Status of Forest Projects

These are analyses we conduct for specific activities. Also included in this list are past projects, their objectives, and their results. The projects displayed on this page are only the major forest projects. For more information about a specific project or other project not listed, contact the appropriate Lolo NF Office.

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)/Appeals/Objections


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Appeal Responses

Responses issued after October 1, 2006

Responses issued before October 1, 2006

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 Ongoing, completed, and archived projects

Lolo National Forest Project Archive

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Integrated ecosystem management including vegetation and watershed restoration, fuels reduction, and wildlife habitat restoration.

Auggie Fuels

Vegetative treatments to improve forest health and reduce fuels

Barrette Creek fuels

Hazardous fuels reduction in WUI including salvage of bark beetle caused tree mortality using improvement cutting, slashing understory ladder fuels, hand piling, and underburning. Culvert removal and storage of currently closed roads.

Barrette Creek Fuels

The Barrette Creek Fuels project proposes to reduce hazardous fuels from 2009 timber harvest and 2010 post commercial thin in units adjacent and/or near the wildland urban interface (wui) located between Bird and Fire Creek drainages.

Big Nelson and Monture Campgrounds Project

Proposal is to implement a comprehensive vegetation management plan for the two campgrounds to improve the health of the stands, address trees killed by bark beetles, and improve public safety

Big Nugget Placer Claims

Placer mine exploration using heavy equipment on previously disturbed lands.

Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of existing outfitter and guide permits in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

Bt Insecticide Application - Big Larch Campground

Application of bacterial insecticide to prevent spruce budworm from defoliating Douglas-fir screening material in the Big Larch Campground/Recreation area.

Butte Lookout Project

A prescribed burn on 29 acres in Butte Lookout Unit #22.

Butte Lookout Project EIS

Improve ecosystem function, integrity, and resilience; reduce stream sediment sources; improve fish passage, wildlife habitat and security; provide timber for harvesting, and increase wildlife habitat in mixed severity fire types.

Carbaryl Application: Crazy/Pattee Canyon and Rock Creek

Application of the insecticide Carbaryl to prevent mountain pine beetle attack and mortaliity in pine trees in the Crazy/Pattee Canyon and Rock Creek recreation areas.

Carbaryl Application: Rattlesnake Trailheads and Rattlesnake Trail (Road 99)

Application of the insecticide Carbaryl to prevent mountain pine beetle attack and mortality on pine trees in the Rattlesnake Trailheads and Rattlesnake Trail (Road 99).

Cedar Creek Forest Plan Amendment

The Superior RD of the Lolo NF is proposing to amend the Lolo NF Plan to include a newly acquired 204 acre parcel in the Cedar Creek drainage. The proposed action is to create Amendment #31 that would establish the Cedar Creek Zoological Area.

Chippy Fire Salvage

The proposed project is salvage of a portion of the timber on National Forest System lands that burned in the Chippy Creek Fire in 2007 on the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District

Clark Fork River Outfitter Special Use Permits

Issuance of additional outfitter permits for use of the Ferry Landing and Cascade boat launch sites located along the Clark Fork River between St. Regis and Paradise.

Clear Creek

Integrated landscape management including forest vegetation restoration, wildlife habitat and watershed improvements, and recreation enhancements within the Clear Creek drainage.

Clearwater Loop Rd 4370 Avalanche Culvert Replacement & Morrell Creek Bridge Replacement

Replace bridge on Morrell Creek, relocate 500 feet of roadway at the bridge approaches to place the bridge at a more stable location on the stream. Replace and relocate culvert on Clearwater Loop Road 4370, 75 feet upstream of existing structure.

Colt Summit Restoration/Fuels Project

Integrated ecosystem management under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Protection Act (CFLRP) including vegetation and watershed restoration, fuels reduction, and management for wildlife habitat.

Cottonwood Stream Restoration Project

Restoration of approximately 2,500 feet of stream channel including relocation or removal of one dispersed recreation site.

Crazy-Pattee Timberstand Improvement Project

Improvement of forest stand health on approximately 130 acres in the Crazy Canyon drainage and 42 acres in the Pattee Picnic Area. Treatments would include the removal of dead and dying trees affected by the mountain pine beetle and dwarf mistletoe.

