Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2018 to 06/30/2018
Helena National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest,  Helena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest,  Lincoln Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Helena National Forest,  Townsend Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2014 
Expected:04/2015
 
04/2015 Debbie Mucklow
406-758-6464
dmucklow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of existing outfitter and guide permits in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44827
Location: UNIT - Swan Lake Ranger District, Hungry Horse Ranger District, Lincoln Ranger District, Rocky Mountain Ranger District, Seeley Lake Ranger District, Spotted Bear Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Glacier, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
FNF Plan Revision & NCDE GBCS Amendment to the Lolo, Helena, Lewis & Clark,and Kootenai NFs
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/14/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Joseph Krueger
406-758-5243
jkrueger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Flathead NF is revising their forest plan and preparing an amendment providing relevant direction from the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Lolo, Helena, Kootenai, and Lewis & Clark National Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/flathead/fpr
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units, Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units, Flathead National Forest All Units, Helena National Forest All Units, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Flathead, Glacier, Granite, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Sanders, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Flathead National Forest; portions of the Lolo, Kootenai, Helena, and Lewis & Clark NF found in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (grizzly bears).
Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/01/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2018 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 Deborah Entwistle
406-495-3774
dentwistle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan revision for the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/hlc/forestplanrevision
Location: UNIT - Lewis And Clark National Forest All Units, Helena National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Cascade, Chouteau, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Gallatin, Glacier, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Missoula, Park, Pondera, Powell, Sweet Grass, Teton, Wheatland, Yellowstone. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests.
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Helena National Forest,   Helena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Helena Permit Change and Reissuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: The City of Helena proposed an increase right of way width from 7.5 feet to 100 feet on either side of the flume structure to reduce risk to wildfire and tree strikes. All other permit authorizations remain the same
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=42061
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The proposal applies to upper Tenmile southwest of Helena, MT.
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Road to Trail Conversion and Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Recreation management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Roy Barkley
406-495-3853
rbarkley@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Helena Ranger District continues to implement the Divide Travel Plan by proposing to re-configure and improve the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) in 3 locations, existing roads 136-D1 and 1802-B2, and CDNST haul route re-route.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51764
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Legal location: 46.720498 -112.465862, (Faith Gulch, North) T. 11 N, R. 7 W., 46.595503 -112.298998 (Priest Pass, South),T. 10 N, R 6 W.,46.417960 -112.328979 (Telegraph, Northeast) T. 8 N, R 6 W. Legal location: 46.720498 -112.465862, (Faith Gulch, North) T. 11 N, R. 7 W., 46.595503 -112.298998 (Priest Pass, South),T. 10 N, R 6 W.,46.417960 -112.328979 (Telegraph, Northeast) T. 8 N, R 6 W.
Eakin Permit Re-issuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: Kirk and Cathy Eakin have a portion of their Garage and driveway on NFS lands. The area of the permit is directly off of Rimini Road. No authority exists to perform suitable land adjustment and no known survey error exists.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45742
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - RSW, T9N,Sec. 33. Rimini Road.
Elliston Creek Fence
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/02/2018 
Expected:03/2018
 
