Projects are proposed actions analyzed through the NEPA process (environmental impact statements, (EISs), environmental assessments, EAs), or categorical exclusions, (CEs) and result in a record of decision (ROD), decision notice (DN), or decision memo (DM), before they are ultimately implemented. You'll find the projects listed with project information and a contact person for each project.

Beal Mountain Mine Closure

The USDA Forest Service will conduct response actions at the Beal Mountain Mine Site located in Silver Bow County, Montana, through the agency’s delegated authority (Executive Order 12580) under the Comprehensive, Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). View Beal Mountain Mine Closure Project 

Status of Forest Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

You can view Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF SOPA reports in PDF or HTM formats, or you can search for other forest's SOPA reports on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge page at the SOPA web site.

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge 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.

Developing Proposal

  • South Tobacco Roots Vegetation Management Project

    This project is being developed to treat vegetation in the project area by reducing hazardous fuels, commercial timber harvest, and thinning stands using non-commercial methods.

  • West Fork Buttes Corral Project

    Proposal to authorize permittee to construct 100 feet by 100 feet wooden or metal corral to temporarily hold cattle while finalizing allotment cleanup

Under Analysis

  • Basin Cataract Buttermilk Fuel Breaks

    The project proposes to reduce wildfire risk to communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems in the path of potential, future wildfires. The Buttermilk Fuel Break is southwest of the town of Boulder, MT and other fuel break is north of Basin, MT.

  • Beaverhead-Deerlodge Outfitter & Guide Permits

    This analysis includes effects of 13 new priority permit holders currently operating under temporary or term permits and expansion of 10 established priority permits. It includes a pool of service days for consideration of potential future permits.

  • Georgetown Fuel Break

    To respond to the wildfire crisis, the project proposes to reduce potential wildfire threat to nearby communities and critical infrastructure. The fuel break runs east to west along the front country of the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness.

  • Greenhorn Vegetation Project

    The proposed project is to help restore and maintain the structure, function, composition and ecological connectivity of the forest system in order to increase resiliency to future natural disturbance events like wildfire, insects, and disease.

  • Holland Ranch Grazing Permit

    Project to issue new permit with construction of corral facilities to improve safety in trailing cattle between pastures.

  • Maverick Spring Development

    This is a project to permit improvements to the existing spring in order to provide safe drinking water to Maverick Mountain facilities for use by recreationists.

  • Nez Perce National Historic Trail Visitor Use Capacity Analysis

    This analysis identifies the visitor use capacity on National Forest System lands only, on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail to assist in the protection and management of trail resources.

  • Pole Creek Hardened Crossing

    This project proposes to improve a hardened crossing in an allotment on Pole Creek to alleviate excess sedimentation and provide a preferred crossing for cattle.

  • Powder Gulch Quarry Expansion

    The Madison District proposes to expand the existing Powder Gulch Gravel Pit by 5 acres for Forest Service and Madison County road maintenance in the Ruby River and neighboring drainages.

  • Selway Saginaw Vegetation Management Project

    Project to move conditions toward Forest Plan Timber, Vegetation, and Fuel Management Goals and Objectives using commercial timber harvest, precommercial thinning, and conifer expansion treatments.

  • South Baldy Repeater

    This project proposes to relocate an emergency and safety radio communications repeater from a poor signal site to a location with better coverage on South Baldy Mountain.

  • South Meadow Creek Trail

    The project proposes to reroute existing trail, build new trail to connect a trail loop, and decommission portions of trail that are not up to forest standards.

  • Strawberry to Cascade Allotment Management Plan

    Revise as necessary grazing management on the Barnett, Black Butte, Coal Creek, Cottonwood, Fossil, Hellroaring, Lyon, Wolverine, Poison Basin and portions of the Upper Ruby allotments in the Gravelly Mountains.

  • West Fork Madison Fish Barrier

    This project proposes to construct a wooden fish barrier on the Upper West Fork Madison River to aid in the conservation of westslope cutthroat trout.

Analysis Completed

  • Badger Creek Habitat

    Activities to enhance shrub and grassland dependent wildlife habitat and to improve upland vegetation and composition in the project area by using prescribed fire.

  • Basin Creek - Butte Watershed Project

    The project is to protect the Basin Creek Municipal Watershed by restoring and improving the characteristics of forest composition and structure to help reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire effects.

  • BDNF Aspen Project

    Increase aspen component in places where assessment indicates a need and conditions are favorable to support aspen using a variety of treatments.

  • East Pioneer Watershed Project

    Proposal includes 900 acres of treatment on Forest Service land to reduce conifer encroachment in sagebrush/grasslands using chainsaws and prescribed fire. Treatment areas include Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Dillon Field Office lands

  • Tendoy Project

    The BLM Dillon Field Office and Dillon Ranger District are starting the Environmental Assessment(EA) on Applications for Permit to Drill, submitted by the Lima Exploration Company, LLC.


  • CancelledNotch

    This project proposes to rebuild the rental cabin in the Snowcrest Mountain Range that burned down in the fall of 2019.

  • Moulton Cross Country Ski Trail Grooming

    This project would permit continued maintenance and grooming of about 15 kilometers (9 miles) of non-motorized trails for cross country skiing from December 1st through March depending on conditions.

  • Nelson Water Pipeline Special Use Permit

    This project is a proposal to issue a special use permit to allow connection of a pipeline to the overflow of a water trough on NFS lands and install approximately 2000 feet of subsurface line to water livestock on adjacent private land.

Project Archive

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

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Key Contacts

  • Allison Landro, Environmental Coordinator