Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2008 to 03/31/2008
Kootenai 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) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Cabinet Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Fortine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Libby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Rexford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Kootenai National Forest,  Three Rivers Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aerial Application of Fire Retardant
EA
- Fuels management   Completed  Actual: 10/11/2007  10/2007 Christopher Wehrli
202-205-1332
fire_retardant@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to continue the aerial application of fire retardant to fight fires on National Forest System lands. An environmental analysis will be conducted to prepare an Environmental Assessment on the proposed action.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nation Wide.
National Forest System Land Management Planning - Proposed Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders   In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/31/2007
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2008 
Expected:02/2008
 
02/2008 Gina Owens
202-205-1187
gowens@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Agency proposes to publish a rule at 36 CFR part 219 to finish rulemaking on the land management planning rule issued on January 5, 2005 (2005 rule). The 2005 rule guides development, revision, and amendment of land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/emc/nfma/2007_planning_rule.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - All units of the National Forest System. Agency-wide.
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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Avista Powerline Right-of-way Maintenance
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2004 
Expected:01/2008
 
02/2008 Risa Devore
(208) 265-6623
rdevore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit renewal for maintenance of existing powerline corridor on portions of the Sandpoint Ranger District, Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle NF and portions of the Kootenai and Lolo NF
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District, Sandpoint Ranger District, Cabinet Ranger District, Superior Ranger District. STATE - Montana, Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Sanders. Portions of the Sandpoint and Couer d'Alene River R.D. on the IPNF and portions of the Kootenai and Lolo NF.
DNRC land exchange
EA
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/25/2006 
Expected:07/2008
 
08/2008 John Casselli
406-329-3787
jcasselli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lolo NF - Montana State DNRC land exchange State wants to trade isolated, scattered school trust lands surrounded by NFS lands; FS would consolidate ownership, acquire access, riparian, roadless & recreation lands & big game winter range.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo/projects/
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Granite, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Sanders. LEGAL - Too large an area for legal to be meaningful; 13,336 acres of FS lands in 39 parcels, mostly in Mineral county to exhange for 12,126 acres in 37 parcels MT lands, mostly in Mineral & Missoula counties. Western Montana -- all districts on Lolo NF, but mostly Superior RD, and one small parcel on Libby RD of Kootenai NF.
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Kootenai 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 Revision
CE
- Land management planning   On Hold  N/A  N/A Kirsten Kaiser
406-293-6211 ext 7659
kkaiser@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of Forest Plan management direction. On Hold pending resolution of the Court injunction by the Forest Service.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/kipz
Location: UNIT - Kootenai National Forest All Units. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - All NFS lands within the forest boundary. Kootenai National Forest.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Cabinet Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Avista Blacktail Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:11/2007  11/2007 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: grant access across a short section of NFS land to Avista Corporation to allow riparian area improvement work on company land, in the Blacktail Creek area.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - NE1/4 OF NW1/4; S27; T25N; R32W; PMM & E1/2 S22; T25N; R32W; PMM. west side of the Noxon Reservoir, at the mouth of Blacktail Creek.
Bull River Campground and ADA Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:03/2008  04/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhancing several campground units to either lengthen or convert to double units, and constructing an ADA trail to connect the front day-use are to the back day-use area where feasible. Would be phased in over several years.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S10; T26N; R33W; PMM. Bull River Campground, on the west end of the Cabinet District, near junction of Hwys 200 and 56..
District Travel Plan
EA
- Road management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:07/2009  09/2009 John Head
406-827-0738
jhead@fs.fed.us 
Description: mandated travel management planning on the Cabinet RD
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - various locations on the Cabinet Ranger District. district wide.
Emma Creek Trail 725 Extension
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2008 
Expected:05/2008  07/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Connect the Emma Creek trail from the current ending termini on the closed, heavily brushed in Road #2269, to the end of Haines Point Road #2265, utilizing as much of the historical trail as possible.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S30; T2N; R31W; PMM. Emma Creek Trail.
Exemption Strip Conveyance
EA
- Land ownership management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Bruce Haflich
406-827-0730
bhaflich@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 15 exemption strips will be evaluated for future management needs and potentially conveyed to private ownership if determined to be unnecessary for future management of NFS lands.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. Cabinet Ranger District.
Gem Peak Lookout Road Improvement
CE
- Road management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:12/2007  05/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrading and safety improvement on the popular road leading to the Gem Peak rental lookout (road #2205)
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S24; T25N; R34W; PMM & S19; T25N; R33W; PMM. Road #2205, leading to Gem Peak Lookout rental.
Gem Saddle Recreation Site Toilet Installation
CE
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2007 
Expected:11/2007  05/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: installation of vault toilet at the Gem Peak Saddle recreation site.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S24; T25N; R33W; PMM. Located at the saddle between Ulm Pk and Gem Pk, adjacent to the existing Gem Pk Warming Hut.
Little Beaver HFRA
EA
- Fuels management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2007 
Expected:04/2009  06/2009 Matthew Martens
406-827-0705 or 406-827-3533
mmartens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel reduction/management under HFRA authority
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S31; T23N; R30 W; PMM, S6,7,17,18,20; T22N; R30W; PMM, S13; T22N; R31W; PMM. . Little Beaver Creek drainage, south of the Clark Fork River, south end of the Cabinet District.
Marten Creek Timber Sales and Associated Activities
EIS
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/27/2007
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2008 
Expected:03/2008
 
