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

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Under Analysis

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.

Canyon Trail #7077 Maintenance and Construction

Relocation and construction of 1600 ft. of new trail, maintenance and tread work on restoration on 1420 ft. of existing trail, obliteration of 1590 ft. of old trail, installation of a 30 ft. rock turnpike, and hardening of one stream crossing.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ramshorn Creek Reciprocal Trail Access

Proposal to exchange a permit for motorized access to private land on 1320 feet of an old jeep road closed to motorized traffic for an easement across private land for the same distance to maintain public access along the Ramshorn Creek Trail #6016

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.

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

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

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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