Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
Bitterroot 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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R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  Darby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  Stevensville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  Sula Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest,  West Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Bitterroot 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
2017 Bitterroot Stand Improvement Thinning Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Amy Campbell
406-777-7421
aacampbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Non-commercial thinning of small trees in stands previously harvested, planted and are now densely stocked. Thinning will increase tree health and vigor, and reduce the risk of mountain pine beetle caused mortality and large fires in the future.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51131
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Units are scattered across the Bitterroot National Forest.
Bitterroot Fly Company Shuttle Permit Issuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/25/2018 
Expected:10/2019
 
11/2019 Bill Goslin
406-777-7419.
bgoslin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of a revoked shuttle permit to another permitee for the remainder of 10 year period.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. FS river access sites along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.
Montana All Mountain Adventures Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of a special use permit for a 10-year period to allow day use hiking, mountain biking, interpretive walks, snowshoeing and skiing.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Montana portion of the Bitterroot Forest on trails designated in the 5-year operating period.
Montana Wilderness School Special Use Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/21/2019  06/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 2-year transitional permit to allow for guided Leave-No-Trace backpacking trips for youth. This is a new outfitted use. After 2 years, reissue as a 10-year priority use permit provided performance is satisfactory.
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Portions of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on Stevensville, Darby and West Fork Ranger Districts. Travel on and off-trail. Emphasis is on Leave-No-Trace camping and traveling practices.
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Bitterroot National Forest,   Darby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Canyon Lake Dam Access for Repairs
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/15/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
08/2020 Eric Winthers
406-821-4244
ewinthers@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Canyon Creek Irrigation District adequate access to their facilities at Canyon Lake Dam. CCID requests access to their easement to make their facilities safe as required under federal dam safety laws.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55165
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T6N, R22W, SE1/4 Sec. 27, PMM, Ravalli County, Montana. The proposed project is located approximately 8 air miles west of Hamilton, Montana, on trail No. 525 in the Canyon Creek drainage in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Como Ridge Trail Construction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 05/09/2019  06/2019 Mark Smith
406-821-1218
markrsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Como Ridge Trail will be a newly constructed mountain bike designed trail. It will be 3.02 miles located on the ridge immediately south of Lake Como. Starting at the 550 and 13200 road junction and ending at the 550 and 550A road junction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54206
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - R21w, T4N, Sec 6. R21w, T4N, Sec 6. Lake Como.
Darby Lumber Lands Phase 2
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 07/31/2019  08/2019 Eric Winthers
406-821-4244
ewinthers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road system and vegetation management, commercial timber harvest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49700
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located along the Forest boundary, east of Darby, from Robbins Gulch watershed at the south end to Little Sleeping Child in the north. Rye Creek and North Fork Rye Creek are the larger streams in the project area.
Gird Creek GNA Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2019 
Expected:02/2020  07/2020 Jeffrey Shearer
406-375-2608
jeffreyshearer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would address current and increase resilience to future insect and disease issues in the project area as well as reduce hazardous fuels conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56927
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area is located along Forest System Road 714 (Gird Point Road) at the headwaters of Coffee, Tenderfoot, and Fullerton Gulches.
Jeeps and Rovers permit reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
billgoslin@usda.gov 
Description: REISSUANCE OF A TRANSITIONS SPECIAL USE PERMIT AS A PRIORITY USE PERMIT FOR THE REMAINDER OF A 10-YEAR TERM TO ALLOW FOR OUTFITED AND GUIDED JEEP TOURS.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Open forest roads in the Skalkaho, Sleeping Child and Rye Creek drainages.
North Sleeping Child Grazing Allotment EA
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Gilbert Gale
406-544-6321
ggale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of the North Sleeping Child Grazing Allotment for reissuance of grazing permits.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Sec 36 & portions of 35, T5N, R20W; Portions of Sec 31 & 32, T5N, R19W; Portions of Sec 1,2 & 3 T4N, R20W; Sec or portions of Secs 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, PB38, PB39, PB40 & PB41 T4N, R19W. Two Bear Creek on the Darby Ranger District.
TRIPLE CREEK DOGSLED
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
billgoslin@usda.gov 
Description: REISSUANCE OF A TRANSITIONAL SPECIAL USE PERMIT AS A PRIORITY USE PERMIT FOR THE REMAINDER OF A 10-YEAR TERM TO ALLOW FOR OUTFITTED DAY-USE DOGSLED TRIPS.
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. WEST FORK ROADS 468 & 5629. DARBY ROADS 75, 321, 5745, 73191, 369, 13256. DECEMBER TO MARCH. NO ROAD/SNOW GROOMING.
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Bitterroot National Forest,   Stevensville Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gold Butterfly
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/03/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
02/2020 Tami Sabol
406-777-7410
tjsabol@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project to harvest, thin, and prescribe burn forest stands to improve resilience to insects, disease, and wildfire and restore the fire return intervals. Move trailheads and manage roads to improve stream conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51486
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T.6N.R.18W. sec.1-12, 16-20, 29,30, T.6N.R.19W. sec. 1,2,10-15,22-27, T.7N.R18W.sec. 2-36,T.7N.R.19W. sec. 1,2,11-14,22-27,34-36, T.8N.R.18W.sec. 20,21,28-34. On the east side of the Bitterroot Valley, from Little Three Mile Creek south to Saint Clair Creek and from the Bitterroot Forest boundary east to the boundary with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.
MISSOULA PARKS AND RECREATION
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
01/2020 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
billgoslin@usda.gov 
Description: REISSUANCE OF A TRANSITIONAL SPECIAL USE PERMIT AS A PRIOIRITY USE SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR THE REMAINDER OF A 10-YEAR TERM TO ALLOW FOR YOUTH DAYTRIPS (HIKING, BIKING, XC SKIING AND SNOW SHOEING)AND BACKPACKING.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. STEVENSVILLE RD TRAILS: BIG CREEK, FRED BURR, SWEATHOUSE, GASH POINT DARBY RD TRAILS: CANYON CREEK LITTLE ROCK CREEK, COYOTE COULEE.
Mill Creek
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jeffrey Shearer
406-375-2608
jeffreyshearer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes a combination of commercial, non-commercial, and prescribed fire to treat vegetation stand conditions.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - S04, T06, R21 W, NE NW SW N2SE. project area located immediately south of Mill Creek trailhead.
Sawmill Undetermined Roads
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Marilyn Wildey
406-363-7101
mwildey@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to decommission 12.1 miles and store 2.9 miles of unneeded, non-system roads that are grown in with vegetation and pose no resource concerns. No physical ground disturbance is proposed other than installation of one Kelly hump.
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T8N R18W Sec(s)16, 17, 18, 20. Project located in the Sawmill Drainage, accessible from County Road 2700, the Burnt Fork Road, to NFSR 710 in the Sawmill drainage.
Threemile Good Neighbor Authority
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 07/23/2019  09/2019 Melissa Christensen
406-777-7425
melissajchristensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve overall forest health in the WUI by increasing resilience to disturbance (insects, diseases, and fire) and provide wood products. Projects would be conducted in conjunction with vegetation management carried out by Montana Fish Wildlife and P
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55246
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Township 10N, Range 19W, Sections 3,4,32, 34. Approximately 12 miles NE of Stevensville, MT.
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Bitterroot National Forest,   Sula Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Fork Ditch Fish Screen Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 05/07/2019  11/2019 Mike Jakober
406-821-3269
mjakober@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to install a fish screen on the headgate of the East Fork Ditch.
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T2N, R17W, S20NW?. The East Fork Ditch exits the north bank of the East Fork Bitterroot River at river mile 28.7, across from Bonanza lands subdivision 17 miles east of Sula, Montana.
McCart Lookout Defensible Space Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/19/2019  09/2019 Erica Strayer
406-821-4298
estrayer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce the threat of wildfire and restore the viewshed around the lookout by creating a 500' buffer (approximately 10 acres). The project proposes to mechanically remove dead and dying trees around the lookout.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55808
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. McCart Lookout is located on the Sula Ranger District (T. 2 N., R. 17 W., Section 33).
Schultz Saddle Prescribed Burn
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2019 
Expected:01/2020  03/2020 Jacquie Parks
406-821-4271
jmparks@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Schultz Saddle Rx is approx. 6,300 acres within the 2000 Valley Complex fire. The intent of this burn would be to clean up the fuels, open corridors for winter range, rejuvenate the elk habitat and improve a grazing allotment conditions.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/bitterroot/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1N R18W Sec 22-24, 36,25-26,13-14 T1N R17W Sec 19, 29-30. Schultz Saddle Rx is located 7 air miles southeast of Sula, MT and 8 air miles east of Lost Trail Ski Area.
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Bitterroot National Forest,   West Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mud Creek Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/06/2019 
Expected:05/2020
 