06/2018 Megan Dawson
406-495-3933
mbdawson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to build 1.5 miles of barbed wire fence on the hillside of the Elliston Creek Road. The purpose and need for the fence is to better manage the riparian conditions in Elliston Creek for bull trout.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53304
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 9N R 7W Section 11 and 12.
Holiday Private Access
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/01/2016  09/2016 Mark Hunting
406-495-3912
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application requesting access to private land. An exchange of reciprocal easements is possible, depending on alternative selected.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - T 8 N, R 6 W, Sec. 6. Little Blackfoot River/Telegraph Creek.
Lewis and Clark County Hedges Mtn. Communications Use
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2016  09/2016 Mark Hunting
406-495-3912
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application for long-term occupancy of site on Hedges Mtn. for communications use.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 11 N, R 1 E, Sec. 6. Hedges Mtn.
Little Blackfoot Dispersed Site Mitigation and Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/18/2016  08/2016 Kyle Whelan
406-495-3942
kylerwhelan@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will mitigate resource damage and manage dispersed recreational sites per the Divide Travel Plan Record of Decision, to restrict motorized use from impacting riparian areas, and restore damage to the watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49604
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Township 9 North Range 6 West, Township 8 North Range 7 West and Township 8 North Range 6 West. The proposed project is located in the Little Blackfoot Headwaters 5th Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) in the Helena Ranger District.
North Divide Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 04/15/2016  06/2017 Kyle Whelan
406-495-3942
kylerwhelan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Helena Ranger District proposes to improve the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) system and restore land impacted by redundant routes in the northern Divide between Mullan Pass and the northern Greenhorn face.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48909
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T11N R6W, T11N R5W, T10N R6W, T10N R5W. Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) system between Mullan Pass and the northern Greenhorn face. .
Northwest Divide Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2016 
Expected:12/2018
 
02/2019 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Divide Travel Plan closed numerous travel routes within the project area. In order to fully implement the travel plan decision closed routes will be obliterated and rehabilitated in addition hazardous mines within the area will be closed
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52807
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. North of Highway 12 near the Dog and Sweeney Creek drainages.
PPSR Private Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Scott Johnson
406-495-3795
sbjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application requesting access to private land.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson. LEGAL - T8N, R2W, Sec.2. Elkhorn Mountains.
Red Mountain Cabin Removal
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permittees will move cabin off the Forest to private land. Road use permit issued afterward for private property access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47544
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located in the Upper Tenmile Municipal Watershed about 10 air miles southwest from the city of Helena.
Skelton Private Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use application requesting private access to two separate tracts of private land. An exchange of reciprocal easements will be required, thus allowing the public access to adjacent NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 12 N, R 1 W, Sec. 31, T 13N, R 1 E, Sec. 19. Soup Creek, Elk Ridge.
Spotted Dog Southwest Divide Restoration 2017
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/01/2017 
Expected:04/2018
 
06/2018 Timothy Olson
406-495-3738
taolson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would implement a portion of the Divide Travel Plan by closing and/or decommissioning up to 100 miles of non-system routes and dispersed recreation sites. This project would not include any new travel decisions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51906
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Spotted Dog/ Southwest Divide area of the Helena Ranger District, west of the Little Blackfoot River.
Tenmile - South Helena Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/27/2017 
Expected:06/2018
 
07/2018 Allen Byrd
406-495-3903
allenbyrd@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to conduct fuel treatments for the purposes of maintaining consistent water quantity-quality within Helena's municipal watershed and improving conditions for public and firefighters safety across the landscape in the event of a wildfire
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45725
Location: UNIT - Helena Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located within the Upper Tenmile watershed, the primary source of municipal water for the City of Helena, and extends east through Colorado Gulch and the South Hills area of Helena.
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Helena National Forest,   Lincoln Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arrastra Trail #482 Re-Route
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/25/2017  10/2017 Forest Moulton
406-362-7007
forestwmoulton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Arrastra Trail #482 is a popular trail for accessing the Scapegoat Wilderness for both hikers and stock parties. The proposed reroute would move the trail from the valley bottom to the sidehill for a approx. 0.25 miles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49596
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Powell. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Continental Divide Trail # 440 at Stemple Pass.
Copper Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/30/2014 
Expected:03/2018
 
