Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2018 to 12/31/2018
Beaverhead-Deerlodge 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 in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Butte Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Jefferson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Madison Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Pintler Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Wisdom Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,  Wise River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/21/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2018 
Expected:01/2019
 
02/2019 John Shivik
801-625-5667
johnashivik@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Boise National Forest All Units, Bridger-Teton National Forest All Units, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest All Units, Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Jackson, Moffat, Routt, Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Churchill, Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine, Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, Platte, Sublette, Teton, Weston, Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sagebrush lands in National Forests of Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, southwest Montana, southwest & south-central Wyoming and northern Colorado.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge 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 Supplemental EIS and New Information Review - Bighorn Sheep
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/10/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
10/2018 Jan Bowey
406-842-5432
jbowey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Supplemental analysis for the 2009 FEIS approving the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan in response to a June 14, 2016 Court Order to disclose potential environmental affects from interagency MOUS dated 2002 and 2008 for a bighorn sheep transplant
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50067
Location: UNIT - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Greenhorn, Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountains in southwest Montana.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pintler Face
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/07/2016 
Expected:04/2018
 
06/2018 Pam Fletcher
406-494-0231
pamfletcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Purpose is to achieve Forest Plan Goals including timber management, aquatic improvement, wildlife habitat improvement. Proposed activities include commercial timber harvest, travel management, and reduction of conifer encroachment in sagebrush.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49404
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District, Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Deer Lodge. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Fishtrap-Mt. Haggin and Pintler Face Management Areas within the Big Hole Landscape.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Butte Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brown's Gulch - Lockhart Boundary Fence Extension
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/21/2016 
Expected:12/2016
 
04/2017 Lucas Phillips
208-677-8290
ljphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to extend the existing fence about 1100 feet with wildlife friendly barbed wire fence to keep livestock from trailing back and forth between pastures. If the initial route doesn't work we will add the second extension shown on the map.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50524
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T5N, R8W, Section 23. Upper Clark Fork Landscape, Butte North Management Area.
CDNST Pipestone Pass Trailhead Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/23/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
08/2018 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would address public safety for CDNST users for safe ingress/egress at Pipestone Pass. The Proposed Action would construct a new trailhead approximately 1,000 feet east of the current location for 10 vehicles and 4 truck/trailers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53418
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - Section 2, T 1 N, R 7 W. T1N, R7W sec11.
Eagle's Nest Trail Extension
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/17/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
07/2016 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to construct about 2,280 ft. of non-motorized trail parallel to the road from the Eagles Nest Trailhead to the picnic area. The trail will provide a safer route for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders who currently use the road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49403
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Thompson Park in the Upper Clark Fork Landscape Backyard Butte Management Area.
East Fork Divide Creek Beaver Analog
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2018 
Expected:12/2018
 
05/2019 Erin Ryan
4064940244
eryan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to restore a natural functioning wetland system to East Fork Divide Creek. Beaver analog structures will promote increased connectivity to the floodplain and groundwater storage, re-wetting the broad riparian corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54136
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T2N, R8W, Sec 28,29, and 33. Project area is located in the Burton Park Management Area in the Jefferson River Landscape, east of I-15. Project area extents are within the Upper Divide Creek 6th code HUC.
Moulton Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/24/2017 
Expected:03/2017
 
04/2017 Jocelyn Dodge
406-494-0246
jdodge@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would permit continued maintenance and grooming of about 15 kilometers (9 miles) of non-motorized trails for cross country skiing from December 1st through March depending on conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51163
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T4N, R7W, Sections 7,18 and T3N, R7W, Section 19 . Upper Clark Fork Landscape , Backyard Butte Management Area0.
Red Rocks Vegetation Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/15/2018 
Expected:11/2018
 
