The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the basic national charter for protection of the environment. Unlike specific environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, the NEPA encompasses all environmental values (air, water, flora, fauna and values such as wilderness) and requires the federal government and its permittees to bear those values in mind as they plan ahead. The NEPA was a response to the American public's insistence during the 1960's that protection of the environment become a national policy.

The NEPA sets out two basic and related objectives: Preventing environmental damage and ensuring that agency decision makers take environmental factors into account. NEPA procedures are designed to insure that environmental information is available to public officials and citizens alike before decisions are made and before actions are taken. The NEPA requires that information must be of high quality. Accurate scientific analysis, expert agency comments, and public scrutiny are essential to implementing NEPA. Most important, Agency NEPA documents concentrate on the issues that are truly significant to the action in question, rather than amassing needless detail.


Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Schedule of Proposed Actions provides a list of proposals that will begin or are undergoing environmental analysis and documentation so that people can become aware of and indicate their interest in specific proposals. The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Bitterroot National Forest.

Appeal Responses

Responses Issued after October 1, 2006

Responses Issued before October 1, 2006

Objection Responses

To view objection responses for the Bitterroot National Forest please visit the Forest Service Appeal Response page.


Other Projects

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Dams

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Invasive Plants EIS

2003 Bitterroot National Forest Noxious Weeds FEIS

Bitterroot 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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Developing Proposal

American Rivers Touring Association (ARTA) Permit Renewal

10-year permit renewal for whitewater outfitter on the Selway River. No changes from existing permit.

Under Analysis

Access Trail #505 Reroute

This is a proposal to relocate 354 feet of existing trail that has grades over 40%, and is highly eroded. A reroute of 920 feet has been surveyed and staked with grades of 15% or less.

Cameron Blue Ecoburn

Prescribed burning to reduce natural fuels while maintaining the historic fire return interval. Small tree thinning will occur within plantations and around residual trees.

Meadow Vapor

The Meadow Vapor project proposes to treat accumulated fuels in the East Fork of the Bitterroot watershed in order to modify the potential for extreme fire behavior, especially along the National Forest boundary.

Reroute on the Indian Ridge trail #10.0

This is a proposal to reroute 565' of new construction to avoid 235' of existing trail at steep grades of 35%.

Spirit of the North Sled Dog Adventures Permit Renewal

Renewal of special use permit for 10 year term to allow sled dog tours.

Westside Collaborative Vegetation Management Project

Commercial timber harvest and thinning on about 2,300 acres between Lost Horse and Roaring Lion Creeks. Project includes prescribed burning, forest regeneration, permanent and temporary road construction,and bridge installation.

Analysis Completed

Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning

This effort will result in clear standardized designations of where motorized recreation is appropriate, sustainable and desirable on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Como Forest Health Project (FHP)

The proposed project would address immediate and long-term vegetation concerns resulting from the mountain pine beetle, reduce fire hazard, increase age and species diversity in forested stand, and protect the visual integrity of the recreation area

Darby Lumber Lands Watershed Improvement and Travel Management Project

Road system management on acquired lands, including decomissioning and storage of roads, designation of OHV routes, and construction of OHV linking routes

Project Archive

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