AML Closures 2016
The implementation actions described within this proposal represent an ongoing effort by the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program to address the physical safety hazards presented by hazardous mine openings.
Deep Creek Water Improvement
We are proposing to construct a water development during the summer of 2016 to improve the condition of the natural spring.
Jumping Creek Stream Restoration
The proposed project would restore approx. 100 feet of streambank along Jumping Creek; a TMDL listed stream. The project proposes to reestablish the stream to a proper stream width by building banks and stabilizing with native vegetation.
Lost Fork Ridge WBP Planting
Lost Fork Ridge whitebark pine restoration project: This area was impacted by fire; Fork Ridge fire (1300 ac), 2001 Lost Fork Fire (2338 ac), and the 2003 Ant Park fire. Competition from other species reduces the amount of natural WBP regeneration.
Spur Park Cycle 4 Whitebark Pine Performance Test Plantation
After two wildfires, many competing species have hindered Whitebark pine regeneration in the project area. This project will establish a progeny test site for WBP and to select genetically superior progeny that are resistant to insects and disease.
WSS Municipal Watershed Protection and Restoration
This is a small vegetation project that seeks to improve the forest condition in a small area around the City of White Sulphur Springs water diversion infrastructure, mitigate the effects of changing PH levels in the water, and improve access.
3 Rivers Communication Showdown Fiber Optic
Amend special use permit to install fiber optics to Showdown Ski Area. 3 Rivers would place fiber cable from an existing fiber optic vault at the intersection of Forest Service Rd 3328 and Hwy 89.
AML Closures 2015
To close or render "safe", features inventoried and identified as hazardous located on the Lewis and Clark National Forest (LCNF) include: open adits, shafts, stopes, subsidence features, trenches, and dilapidated structures.
Big Snowies Aspen & Meadow Restoration Project
The goals of this project are: restore/enhance aspen stand health along the south side of the Big Snowy Mountains, restore aspen stands to their previous larger size, maintain meadows, and improve the diversity of wildlife habitat.
Castle Mountains Restoration Project
This project has various silvicultural treatments and prescribed burning on approximately 22,124 acres, requiring road reconstruction and temporary road construction. There are no new permanent system roads proposed with
Dry Pole Mule Deer Winter Range Enhancement
This project seeks to reduce timber cover along the NE side of the of the Dry Pole drainage by hand slashing and lopping small conifers (<5" dbh) to reduce competition for moisture and to increase the availabity of browse and forb species.
Elk Smith Project
The purpose of the Elk Smith Project is to address fuel accumulation and continuity in the project area.
Issue a new permit to replace an expired permit for operation and maintenance of electric transmission lines.
Highwoods Goat Habitat Improvement
Open ridge tops in the Highwood Mountains provide valuable habitat and travel corridors for mountain goat, mule deer, and elk. This projects seeks to enhance and preserve these habitats and travel corridors through the removal of encroaching conifer.
January SUP's 15
To re-issue existing special use permits for Halfmoon Ranch, K Bar L Ranch, Johannesburg Gulch Rd Association, Neimark Property Owners Association, and McDonald Rd.
Lucy Park ATV Trail 751 Re-Route
Lucy Park Trail 751 needs new trail construction for safety and enviormental impacts. Existing trail starts from Carpenter Creek Road on private land and runs fairly straight up the monutain side.
Old trail system will be decommissioned.
May 2015 Special Use Permit Reissuance
Reissue of SUPs Russell: Water for grazing. Jawbone Cattle Co: three pastures. Zehntner: Water diversion line on Deadman Creek and Daisy Creek; 10 foot ROW. McBride: spring box and line to private dwelling. Castle Mountain Ranch: pasture.
Silver Crest Shed
Proposal is to authorize construction of a 24 ft X 32 ft grooming equipment storage building adjacent to the Silver Crest Ski Area and additionally issue a long term special use for the building to reside on National Forest Lands.
Sun River Electric
Operation and Maintenance of powerlines on the Rocky Mountain and Belt Creek Ranger Districts
Dry Pole Riparian Restoration
Purpose of this project is to reduce the impacts of dispersed recreation on the riparian area at and near the Dry Pole Road # 6392 ford crossing.
Highwood Mountains Range
Use of adaptive management strategies to move toward desired condition objectives in authorizing livestock grazing across the Highwood Mountains landscape area.
Miller Bingham Project
The White Sulphur Springs Ranger District is proposing to use a commercial timber sale to thin and salvage dead and dying trees on approximately 160 acres.
Anest Special Use Road Permit
Issue a private road special use permit to Jody Anest authorizing access to his private property in the Big Snowy Mountains. Currently on hold.
Elk Pit AML
The proposed action is the reclamation of the 0.02 acre Elk gravel pit obliteration. Any mineral materials stored on site will be moved to the Tollgate gravel pit. Reclamation and obliteration methods will include scarifcation/ripping.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.