Status of Forest Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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.

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Under Analysis

Beaverhead County Wise River Radio Site

Construction of underground power and fiber optic lines to the Wise River Radio Site. Installation of VHF antennae and associated equipment for enhancing 911 services for Beaverhead County.

Birch Creek Recreation Residence Special Use Permit

New owners propose to install a 1500 gal underground gray water storage tank, drill a new water well, and build a utility shed in the existing footprint of the special used permit for the residencde.

California Creek Placer Evaluation

The California Creek Placer Test is designed to sample a cross-section at regular intervals across the mineral deposit. The claimant plans to dig 22 holes during this operation. Each test hole will be 5ft wide, 10ft long, and 3ft to 5ft deep.

Cliff Lake Day Use Improvements

The Madison Ranger District on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) is proposing to expand two parking areas and create a safe and functional day use area at the Cliff Lake Day Use/Boat Launch site.

Court Small Tracts Act (STA) Conveyance

Conveyance of an isolated tract of 0.72 acres of NFS lands under the Small Tracts Act of January 12, 1983, as amended. The tract is an isolated mineral fraction surrounded by private located in the Tobacco Root Mountains near the town of Mammoth.

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

Forestwide Outfitter & Guide Permits

This project analyzes the environmental effects of activities proposed as new priority outfitter guide permits, expanded activities under existing permits, and creating a pool of use days for future priority and non-reoccurring temporary permits.

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.

Happy Tails 2020 Plan of Operations

The Happy Tails 2020 Plan of Operations is to remove existing tailings piles and recontour area to surrounding grade.

Morel to Butte Pipeline

Reconstruction of a 1-mile long segment of existing 16" steel gas pipeline, owned and operated by NorthWestern Energy. Total temporary disturbance would occur on approximately 13 acres of NFS lands located on the Butte and Pintler Ranger Districts.

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.

Operation and Maintenance of All Forest Service Radio Repeater Sites on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF

A total of 20 repeater sites are located on the BDNF. These existing sites require annual maintenance to provide for critical communications across the Forest that support wildland fire suppression, SAR, and the health and safety of our employees.

Pintler Face

Purpose is to achieve Forest Plan Goals including timber management, aquatic improvement, wildlife habitat improvement. Proposed activities include commercial timber harvest, travel management, and reduction of conifer encroachment in sagebrush.

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.

Rancho Deluxe Vegetation Project

The proposed action would conduct vegetation management activities to promote resilience to insects and disease. Treatments would include timber harvest and removal of conifer encroachment from aspen stands.

Sadler Private Road Special Use Permit

Permit vehicle access to private property through across 56 feet of National Forest land. It would allow the holder to improve, use and maintain a private driveway.

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.

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.

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.

Vigilante Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit.

Vigilante Electric proposes to rebuild an existing 69kV overhead transmission line. The new overhead transmission line runs across approximately 4,224 feet of NFS lands in a 50 foot wide corridor.

Analysis Completed

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.

Christiansen Creek Conifer Expansion

Hand cut or burn conifers seedlings and saplings expanding into 11 units in Christiansen Creek as displayed in the Project Area Map in order to move conditions toward forest plan vegetation goals.

Five Trough Spring Pipeline Extension

The proposal is to make improvements to existing water developments located at Five Trough Spring, which would result in improved livestock distribution and water availability within the allotment.

Forlorn Hope Special Use Permit

Issuance of a private road special use permit authorizing the landowner to construct and use a road to access their private inholding. The route will be approximately 300 ft. long and 14 ft. in width and constructed to FS standards.

Kennecott Phase 3 Exploration project

The Kennecott Exploration Company submitted a Plan to the Forest Service proposing to explore for minerals on unpatented mining claims. The Phase 3 Exploration project proposes drilling a total of 36 exploration holes over a five-year period.

Trail Creek Grassland Conifer Removal

We seek to improve riparian vegetation structure and composition in the Trail Creek area, proactively removing expanding conifers in this area would ensure this valuable riparian shrub/willow component is maintained and allowed to improve overtime.


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.

Project Archive

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