Projects

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 Kootenai 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:

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:

Kootenai National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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20-Odd ATV Trail

Construct a new access spur to circumnavigate a washed out area on a popular local trail system for motorized use.

Black Diamond Mine Road Access and Exploration

Access and exploration of existing mine portal. Bulk sample removal of material for testing offsite.

Buckhorn Project

Vegetation management, prescribed burning, and watershed restoration work in the Buckhorn Planning Subunit in the Yaak River drainage

Chicago Ridge Meteorlogical Station Installation

installation of a new meteorological monitoring station in the Chicago ridge area on the Cabinet Ranger District

Coyote Improvement

Harvest of approximately 240 acres to increase stand resilency to Mountain Pine Beetles.

District Motor Vehicle Use Map 2011

mandated creation of Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) on the Cabinet RD. Deadline for publication and release is September 2010.

East Reservoir

Project includes vegetation managment through commercial timber harvest, precommercial thinning and prescribed burning. It also includes trail access management changes, fuel treatment areas, road storage and dispersed recreation site improvement.

Flower Creek

This project includes fuel and vegetation management through commercial timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning and fuel grinding. Also includes 1.81 miles of road storage, 1 mile of temporary road construction, and 0.23 miles of trail construction.

Forest Plan Revision

Revision of Forest Plan management direction.

Galton

Travel planning, prescribed fire, urban interface

Grizzly Vegetation and Transportation Management

Proposes veg mgmt on 2,360 ac. Proposed activities include timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, pre-commercial thin, wildlife habitat improvement, access mgmt changes, watershed rehab including decommissioning, and aspen restoration

Kootenai National Forest Invasive Plant Management

Proposed treatment of noxious weeds using an integrated weed management strategy that includes both aerial and ground herbicide application along with hand-pulling, cultivation, biological control agents, and cultural control.

Little Beaver Creek Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Fuel reduction/management in the Little Beaver drainage. Proposal includes commercial thinning on 780 acres, regeneration harvest on 398 acres, prescribed burning only on 691 acres, and 5.5 miles of new permanent roads, 2 miles of temp roads. "Revised" documents reflect responses to recent litigation and decision.

Miller West Fisher

Includes vegetation management such as commercial timber harvest on 2,506 acres, access management changes, road storage and obliteration, prescribed fire on 3,148 acres, gravel pit reclamation or expansion, road BMP implementation, and trails work.

Minton Trout

Harvest of merchantable timber (commercial) on 545 acres. Approx. 8100 acres of natural fuels burning for forage enhancement. All log yarding in these proposed units would be accomplished with skyline and tractor based systems.

Montanore Project

The Kootenai National Forest, in conjunction with Montana's Dept. of Environmental Quality will prepare an EIS for a proposal to permit the development of the Montanore silver/copper mine and associated power transmission line by Mines Management Inc

Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones

The programmatic Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) supplements the 2002 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Forest Plan Amendments for Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.b It proposes to change the Kootenai, Lolo, and Idaho Panhandle National Forests Land and Resource Management Plans (Forest Plans) by amending the objectives, standards, and guidelines that address grizzly bear management within these two Recovery Zones. The FSEIS and ROD are expected to be released in the summer of 2011.

Mud Creek Equestrian Outfitter and Guide Permit

Request for additional (100 days)equestrian use (horseback rides) for an existing special use outfitter and guide permit.

Pilgrim Timber Sale

Regeneration harvests-approx. 500 acres via skyline & tractor systems. Intermediate harvest-approx. 900 acres via skyline & tractor systems. 3.1 miles new permanent road, 1.8 miles temporary road, & 26 miles road reconst. 5000 ac wildlife burns

Rock Creek Mine Project

The Rock Creek Mine is a proposal for a copper/silver mine under the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Sanders County Montana on the Kootenai National Forest. The proposal includes an associated mill, tailings storage facility and a waste water treatme

Sears Flat Cross Country Ski Trail Improvement

Removal of select trees along existing cross country ski trail that are causing snow intercept; improvement of trail corridor fro grooming of ski trail.

Silverbutte Bugs Project

250 acres - Harvest dead/dying and adjacent live trees that are susceptible to Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

South Fork Fuels

HFRA Urban interface fuels treatments and possible other management actions in the South Fork Yaak planning subunit

Sparring Bulls

Proposes vegetation management activities including timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvement, access management changes and watershed rehabilitation.

Special Use Water Irrigation Ditch

Renewal of a special use permit for a water irrigation pipeline that traverses 3450 feet of NFS lands.

Spring Board Timber Sale and Hazard Tree Removal

Provide for public safety on the recreation trail (Trail #900); Manage stand density and species composition to enhance resilience to insects and disease; and contribute forest products to the local and regional economy.

Troy Mine Revised Reclamation Plan

Troy Mine, Inc.of Troy, MT has proposed to revise the Reclamation Plan for its copper and silver mining and milling operation.

Vermilion River Restoration

stream habitat restoration program proposed for 9 specific reaches on the Vermilion River over a 10 yr period

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

NEPA Coordinator
Janis Bouma
(406) 283-7774

For project specific information, see the project contact specified on each project's information page.