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Lewis And Clark National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest Plan Revision

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

Hogback Lookout Disposal

Hogback Lookout has not been used in several years resulting in a deteriorated structure. A determination was made that Hogback Lookout is excess to Forest Service. This will include the relocation of the electrical service to a nearby radio tower.

Horsefly Vegetation Project

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


Proposed activities are designed to address the components of developing, maintaining and improving forested conditions across the landscape by improving resiliency to disturbances while improving conditions for public and firefighter safety.

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.

Analysis Completed

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.

Divide Travel Plan

Travel management analysis for summer and winter motorized use; to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized routes and areas.

Elk Smith Project

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

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.

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.

Stonewall Vegetation - Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

In August 2016 a ROD was completed. Wildfires in 2017 changed conditions in the area which now requires additional analysis. The new analysis is examining about 1500 acres of vegetation treatment, including 0.9 miles of temporary road.

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


Copper Creek Wildlife Enhancement Project

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

Spring Creek Road Obliteration

Spring Creek Road Obliteration

Strawberry Butte Front Country Trail Management Project

The Helena Ranger District is proposing a non-motorized trail system in the North Elkhorn Mountain Range.

Teddy Bar 1

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

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