
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26775
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. Little Belt Mountains, Dry Fork of Belt Creek Drainage.
Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Hoover Pit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special use permit to MDOT authorizing use of the Hoover Pit in the Little Belt Mountains for gravel crushing and hot plant operations for US Highway 89 maintenance.
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - N1/2 Section 31, T15N, R8E. Little Belt Mountains.
Pilgrim Creek Trailhead and Connector Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/07/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 John Metrione
406-236-5511
jmetrione@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct Trailhead parking area sufficient to park approximately 6 horse trailer towing units in addition to 2-4 non-towing vehicles. Construct 0.75 mile of connector trail to tie in with existing Trail #304 from the new trailhead.
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - SW section 23, T16N, R6E. Little Belt Mountains off Forest Road 839 in the Logging Creek Drainage, The Trailhead would be located approximately mile NW of the existing trailhead.
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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
Blacktail Hills Fuels Reduction
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/07/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 John Casselli
406-791-7723
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning to reduce fuels in stands by removing the Douglas-fir and encroachpromoting the existing ponderosa pine on approximately 370 acres. This proposal also includes 1290 acres of prescribed burning to remove fuels for wildlife and stand improvem
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.
Croff Reciprocal Access Exchange
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: James T and Holly Croff are exchanging road right-of-way easements with the Forest Service. The Forest Service will acquire access across Croff land on Frenchies Coulee Rd #6579. Croff will be granted across NFS lands on Lone Tree Boundary Rd #6578.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec 25, T16N, R9E. Judith Ranger District, Lone Tree Boundary Road #6587.
Highwood Mountains Range
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
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.
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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
Anest Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a private road special use permit to Jody Anest authorizing access to his private property in the Big Snowy Mountains.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Golden Valley. LEGAL - T11N, R19E, Sections 15, 16, 22, 23, 26. Big Snowy Mountains.
Little Snowy Mountains Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2008 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 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.
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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 Wilderness Ranch Resort Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012  04/2012 Karen Horn
406-466-5341
khorn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize and reissue a 20-year permit to operate and maintain a public recreation resort on 17 acres of National Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T20N., R10W., Sec. 22 (SW , NE ),. Benchmark Area of the Rocky Mtn Ranger District- Lower Fairview Creek drainage.
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.
Qwest Corporation Telecommunications (existing buried copper telephone line)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Qwest Corporation has submitted an application for a special use permit to authorize operation and maintenance of an existing buried copper telephone line. Previous permit for this line has expired. No new construction is planned.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Glacier. LEGAL - Sec 35 & 36, T31N, R13W; Sec 2, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 29, 30 & 31, T30N, R13W. Adjacent to US Highway 2, beginning at the National Forest boundary and ending at Marias Pass.
The Nature Conservancy Special Use Road Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Nature Conservancy submitted an application to use and maintain a non-system road for access to property recently purchased by TNC. The right-of-way is 50 ft wide, crossing a 15 foot strip of NFS land on the north side of Sourth Fork Teton Rd.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - Sec 33, T25N, R8W. The north side of South Fork Teton County Road - road provides access to TNC lands that are part of the Pine Butte Swamp Preserve.
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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
Grasshopper Special Use Road Permits (two permits)
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 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.
Sheep-Deadman Obliteration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
08/2012 Stan VanSickle
406-791-7743
svansickle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Watershed restoration project in portions of Sheep, Deadman, Harrison Cr. to obliterate and stabilize routes identified for decomissioning in the Little Belt, Castle, and North Half Crazy Mountains Travel Mgmt. Plan FEIS and Record of Decision(2007)
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T.12N. R.8E. Upper Sheep Creek Watershed.
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