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 Project Archive



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09-10 Precommercial thinning

precommercial thinning of timber stands for health and vigor

2010 Ponderosa Pine Thinning

Thinning of 140 acres of ponderosa pine to increase vigor and make them less susceptible to mountain pine beetle attack.

2011 Precommercial Thinning

Precommercially thin 314 acres, primarily in Sullivan Creek drainage, as part of district insect and disease thinning program.

2012 Special Use Permit Renewals

The Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts are reviewing 5 requests for renewals of existing special use permits.

2012 Special Use Permit Renewals

This project includes 5 requests for renewals of existing special use permits. Four of these requests provide access to private land across National Forest System Lands (NFSL). One request provides access across NFSL for the Montana FWP.

2012-2017 Rexford and Fortine Pre-commercial Thinning

This project proposes to treat approximately 4,962 acres with precommercial thinning across the two districts.

Artillery Pine

Salvage dead, dying, and high risk off-site ponderosa pine planted in 1958, and lodgepole pine over 43 acres to reduce the likelihood of severe mortality due to bark beetles. Less than 1 mile temporary road construction.

Black Diamond Mine Plan of Operations

Request for access to Black Diamond Mine

Bristow Area Restoration Project

Project includes timber harvest, prescribed burning, road BMP's, road decommissioining and storage, motorized access changes, temporary road construction, Forest Plan amendment for open road density in MA 12.

Brush Creek Fire Salvage

Recover economic value of fire-killed timber in a timely manner and contribute to long-term yield of forest products.

College of the Rockies Outfitter and Guide Permit

A request for an outfitter and guide permit that would authorize up to 120 user days to operate a 5-day rock climbing instruction course once per year in the Stone Hill climbing area.

DNRC Access Jim Beaver Non-Cost Share Special Use Permit

Request for special use permit to authorize MT DNRC 1800 feet of road easement across NFSL.

DNRC land exchange

Montana State DNRC and the Lolo NF will exchange land to consolidate ownership patterns for more efficient land/resource management and better legal access for agency administration and the public.

Dorr Skeels Blowdown

Salvage of blowndown timber from the paved road in Dorr Skeels Campground

Gateway Maintenance Burning

Utilize prescribed fire along with minor amounts of slashing, hand piling, and machine piling to treat fuels in the urban interface. The area experienced fire on a 10-25 year interval historically. Treatments are designed to mimic this pattern.

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 River North Fuels Reduction Project

This project is designed to reduce fire hazard within the WUI north of Libby, Montana. Commercial and non-commercial treatments will be proposed including timber harvest, hand slashing and pile burning, and broadcast burning.

Lake Koocanusa Charter Fishing Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit

A request for an outfitter and guide permit to authorize launch of chartered fishing boats from Rexford Bench, Peck Gulch and Rocky Gorge (a total of 30 launches).

Mariner's Haven SUP Renewal and Expansion

Construct improvements to marina including expanding the number of boat mooring slips from 75 to 120; increasing the number of parking spaces from 50 to 120; adding an "upper level" boat ramp, and developing a break water structure.

Marten Creek Timber Sales and Associated Activities

Timber harvest on approximately 1,860 acres, along with prescribed burning, road decommissioning, and watershed/fish habitat improvement.

Non-Consumptive Recreational Special Use Permits

The Rexford Ranger District is reviewing a number of requests for issuing special use outfitter and guide permits for non-consumptive recreational uses by various institutional groups and individuals.

North End Special Use Outfitter and Guide

The Rexford and Fortine Districts have received requests for special use permits for nonconsumptive recreational uses. This includes rock climbing, kayaking/canoeing, bicycling, camping, and equestrian riding.

North Fork Bull River Non-motorized Trail Construction

Construct a new non-motorized trail to access the North Fork of the Bull River trail system from FSR#410. The original access was the former FSR #2722, which was washed out in 2007. This new trail would be located near the old roadway location.

North Fork Yaak Telephone Line

Installation of 8,900 feet of telephone line within right-of-way of NFS Rd. #5828 (North Fork Yaak), minimum of 30 inches depth.

North Wind Blowdown

Salvage of blown down timber in the North Fork Yaak drainage.

Northeast Yaak

Actvities include timber harvest, fuels reduction, prescribed burning, wildlife habitat improvement, pre-commercial thinning, access management changes, and watershed rehabilitation including road decommissioning. Supplemental EIS being prepared.

Pipestone Timber Sale and Restoration Project

This project authorizes timber harvest, prescribed burning, road decommissioning, road reconstruction and BMP's, motorized access changes, construction of a snowmobile trail, and private land access.

Posted Poles Timber Stand Improvement

Thinning of overstocked lodgepole pine stands with removal of pole timber.

Prospect Hill Mineral Exploration/Prospect Hill Access

Mineral exploration Plan of Operation, and special use request for access. Includes opening a closed road, construction of approximately 1.5 miles of new road, and reopening two closed mine portals.

Rebuild of the Libby (FEC) to Troy Section of BPA's Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kV Transmission Line

Issuance of an amended Special Use Authorization for the proposed rebuilding, operation, and maintenance of a 17-mile-long portion of Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.

Revett-Genesis Exploratory Drilling

Drilling of eight (8) core holes from three (3) separate locations.

Rexford and Fortine District 2010-2012 Precommercial Thinning

Precommercial thinning of conifers (wui and non-wui), including western white pine daylighting, mountain pine beetle thinning, wildlife habitat enhancement,lynx research thinning provisions

Rock Creek Gravel Pit

Sanders County Road Department has proposed to reopen and expand the existing Rock Creek Gravel pit. Total area of disturbance could be up to 4.5 acres. No commercial timber would be removed.

Rocky Pine Fuels Reduction

Hazardous fuels reduction on 1,530 acres utilizing harvest, excavator and hand piling, underburning and precommercial thinning.

Shooting Star Subdivision Special Use Permit Request

Upgrade approximately 1600 feet of existing open road (Road #7308) to meet Lincoln County Subdivision Road specifications and improve access to private lands.

Special Use Permit Renewals FY2011

various SUP renewals, various locations on district, to be completed in fiscal year 2010.

Trego

Project may include ecosystem burning, thinning, intermediate timber harvest, regeneration harvest, BMP improvements to roads and/or stream restoration.

Triangle Two Ranch Special Use Outfitter And Guide Permit

Special Use Permit Application for outfitter and guide, guided equestrian, horse drawn wagon, and sleigh ride activities in the West Kootenai area.

Troy Mine 2011-2012 Exploration Drilling

Exploratory drilling is proposed on existing Forest roads. Drill sites are on the road surface and are approximately 100' long x 20' wide.

West Troy Fuels Reduction

Reduction of Fuels, Intermediate Timber Harvest, Prescribed Burning

Why Not Placer Plan of Operations

The project includes a plan of operations from an individual on a claim on the Yaak River. Suction dredging and power sluicing are proposed.

Williams Plan of Operation - Vermilion River Mineral Exploration

Small mine operation. Project would approve exploration pits and require restoration by November 1, 2011.

Young-Dodge

Timber harvest (3,400 acres), prescribed burning (2,000 acres); prescribed burning w/ mechanical pre-treatment (1,500 acres); road management (decommissioning, etc); and recreation facilities. Forest Plan exceptions and openings greater than 40 acre


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Key Contacts

NEPA Coordinator
Janis Bouma
(406) 283-7774

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