08/2008 John Head
406-827-0738
jhead@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest on approximately 1,860 acres, along with prescribed burning, road decommissioning, and watershed/fish habitat improvement.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - All or portions of T25N, R34W; T25N, R33W; T25N, R32W; T24N, R33W; and T24N, R32W; PMM. Marten Creek drainage, approximately 7 air-miles northwest of Trout Creek, Montana..
McKay Flats West Fuel Reduction
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew Martens
406-827-0705 or 406-827-3533
mmartens@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed fire and thinning of stands to improve stand health and reduce fuels on approximately 200 acres.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T26N, R32W, Sections 32, 33. Adjacent to State Highway 200, near Noxon Rapids Dam development site.
Miners Girdle/Bear Slope Timber Sale
CE
- Forest products   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/17/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2007 
Expected:01/2008
 
06/2008 Dave Clay
406-827-3533 x0717
dclay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage Sale for the removal of previously girdled western larch trees over approximately 8 acres; and commercial thinning to remove trees of low vigor over approximately 28 acres using tractor or skyline logging systems.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T24N, R29W, Sections 5 and 6. Vermilion River drainage, approximately 14 air-miles due west of the Cabinet Ranger Station..
North Fork Bull River Channel Reconstruction
CE
- Watershed management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:12/2007  05/2008 Craig Neesvig
406-827-0734
cneesvig@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of segment of N. Fork Bull River, where late winter peak flow caused segment to reroute down the access road.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S1,11,12; T28N; R33W; PMM. Near or on FS Rd #2722, N. Fk. Bull River Road. .
North Shore Campground Expansion and ADA Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:03/2008  04/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of 3 additional units to ADA standards, enhancements of several existing units, relocation of fee station, and making day-use area ADA-compliant by fixing tables, replacing fire rings and constructing trails.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S6; T24N; R31W; PMM, Sanders County. North Shore Campground, near Trout Creek, MT.
Plum Creek FRTA
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2007 
Expected:10/2007  10/2007 Dave Clay
406-827-3533 x0717
dclay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plum Creek Timber Company has requested grant of a FRTA road easement to access a portion of one of their sections of land in the Vermilon River area, near Bear Creek to faciliate timber harvesting operations there (to build about 1/2 mile of road).
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - Upper Vermilion River drainage, near Bear Creek. S5,6,7; T24N; R29W, AND S33; T25N; R29W; PMM.
Rental Lookout Toilet Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:03/2008  06/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: replacing the existing outdoor pit toilets with wooden structures at both Gem Peak and Sex Peak lookouts.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S19; T25N; R33W; PMM & S25; T23N;R32W; PMM; Sanders County. Gem Peak and Sex Peak Rental Lookouts - Cabinet Ranger District.
Rice Ridge Timber Sale
CE
- Forest products   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/17/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2007 
Expected:01/2008
 