04/2018 Jarel Kurtz
406-362-7031
jkurtz@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is proposing to treat aspen and whitebark pine in the Snow/Talon fire burn scar.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45048
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T15N, R9W, Sections 1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15. T15N, R8W, Sections 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17,18,22,26,27. Copper Creek Project is located approximately 5 miles north east of Lincoln, running adjacent to FS road #330. Project area lands are situated in the Copper Creek drainage in the 2003 Snow/Talon Fire scar.
Davis Fire Restoration and Replanting
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 09/19/2016  10/2016 Riley Dopler
509-395-3405
rdopler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replanting of White Bark Pine in a fire rehab area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48625
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Davis Fire complex near Helena, MT.
Granite Butte WBP Test Plantation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Riley Dopler
509-395-3405
rdopler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Helena National Forest would like to host the whitebark pine cycle 5 performance test plantation on the Lincoln Ranger District (15 to 20 acres). The intent of the tests is to evaluate white pine blister rust resistance, seed zones, and cold.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48665
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T 13 N R 7 W S 23 & 26. Near Lincoln, MT.
Lincoln Non-Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/30/2017  01/2017 Josh Lattin
208-839-2108
joshlattin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lincoln Ranger District has a need to reissue an existing Outfitter and Guide Permit. Mike McCormick of the Sunset Guest Ranch currently has a valid permit that expire on 06/03/2015.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46915
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Rittle and McCormick Outfitter and Guide Permit Areas.
Poorman Creek Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2016 
Expected:04/2018
 
04/2018 Katherine Condon
(406) 495-3724
kcondon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lincoln Ranger proposes to restore a section of Poorman Creek which lacks floodplain connectivity and a properly functioning riparian area, due to channelization caused by historic placer mining activity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49327
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T13N R08W S22-23. The stream segment is approximately 1500 feet in length and is located south of Lincoln along Stemple Pass Road.
Poorman Willow Stocktank
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/10/2017 
Expected:03/2018
 
03/2018 Erin Fryer
406-547-6013
efryer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to install a short pipeline an a 350 gallon stocktank in the Poorman/Willow Allotment in order to better distribute livestock throughout the allotment and reduce grazing pressure along the bottom-lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52806
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 13N R 9W Section 21.
Rogers Pass Trailhead Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/31/2016 
Expected:09/2018
 
09/2018 Josh Lattin
208-839-2108
joshlattin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lincoln Ranger District is looking to improve the trailhead at Rogers Pass in order to reduce resource impacts to Pass Creek, increase safety to motorists and CDNST users, increase the visibility of the site, and improve the visitor experience.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49567
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - T15N R6W Sec 9. The site is adjacent to Pass Creek near Rogers Pass.
Stonewall Vegetation Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/25/2016  09/2016 Sharon Scott
406-495-3943
sascott@fs.fed.us 
Description: Be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, maintain and improve viable mature habitat structure to support big game and other wildlife, promote resiliency with a mosaic of species, reduce fire hazard and potential, and provide timber products.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=30355
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 6 miles northwest of Lincoln in the Lincoln Gulch drainage.
Willow Creek Vegetation
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/28/2018 
Expected:04/2018
 
