2014 Whitebark Planting
This proposal would authorized planting 12,500 Whitebark pine (WBP)seedlings in a former WBP dominated site where the species is not coming back as well as predicted after the Mussigbrod Fire in 2000. Planting would take place in May or June.
Vegetation management treatments to meet Forest Plan desired conditions including removing encroaching conifers in Sagebrush, Aspen, Mountain Mahogany, thinning Douglas-fir, daylighting Whitebark Pine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crockett Lake Whitebark Pine Demonstration
This project is intended to remove all conifers and slash (except limber pine) from the understory in identified whitebark pine stands in order to reduce competition and increase sunlight so that the WBP reproduces fully and faster.
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
Homestake Trail #7071 Relocation
Proposal to relocate two segments of Homestake Trail #7071 in the Whitetail-Pipestone Area move it off of the the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Tracks.
Monforton Private Road Special Use Permit
Mr Monforton requests we renew a private road special use permit, authorized since 2001, for a mile behind a locked gate on FS Road #173. His property is surrounded by National Forest System lands.
Pride #4 and #6 Placer Exploration Project
Justin Hanninen of Butte, Montana has submitted a Plan of Operations to explore for minerals on unpatented mining claims located in T7N, R7W, section 36, approximately 8.5 miles northwest of Basin, Montana.
Aurora Creek New Horizons Plan of Operation
Analysis of a permit for up to nine test sampling pits south of Aurora Creek in sample pit sites tested in the 70-80s. Testing would involve a rubber tired backhoe and a portable wash plant plant. Water will be returned to the source pit to settle.
Collins Access Road
Tom Collins of Missoula has submitted a Plan of Operations (POO) to build an access road across National Forest System (NFS) lands to explore for minerals on his patented mining claim (private land).
Crow Creek Hardened Crossing
Install grade control structures on each side of an exising creek crossing. Lower the banks to a 1:4 grade and spread cobble and gravel on the approaches to stabilize soil. Install a jackleg fence to keep cows from walking up or down the creek.
East Fork Fish Screen
The Pintler Ranger District proposes to issue a special use permit to DNRC for the construction of a vertical fixed panel fish screen designed to accommodate a 200 cfs flow.
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
Homestake Lodge Road Powerline
Proposal to permit installation of a new service line to Homestake Lodge under a 2-track route off Forest Road 240 that drops down to the Homestake Rest Area. Installers will bore under a wet area between the rest area and the 2-track to the lodge.
Poormans Road Underground Power Line
We propose to issue a permit to NorthWestern Energy for installation of 1100 feet of power line from an overhead power line on Poormans Road to private property. The line will be buried in an existing roadbed.
Roadside Hazard Tree Removal #6
Remove dead, dying, or structurally unsound trees determined to pose a hazard along several system roads on the Madison and Pintler Ranger Districts. Method of removal will likely involve commercial timber sales.
West Fork Blacktail Deer Creek Hardened Crossing
We propose to harden an existing eroding livestock crossing a by installing grade control structures and using compacted gravel over cobble on approaches. Jackleg fences will keep stock in the crossing.
Nut Pine Lode LLC Road Access
We propose to issue a Private Road Special Use Permit authorizing the Nut Pine Lode LLC to access their private property with the standard ?conduct basic maintenance? clause on the existing road.
2011 Aspen Release
This project proposes treatment of 507 acres of conifer encroachment to improve health and viability of aspen clones comprising 21 units of 2 to 56 acres.
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.
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.
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
Homestake Lodge Road Powerline DUPLICATE
We propose to permit NorthWest Energyt to bury 3720 feet of powerline from the existing dip pole at the Homestake Rest area under the road bed to Homestake Lodge.
Romey Creek Crossing
We propose to cut Douglas-fir trees encroaching on 0.78 acres of riparian area to use as a barrier along Romy Creek. A strategic opening will funnel them to the historic road crossing and reduce trampling on about 60 yards of streambank.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.