01/2019 David Sabo
406-494-2147
dsabo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce stand density and increase age class, size class, and species diversity; reduce conifer encroachment; provide forest products.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51022
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area is located in the Boulder River landscape, primarily northwest of I-15 near the towns of Bernice and Basin.
S Fk N Fk Divide Creek Channel Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/14/2018  10/2018 Erin Ryan
4064940244
eryan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The S Fk-N Fk of Divide Creek has reaches with alterations such as straightened stream channels and ditches. Potential restoration activities include reconnecting altered channel to existing, original channel and adding woody debris for habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53973
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - T1N R9W Sec 7. Project area is located in the Northeast Fleecer Management Area in the Big Hole Landscape, west of I-15. Proposed project reach(es) are upstream of South Fork Reservoir.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Andrus Allotment Range Improvements
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/20/2016 
Expected:06/2016
 
07/2016 Katie Bonogofsky
406-683-3959
kjbonogofsky@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose development of eight springs and installation 1.5 miles of fence in two sections on the Andrus Allotment to help distribute cattle and allow the permit holder the flexibility to meet allowable use levels on streams in the allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49371
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T7S, R14W, Sections 11, 13, 14, 23, 26, 27, 36. Big Hole Landscape Management Area (see Lima Temdoy Landscape for MA Direction), Selway-Saginaw Management Area.
Andrus and Bull Creek Allotments Range Improvement Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/23/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
07/2018 Elizabeth Herrmann
406-683-3988
eherrmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to develop 10 springs, construct two drift fences totaling 1.5 miles of fence on the allotments, and install a hardened water crossing at the fence line's water gap on Bailey Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53601
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lima Tendoy Landscape, Selway-Saginaw Management Area and Pioneer Landscape, West face Management Area.
Selway Gravel Pits Expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/31/2018 
Expected:10/2018
 
06/2019 Clifford Stout
(406) 683-3961
cliffordstout@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to expand up to four existing gravel pits in the Selway and Bloody Dick Drainages over the next 20 years for road improvement projects. Two pits are in the Tash Peak and one in the West Big Hole IRA. See scoping letter and maps.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54570
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Junction Pit:T8S, R15W, S27 Kitty Creek Pit: T9S, R15W, S3 Selway Pit: T8S, R15W, S26,27,35,34 Mile Post 12 Pit: T07S, R14W, S28 . Selway Saginaw Management Area in the Lima-Tendoy and Big Hole Landscapes.
Selway Meadows Hardened Stream Crossings
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2017 
Expected:05/2017
 
08/2017 Kyle Schmitt
307-358-1631
kschmitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to install up to three hardened stream crossings and sections of fence at primary livestock crossing sites on the lower reach of Selway Creek. The project would protect streambanks, reduce sediment, and narrow the stream channel.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51240
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T8S, R15W, Sections 14 & 23. Lima Tendoy Landscape, Selway Saginaw Management Area.
Tendoy Lake Dam Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/19/2017 
Expected:05/2017
 
07/2017 Kevin Weinner
907-874-7567
kweinner@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is proposed to remove the deteriorated and failing dam on Tendoy Lake to ensure water that leaves the lake stays in the Willow Creek drainage. The project is intended to benefit native fish and won't change water levels in the lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51235
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T4S, R11W, Section 4. Pioneer Landscape, Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness Management Area.
Tendoy Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2015
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
08/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The BLM Dillon field Office and USFS Beaverhead-Deerlodge are starting the Environmental Assessment(EA) on an Application for Permit to Drill, submitted by the Lima Exploration Company, LLC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48576
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Two locations are being considered: BLM site is Shearing Pen Gulch-access from Big Sheep Creek Road, FS site White Pine Ridge-access from Little Sheep Creek Road.
Willow Creek Fish Barrier
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Weinner
907-874-7567
kweinner@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to work with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks to modify the existing waterfall on Willow Creek to become a fish barrier to contribute toward future native fish restoration and benefit existing restoration projects.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51237
Location: UNIT - Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T4S, R10W, Section 18. Pioneer landscape, Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness and East Face Management Areas.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Jefferson Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Britton Amateur Radio Repeater -DUPLICATE can not delete.
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/20/2015 
Expected:03/2015
 
