The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the basic national charter for protection of the environment. Unlike specific environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, the NEPA encompasses all environmental values (air, water, flora, fauna and values such as wilderness) and requires the federal government and its permittees to bear those values in mind as they plan ahead. The NEPA was a response to the American public's insistence during the 1960's that protection of the environment become a national policy.

The NEPA sets out two basic and related objectives: Preventing environmental damage and ensuring that agency decision makers take environmental factors into account. NEPA procedures are designed to insure that environmental information is available to public officials and citizens alike before decisions are made and before actions are taken. The NEPA requires that information must be of high quality. Accurate scientific analysis, expert agency comments, and public scrutiny are essential to implementing NEPA. Most important, Agency NEPA documents concentrate on the issues that are truly significant to the action in question, rather than amassing needless detail.


Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Schedule of Proposed Actions provides a list of proposals that will begin or are undergoing environmental analysis and documentation so that people can become aware of and indicate their interest in specific proposals. The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Bitterroot National Forest.

Appeal Responses

Responses Issued after October 1, 2006

Responses Issued before October 1, 2006

Objection Responses

To view objection responses for the Bitterroot National Forest please visit the Forest Service Appeal Response page.


Other Projects

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Dams

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Invasive Plants EIS

2003 Bitterroot National Forest Noxious Weeds FEIS

Bitterroot 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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Developing Proposal

Bitterroot Front

This project aims to increase forest resiliency by addressing insect and disease risks, reducing risk of high severity wildfire, maintaining/improving wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, as well as maintaining/improving recreation and roads.

East Fork Fishing Access Site Project

This project would use boulders to create a parking area and prevent unauthorized, motorized access to a user-created route that is currently causing damage to a wetland along the East Fork Bitterroot River.

Under Analysis

C. Ben White Trail Construction

The C Ben White - Stomberg trail proposal is Pack and Saddle designed, class 3 with 24" tread width and less than 15% grades. It involves new construction of 0.50 miles and 0.15 miles of road converted to trail.

Cold Spring Hill ATV Trail

This project would construct 5 new connector trails (approximately 0.70 miles total)while also converting existing closed FS Roads to trail status. The trail would be constructed to Trail Class 3 with 60" tread width.

Forest Plan Amendment - Elk Habitat Objectives

The Bitterroot National Forest is evaluating the need to conduct a programmatic amendment for elk habitat objectives under the 1987 Forest Plan.

Gold Butterfly

Project to harvest, thin, and prescribe burn forest stands to improve resilience to insects, disease, and wildfire and restore the fire return intervals. Move trailheads and manage roads to improve stream conditions.

Gold Butterfly Project - Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

This SEIS for the Gold Butterfly Project will analyze a project-specific forest plan amendment related to management of old growth within the project area.

Mud Creek Vegetation Management Project

Project purpose is to design and implement a suitable transportation system and to improve landscape resilience to disturbances, such as insects, diseases, and fire.

Schultz Saddle Prescribed Burn

The Schultz Saddle Rx is approx. 6,300 acres within the 2000 Valley Complex fire. The intent of this burn would be to clean up the fuels, open corridors for winter range, rejuvenate the elk habitat and improve a grazing allotment conditions.

Tolan Firewood Sale

Harvest of dead and/or dying tress on approximately 85 acres along the Tolan Road (FS 5740 road) and Hilltop Road (FS 13343 road). Harvest activity would be confined to within 150 feet of each side of the road.

Analysis Completed

Canyon Lake Dam Access for Repairs

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Canyon Creek Irrigation District adequate access to their facilities at Canyon Lake Dam. CCID requests access to their easement to make their facilities safe as required under federal dam safety laws.

Piquett Creek Project

Improve landscape resilience to disturbances (such as fire, insects and diseases) by diversifying forest structure and composition, and reducing fuels. Improve habitat diversity, forage quality and quantity for mule deer elk and bighorn sheep.

Project Archive

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