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Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Strawberry Butte Front Country Trail Management Project

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Spring Creek Road Obliteration

Spring Creek Road Obliteration

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.

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.

Analysis Completed

Copper Creek Road Reroute

The purpose of this project is to reduce impacts to natural resources by partnering with the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited to relocate 1.09 miles of the Copper Creek Road to an upslope location beginning at mile post 8.

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 watershed

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

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.


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.

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.

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