05/2015 Don Despain
406-846-1770
ddespain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to install an amateur radio repeater adjacent to the existing equipment at the Donald R. Communication Site, currently occupied by Quest Corporation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46463
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T1N, R6W, Section 19. Located in the Jefferson River Landscape, Pipestone Management Area.
Little Gem Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/04/2017 
Expected:11/2017
 
05/2018 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to approve the continued use of an excavator and front end loader to move overburden and large boulders covering an area on an unpatented mining claim to mine for crystals.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51996
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T2N, R6W, section 33. Pipestone Management area of the Jefferson River Landscape in the Radar Creek area.
Sadler Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/29/2016 
Expected:06/2016
 
06/2016 David Sabo
208-756-5279
dsabo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit vehicle access to private property through across 56 feet of National Forest land. It would allow the holder to improve, use and maintain a private driveway.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49512
Location: UNIT - Jefferson Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T7N, R5 W, Section 21. Boulder River Landscape, Basin-Cataract Management Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Madison Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Basin Creek Mine Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/11/2016 
Expected:10/2016
 
11/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to do exploration digging into collapsed tunnels using a mini excavator, skid-steer and posthole digger (1-3 person crew). A trommel would be used to investigation diggings. Reclamation of all areas will be done upon completion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49393
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located in the Gravelly Landscape in the Upper Ruby Management Area.
Crockett Lake Whitebark Pine Demonstration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/23/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
10/2014 Paul Roose
406-682-4253
plroose@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is intended to remove all conifers and slash (except limber pine) from the understory in identified whitebark pine stands in order to reduce competition and increase sunlight so that the WBP reproduces fully and faster.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=34987
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T9S, R2W,Section 5. Gravelly Landscape, Upper Ruby and Wigwam-Cherry Managment Areas.
Greenhorns Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/08/2017 
Expected:09/2018
 
09/2018 Clint Kolarich
406-683-3895
ckolarich@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project is to help restore and maintain the structure, function, composition and ecological connectivity of the forest system in order to increase resiliency to future natural disturbance events like wildfire, insects, and disease.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51053
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project addresses lands in the Greenhorn Range in the northwest corner of the Gravelly Mountains, Madison Ranger District, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
Hill Reservoir Dam Decommisioning Revised
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2016 
Expected:06/2016
 
08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes the same work attempted in 2014 under a previous decision to breach the dam with explosives. It wasn't completed because of a constriction in the culvert. This revision of the proposal is to do the same work with an excavator.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49422
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T3S, R4W, sections 25 & 36. Tobacco Roots Landscape, Tobacco Root Peaks Management Area.
Klatt (Kelly) Reservoir Dam Decommissioning
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2016 
Expected:06/2016
 
08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project to decommission the Klatt Dam is proposed to prevent failure should the old corroded culvert should a heavy snow or rain event clog the piped causing water to overflow the dam. An excavator would be used to breach it at the outlet.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49423
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T10S, R1W, section 18. Gravelly Landscape, Wall Creek Management Area.
MT58_Voigt Plan of Operations
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/21/2017  06/2018 Sonny Thornborrow
208-737-3205
sthornborrow@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to remove 8000 tons of mine waste material from multiple sites in the South Meadow Creek area. Access and waste rock material haulage will be primarily along forest roads #9648, 9649, 9649a, 1224 and 1221.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49379
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located at T4S, R2W, Sec(s) 19 & 30 in the Tobacco Root Landscape in the Tobacco Root Peaks and Meadow Creek Management Area.
Narrows Pond Dam Reconstruction
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2016 
Expected:06/2016
 
08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to rebuild the dam on Narrows Pond which breached slightly and eroded over time. We seek to rebuilt it 2 feet higher to hold enough water to support embryo development and fry emergence of Artic Grayling and westslope cutthroat trout.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49424
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T16N, R41E, section 29. Gravelly Landscape, Chain of Lakes Management Area.
Nelson Water Pipeline Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2016 
Expected:06/2016
 
