Projects

Flathead 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

  • Flathead Forest Plan Suitability Changes: Winter Travel Management and Recommended Wilderness

    Site-specific proposal on the Flathead National Forest to address the changes the revised forest plan (2018) made pertaining to suitability of motorized over-snow vehicle use and recommended wilderness areas

  • Round Star Project

    A project to reduce fuels, provide egress to local communities, improve diversity and resilience of vegetative communities, and contribute to the economy.

Under Analysis

  • 406 Docks

    406 Docks is requesting a permit to transport private boat docks to/from private residences along Swan Lake using the Forest Service Swan Lake Boat Ramp.

  • Action Rentals ATV/UTV Guided Tours

    Action Rentals is requesting a permit to guide ATV/UTV tours on the Tally Lake and Swan Lake Ranger Districts between June and November. Maximum group size would not exceed 15 and/or 6 vehicles per trip.

  • Adventure Cycling Association

    Adventure Cycling Association is requesting a permit to guide ten bike tours across the Flathead National Forest between June and September.

  • Alpine Running Guides

    Alpine Running Guides is requesting a permit to offer guided running trips to trail runners. Approximately 10-14 participants would be on each trip with 1-2 guides.

  • Big Sky Bible Camp Hiking Trips

    Big Sky Bible Camp is requesting 98-120 backpacking service days on system trails.

  • Bike Adventures

    Bike Adventures is requesting a permit to guide one bike tour across the Flathead National Forest in August. Maximum number of participants is 25.

  • BIKEternity

    BIKEternity is requesting a permit to guide a bike tour in August that follows the Great Divide mountain bike route going south. Use is requested on the Kootenai, Flathead, and Lolo NFs. Requesting 100 service days for use on the Flathead NF.

  • Flathead Comprehensive River Management Plan

    Preparation of a river management plan for the Flathead River Wild and Scenic River system

  • Flathead Outdoors

    Flathead Outdoors is requesting a permit to guide e-bike, e-dirt bike, and dirt bike trips on the Hungry Horse, Glacier View, Tally Lake, and Swan Lake Ranger Districts.

  • Glacier Institute Hiking Trips

    Glacier Institute is requesting to amend their existing priority use permit to include 224 additional user days for hiking on system trails on the Spotted Bear, Tally Lake, and Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger Districts.

  • Glacier Ridge Runners Livery Services and Guided UTV/ATV Tours

    Glacier Ridge Runners is requesting 200 day-use service days to provide watercraft livery services to the Hungry Horse Reservoir and guide UTV tours on selected open-motorized National Forest System Roads on the Hungry Horse Ranger District.

  • Great Northern Wilderness Guides Backpack Trips

    Madison Browning is requesting 100 backpacking service days July-Sept. The use would include 1-6 trips with 2-8 people. Hikes would be on the Hungry Horse, Swan Lake, and Spotted Bear Ranger Districts.

  • Highlander Hiking and Camping Event

    Highlander is requesting to host a non-competitive hiking recreation event. The event involves up to 100 people for multi-day hiking with camps at developed campgrounds in the northern Swan Range.

  • Kiwanis Club of Kalispell

    Kiwanis Club of Kalispell is requesting to host a one-day motorcycle ride event in July (date TBD) on system roads and trails. Participants are anticipated to be 30 with a max of 40.

  • Last Best Ride

    The Last Best Ride is a gravel bicycle race/ride on Sunday August 21st, 2022, partially on the Tally Lake and Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger Districts. Race prep and clean-up to occur on Aug 20 & 22. Maximum number of participants will be 550.

  • Logan Health Marathon

    Logan Health is requesting to host a marathon on September 24, 2022, with up to 1000 participants. Runners will start at Big Creek Campground and run south on the North Fork Road to Columbia Falls.

  • Mid-Swan Landscape Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface Project

    The purpose of the Mid-Swan Project is to restore and maintain terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity in light of climate change, and reduce the risk from wildfire in the WUI.

  • Missoula Electric Co-oP - Jim Creek Line

    Special Use Permit Amendment- Add approximately 350 feet of new cable to be installed along Jim Creek Road for approximately 138 feet to the intersection of Peck Lake Road and north along Peck Lake Road for approximately 216 feet to private property.

  • Montana Adventure Shuttle

    Montana Adventure Shuttle is requesting a permit for 50 service days to provide livery service, from June to September, for various locations on Spotted Bear, Hungry Horse, and Swan Lake Ranger Districts.

  • Montana Outdoor Science Academy

    Montana Outdoor Science Academy is requesting day hikes for 6th-12th grade students, teachers, and chaperones from April through October.

  • Mountain Archery Fest

    Blacktail Ski area is requesting a permit to host an Archery event. All activities associated with the event would be within the permitted Blacktail Mountain Ski area boundary.

  • Northwest Montana Adventures

    Northwest Montana Adventures is requesting a permit for 200 service days to provide guided ATV/UTV tours on the Tally Lake and Glacier View Ranger Districts between June and October.

  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

    The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management objectives and practices and desired conditions for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail on public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.

  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

    The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.

  • Spotted Bear Mountain

    A project to improve the diversity and resilience of vegetative communities, reduce fuel loadings within the wildland-urban interface to result in less intense fire behavior, and provide forest products to contribute to economic sustainability.