Cutoff Project

Project proposes to improve highway safety; maintain/improve forest health; provide for public safety and sanitation at dispersed recreation sites; improve big game winter range; and enhance watershed health.

Deer Uncle Sam Small Tree Thinning and McGinty's Rock Small Tree Thinning Projects

Non-commercial thinning of small trees in previously harvested stands to increase tree health and vigor, decrease the risk of insects and disease, and improve forest resiliency and resistance to wildfire.

DNRC land exchange

Lolo NF - Montana State DNRC land exchange State wants to trade isolated, scattered school trust lands surrounded by NFS lands; FS would consolidate ownership, acquire access, riparian, roadless & recreation lands & big game winter range.

Drew Creek Snowmobile Trail Re-Route

This project would re-route the groomed snowmobile trail to avoid two stream crossings that have undersized culverts. Trail would be mostly clearing a route that a 9-foot groomer can travel through; but will not have tread for summer use.

Dry Gulch Access Road 9961

Seasonal road access for the Estate of Earl M. Pruyn along approx. 9 miles of Forest Road #9961. Includes provision for seasonal access (April - November) to 1,040 acres of private land in the Black Mtn Area west of Missoula.

East Fork Lolo Creek Road Decommissioning

Decommissioning of approximately 14 miles of non-system forest roads to benefit Bull Trout fisheries and meet TMDL requirements by reducing stream sedimentation.

Firecracker Annie

The project proposes commercial timber harvest in 16 units totaling approximately 235 acres and approximately 265 acres of mixed severity prescribed burn. No permanent roads will be constructed; less than 0.5 miles of temporary road will be needed.

Flying H. Ranch Special Use Permit Request

Issuance of a special use permit for cultivation and production of hay on 35 acres of National Forest Land acquired in the October 2011 Montana DNRC land exchange.

Frenchtown Face vegetation management

Fuels management, timber harvest, manage weeds, roads & recreation

Geothermal Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The Forest Service was a cooperating agency, assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in that Agency's geothermal leasing analysis and decision. The BLM issued a record of decision on 12/17/2008.

Grant Creek fuels

Fuels reduction project inside WUI, including both commercial (timber sale) and non-commercial fuel treatments

Henry Creek and Swamp Creek Range Allotment Management Plans Revision

Update Allotment Management Plans for Forest Plan compliance, incorporating changes that have been implemented through previous operating plans.

Horseshoe West Fuels Reduction and Restoration

Integrated landscape management including hazardous fuels reduction, vegetation restoration, soils rehabilitation, and wildlife habitat improvement.

JM-(BAR)Outfitters 10 Year Special Use Permit for Outfitting & Guiding Re-issuance

Re-issuance of a 10 year Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding to provide big game hunting and trail ride services in the Rock Creek Recreation Area of the Missoula Ranger District.

Jocko Lakes Fire Salvage

Salvage harvest of timber values affected by Jocko Lakes Fire

John's Creek Prescribed Burning

220 acres of understory thinning, followed by prescribed underburning

Joost Water Transmission Line Request - Bill Creek

Karl Joost has requested a special use authorization to bury a 6" by 1,953' water transmission line in an existing irrigation ditch from Bill Creek to his property.

Lee Creek Campground - Existing Powerline Replacement

The existing electrical line to the campground pumphouse and the host area is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. The replacement line will connect to the main electrical line located across Highway 12 at the entrance to Lee Creek Campground.

Little Eddy

Vegetation treatment to reduce future tree losses from root disease and improve resilience to insect infestation on 131 acres of National Forest System land located within the wildland urban interface, adjacent to private property and residences.

Little Quartz Fuels Reduction

Fuels reduction in the wildland urban interface (directly adjacent to private property) through noncommercial thinning to reduce ladder fuels and heavy fuel loadings on 10 acres. All activities will be accomplished by hand. No mechanized equipment.

Lolo NF Forestwide Integrated Weed Management Analysis

Manage weeds on entire forest, using integrated weed management approach, including aerial application of herbicides. Analyze representative site types, develop priority screening criteria & standardize resource protection methods.

