Status of Forest Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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B-D NF Appeal Responses

Issued After October 1, 2006

Issued Before October 1, 2006

B-D NF Objection Responses


Beal Mountain Mine Closure

Collaborative Projects

Boulder River Collaborative Project

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

Blacktail Headwaters Project

Thin Douglas-fir stands, hand fall encroaching conifers in and around aspen clones, meadows and sagebrush parks. Prescribed burn upland forest stands with pre-treatment (slash/fell conifers) along private boundaries.

Browns Canyon Allotment Water Improvements

Drought conditions demonstrate the need for improved developed livestock water sources in the Browns Canyon allotment to make livestock management work better for livestock distribution to benefit vegetation.

Butte Highland Mine Haul Road

Butte Highlands JV, LLC of Butte, Montana has submitted a Plan of Operations (POO) to use National Forest System roads for activities that are incidental to their mining operations on private land.

Calvert Mine Exploration Project

US Tungsten Corp proposes 6 to 9 core holes with a track-mounted drill rig to determine if a minable deposit of tungsten remains at the site. Holes would range from about 250 to 500 feet deep and drill pads would be placed for minimal disturbance.

Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski Trail Hazard Tree Removal

Remove hazard trees over the course of 10 years, to reduce the risk posed to skiers and hikers on this trail system (over 7000 visitors annually) by commercial means if possible. Force account or service contracts will be employed otherwise.

Chief Joseph Ski Trail Maintenance & Construction

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.

East Deer Lodge Valley Landscape Restoration Management

Purpose is to achieve Forest Plan Goals including Timber management, Aquatic Improvement, Wildlife Habitat improvement. Proposed activities include timber salvage, commercial thinning, sediment reduction, fish passage, road and trail decommissioning

Edwards Special Use Permit

Proposal is to permit full size vehicle access to private land inholdings in the North Meadow Creek Drainage. Landowner would pay the cost of improvements required on portions of the trail.

Finley Basin Minerals Exploration Project

Finley Mining Inc.proposes to drill 12 exploration holes using a track mounted drill rig that can be dismantled for use with a helicopter. If the 4 drill sites are encouraging then up to 6 more sites maybe drilled. Roads will not be constructed.

Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project

1) Salvage beetle dead and dying lodgepole pine 2) Commercial thin ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir 3) Use prescribed fire in low and mid-elevation mixed conifer stands to promote resiliency 4) Pre-commercial thin young stans

Forest Plan Temporary Roads

Supplemental Analysis for Forest Plan EIS

Goodrich Gulch Plan of Operation

The proponent proposes a phased exploration which includes core drilling to test for vein extension trend, opening existing protals for bulk sampling, conducting three placer tests and exploration work to remove old mine dumps for sampling.

NCRS SNOTEL Sites Conversion Project

Amend the terms of an existing permit under a National Memorandum of Understanding, to allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service to automate 5 existing hydrometerological data collection sites with solar powered data collection equipment

North and West Big Hole Allotment Mangement Plans

Updating allotment management plans for 11 domestic livestock grazing allotments.

Rebel Claims Exploration Project

proposal to permit mineral exploration in an unpatented mining claim using a backhoe to excavate 8 trenches. Trenches will be opened one at a time and reclaimed before excavating the next. Samples would be removed and processed off-site.

Van Houten Lake Fish Barrier Project

This proposal is to build a structure at the outlet of Van Houten Lake to block non-native trout passage upstream into the lake.

Analysis Completed

Fleecer Mountains Project

Salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine on approx. 1,100 acres, thin douglas fir stands on approx 590 acres, pre-commercial thin second growth stands on approx. 1,345 acres, and aspen restoration on 115 acres, various aquatic and road improvements

Roadside Hazard Tree Removal # 7

Proposal involves removal of hazard trees within falling distance of 45 miles of high-priority Forest System Roads on the Wisdom and Dillon Ranger Districts. Trees will be removed within a narrowly specified corridor using commercial timber sales.

Trapper Creek Vegetation Management

This revised proposal includes removal of colonizing conifers on 3338 acres of riparian vegetation, mountain mahogany, and sagebrush/grass parks using slashing and burning, broadcast burning, or lop and scatter to meet Forest Plan objectives.

On Hold


Vegetation management treatments to meet Forest Plan desired conditions including removing encroaching conifers in Sagebrush, Aspen, Mountain Mahogany, thinning Douglas-fir, daylighting Whitebark Pine.

Dillon, Wisdom, Wise River Ranger Districts Travel Management Project

NEPA analysis for designating wheeled motorized use on the Dillon, Wisdom and Wise River ranger districts of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF.


2013 Whitebark Pine Planting

Planting 6300 white bark pine seedlings in dry sites on 45 acres in the Mussigbrod burn of 2000 to increase weak whitebark pine regeneration. No mechanized equipment will be used and woody debris will be used to shade the seedlings.

Boulder River Recreation Sites

Upgrading and expanding a developed camp ground and some dispersed camp sites

Boulder River Salvage and Vegetation Management Project

Salvage by clearcut regeneration harvest, and conduct biomass removal, commercial thinning, prescribed fire, and quaking aspen restoration on 24,939 acres (346 units) of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest System Lands north of Whitehall, MT.

Bull Mountain Game Range Conifer Reduction

Selective slashing or burning of non-merchantable conifers encroaching into sage/grass communities to restore forage production for wildlife on 5,010 acres on the Bull Mountain Game Range. Project involves no road building or commercial harvest.

Christain #1 Minerals Exploration Project

The Forest Service received a Plan of Operation to explore for minerals on unpatented mining claims located in T8N, R12W, section 11 approximately 16 miles northwest of Deer Lodge, Montana in the Master Mine area.

Homestake Conifer Slashing

Proposal to cut down non-merchantable conifers across 7 units, (600 acres) where they overtop aspen along the boundary between open sagebrush parks and lodge pole pine dominated forest. The proposal requires no road construction or commercial harvest

North Butte Land Exchange

This project would exchange Federal lands north of Butte for private lands near Delmoe Lake.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.

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