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

  • Dry Riverside

    A project to improve the diversity and resilience of vegetative communities, remove and reduce fuels to promote a fire resilient forest and limit impacts to natural resources, and provide forest products to local economy.

  • 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

  • Private over-the-snow winter access Essex

    Proposed route is 300 yards and adjacent to the Essex Creek Rd.The area is managed as closed to motorized over-the-snow use. One single track with a width of 50-inches (snowmobile use only) would be authorized. Period of use would be Dec01-Mar31.

Under Analysis

  • Flathead Comprehensive River Management Plan

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

  • Gregg Creek Fuels Reduction

    Improve diversity and resilience of vegetative communities, reduce tree densities and fuel load within the WUI through commercial and noncommercial treatment of 39 acres.

  • Lemonade Salvage

    Salvage harvest of 250 acres of timber impacted by the Lemonade Fire with construction of  mile of temporary road.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Analysis Completed

  • 2022-2023 Flathead National Forest Winter Special Uses

    The Mountain Guides Montana: 200 user days for avalanche education. Rooted Heart LLC:50 user days to provided guided snowshoe trips. Northwest Montana Adventures: 200 user days to provide guided day-use snowmobile tours.

  • Big Sky Bible Camp Hiking Trips

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

On Hold

  • 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).

Cancelled

  • Holland Lake Lodge Facility Improvement & Expansion

    Flathead National Forest is proposing facility expansion of Holland Lake Lodge. Holland Lake Lodge, Inc. Master Development Plan details building and infrastructure improvements, enhancing the visitor experience, within the current permitted area.

Project Archive

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