Lookout Ski Beetle

Vegetation management at Lookout Pass Ski Area administrative site. Salvage of dead and beetle-infested lodgepole pine trees. Approx. 129 acres of harvest treatment, 0.5 mile of temp road construction and obliteration.

Mattie V Creek Mine Reclamation Project

Improve channel morphology, floodplain connectivity, and fish passage at the Mattie V Creek Mine through channel reconstruction and cut and fill activities.

McCabe and Coopers Lake Small Tree Thinning

Non-commercial thinning of small trees in previously harvested stands to increase tree health and vigor and decrease the risk of insects, disease and potential wildfire.

MEC Powerline

Application by Missoula Electric Cooperative to bury 2.25 miles of existing overhead power lines and replace one utility pole on National Forest System Lands near U.S. Highway 12 in the Lolo Creek Drainage.

Missoula Electric Cooperative - Buried Power to Point 118 Communication Site

The Missoula Electric Cooperative in conjunction with the Missoula County 911 Communication system proposes to install a buried powerline to the Point 118 Communication Site. Point 118 is on a peak southwest of the West Fork Butte Lookout

Montana Snowbowl Ski Area Expansion

Expansion of permitted ski area to provide additional winter recreational opportunities and improvement of ski area facilities.

Murphy Creek

Vegetation and recreation management activities on 120 acres to reduce bark beetle susceptibility and respond to public desires for a gentle, non-motorized trail near communities.

Nelson Bike Shuttle Special Use Permit Request

Special use permit request to conduct a commercial mountain bike shuttle service in the west end of Mineral County.

Ninemile and Missoula Ranger District Small Tree Thinning Project

Noncommercial thinning of small trees in stands that were previously harvested and have densely regenerated. Thinning will increase tree health and vigor, and reduce the risk of mountain pine beetle caused mortality and large fires in the future.

Ninemile Thinning

Hand thinning, hand piling, and pile burning of understory ponderosa pine and Douglas fire to reduce ladder fuels directly adjacent to private property.

O'Brien Creek Tree Planting

Hand planting about 1,900 acres with ponderosa pine and western larch

O'Keefe Grazing Allotment Management Plan Revision

The Lolo NF is proposing to revise the allotment management plan for the O'Keefe Grazing Allotment to ensure compliance with current environmental standards and laws.


The Lolo Post Burn EIS decision was not upheld in court. This project would issue a new decision to complete restoration activities originally analyzed in the EIS.Timber harvest is not proposed, only road stabilization, storage, and decommissioning

Petty Creek Big Game EMB.

The project would reintroduce low intensity fire to primarily southern slopes to reduce natural fuel accumulations within the wildland urban interface (WUI) and to enhance the winter range of big game species by stimulating herbaceous growth.

Placid Lake Cost Share Supplement

Montana Department of Natual Resources and Conservation and the Lolo N.F. are entering into a Cost Share Supplement to exchange easements so both parties can have legel access to their lands.

Prescribed Burning in the Proposed Great Burn Wilderness and Clearwater Crossing

Prescribed burning on approximately 2,719 acres, to reduce fuels concentrations in close proximity to the Clearwater Crossing Administrative Site and the small community located at the Clearwater Crossing location of Fish Creek.

Quartz-Haugan Precommercial Thinning Project

Precommercial thinning of about 235 stands that range in size from one to 130 acres, located across the Superior Ranger District. This project covers an approximate total of 4390 acres.

Race to the Sky Recreation Event Permit Reissuance

Reissue 5 year Recreation Permit for an over snow dog sled race (4 day) on existing snowmobile routes identified on the Seeley Lake RD OSVUM. No ground disturbance. Installation of temporary checkpoints, stops, route markers, and directional signage.

Rennic Stark Project

Integrated landscape management treatments designed to improve forest health, reduce hazardous fuels near communities, improve fish and wildlife connectivity, maintain water quality, and provide and maintain forest industry infrastructure.

Rim Rock 1

Mining of placer terrace deposits using hand tools. Process excavated material using a trommel. Process water from trommel discharged to a settling pond; solid wastes used to backfill excavations and depressions on site.

Rock Creek Fuels

Reduce hazardous fuels, burn understory, control noxious weeds, maintain roads, develop a gravel pit & replace culverts

Route of the Olympian

Motorized and non-motorized recreation and travel management on approximately 30 miles of abandoned railroad grades (Milwaukee and Northern Pacific) between Taft and St. Regis, Montana.

