Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2021 to 09/30/2021
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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Bitterroot National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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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
Forest Plan Amendment - Elk Habitat Objectives
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/18/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 06/2021 
Expected:11/2021
 
11/2021 Amy Fox
406-363-7120
amy.fox@usda.gov 
Description: The Bitterroot National Forest is evaluating the need to conduct a programmatic amendment for elk habitat objectives under the 1987 Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57302
Location: UNIT - Bitterroot National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Idaho, Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The programmatic forest plan amendment would cover the entire Bitterroot National Forest.
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Bitterroot National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eastside Forest & Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/11/2021 
Expected:06/2021
 
08/2021 Stephen Brown
406-777-7410
steve.brown2@usda.gov 
Description: Project proposes to use a mix of prescribed fire and pre-commercial thinning to address forest health and wildlife habitat improvement needs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59985
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District, Sula Ranger District, Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project covers most of the "eastside" of the Bitterroot National Forest located east of Highway 93, as well as the entire Sula Ranger District.
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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
Bitterroot Front
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2021 
Expected:12/2021  01/2022 Eric Winthers
406-821-4244
ewinthers@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project aims to increase forest resiliency by addressing insect and disease risks, reducing risk of high severity wildfire, maintaining/improving wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, as well as maintaining/improving recreation and roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57341
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Missoula, Ravalli. LEGAL - Multiple sections in: T10N/R20W-R21W, T11N/R20W-R21W, T2N/R21W-R22W, T3N/R21W-R22W, T4N/R21W-R23W, T5N/R21W-R23W, T6N/R21W-R22W, T7N/R21W-R22W, T8N/R21W-R22W, T9N/R20W-R21W. Project area includes Forest Service lands on the eastern front of the Bitterroot Range from Darby, MT (Trapper Creek area) to Florence, MT (McClain Creek area) on the Darby and Stevensville RDs.
C. Ben White Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/19/2021 
Expected:04/2021
 
06/2021 Mark Smith
406-821-1218
markrsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: The C Ben White - Stomberg trail proposal is Pack and Saddle designed, class 3 with 24" tread width and less than 15% grades. It involves new construction of 0.50 miles and 0.15 miles of road converted to trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59358
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. R21W, T2N, Sec 13.
Cold Spring Hill ATV Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2021 
Expected:06/2021
 
07/2021 Mark Smith
406-821-1218
markrsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would construct 5 new connector trails (approximately 0.70 miles total)while also converting existing closed FS Roads to trail status. The trail would be constructed to Trail Class 3 with 60" tread width.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59360
Location: UNIT - Darby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. R20W, T4n, Section 35W.
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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 Project - Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/25/2021
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Matthew Anderson
406-363-7121
matthew.anderson3@usda.gov 
Description: This SEIS for the Gold Butterfly Project will analyze a project-specific forest plan amendment related to management of old growth within the project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59262
Location: UNIT - Stevensville Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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.
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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 Fishing Access Site Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2021 
Expected:04/2021  06/2021 Mike Jakober
406-821-3269
mjakober@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would use boulders to create a parking area and prevent unauthorized, motorized access to a user-created route that is currently causing damage to a wetland along the East Fork Bitterroot River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59533
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Service land along the East Fork Bitterroot River at milepost 12.9 of the East Fork Highway.
Schultz Saddle Prescribed Burn
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/25/2021 
Expected:04/2021
 
09/2021 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:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55156
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.
Tolan Firewood Sale
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/19/2021 
Expected:05/2021
 
06/2021 Ryan Hughes
406-210-0869
ryan.hughes@usda.gov 
Description: Harvest of dead and/or dying tress on approximately 85 acres along the Tolan Road (FS 5740 road) and Hilltop Road (FS 13343 road). Harvest activity would be confined to within 150 feet of each side of the road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59310
Location: UNIT - Sula Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Proposed units are in T1N &1S, R18W, Sections 16, 20, 21, and 28; Principal Meridian.
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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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/21/2021 
Expected:09/2021
 
11/2021 Seth Carbonari
406-821-1212
scarbonari@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project purpose is to design and implement a suitable transportation system and to improve landscape resilience to disturbances, such as insects, diseases, and fire.
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.
West Fork Boat Launch Minor Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2021 
Expected:08/2021  08/2021 Erica Strayer
406-821-4298
erica.strayer@usda.gov 
Description: The West Fork Boat Launch is a developed site, equipped with a vault toilet, hardened boat ramp, information board, and parking. The proposed improvements include the installation of a picnic table, a few benches, interpretive signs on river and res
Location: UNIT - West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Ravalli. LEGAL - T1N, R21W, Sec 19. The West Fork Boat Launch is located approximately 18 miles southwest of Darby, MT, off of State Highway 473.
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