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

Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation

The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.

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.

CDNST Pipestone Pass Trailhead Project

The project would address public safety for CDNST users for safe ingress/egress at Pipestone Pass. The Proposed Action would construct a new trailhead approximately 1,000 feet east of the current location for 10 vehicles and 4 truck/trailers.

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.

Doolittle Creek Fish Barrier

Propose to install a fish barrier on Doolittle Creek to support MTFWP work to restore westslope cutthroat trout. The project is in the Big Hole River drainage.

Eagle's Nest Trail Extension

This project is to construct about 2,280 ft. of non-motorized trail parallel to the road from the Eagles Nest Trailhead to the picnic area. The trail will provide a safer route for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders who currently use the road.

Greenhorns 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.

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.

Narrows Pond Dam Reconstruction

We propose to rebuild the dam on Narrows Pond to newly acquired design specifications, in order to store adequate water to support embryo development and fry emergence of Arctic Grayling and Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Elk Lake.

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.

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.

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.

Red Rocks Vegetation Project

Reduce stand density and increase age class, size class, and species diversity; reduce conifer encroachment; provide forest products.

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.

Saw Log Placer Placer Exploration Project

The Saw Log Placer Project is testing for placer deposits. The claimant plans to dig 3 test holes during this operation. Each test hole will be 6ft to 10ft wide, 10ft long, and 5ft to 10ft deep.

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.

Trail Creek Grassland Conifer Removel

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.

Wall Creek Fish Passage Barrier Project

The purpose of this project is to protect over 6 miles of Westslope Cutthroat Trout occupied habitat in the Wall Creek drainage, by constructing a fish passage barrier near the downstream Forest boundary.

Analysis Completed

Fleecer Mountains Project - Supplemental EA

Preparing an supplemental analysis for the Fleecer Mountains Project under the US District Court, District of Montana 2013 Court Order. Documents will be available on this site when 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.

Blacktail Headwaters Project

Thin Douglas-fir stands, hand fall encroaching conifers in and around aspen clones, meadows and sagebrush parks. Prescribed burn upland forest stands with pre-treatment (slash/fell conifers) along private boundaries

Boulder Lowlands Vegetation

The purpose of the project is to increase the resiliency of the area to insect and disease infestations and reduce the risk of wildfire to local communities and surrounding lands (federal, state and private).

East Deer Lodge Valley Landscape Restoration Management

Purpose is to achieve Forest Plan Goals including Timber management, Aquatic Improvement, Wildlife Habitat improvement. Proposed activities include timber salvage, commercial thinning, sediment reduction, fish passage, road and trail decommissioning

Flint Foothills Vegetation Management Project

1) Salvage dead and dying lodgepole pine 2) Commercial thin ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir 3) Use prescribed fire in low and mid-elevation mixed conifer stands to promote resiliency 4) Pre-commercial thin young stands

Forest Plan Supplemental EIS and New Information Review - Bighorn Sheep

Supplemental analysis for the 2009 FEIS approving the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Plan in response to a June 14, 2016 Court Order to disclose potential environmental affects from interagency MOUS dated 2002 and 2008 for a bighorn sheep transplant

Goldberg Water System Decommission

This project proposes to decommission an irrigation water system consisting of a diversion, ditch, flume and reservoir to resolve safety concerns and restore the natural water flow.

Goldstone Fire Area Trails Repair and Relocation

Trail repair and 2 reroutes to rehabilitate burned sections of the Park Creek, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Eunice Creek Trails. Two rerouting will move the trail out of a waterlogged section onto a sideslope to prevent erosion.

Little Hogback - Meyers Salvage Project

Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest is proposing to salvage 1,531 acres of dead, dying or imminently dead timber from the Little Hogback and Meyers fires of 2017.

Selway Creek Fish Barrier

We propose building a fish barrier in Selway Creek to support a MTFWP project to reintroduce native westslope cutthroat trout and improve habitat for an existing population of Forest Service listed sensitive species of Western Pearl Shell Mussels

Selway Gravel Pits Expansion

Proposal to expand up to four existing gravel pits in the Selway and Bloody Dick Drainages over the next 20 years for road improvement projects. Two pits are in the Tash Peak and one in the West Big Hole IRA. See scoping letter and maps.

Trapper Creek Vegetation Management

This revised proposal includes removal of colonizing conifers on 3338 acres of riparian vegetation, mountain mahogany, and sagebrush/grass parks using slashing and burning, broadcast burning, or lop and scatter to meet Forest Plan objectives

On Hold

Andrus and Bull Creek Allotments Range Improvement Project

This project proposes to develop 10 springs, construct two drift fences totaling 1.5 miles of fence on the allotments, and install a hardened water crossing at the fence line's water gap on Bailey Creek.

Chief Joseph Ski Trail Maintenance & Construction

Project would re-shaping the existing road prism on the old log hauling routes used as ski trails and dig stumps on approximately 32 kilometers of cross country ski trails and construct a connector trail between Moose and Sentinel Meadow trails.

South Gravelly Allotment Management Plans

Review grazing practices and infrastructure for 4 domestic livestock grazing allotments (Eureka Basin, Pole Creek, Southwest Corner and Robb Creek)to ensure compliance with applicable Forest Plan direction.

Willow Creek Fish Barrier

We propose to work with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks to modify the existing waterfall on Willow Creek to become a fish barrier to contribute toward future native fish restoration and benefit existing restoration projects.

Project Archive

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