Status of Forest Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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Issued After October 1, 2006

Issued Before October 1, 2006

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Beal Mountain Mine Closure

Collaborative Projects

Boulder River Collaborative Project

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

Andrus Allotment Range Improvements

We propose development of eight springs and installation 1.5 miles of fence in two sections on the Andrus Allotment to help distribute cattle and allow the permit holder the flexibility to meet allowable use levels on streams in the allotment.

Antelope Basin Storage Tank Project

Proposal to install a water storage tank to increase the efficiency of the current stock water pipeline, converting the majority of the pipeline to a gravity run system instead of a electric pump driven system.

Basin Creek Mine Plan of Operations

The proposal is to do exploration digging into collapsed tunnels using a mini excavator, skid-steer and posthole digger (1-3 person crew). A trommel would be used to investigation diggings. Reclamation of all areas will be done upon completion.

BDNF Aspen Project

Increase aspen component in places where assessment indicates a need and conditions are favorable to support aspen using a variety of treatments.

Bull Creek Allotment Range Improvements

This project proposes development of four springs on the Bull Creek Grazing Allotment in order to better distribute cattle and grazing use which will allow the permittee more flexibility to meet allowable use levels.

Carroll Hill Spring Special Use Permit

This project would authorize a new 20-year term special use permit for the use of the Carroll Hill Spring to the new owners of the Bull Creek Ranch. No ground disturbing activities or additional structures are proposed.

Clementine Exploration Drilling Project

Clementine Exploration LLC Proposes to core drill(2 holes one location) and access for continuing geological work on the Clementine Exploration LLC mining claims. The project is estimated to take a 10 days to complete.

Dennis Hewitt Private Road Special Use Permit

This project proposes to issue a Private Road Special Use Permit authorizing new land owners to access their private property. It includes basic maintenance to FS standards for resource protection.

Eagle's Nest Trail Extension

This project is to construct about 2,280 ft. of non-motorized trail parallel to the road from the Eagles Nest Trailhead to the picnic area. The trail will provide a safer route for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders who currently use the road.

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.

Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project

1) Salvage 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 stands

Hill Reservoir Dam Decommisioning Revised

This project proposes the same work attempted in 2014 under a previous decision to breach the dam with explosives. It wasn't completed because of a constriction in the culvert. This revision of the proposal is to do the same work with an excavator.

Klatt (Kelly) Reservoir Dam Decommissioning

This project to decommission the Klatt Dam is proposed to prevent failure should the old corroded culvert should a heavy snow or rain event clog the piped causing water to overflow the dam. An excavator would be used to breach it at the outlet.

MT58_Voigt Plan of Operations

The proposal is to remove 8000 tons of mine waste material from multiple sites in the South Meadow Creek area. Access and waste rock material haulage will be primarily along forest roads #9648, 9649, 9649a, 1224 and 1221.

Murphy Private Road and Buried Powerline Special Use Permit

This project would issue a special use permit to Mr. Murphy for construction of a 300 foot driveway off a closed route and allow NorthWest Energy to bury an underground residential powerline for 900 feet across NFS to the private building site.

Narrows Pond Dam Reconstruction

We propose to rebuild the dam on Narrows Pond which breached slightly and eroded over time. We seek to rebuilt it 2 feet higher to hold enough water to support embryo development and fry emergence of Artic Grayling and westslope cutthroat trout.

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 2 existing snow courses (Dad Creek and Slag-a-Melt)to Snotel sites.

Nissler Junction Power Pole Replacement

NorthWest Energy is replacing three power poles along their line from Butte to Ramsey on a small isolated Forest Service parcel at Nissler Junction near the intersection of Interstates 15 and 90.

O'Dell Lookout Trail Reconstruction

Reroute and reconstruct approximately 4 switchbacks/climbing turns on about a half mile of non-motorized FS System Trail #3010 to the Odell Mountain Lookout in the West Pioneers.

Pflieger Private Road Special Use Permit

This project involves only the administrative change of issuing a new authorization for a private road access on the Lightning Ridge Road and associated two track to a private cabin.

Rfwave Lease for Rural Broadband Internet

The proposed action is to issue a 30 year Communication Use Lease to Rfwave for a single use facility located adjacent to Denton%u2019s Marina on Georgetown Lake.

Sadler Private Road Special Use Permit

Permit vehicle access to private property through across 56 feet of National Forest land. It would allow the holder to improve, use and maintain a private driveway.

Selway Diversions Project

Cleaning, maintenance, or repair of ditches, and replacement of diversion structures as needed on irrigation ditches in Selway Meadows.

Selway Willow Planting

This project is proposed to begin restoring a declining willow population and improve stream function on Selway Creek. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, FWP, volunteers and staff will help do the planting with the FS.

Snowline Cow Camp Special Use Permit Renewal

This is a proposal to re-authorize a new 10-year term special use permit to Snowline Grazing Association for continued use of existing structures and use on NFS lands. There are no changes proposed to the expiring permit.

South Gravelly Allotment Management Plans

Review grazing practices and infrastructure for 4 domestic livestock grazing allotments (Eureka Basin, Pole Creek, Southwest Corner and Robb Creek)to ensure compliance with applicable Forest Plan direction.

Supplemental EIS - BDNF Land & Resource Management Plan to comply with District of Mont Court Order

Preparation of a supplemental analysis for the Corrected FEIS for revision of the Beaverhead and Deerlodge Forest Plans into the 2009 BDNF Forest Plan, in response to an August 27, 2015 Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

T-Mobile Lease for Cellular Equipment

The proposed action is to authorize T-Mobile to install equipment at the established Rumsey Mountain Communication Site. This use would be authorized as a Communication Site Lease with a 30 year term.

Tash Pasture Special Use Permit

This proposal considers re-authorizing a special use permit for a new 10-year term for existing structures and uses on NFS lands.

Tendoy Project

The BLM Dillon field Office and USFS Beaverhead-Deerlodge are starting the Environmental Assessment(EA) on an Application for Permit to Drill, submitted by the Lima Exploration Company, LLC.

Vipond Water Development

This project iwould move the Dry Hollow storage tank point of diversion in the Electric Fence pasture about 1740 feet, add a trough, and reconstruct 1.11 mi. of existing pipeline to protect a resource at the original point of diversion.

Whetstone Ridge Trail #8020 Relocation

We propose to construct 4.7 miles of new trail and obliterate 1.4 miles of the old trail tread, in order to reroute the Whetstone Ridge Trail to resolve safety, erosion and public access concerns posed at the existing location.

Analysis Completed

Boulder Lowlands Vegetation

The purpose of the project is to increase the resiliency of the area to insect and disease infestations and reduce the risk of wildfire to local communities and surrounding lands (federal, state and private).

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.

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

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.

North and West Big Hole Allotment Mangement Plans

Updating the allotment management plans for 11 grazing allotments.

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.

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.

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.

Project Archive

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

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