06/2008 Dave Clay
406-827-3533 x0717
dclay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning to remove trees from the understory, to improve stand vigor over approximately 70 acres, using ground-based skidding equipment.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - T26N, R34W, Section 33. Rice Creek, approximately 13 air-miles northwest of the Cabinet Ranger Station, near Noxon, MT.
Saint Paul Trailhead Improvement
CE
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:12/2007  05/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrade existing toilet and gravel the parking area at the popular Saint Paul Lake trail head.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - S3; T27N; R32W; PMM Sanders County. Saint Paul Lake Trailhead (trail #646), on the west side of the Cabinet Mtn Wilderness.
Special Use Permit Renewals
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2007 
Expected:12/2007  01/2008 Les Raynor
406-827-3533
lraynor@fs.fed.us 
Description: various SUP renewals, various locations on district.
Location: UNIT - Cabinet Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Sanders. LEGAL - various. various.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Fortine Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Meadow Hazardous Fuels Reduction
EA
- Fuels management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/20/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2007 
Expected:09/2007
 
11/2007 Michael Burow
406-882-4451 x8318
mburow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanically reduce fuels (thinning, slashing, piling, and burning) on approximately 2000 acres.
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T35N, R26W; T35N, R27W; T34N, R26W; T34N, R27W; PMM.. Barnaby Lake, Marl Lake, Frank Lake, and Meadow Creek areas..
North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/11/2006 
Expected:09/2007
 
10/2007 Marcy Butts
406-882-4451 x8341
mbutts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide Outfitter and Guide services to the public, both consumptive and non-consumptive.
Location: UNIT - Fortine Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T37N, R24-29W; T36N, R24-30W; T35N, R24-31W; T34N, R24-31W; T33N, R24-31W; T33N, R24-31W; T32N, R25-28, 30W; T31N, R26W . North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Libby Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
A-Far Placer
CE
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2007 
Expected:03/2008
 
06/2008 Leslie McDougall
406-283-7568
lmcdougall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to operate a 2 1/2 inch suction dredge in Silver Butte Creek at 3 locations. A maximum of 5 cubic yards of material will be disturbed. Exploration holes measuring 4 feet by 2 feet will also be dug to be panned. Less than 5 acres.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T25N, R30W, Section 4. Silver Butte Creek.
Brush Creek Fire Salvage
EA
- Forest products   In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/09/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2008 
Expected:03/2008
 
06/2008 Denise Beck
406-293-7773 x7504
dmbeck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Recover economic value of fire-killed timber in a timely manner and contribute to long-term yield of forest products.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T30N, R26W, Sections 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16, PMM, Lincoln County, Montana. Brush Creek .
Libby Ranger District Motorized Travel Management Planning
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2008 
Expected:09/2008  09/2008 Leslie McDougall
406-283-7568
lmcdougall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Production of motorized vehicle use map (MVUM) for the Libby Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Lincoln County, Montana. Libby Ranger District.
Lucier Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/23/2006 
Expected:02/2008
 
05/2008 Leslie McDougall
406-283-7568
lmcdougall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Three 10 X 10 pits and one 2 X 20 trench is proposed. Pits would be 3 to 4 feet deep. Digging would be done using a small tractor.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T29N, R27W. Section 17. Wolf Creek.
Miller West Fisher
EIS
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Recreation management  
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/12/2006
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2008 
Expected:05/2008
 
09/2008 Leslie McDougall
406-283-7568
lmcdougall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Includes vegetation management such as commercial timber harvest on 2,506 acres, access management changes, road storage and obliteration, prescribed fire on 3,148 acres, gravel pit reclamation or expansion, road BMP implementation, and trails work.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T27N, R31W; T27N, R30W; T27N, R29W; T26N, R29W; T26N, R30W; T26N, R31W; T25N, R31W; T25N, R30W; T25N, R29W. The project is located in the Silverfish Planning Subunit in the Miller, West Fisher and Silver Butte drainages approximately 20 air miles south of Libby, MT.
Montanore Minerals Corp. Libby Adit Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/13/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2008 
Expected:02/2008
 
