Montanore Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD)

The Kootenai National Forest is releasing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Montanore Project.  Documents can be viewed / downloaded from the Minerals and Geology webpage on March 27, 2015.

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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Projects on the Forest Managed by Other Units

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.

Kootenai National Forest All Units

Forest Plan Revision

Revision of Forest Plan management direction.

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.

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.

Rambo Right-of-Way Clearing

Removal of trees and vegetation approximately 30 feet either side of the road prism along NFSRs 5894, 5896, and 5900 for approximately 2.7 miles.

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

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.

Cabinet Ranger District

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.

Helwick Timber Sale

Includes 23 timber harvest units with treatments including commercial timber harvest on approximately 655 acres, which includes regeneration harvests (345 acres), and intermediate treatments (310 acres). Two harvest units would exceed 40 acres.

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.

Vermilion River Restoration

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

Fortine Ranger District


Travel planning, prescribed fire, urban interface

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.

Ten Lakes Travel Management

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

Libby Ranger District

Coyote Improvement

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

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.

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.

Rexford Ranger District

Crashed Harvey

Salvage of windthrown trees

North End Fire Salvage

Salvage of approximately 92 acres of fire killed trees from three separate fire areas.

Three Rivers Ranger District

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

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.

Lower Yaak, O'Brien, 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.

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.

Project Archive

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