06/2018 Michael Stansberry
406-362-7000
mstansberry@fs.fed.us 
Description: A project being developed through a diverse collaborative process for forest restoration within a designated landscape to reduce the risk and extent of insect or disease infestations and to promote increased resilience of forest stands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51837
Location: UNIT - Lincoln Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lewis and Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East of Helmville, MT and South of Lincoln, MT within the Willow Creek watershed and tributaries of the Buffalo Creek watershed near Dalton Mountain.
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Helena National Forest,   Townsend Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Benign Solar
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/07/2017  07/2017 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operator proposes to use common placer sampling, excavation, and processing methods to explore for potential placer gold deposits located on a bench feature adjacent to Needham Gulch.
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 11N, R 2E Section 16.
Bigler Snowbank
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 01/19/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
07/2018 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project would continue the mining related activities at the Bigler Mine site and would begin excavation of a prospect trench to expose an inferred gold-bearing mineralized vein at the Snowbank Mine site for a term of 10 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53188
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 9N R 4E Section 28.
Deep-Dry-Grassy AMP Revision
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tracy Schilling
406-495-3870
tschilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue to authorize livestock grazing on the Deep Creek, Grassy Mountain, Dry Creek, and Timber cattle and horse (C&H) grazing allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52461
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Meagher. LEGAL - T6N, R4E. These allotments are located south of Highway 12 in the Big Belt Mountains, approximately 17 miles east of Townsend. This project encompasses Greyson , Carl, Cedar Bar, Hay, and Dry creek drainages.
Edith Whitebark Pine Test Plantation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Research and Development  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2018 
Expected:05/2018  06/2018 Riley Dopler
406-495-3920
rdopler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to test the resistance of 3-year old whitebark pine seedlings from multiple seed zones for seed transfer, cold hardiness and drought tolerance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53305
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 8N R 4E Section 36.
FS-NRCS Cooperative Allotment Water and Fence Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2016  10/2016 Tracy Schilling
406-495-3870
tschilling@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal will improve the water access and fencing on the Ray Creek, North fork, and Deep Creek/Grassy Mountain Allotments while protecting riparian areas until a new allotment plan is approved.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49289
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater, Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Ray Creek, North fork, and Deep Creek/Grassy Mountain Allotments on the Townsend RD of the Helena-Lewis & Clark NF.
Gipsy Lake Dam Restoration
CE
- Land ownership management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mark Hunting
406-495-3831
mhunting@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitation of a low-head dam to maintain a consistent water level and ensure the structural integrity of the dam.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47547
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Gipsy Lake near Townsend, MT.
JVM Placers-Upper Montana Bar
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/16/2016  10/2016 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: The permittee wants to use common placer sampling, excavation and processing methods to explore for potential placer gold deposits between Greenhorn and Montana Gulches in the Confederate Gulch vicinity of the Big Belt Mountains.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49686
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The divide between Greenhorn and Montana Gulches in the Confederate Gulch vicinity of the Big Belt Mountains.
Johnnies Gulch Tunnel (Exploration)
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/07/2016  09/2016 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permittee would utilize subsurface core drilling techniques to explore for valuable metallic minerals (e.g., gold) associated with, and generated by emplacement mechanisms similar to, those associated with the Miller Mountain Mine Complex.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49687
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Johnnies Gulch Tunnel Project site exists in an unnamed tributary to Johnnies Gulch and ultimately Whites Gulch located in the Big Belt Mountains.
Johnny's 1 & 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/02/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: A Plan of Operations was received for common placer sampling, excavation and processing methods to explore for potential placer deposits. Operator would use a mechanized hoe, all excavations would occur in a 20 foot by 30 foot area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52795
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 10N R2E Sections 11, 14.
Lundborg Cabin Disposal
CE
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Reid Stovall
406-495-3766
reidstovall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Through a Quit Claim in 2005, the FS inherited ownership of the Lundborg Cabin and associated structures; outhouse and pumphouse. The original cabin dates back to around 1900, but has been completely encased in modern siding.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46913
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T7N, R4E, Section 28. Site can be accessed by vehicle right off of highway 12 between Townsend and White Sulpher. It is located a few hundred yards west of the Rillway Cabin.
Magpie Stock Tank
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 06/20/2016  06/2016 Anthony Smith
406-266-3425
amsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose is to install a short pipeline ( -200ft) and one stock tank in the Magpie Allotment. This tank will help distribute livestock in the uplands and reduce grazing pressure on bottomlands. The headbox will be excavated and fenced.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48140
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - 12N 1 E Section 35 (46%u02DA45.372, 111%u02DA34.080). Magpie Allotment, Magpie Gulch in the North Belts.
Ray Creek Neild Property Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 04/01/2016  05/2016 Kyle Whelan
406-495-3942
kylerwhelan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Helena NF watershed group proposes to decommission non-system routes in the southern Big Belt mountain range in the vicinity of Ray Creek. This project is located on land recently acquired from the Neild Family.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46914
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Broadwater. LEGAL - T08N R04E Section 29 & 31,T07N R04E Section 6 Government Lot 2 . Neild Family property land aquisition.
Teddy Bar 1
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Hans Oaks
406-266-3425
hoaks@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operator is looking at mineral excavation from a dry bench in the Thomas Creek drainage for an inferred placer gold deposit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53504
Location: UNIT - Townsend Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Meagher. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T 11N R 3E Section 35.
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