Kootenai National Forest Montanore Project Record of Decision is Now Available

The Kootenai National Forest has set forth its final decision and rationale for the selected mine and transmission line alternatives in a Final Record of Decision (ROD). View/Download the Documents

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. Rock Creek Webpage

Ten Lakes Travel Management Planning

The Fortine Ranger District has developed a proposed action for the Ten Lakes Travel Management Project. Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-winter trail management in the Congressionally-designated Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area. Select here for more information.

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 Kootenai National Forest:

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 Kootenai National Forest:

Kootenai National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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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

Coyote Improvement

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

Dry Creek Sediment Reduction

rehabilitation of deteriorating road system which is currently closed to all public motorized use, and prevent future mass wasting, sediment delivery and erosion from the road system to Dry Creek and related minor tributaries.

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.

Elk Rice

The Elk Rice project would include 93 harvest units, with activities and timber harvest on about 2,500 acres, including: about 1,700 acres of regeneration harvest and 490 acres of intermediate harvest. Eleven regeneration openings exceed 40 acres.

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.

Flower Creek Forest Health and Hazardous Fuels Project

Project is to reduce the risk or extent of, and increase the resilience to, insect and disease infestations; and to reduce forest fuels in the WUI next to and near the community of Libby, MT.

FNF Plan Revision & NCDE GBCS Amendment to the Lolo, Helena, Lewis & Clark,and Kootenai NFs

The Flathead NF is revising their forest plan and preparing an amendment providing relevant direction from the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Lolo, Helena, Kootenai, and Lewis & Clark National Forests.

Forest Plan Revision

Revision of Forest Plan management direction.


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

Hellroaring Fat Tire Plan of Operations

Exploration drilling on MMG's claims in Hellroaring Creek, including one drill site with up to three drill holes. Drilling would be off the side of open National Forest System Road (NFSR) 745, Hellroaring Creek Road.

Kootenai Forest-Wide Young Growth Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation management via precommercial and commercial harvest, & burning of activity fuels only within previously managed, second growth stands across the Forest. The project is part of the Montana Governor's Forest in Focus Initiative.

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.

Lower Yaak, OBrien, Sheep Project

This project includes timber harvest, hazardous fuels reduction treatments, prescribed burning, watershed improvements, and recreation site improvements. About 52% of the project area is within the wildland urban interface.

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

Preparation of a Supplemental EIS to amend land and resource management plans for the Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to address motorized access management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.

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.

Pinkham Creek Green Box Collection Site Special Use Permit

A proposal to authorize a special use permit to relocate the green box garbage collection site located on Lincoln County right-of-way land near the intersection of the Pinkham Creek and Othorp Lake roads.

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

Sparring Bulls

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

Starry Goat

The Starry Goat project proposes about 1,550 acres of regeneration harvest and 573 acres of intermediate harvest. 17 units would contribute to 14 openings over 40 acres. Prescribed burning is planned for 3,458 acres in the WUI and 5,870 acres in IRAs

Ten Lakes Travel Management Project

Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-snow trail management. Additional information available at

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.