  • Swan Mountain Outfitters - Expanded Area

    Expand the operating area for Swan Mountain outfitters to allow for greater flexibility and to adjust for changing on the ground conditions. Select current permitted uses would continue in the expanded area with no increase in service use days.

  • USA Cycling

    USA Cycling (Flathead Cycling) is requesting a permit to host a mountain bike race in June with a maximum of 75 participants. The course would begin/end at Herron Park, with mid-course crossing National Forest System lands.

  • Venture Shuttles Shuttle Services

    Venture Shuttles is requesting 50 total service days to provide livery services to trailheads forest wide. Transport would include 2-4 people and/or bikes April through October.

  • Whitefish Bike Retreat Shuttle Services

    Whitefish Bike Retreat is requesting a permit to provide shuttle services (livery) on the Tally Lake system roads and trails.

  • Whitefish Shuttle Services

    Whitefish Shuttle is requesting shuttle services (livery), guided van tours, guided mountain biking and/or hiking trips on Tally Lake/Hungry Horse/Glacier View system roads and trails from June to October. Maximum group size would be 14 clients.

Analysis Completed

  • Action Rentals Special Use Permit

    200 user days for snowmobile tours December 15 through March 31 on over snow routes on the Tally Lake Ranger District and Swan Lake Ranger District.

  • Flathead Dirt Riders Association Special Use Permit

    Flathead Dirt Riders Association has proposed motocross races conducted by the High Country Motocross Association (HCMA) at the Hungry Horse Racetrack April 30 -May 1. The permit would be issued for a four year timeframe.

  • Glacier Adventure Guides Special Use Permit

    Glacier Adventure Guides has requested 75 user days to conduct guided day-use cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and educational classes from December 1 through March 31. Maximum party size is 8.

  • Glacier Institute Special Use Permit

    Glacier Institute is proposing to expand its winter educational class opportunities to include several areas that are not covered under their current permit area.

  • Glacier Nordic Club Event

    Glacier Nordic Club has requested to host a cross-country ski event in the Cedar Flats area north of Columbia Falls. Event dates are planned for January 20-24. The estimated maximum number of participants is 250.

  • Journey to Wellness

    Up to 15 trips for guided day hikes under the Journey to Wellness program with The Summit Health Club. Hikes would be approved on various open Forest system trails on the Tally Lake and Swan Lake Ranger District.

  • North Valley Search and Rescue Special Use Permit

    North Valley Search and Rescue is proposing to conduct a 2-day advanced backcountry riding snowmobile clinic/training for select North Valley Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement members (estimating 10 students and 4 instructors).

  • Northwest Montana Adventures Special Use Permit

    Northwest Montana Adventures has requested 200 user days to provide guided day-use snowmobile tours from December 1 through March 31.

  • Six Maritime Inc. Winter Training

    Six Maritime, Inc. is proposing to provide winter mobility training for approximately 50 Naval Special Warfare SEALs in the Flathead Valley.

  • Stovepipe Project

    A project to reduce fuels, provide egress to local communities, improve diversity and resilience of vegetative communities, and contribute to the economy.

  • The Patrol Fund Special Use Permit

    The Patrol Fund has proposed to conduct a Level 2 Avalanche Course on side-country terrain of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The dates planned are February 18-22 with 12 participants. This permit would be issued for a four year timeframe.

  • Whitefish Outfitter Tours Special Use Permit

    Whitefish Outfitter Tours has requested 200 user days to provide guided day-use snowshoeing and cross-country skiing activities from December 1 through March 31.

  • Whitefish Shuttle Livery and Guiding

    Project will authorize Whitefish Shuttle to provide livery and guided biking and hiking opportunities in various locations of the Tally Lake Ranger District.

  • Whitefish Trails Ultra-Marathon Project

    Scoping of a permit to allow a portion of an ultra-marathon to occur on up to 14 miles of existing roads and trails within the Whitefish Mountain Resort permit area.

  • Whitefish Vertical Adventures Special Use Permit

    Whitefish Vertical Adventures has requested 50 user days to provide day-use backcountry ski guiding adjacent to Whitefish Mountain Resort from December 15 through March 31.

On Hold

  • Bug Creek Integrated Resource Management Project

    This project will consider the following actions: Fuels reduction treatments, commercial timber sales, reclamation of roads, and installation and/or approval of existing mountain bike trails.

  • Bunker Park Cabins

    This project proposes to develop a cabin rental opportunity to be added into the Flathead National Forest Cabin Rental Program at Bunker Park (adjacent to Bunker Creek in the South Fork of the Flathead River Drainage).

  • Lake Five Project

    A project to reduce fuel loading near private property, improve diversity and resilience of vegetative communities, and provide a mix of forest products to contribute to the local economy.

Cancelled

  • FAA Pumphouse Removal

    The proposed actions include removing the pumphouse structure and water storage tank at the upper site and removal of a pumphouse structure, buried cistern and pipe, and chain-link fence at the lower site.

  • Schmidt Creek

    This project proposes to harvest insect and disease infected trees, salvage blowdown, and remove heavily damaged standing trees near Schmidt Creek.

Project Archive

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