03/2008 John McKay
406-293-6211 or 283-7691
jmckay@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan of operations for the development of the Libby Creek Adit on private property belonging to Montanore Minerals Corp.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T27N, R31W, Sections 11, 14 and 15; T28N, R30W, Sections 17, 19, 30, and 31.. Libby Creek, Midas Creek, West Fisher .
Montanore Project
EIS
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/14/2005
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2008 
Expected:03/2009
 
06/2009 Bobbie Lacklen
406-293-7773
blacklen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Kootenai National Forest, in conjunction with Montana's Dept. of Environmental Quality will prepare an EIS for a proposal to permit the development of the Montanore silver/copper mine and associated power transmission line by Mines Management Inc
Web Link:  http://fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/montanore/
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln, Sanders. LEGAL - T26N, R29W, S 5, 8, 9; T27N, R29W, S 18-20, 29, 30, 32; T27, R30W, S 16-24; T28N, R30W, S19; T27N, R31W, S 1-3, 9, 11-15; T28N, R31W, S 13-15, 23, 24, 26, 35, 36; T27N, R31W, S 29.. Approximately 18 miles south of Libby, MT adjacent to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The surface mill would be located in the Ramsey Creek drainage..
Mytee Fine Placer Claim Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology   Completed  Actual: 08/15/2007  06/2008 Lynn Hagarty
406-283-7502
lhagarty@fs.fed.us 
Description: Involves exploration in the Libby Creek Placer deposit. A series of sample pits is proposed. Opening an old spur road for approximately 1,000 feet is required. Water would be pumped from Libby Creek for sluicing.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SW 1/4, NE 1/4, Section 11 and NW 1/4, SE 1/4 Section 11, T27N, R31W. Libby Creek.
Prospect Hill Mineral Exploration/Prospect Hill Access
EA
- Road management
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/25/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2008 
Expected:03/2008
 
05/2008 Lynn Hagarty
406-283-7502
lhagarty@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mineral exploration Plan of Operation, and special use request for access. Includes opening a closed road, construction of approximately 1.5 miles of new road, and reopening two closed mine portals.
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - R30N, R31W, Sections 29, 32, and 33. Prospect Hill.
Rebuild of the Libby (FEC) to Troy Section of BPA's Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kV Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management   In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/20/2007
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2007 
Expected:10/2007
 
12/2007 Tom Grabinski
406-283-7670
tgrabinski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of an amended Special Use Authorization for the proposed rebuilding, operation, and maintenance of a 17-mile-long portion of Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.
Web Link:  http://www.efw.bpa.gov
Location: UNIT - Libby Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. From the Flathead Electric Cooperative's (FEC) Libby Substation, in Libby, MT, west along an existing right-of-way for 17 miles to BPA's Troy Substation, just east of Troy, MT..
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Kootenai National Forest,   Rexford Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pinkham Douglas-Fir Beetle Project
EA
- Forest products   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2007 
Expected:04/2008  06/2008 Chris Fox
406-296-2536 x7155
cfox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage high-value trees killed by Douglas-fir beetles from approximately 225 acres.
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T.35N. R.27W.. Pinkham Creek drainage - approximately 6 miles south of Eureka, MT.
Sims Road Access
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:12/2007  12/2007 Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of authorization for 450 feet of existing non-sytem road which provides year round acess to a single family residence
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Section 23, T.37N., R.28W.. Rexford, MT.
Sutley Road Access
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 09/28/2007
09/28/2007 
10/2007 Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access private property from existing Forest Service road
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T36N, R27W, Section 31. Pinkham Creek drainage; Gut Creek Road (#7939).
Truman Irrigation Pipe
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:12/2007  12/2007 Eric Heyn
406-296-2536 x7126
eheyn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of authorization for a 15 -foot right of way for the construction, installation, and maintenance of approximately 3,000 feet of 10-inch PVC sprinkler irrigation pipe
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - NW 1/4 SW 1/4 S 1/2 NW 1/4, Section 26, T.37N ., R.28W.. Rexford, MT.
Young-Dodge
EIS
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Recreation management  
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/20/2007
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2008 
Expected:07/2008
 
