Projects

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

SOPA

Lolo NF

Appeal Responses

Responses issued after October 1, 2006

Responses issued before October 1, 2006

Objection Responses

To view Lolo National Forest objection responses, please visit The Forest Service Appeal Response page for the Lolo National Forest

 Forest Projects

 Ongoing, completed, and archived projects

Lolo National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

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Projects on the Forest Managed by Other Units

Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion Third-Party EIS

Proposal by Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area to expand its special use permit to upgrade and develop new lifts, ski terrain, parking, access roads, and guest service facilities.

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.

Lolo National Forest All Units

Center Horse Landscape Restoration Project

Collaboratively developed integrated ecosystem management including restoration of fire adapted ecosystems, soil productivity, watersheds and aquatic habitat, and management of recreation opportunities and motor vehicle access.

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.

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.

Yellowstone Pipe Line Pipe Abandonment

Removal of and/or abandonment-in-place of approximately 9,693 feet of out-of-service pipeline located on three separate sites within Missoula and Sanders Counties on the Missoula and Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger Districts

Missoula Ranger District

Marshall Woods Restoration Project

Integrated resource management including vegetation and watershed restoration, fuels reduction, public education, and recreation enhancements near the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.

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.

Montana Snowbowl Ski Area Expansion

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

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.

Sapphire Crest Trail

Trail construction and reconstruction to connect existing trail segments, creating a 100-mile long non-motorized trail across the Lolo, Bitterroot, and Beaverhead National Forests on the Sapphire Divide.

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.

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.

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

Ninemile Ranger District

John's Creek Prescribed Burning

220 acres of understory thinning, followed by prescribed underburning

PBR2000

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

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.

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.

Seeley Lake Ranger District

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.

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.

Horseshoe West Fuels Reduction and Restoration

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

Superior Ranger District

12 Tamarack

Integrated forest resource project that includes vegetation management, big game winter range maintenance, watershed improvements, fuels reduction, and recreation enhancements within the 69,000-acre project area located north and west of St. Regis

Cedar-Thom

Integrated forest restoration developed through collaboration with the public. Includes forest vegetation restoration, watershed restoration activities, fuels reduction, and recreation enhancements within the Cedar and Thompson Creek drainages, located southwest of Superior, Montana.

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.

Summer Trails Motorized Management

Motorized recreation management including development and authorization of trails and roads for All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) use, and closure and restoration of areas damaged by unauthorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use.

Project Archive

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