Sawmill Gulch Trail ReRoute Project

Re-route of three segments of trail (4500') in the Rattlesnake NRA to reduce erosion and trail braiding in seasonally wet areas.

Section 31 Trail Project

Consider 3.1 miles of new trail construction and 6 miles of recontouring or narrowing of old nonmotorized roadbeds used as nonmotorized trails

Seeley Lake Campgrounds Project

Improve public safety by removing dead and dying trees, and trees at high risk of beetle infestation in the Big Larch, Seeley Lake and River Point Campgrounds and along their access roads

Seeley Lake Fuels

Reduce fire hazard from fuels on National Forest land in the highway corridor and around recreational sites and private lands

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Invasive Plants EIS

Proposal is to treat invasive plants and noxious weeds with herbicides and biocontrols within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Snowbowl Zipline Project

Construction of a 600' trail within the Snowbowl ski area permit boundary to allow public and maintenance access to ziplines located on Snowbowl's private lands.

South Fork of Fish Creek

Vegetative treatment proposal to reduce fuels and improve forest health in the South Fork of Fish Creek, while also improving water quality and aquatic habitat and enhancing recreation opportunities and facilities in the area.

Southside Road

Reduce understory ladder fuels, which would reduce the threat of crown fire in the overstory and reduce ground fire intensity, by thinning 84 acres, hand-piling 25 acres, and underburning

St. Regis South Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Project would reduce hazardous fuels on approximately 1211 acres of National Forest System lands adjacent to the town of St. Regis, Montana. Methods would include prescribed fire only, commercial and pre-commercial thinning, and slashing and piling.

Swan Face Prescribed Burn

The Swan Face prescribed burn project is proposed to restore the role of fire and enhance the forest ecosystem processes on 2471 acres located at the headwaters of the Clearwater on the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

T & L #2 Placer Reserve Definition

Up to three test holes would be dug with a rubber-tired backhoe at an unvegetated area in a disperesed campsite. Samples would be processed using gold pans. Process water would be discharged to a test hole.

Tyler Genoa and Bateman Gillespie Range Allotment Management Plan Revision

Revise allotment management plan to incorporate changes made in past annual operating plans to meet Forest Plan standards and guidelines, and close Bateman Gillespie Allotment

Upper Lolo watershed analysis

Recontour & decommssion existing roads to improve watershed conditions & fish habitat

Upper Madison Fuels Project

Restore stand to a historically ponderosa pine component by thinning under-story Douglas fir. Implement thinning and prescribed under-burning to reduce fuels concentrations. Project will combine fuels efforts with the Petty Rock Timber Sale

Upper Ninemile Placer Mine Reclamation

Reclamation of abandoned placer mines including restoration of stream channels and fish habitat along Upper Ninemile, Sawpit, Martina, and Twin Creeks.

Welcome Creek Wilderness Forest Plan Amendment #38

Amendment of the Lolo National Forest Plan to include standards for the protection of wilderness character in the Welcome Creek Wilderness.

West Riverside and Lolo Complex Tree Planting

Tree planting and browse protection on about 1320 acres in burned areas of the 2012 West Riverside fire and the 2013 Lolo Complex fire

West Riverside Tree Planting

Planting tree seedlings and protecting them from animal browsing with shade tubes.

Westside Roadside Timber Salvage

Commercial and Personal use treatment of approximately 95 acres of dead and dying timber within 150 feet of road shoulder along portions of Forest Service Roads 4349, 2190, and 2192

Westside Trailhead Shed Construction

Construction of a shed to house the grooming equipment used to groom the snowmobile trails on the Seeley Lake area.

White Mountain Outfitting, Lolo Hot Springs Equestrian Day Rides

Permittee proposal to conduct day trail rides on routes on the Lolo National Forest, Missoula Ranger District. Permittee's equestrian trail rides would leave from Lolo Hot Springs Lodge and follow roads currently restricted to motorized use.

Yurt Ski Outfitter and Guide Permit Re-issue

Re-issue permit authorizing sservice days for renting two yurts and guiding activities associated with the yurts.

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