Status of Forest Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

You can view Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF SOPA reports in PDF or HTM formats, or you can search for other forest's SOPA reports on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge page at the SOPA web site.


To see the outcome of appeals and objections to Forest Service decisions go to:

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

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Under Analysis

Fleecer Mountains Project - Updated EA

Preparing an updated analysis for the Fleecer Mountains Project under the 2014 Court Order. Documents will be available on this site when completed.

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.

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.

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.

Circle S Ranch Special Use Pasture Area

This project is proposed to issue a new 10 year Livestock Area Special Use Permit to the new owner of the Circle S Ranch.

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.

Discovery Ski Area Special Use Ammendment

This proposal is to approve a ski area permit amendment allowing construction of three emergency evacuation trails on the north side in case of lift breakdown. It would also allow construction of a new Discovery Ski Education Foundation building.

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.

Goldberg Water System Decomission

This project proposes to decommission an irrigation water system consisting of a diversion, ditch, flume and reservoir to resolve safety concerns and restore the natural water flow.

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.

Moosehorn Ditch Hazard Removal ProjecT

We propose to remove the remaining dead and dying lodgepole pine adjacent to separate portions of the Moosehorn Ditch to protect the integrity of the ditch should wind damage occur. For details please see the scoping letter on this project website.

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.

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.

Nelson Water Pipeline Special Use Permit

This project is a proposal to issue a special use permit to allow connection of a pipeline to the overflow of a water trough on NFS lands and install approximately 2000 feet of subsurface line to water livestock on adjacent private land.

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.

Pintler Face

Purpose is to achieve Forest Plan Goals including timber management, aquatic improvement, wildlife habitat improvement. Proposed activities include commercial timber harvest, travel management, and reduction of conifer encroachment in sagebrush.

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.

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 to comply with District of MT Court Order - 2009 Forest Plan and Bighorn Sheep MOU

Supplemental analysis for the 2009 FEIS approving the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan in response to a June 14, 2016 Court Order to disclose potential environmental affects from interagency MOUS dated 2002 and 2008 for a bighorn sheep transplant

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

Project Archive

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