Projects

Keep Informed

 

Email Updates
To sign up for updates for forest management projects or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.

 

After providing your email address, you can subscribe to the Forest’s project mailing lists and any categories of interest. By selecting a category, the Forest will automatically sign you up for all current AND future project mailing lists that share the same interest.


Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Current and Recent Projects

RSS FeedSubscribe to this feed

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Developing Proposal

Edith Whitebark Pine Test Plantation

The proposal is to test the resistance of 3-year old whitebark pine seedlings from multiple seed zones for seed transfer, cold hardiness and drought tolerance.

North Fork Blackfoot River Native Fish Pilot-level bioassays and fish distribution testing

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will conduct reach-scale bioassays to assess how the piscicide rotenone (liquid) will perform in different habitat and water chemistry types and to assess the deactivating agent.

Under Analysis

Bigler Snowbank

Project would continue the mining related activities at the Bigler Mine site and would begin excavation of a prospect trench to expose an inferred gold-bearing mineralized vein at the Snowbank Mine site for a term of 10 years.

Castle Mountains Restoration Project

This restoration project has various silvicultural and prescribed burning treatments on approximately 22,00 acres, requiring road reconstruction and temporary road construction. There are no new permanent system roads proposed with this project.

Copper Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project

This project is proposing to treat aspen and whitebark pine in the Snow/Talon fire burn scar.

Deep Creek Park Pipeline Extension

To extend an existing water pipeline system to improve livestock grazing distribution on Forest Service lands. The pipeline included 0.7 miles of high density polyethylene pipe and one fiberglass stock tank. The pipe will be installed above ground.

Elliston Creek Fence

The proposal is to build 1.5 miles of barbed wire fence on the hillside of the Elliston Creek Road. The purpose and need for the fence is to better manage the riparian conditions in Elliston Creek for bull trout.

FNF Plan Revision & NCDE GBCS Amendment to the Lolo, Helena, Lewis & Clark,and Kootenai NFs

The Flathead NF is revising their forest plan and preparing an amendment providing relevant direction from the NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Lolo, Helena, Kootenai, and Lewis & Clark National Forests.

Greathouse Peak Repeater

Installation of a new radio repeater site in the Big Snowy Mountains.

Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest Plan Revision

Forest Plan revision for the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests.

Horsefly Vegetation Project

This project would improve forest health and landscape resiliency, reduce wildfire hazards, and provide wood products to local and regional economies.

Johnny's 1 & 2

A Plan of Operations was received for common placer sampling, excavation and processing methods to explore for potential placer deposits. Operator would use a mechanized hoe, all excavations would occur in a 20 foot by 30 foot area.

KFBB, Cowels Media Communication Sites

Cowels Media submitted an application to authorize an existing tower located at an existing communication site. No ground disturbing work will be required and no changes to the existing site are proposed.

McBride Special Use Road

Proposal is to issue a special use road permit for an existing road. The road has been in use for a number of years to access private land.

Middle Fork Woodchopper Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

A project to restore and enhance winter range for elk and mule deer.

Northwest Divide Restoration

The Divide Travel Plan closed numerous travel routes within the project area. In order to fully implement the travel plan decision closed routes will be obliterated and rehabilitated in addition hazardous mines within the area will be closed

Northwestern Energy - Porphyry Peak Communication Site

Issue a special use communication lease to NorthWestern Energy to authorization construction, use and maintenance of a shelter, tower and propane tank to house communication equipment at the existing communication site located on Porphyry Peak.

Poorman Creek Restoration

The Lincoln Ranger proposes to restore a section of Poorman Creek which lacks floodplain connectivity and a properly functioning riparian area, due to channelization caused by historic placer mining activity.

Poorman Willow Stocktank

Proposal is to install a short pipeline an a 350 gallon stocktank in the Poorman/Willow Allotment in order to better distribute livestock throughout the allotment and reduce grazing pressure along the bottom-lands.

Rogers Pass Trailhead Improvement

The Lincoln Ranger District is looking to improve the trailhead at Rogers Pass in order to reduce resource impacts to Pass Creek, increase safety to motorists and CDNST users, increase the visibility of the site, and improve the visitor experience.

Spotted Dog Southwest Divide Restoration 2017

This project would implement a portion of the Divide Travel Plan by closing and/or decommissioning up to 100 miles of non-system routes and dispersed recreation sites. This project would not include any new travel decisions.

Spring Creek Road Obliteration

Spring Creek Road Obliteration

Teddy Bar 1

Operator is looking at mineral excavation from a dry bench in the Thomas Creek drainage for an inferred placer gold deposit.

Tenmile - South Helena Project

Proposal is to conduct fuel treatments for the purposes of maintaining consistent water quantity-quality within Helena's municipal watershed and improving conditions for public and firefighters safety across the landscape in the event of a wildfire

Willow Creek Vegetation

A project being developed through a diverse collaborative process for forest restoration within a designated landscape to reduce the risk and extent of insect or disease infestations and to promote increased resilience of forest stands.

York Substation

Issue a permit for the construction of a fire station near the York subdivision. Permit allows a special use authorization on 5 acres or less of National Forest land.

Analysis Completed

Blackfoot Travel Plan (non-winter)

This is for non-winter motorized use to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized and non-motorized access routes and areas.

