Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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.
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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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/05/2012  06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38223
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
Permit Reissuance for 6 Pastures and 1 Fenceline - Castle, Crazy, and Big Snowies
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
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  Completed  Actual: 06/05/2012  06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30192
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.
Sun River Electric
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation and Maintenance of powerlines on the Rocky Mountain and Belt Creek Ranger Districts
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade, Lewis and Clark, Teton. LEGAL - Sec 4, T24N, R8W; Sec 25, 26 T25N R9W; Sec 2, 3, 4, T21N R9W; Sec 33, 34, 35 and 36, T22N R9W; Sec 25, 24, 23, 14, 10 & 11, T20N, R9W; Sec 1 & 12, T19N R9W; Sec 2, 11 & 10 T18N R8W; Sec 2 & 5, T17N R7. Multiple locations on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District and in Logging Creek area of the Belt Creek Ranger District.
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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
GTF Snowmobile Club Grooming Shed Special Use Permit Reissue
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013  02/2013 John Metrione
406-236-5511
jmetrione@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a term Special Use Permit for snowmobile club grooming shed and related facility. No changes or ground disturbing activities are proposed
Location: UNIT - Belt Creek Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Cascade. LEGAL - T. 13 N., R. 8 E. Sec. 34. Kings Hill Winter Recreation Area, Belt Creek.
Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Hoover Pit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/05/2012  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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36405
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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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
Croff Reciprocal Access Exchange
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38222
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 08/2012 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
John Fletcher Suber Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to John Fletcher Suber to replace an expired permit for use and maintenance of a road to access a private inholding.
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Judith Basin. LEGAL - Sec 12, T14N, R10E. Running Wolf area of the Judith Ranger District.
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.
Middle Fork ATV Trail Connector
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/04/2012  10/2012 John Metrione
406-236-5511
jmetrione@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project to construct the Middle Fork ATV trail connector to provide the public with a motorized trail opportunity as outlined in the 2007 Travel Management Plan (ROD). This project will reduce identified resource impacts and improve user safety.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39147
Location: UNIT - Judith Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T.12 N.,R.13E. S.35. Located in the Little Belt Mountains, Judith Ranger District, Lewis and Clark National Forest approximately 40 miles southwest of Stanford, Montana.
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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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
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.
Crazy M Ranch Irrigation Ditch
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Diversion located in Cottonwood Creek in the Crazy Mountains, diverting water into a ditch where it goes to private land for irrigation use.
Location: UNIT - Musselshell Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Sec 13, T6N, R10E PMM. Cottonwood Creek - Crazy 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 07/2012 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
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 Fuels Reduction III
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2004
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Michael Munoz
406-466-5341
mamunoz@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.
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 with the Rocky Mountains.
Benchmark Wilderness Ranch Resort Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/12/2012  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.
Glacier Electric
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  01/2013 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to replace an expired permit for operation and maintenance of electric transmission lines.
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Glacier, Pondera. LEGAL - Sec 2, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 29, 30 & 31 T30N, R13W and Sec 24, 25, 26, 35 & 34 T30N R12W. Adjacent to US Hwy 2 where it crosses the Rocky Mountain Ranger District and providing service to Mt Baldy electronic site.
Old Beaver-Willow Road Trail 282 Connector
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
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.
Pike Creek Obliteration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 06/20/2012
06/20/2012
06/20/2012
06/20/2012 
08/2012 Gary Allison
406-791-7700
gallison@fs.fed.us 
Description: A project to obliterate roads not identified as needed, or adopted as part of the official transportation network, in the Rocky Mountain Ranger District Travel Management Plan, Record of Decision for Badger-Two Medicine, March, 2009.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39204
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Pondera. LEGAL - T29N, R13W, Sec. 5 & 8. Rocky Mountain Ranger District, approximately 11 miles southwest of East Glacier, Montana. Pike Creek is a major tributary of Two Medicine River.
Reconstruction Trail #201 and Trail #110 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/25/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ian Bardwell
406-466-5341
ianbardwell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of the turnpike along Trail #201 immediately north of the wilderness boundary. The reroute will move the trail #110 from crossing a spring in a riparian area to crossing Biggs Creek in a more rock armored location.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38980
Location: UNIT - Rocky Mountain Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Teton. Rocky Mountains, The reroute on 110 (trail 201 turns into 110 at cabin creek, its the old district boundary) will move the trail from crossing a spring in a riparian area to crossing Biggs creek in.
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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
Castle Mountain Ranch Diversion and Ditch
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/05/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: A right-of-way 4 ft in width and approximately 1548 feet in length for use and maintenance of an irrigation ditch and headgates on Daniels Creek for irrigation of private land.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - NWNWSW Sec 22, T12N, R7E. Daniels Creek.
Flying S Ranch
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/05/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Tessa Donahue
406-791-7710
tessadonahue@fs.fed.us 
Description: authorization for the use and maintenance of a water transmission line to transport water from National Forest to private land for livestock watering.
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - S1/2 SW1/4 Sec 20 and E1/2 NE1/4 Sec 30, T12N, R6E. Sheep Mountain C & H allotment area.
Grasshopper Special Use Road Permits (two permits)
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 06/12/2012  06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33808
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T9N, R8E, Sections 17, 18, and 19. Castle Mountains.
Miller Fuels Reduction
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 Timothy Lahey
406-495-3950
tlahey@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine on approximately 100 acres surrounding a subdivision north of Miller Gulch on the west side of US Highway 89.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38978
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - T11N, R7E Sections 4, 5 & 9. Little Belt Mountains, Meagher County.
Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF)- RMRS Admin Facility
CE
- Special use management
- Facility management
- Research and Development 
Completed  Actual: 12/19/2012  08/2013 John Slown
406-329-3749
jslown@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Lewis and Clark National Forest, White Sulphur Springs Ranger District have executed an agreement and proposal for development of administrative facilities to support current and future research on the TCEF
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/experimental-forests/tenderfoot-creek-experimental-forest/
Location: UNIT - White Sulphur Springs Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Section 12, Township 13 North; Range 6 East. Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest, located within the Lewis and Clark National Forest,approximately six miles west of Neihart, Montana, south of County Road 586.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.