07/2016 Jacob Stewart
406-682-4253
jwstewart@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is a proposal to issue a special use permit to allow connection of a pipeline to the overflow of a water trough on NFS lands and install approximately 2000 feet of subsurface line to water livestock on adjacent private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49426
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T4S, R2W, section 21. Tobacco Root Landscape, Meadow Creek Management Area.
Ruby River Winter Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 03/30/2018  08/2018 Jenna Roose
406-682-4253
jmroose@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to improve 325-acres of winter habitat for moose along the Ruby River in the Gravelly Landscape, Snowcrest Mountain Recommended Wilderness Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50836
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T9S R3W, Sec. 33, T10S R3W Sections 3, 4, 9, 16, 21, 29 and 32. Gravelly Landscape, Snowcrest Mountain Recommended Wilderness Management Area, along the Ruby River. .
South Gravelly Allotment Management Plans
EIS
- Grazing management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/14/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Jacob Stewart
406-682-4253
jwstewart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Review grazing practices and infrastructure for 4 domestic livestock grazing allotments (Eureka Basin, Pole Creek, Southwest Corner and Robb Creek)to ensure compliance with applicable Forest Plan direction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48643
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead, Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South end of the Gravelly and Snowcrest Mountains, Beaverhead and Madison Counties, Montana.
Strawberry to Cascade Allotment Management Plan
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/14/2018
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
06/2020 Jenna Roose
406-682-4253
jmroose@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revise as necessary grazing management on the Barnett, Black Butte, Coal Creek, Cottonwood, Fossil, Hellroaring, Lyon, Wolverine, Poison Basin and portions of the Upper Ruby allotments in the Gravelly Mountains.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54522
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Barnett, Black Butte, Coal Creek, Cottonwood, Fossil, Hellroaring, Lyon, Wolverine, Poison Basin and portions of the Upper Ruby allotments in the Gravelly Mountains.
West Fork Madison River Stream Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2017 
Expected:06/2017  08/2017 Darin Watschke
406-657-6200
dwatschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to use bioengineering techniques to create up to 20 pool habitats to improve stream habitat condition and water quality to improve long-term persistence of westslope cutthroat trout in their native range.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51222
Location: UNIT - Madison Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T12S R3W Sec 12 and T12S R2W Sec 7. Gravelly Landscape, Upper Ruby Management Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Pintler Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cornish Gulch Exploration
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/12/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
06/2018 Steve Kelley
406-494-0222
slkelley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would authorize Mr. Nelson to placer mine a pile of material that measures approximately 20 feet wide, 40 feet long and 10 feet high.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53790
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cornish Gulch, T6N, R16W, section 10.
Goldberg Water System Decomission
CE
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/11/2016 
Expected:07/2016
 
08/2016 Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to decommission an irrigation water system consisting of a diversion, ditch, flume and reservoir to resolve safety concerns and restore the natural water flow.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49432
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - T9N R12W Sections 26 & 35. Clark Fork Flint Landscape, Flint Foothills Management Area.
Little Hogback - Meyers Salvage Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/14/2018 
Expected:11/2018
 
12/2018 Cameron Rasor
406-859-3211
crasor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest is proposing to salvage 1,531 acres of dead, dying or imminently dead timber from the Little Hogback and Meyers fires of 2017.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53959
Location: UNIT - Pintler Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Little Hogback is located 12 miles northwest of Philipsburg, (1,200 acres in T 8N, R 16W) and Meyers located 21 miles southwest of Philipsburg (331 acres in T 3&4N R 16W).
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Wisdom Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bender and Doolittle Creek Fish Barriers
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/25/2017 
Expected:05/2017
 