Diorite Stock Tank

The Range Program proposes to install a short pipeline and one 350 gallon stock tank in the Diorite Allotment (Central Elkhorns) on the Townsend Ranger District.

Helena Ranger District Building Conveyance

Legal transfer of the old Helena Ranger District Building and numerous out-buildings with some retention of rights of way and land.

Johnny Crow

The Townsend Ranger District of the Helena National Forest is initiating a wildlife enhancement project in the Elkhorn Mountains

Moose Creek Vegetation

A project being developed through a collaborative process for forest restoration within a designated landscape to reduce the risk and extent of insect or disease infestations and to increase resilience of forest stands.

North Belts Travel

Travel planning in the North Belts area.

Stonewall Vegetation Project

Be responsive to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, maintain and improve viable mature habitat structure to support big game and other wildlife, promote resiliency with a mosaic of species, reduce fire hazard and potential, and provide timber products.

Telegraph Vegetation Project

This project is designed to be responsive MPB outbreak by ensuring diverse & sustainable forest stands & wildlife habitat, improving conditions for fire suppression, recovering economic value of dead & dying trees, maintaining & improving watersheds.

On Hold

City of Helena Permit Change and Reissuance

The City of Helena proposed an increase right of way width from 7.5 feet to 100 feet on either side of the flume structure to reduce risk to wildfire and tree strikes. All other permit authorizations remain the same

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Road to Trail Conversion and Reroute

The Helena Ranger District continues to implement the Divide Travel Plan by proposing to re-configure and improve the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) in 3 locations, existing roads 136-D1 and 1802-B2, and CDNST haul route re-route.

Deep-Dry-Grassy AMP Revision

Continue to authorize livestock grazing on the Deep Creek, Grassy Mountain, Dry Creek, and Timber cattle and horse (C&H) grazing allotments.

Eakin Permit Re-issuance

Kirk and Cathy Eakin have a portion of their Garage and driveway on NFS lands. The area of the permit is directly off of Rimini Road. No authority exists to perform suitable land adjustment and no known survey error exists.

Elk Smith Project

The purpose of the Elk Smith Project is to address fuel accumulation and continuity in the project area.

Highwoods Goat Habitat Improvement

Open ridge tops in the Highwood Mountains provide valuable habitat and travel corridors for mountain goat, mule deer, and elk. This projects seeks to enhance and preserve these habitats and travel corridors through the removal of encroaching conifer.

Yogo Crossing Road Relocation

FS #825 is in need of relocation of several sections in order to reduce erosion, maintenance costs and safety concerns. Approximately 500 feet of road beginning at the trailhead and 2100 feet of road down to Yogo crossing will be addressed.

Cancelled

Alice Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project

This project improves big game winter range by reducing conifer encroachment within native grasslands. In addition to creating and maintaining natural openings and improving stand structure, burning will improve forage quality and quantity.

Anest Special Use Road Permit

Issue a private road special use permit to Jody Anest authorizing access to his private property in the Big Snowy Mountains. Currently on hold.

Baldy Mountain Sampling

The operator proposes to remove sample materials from the side of Forest road #1826. His plan is to remove sample material for testing to a private site, then return the tested materials to the test pit.

Bechtold BLM allotment Boundary Fence

Construct approximately 700 feet of fence that will act as boundary fence for BLM allotment and Forest Service "On-Off" Allotment management.

Cancelled*Duplicate Project*Race to the Sky Dogsled Race Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a 5 year special use permit for the Race to the Sky dogsled race. The race takes place on the Helena, Lincoln, Swan Lake, Seeley Lake, and Missoula RDs of the Helena, Flathead, and Lolo National Forests.

Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project

This project will address stand health and related fuel hazards in an area with expanding insect infestations (mountain pine beetle).

Elk Pit AML

The proposed action is the reclamation of the 0.02 acre Elk gravel pit obliteration. Any mineral materials stored on site will be moved to the Tollgate gravel pit. Reclamation and obliteration methods will include scarifcation/ripping.

Gipsy Lake Dam Restoration

Rehabilitation of a low-head dam to maintain a consistent water level and ensure the structural integrity of the dam.

Granite Butte WBP Test Plantation

The Helena National Forest would like to host the whitebark pine cycle 5 performance test plantation on the Lincoln Ranger District (15 to 20 acres). The intent of the tests is to evaluate white pine blister rust resistance, seed zones, and cold.

Lundborg Cabin Disposal

Through a Quit Claim in 2005, the FS inherited ownership of the Lundborg Cabin and associated structures; outhouse and pumphouse. The original cabin dates back to around 1900, but has been completely encased in modern siding.

Middle Fork 17

This is a duplicate entry for a project that is called Middle Fork Woodchopper Ridge Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project. Therefore, this entry will be cancelled.

Poorman Creek Restoration

The Lincoln Ranger proposes to restore a section of Poorman Creek which lacks floodplain connectivity and a properly functioning riparian area, due to channelization caused by historic placer mining activity.

Red Mountain Cabin Removal

Permittees will move cabin off the Forest to private land. Road use permit issued afterward for private property access.

Warm Springs Habitat Enhancement Project

Treat appx. 4500 acres to develop and/or maintain mature habitat structures where possible, address mountain pine beetle infestation and fuel hazard, and manage the landscape and fuel loadings so that stand replacement fire is less likely.

Project Archive

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