09/2020 Jeffrey Shearer
406-375-2608
jeffreyshearer@usda.gov 
Description: Project purpose is to design and implement a suitable transportation system, improve landscape resilience to disturbances, such as insects, diseases, and fire, and to conduct a programmatic Forest Plan amendment for elk habitat objectives.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55744
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located in the Mud Creek watershed and portions of the Nelson Lake, Little West Fork, Lloyd Creek, Lower Blue Joint, and Painted Rocks watershed areas of the Bitterroot Mountains.
Nez Perce Ranch Fuels Clean Up
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 07/23/2019  07/2019 David Fox
406-821-1226
dbfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Small tree thinning, handpiling, and prescribed fire on approximately 5 acres within the Wildland Urban Interface. Proposed treatments will reduce ladder and surface fuels, and change potential fire behavior in the event of a wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56158
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1N, R22W, Sec 35. Montana Meridian. Located along the Nez Perce Road approximately 2 miles west of the West Fork Road. Project borders Nelson Creek and the Nez Perce Fork of the Bitterroot River.
Piquett Creek Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/16/2019 
Expected:11/2019
 
06/2020 David Fox
406-821-1226
david.fox@usda.gov 
Description: Improve landscape resilience to disturbances (such as fire, insects and diseases) by diversifying forest structure and composition, and reducing fuels. Improve habitat diversity, forage quality and quantity for mule deer elk and bighorn sheep.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56774
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1N, R21W Sections 1-3, 9-12 & 15. The project is located about five miles southwest of Conner, MT within the Piquett Creek and West Fork Bitterroot River-Lloyd Creek watersheds.
Selway Wilderness Outfitters permit renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
12/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us 
Description: RENEWAL OF A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR A TEN-YEAR PERIOD TO ALLOW OUTFITTING FOR OVERNIGHT HUNTING AND SUMMER DAY-USE
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Not Applicable. SELWAY BITTERROOT WILDERENESS IN IDAHO.
West Fork Fishing Access
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/05/2019  04/2019 Bill Goslin
406-821-3269
bgoslin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of 29 special use permits for a ten year term to allow for day-use access to Forest Service fishing access sites on the West fork of the Bitterroot River. Sites include; Rombo, Marty's Bridge, West Fork, Applebury and Job Corps.
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The following boat launch sites: Rombo, Marty's Bridge, West Fork, Applebury, Job Corps.
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