06/2018 Kevin Weinner
907-874-7567
kweinner@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to install fish barriers in two locations to increase the amount of habitat available to westslope cutthroat trout(WCT)in Bender and Doolittle creeks in the Big Hole River drainage. The project will support MTFWP work to restore WCT.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51223
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T4S, R10W, Sec 18 and T1S, R14W, Sec 29. West Face Management Area in the Pioneer Landscape, and Tie-Johnson Management Area in the Big Hole Landscape.
Chief Joseph Ski Trail Maintenance & Construction
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Nathan Gassmann
406-784-2344
ngassmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would re-shaping the existing road prism on the old log hauling routes used as ski trails and dig stumps on approximately 32 kilometers of cross country ski trails and construct a connector trail between Moose and Sentinel Meadow trails.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=36828
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Lemhi, Beaverhead, Ravalli. LEGAL - T 2S, R 19W, Sections 2 and 3. Trail Creek Management Area, Big Hole Landscape, a small portion of the trails overlaps on the Bitterroot and Salmon/Challis National Forests.
Christiansen Creek Conifer Expansion
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/22/2018 
Expected:07/2018
 
08/2018 Jesse Myers
406-832-3178
jmmyers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hand cut or burn conifers seedlings and saplings expanding into 11 units in Christiansen Creek as displayed in the Project Area Map in order to move conditions toward forest plan vegetation goals.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54037
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T1N, R14W, Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18. Pioneer Landscape, West Face and West Pioneer Wilderness Study management areas.
Roadside Hazard Tree Removal #9
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2018  09/2018 Leaf Magnuson
406-683-3950
lmagnuson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will remove dead, dying, and structurally unsound trees within 150 of either side of identified Forest Services roads and a portion of MT Highway 43 to reduce the hazard they pose to the travelling public.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50467
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple management areas in the Big Hole Landscape as shown on map.
Trail Creek Grassland Conifer Removel
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/04/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
09/2018 Molly Ryan
406-689-3243
mollymryan@fs.fed.us 
Description: We seek to improve riparian vegetation structure and composition in the Trail Creek area, proactively removing expanding conifers in this area would ensure this valuable riparian shrub/willow component is maintained and allowed to improve overtime.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53943
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 15 miles west of Wisdom, MT.
West Big Hole Ditches Hazard Removal Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/14/2016 
Expected:06/2018
 
07/2018 Jessica Dhaemers
406-689-3243
jdhaemers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of hazard trees along the Montgomery, Slag-A-Melt, and Low Furley north and south ditches on approximately 3.2 miles of the ditch easement within one tree length, (50 to 150 feet) from both sides of the ditch.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50512
Location: UNIT - Wisdom Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - Slag-A-Melt: T5S,R16W,Sections 8, 17,& 18; Low Furley N&S & Lower Montgomery: T4S,R16W,Section 32; and Montgomery: T5S R16W,Sections 5 & 6. Big Hole Landscape, Ruby Management Area.
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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,   Wise River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clementine Exploration Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/19/2015 
Expected:06/2016
 
07/2016 Licette Hammer
406-683-3911
lhammer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Clementine Exploration LLC Proposes to core drill(2 holes one location) and access for continuing geological work on the Clementine Exploration LLC mining claims. The project is estimated to take a 10 days to complete.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49361
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Silver Bow. LEGAL - Not Applicable. West flank of Fleecer Ridge in the Fleecer IRA. The project is located in the Big Hole Landscape and South Fleecer Management Area.
Schwinegar Lake Trail #2259 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/25/2017 
Expected:06/2017
 
07/2017 Roger Anderson
208-677-8303
rogeranderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: We plan to decommission the lower portion of Schwinegar Lake Trail #2259 that is eroding and causing resource damage. We propose to reroute about three quarters of a mile of trail along the contour line of the slope to tie in with Trail #2758.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51228
Location: UNIT - Wise River Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Beaverhead. LEGAL - T3S, R13W, Sections PB 39&8. Pioneer Landscape, West Pioneer Wilderness Study Area.
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