Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. The SOPA provides project information, status, and contacts. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Custer National Forest

Environmental Appeal Responses

An Environmental Appeal is a formal request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental planning (NEPA) decision. The public's rights to file an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) against with a NEPA decision. This usually includes the filing of a formal appeal. The following links provide access to recent and historical appeal decisions related to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:

Appeal responses issued after October 1, 2006 
Appeal responses issued before October 1, 2006

Pre-Decisional Objection Responses

Objections are written documents submitted by an individual or organization seeking a pre-decisional administrative review of a proposed hazardous fuel reduction project authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA). The public may file objections after an environmental assessment or final environmental impact statement is completed and before a decision document is signed for a project under HFRA. The following link provides access to objection responses related to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:

Objection responses

Project Scoping Documents

Scoping is a process of soliciting comments on a proposed action to help the Forest Service identify issues that should be considered in the analysis. 

The following projects are undergoing public comment, follow each project link to comment and learn more about projects.

Project Archive - keeps all projects after decision has been made for up to 18 months.  If a project is not under develoment, scoping or analysis you may check the project archives.

Stillwater Mining Company’s Benbow Exploration Portal and Support Facilities Plan of Operations for Mineral Exploration

Red Lodge Mountain Land Exchange Documents

Custer National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Developing Proposal

2015 Hazardous Mine Closures

Physical closure of identified mine hazards across multiple districts oof the Custer-Gallatin National Forest.

Under Analysis

Burnt Fork, Hogan Crk On/Off, Rock Crk, Sage Crk and Proposed Red Butte Allotments Rangeland Project

Comprehensive range planning (1995 Recissions Act) and analysis to determine the effects of livestock grazing.

Greater Red Lodge Vegetation and Habitat Management Project

Fuels reduction within the wildland urban interface (WUI). Increase the diversity of vegetation, including aspen and deciduous riparian species. Manage for resilient conditions in face of large disturbance events.

Power-line Access Road Project (formerly identified as the Pryor Mountain Access Road project)

Pursue the Powerline Road as legal permanent access into the northern portion of the Pryor Mountain land unit of the Beartooth Ranger District.

Red Lodge Mountain Land Exchange

An exchange of Federal and non-Federal lands of approximately equal value, located within and near the ski area permit boundary. The exchange also includes the proposed acquisition of trail easements to improve public access to nearby NFS lands.

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

NEPA Planner

Amy Waring