Projects

The Projects page shows current and proposed projects on the Bitterroot National Forest for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more. Projects on the Bitterroot National Forest follow guidelines under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This was signed into law on January 1, 1970.

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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.

Developing Proposal

  • Sheep Creek Rare Earth Exploration Proposal

    The Bitterroot NF received 2 Notices of Intent in the 2022 and 2023 field seasons for Rare Earth exploration in the Sheep Creek area. NEPA analysis type will be determined if and when a Plan of Operations is received. Please subscribe for updates.

Under Analysis

  • Bitterroot Front

    The intent of this proposed project and associated project-specific amendments is to address wildfire risk to communities and promote forest restoration on lands administered by the Stevensville and Darby-Sula Ranger Districts.

  • 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.

  • Lick Creek Demonstration/Research Forest Project

    This project would examine how different silvicultural systems paired with and without prescribed burning can be used to restore and maintain ponderosa pine forests. More info: https://www.firelab.org/project/ponderosa-pine-restoration-lick-creek

  • Rye Creek Fuel Break Categorical Exclusion

    This project would establish fuel breaks in approximately 1,866 acres along approximately 24 miles of roads, of which 95% were affected by wildfires in 2000.

  • Sleeping Child Fuel Break Categorical Exclusion

    This project would establish fuel breaks in approximately 2,130 acres along approximately 24 miles of roads in areas that were affected by wildfires in 2000.

  • Soda Baker Wildfire Risk Reduction and Forest Restoration Project Fuel Break Categorical Exclusion

    This project would establish fuel break in approximately 2,378 acres.

  • Sula District Fuel Break Categorical Exclusion

    This project would establish fuel breaks in approximately 3,000 acres along existing roads, of which 95% were affected by wildfires in 2000.

  • Thunder Mountain

    This project proposes to reduce fuels and wildfire risk within the Wildland Urban Interface, promote insect and disease resiliency and increase the health and vigor of early seral species (ponderosa pine) across approximately 466 acres.

  • West Fork and Darby/Sula Ranger District Water System Improvement

    The Bitterroot National Forest is proposing to improve three water systems in recreational and administrative facilities.

Analysis Completed

  • Forest Plan Amendment - Elk, Old Growth, Coarse Woody Debris and Snag Forest Plan Components

    The Bitterroot National Forest is evaluating the need to conduct programmatic amendments for elk, old growth, coarse woody debris and snag components 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.

Cancelled

  • 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.

Project Archive

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