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

Atkerson Private Road Special Use Permit

Project is proposed to reissue an existing special use permit.

Big M Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permit

Renewal of ten year Special Use Permit for Priority Use Outfitting and Guiding

Black Pine Ridge BLM Repeater

Proposal to authorize the BLM to install a permanent repeater under a special use permit at the Black Pine Ridge site which is authorized under the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan.

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.

Britton Amateur Radio Repeater

Proposal to install an amateur radio repeater adjacent to the existing equipment at the Donald R. Communication Site, currently occupied by Quest Corporation.

Britton Amateur Radio Repeater

Proposal to install an amateur radio repeater adjacent to the existing equipment at the Donald R. Communication Site, currently occupied by Quest Corporation.

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.

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.

Cataract Creek - Mountain Meadow Plan of Operations

Mine dumps and waste rock from mine sites will be hauled to a processing site on private land. All transportation on public land would be under permit on existing open routes on the BDNF and BLM. This project will be done in a single field season.

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.

Ditch Saddle Trail #4143 Maintenance and Construction Project

Project proposed to reduce steep sections of trail and address public safety concerns and reduce sedimentation in a fish key watershed by moving the trail away from the stream. The replaced sections of original tread would be obliterated.

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.

Eureka Fire Whitebark Pine Planting Project

Whitebark pine seedlings will be planted in 2015 contingent upon snow conditions and access at elevation ranges from 8060 to 9260 feet in the Eureka Fire Area. UTVs or ATVs will be used to transport the seedlings to planting areas.

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.

Madison Ranger District Road Decommissioning as Identified in the Madison MVUM Decision

Road 1237B, (0.5 miles) will require complete obliteration. Road closure devices, water bars, tread scarification and re-contouring will discourage motorized use and promote re-vegetation. Road 9677, (1.6 miles) will require only a closed sign.

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 the allotment management plans for 11 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.

Royal Tine Outfitter & Guide Permit Renewal

Renew a 10-year special use permit for Royal Tine Outfitting and Guide School

Smith Lake Fish Screen Project

Construct and install a 12 foot denil fish ladder attached to a 7'x7' concrete head wall. The top of the fish ladder will be covered to prevent blockage. The contractor would use a tracked excavator to do the work.

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.

Wisdom and Wise River Communication Sites Project

Proposal to convert 2 communication sites, identified in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan as "proposed" to permanent administrative sites. Equipment is in place and the conversion is an administrative exercise.

Analysis Completed

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.

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.

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

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.

Project Archive

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

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