09/2008 Pat Price
406-296-7163
pprice@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest (3,400 acres), prescribed burning (2,000 acres); prescribed burning w/ mechanical pre-treatment (1,500 acres); road management (decommissioning, etc); and recreation facilities. Forest Plan exceptions and openings greater than 40 acre
Location: UNIT - Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - All of T.37N. R.28W and part of T.37N. R.29W. Approximately 15 miles northwest of Eureka, MT on the west side of Lake Koocanusa.
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Kootenai National Forest,   Three Rivers Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Grizzly
EIS
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products  
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/08/2007
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2008 
Expected:04/2008
 
10/2008 Kathy Mohar
406-295-7426
kmohar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes veg mgmt on 2,360 ac. Proposed activities include timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, pre-commercial thin, wildlife habitat improvement, access mgmt changes, watershed rehab including decommissioning, and aspen restoration
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/Grizzly/index.shtml
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T34N-T37N, R32W-R34W. Grizzly Planning subunit.
Motorized Use Designations
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Land management planning  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:11/2008
 
09/2009 Douglas Spaeth
406-295-7431
dspaeth@fs.fed.us 
Description: Motor Vehicle Use Map showing travel routes where motorized use is allowed, as directed by the 2005 Travel Management Rule.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Three Rivers Ranger District. Three Rivers Ranger District.
Ongoing Special Use Permit Renewals 2008
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:03/2008  04/2008 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue authorization of existing waterline and road use permits.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. Three Rivers Ranger District.
Rocky Pine Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/24/2007 
Expected:07/2008
 
01/2008 Eric Dickinson
(406)295-4693 x4126
edickinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuels reduction on 1,530 acres utilizing harvest, excavator and hand piling, underburning and precommercial thinning.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T33N & T34N, R34W. Pine Creek.
Small Tracts Act ROW Disposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2008 
Expected:02/2008  03/2008 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road Right-of-Way Disposal
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SE1/4 of Section 35, T32N, R34W, PMM. Three Rivers Ranger District.
Sylvanite Refuse Site
CE
- Special use management   Completed  Actual: 10/09/2007  10/2007 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sanitary Systems Transfer Station Special Use
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 16, T34N, R33W, PMM, Lincoln County, MT. South of Sylvanite Work Center.
Sylvanite Residence Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management   Cancelled  N/A  N/A Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: A conveyance of two residences and two bunkhouses from the Sylvanite Work Station.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Section 6, T34N, R33W, PMM; Lincoln County, MT. South of Sylvanite Work Center.
Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan
EA
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/21/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:03/2009
 
05/2009 Steve Prieve
406-283-7775
sprieve@fs.fed.us 
Description: Genesis, Inc.of Troy, MT has proposed to revise the Reclamation Plan for its copper and silver mining and milling operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/troy_mine
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T28N, R33W, Sections 5 & 6; T29N, R33W, Sections 5, 6, & 7; T29N, R34W, Sections 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, & 36; and T30N, R33W, Sections 31 & 32, PMM. Fifteen miles south of Troy, Montana in the Lake Creek drainage..
Yaak Air Force Base NSFl Parcel Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2007 
Expected:04/2008
 
04/2008 Dick Harlow
406-295-4693,
dharlow@fs.fed.us 
Description: The conveyance of a parcel of land that is 0.19 acres in size that is completely surrounded by a single private landowner. To be implemented by a direct sale through the Forest Service Facilities and Realignment Act.
Location: UNIT - Three Rivers Ranger District. STATE - Montana. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - SW1/4 Section 35, T36N, R32W, PMM; Lincoln County, MT. NE of Yaak, MT.
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