Projects

Kootenai National Forest Montanore Project Record of Decision is Now Available

The Kootenai National Forest has set forth its final decision and rationale for the selected mine and transmission line alternatives in a Final Record of Decision (ROD). View/Download the Documents

Montanore Evaluation Project

The Kootenai National Forest has released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Montanore Minerals Corporation (MMC) proposal to evaluate an underground copper and silver ore body and a tailings impoundment site near the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana. Montanore Evaluation Project Webpage

Rock Creek Mine Project

The Rock Creek Mine is a proposal for a copper/silver mine under the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Sanders County Montana on the Kootenai National Forest. Rock Creek Webpage

Ten Lakes Travel Management Planning

The Fortine Ranger District has developed a proposed action for the Ten Lakes Travel Management Project. Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-winter trail management in the Congressionally-designated Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area. Select here for more information.

Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. The SOPA provides project information, status, and contacts. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Kootenai National Forest.

Environmental Appeal Responses

An Environmental Appeal is a formal request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental planning (NEPA) decision. The public's rights to file an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) against with a NEPA decision. This usually includes the filing of a formal appeal. The following links provide access to recent and historical appeal decisions related to the Kootenai National Forest:

Pre-Decisional Objection Responses

Objections are written documents submitted by an individual or organization seeking a pre-decisional administrative review of a proposed hazardous fuel reduction project authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA). The public may file objections after an environmental assessment or final environmental impact statement is completed and before a decision document is signed for a project under HFRA. The following link provides access to objection responses related to the Kootenai National Forest:

Kootenai National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Airport Firearms Range Project

Improve safe operations to the visiting public on 4.9 acres not currently authorized under existing special use permit. Allow for increased parking and construction of berms, targets, benches & additional safety operations including reduced noise.

Big Eight Abandoned Mine Closure

The Three Rivers Ranger District plans to install a metal bat grate over an abandoned mine opening in the Callahan drainage. The closure is scheduled to take place mid-September 2019.

North Fork Callahan Abandoned Mine Closure

The Three Rivers Ranger District plans to install a metal bat grate over an abandoned mine opening in the Callahan drainage. The closure is scheduled to take place mid-September 2019.

Ripley

Potential project activities would focus on forest health issues including insect and disease, hazardous fuels reduction, and restoration activities and may include vegetation and road management, watershed improvements, and noxious weed treatments.

Skidale

This project involves non-commercial and commercial vegetation mgmt to address concerns related to risk of insect and disease within the 130-acre project area. Additionally, mechanized treatment and pile burning would be used for fuels management.

Under Analysis

2019 Outfitter and Guide Permits

Includes requests for renewals of six outfitter and guide special use permits and eleven new outfitter and guide special use permits on the Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts.

Black Ram (Northwest Yaak)

We are proposing timber harvest; mechanical and hand piling of fuels; wildlife and aquatic habitat improvement such as prescribed burning and stream restoration work; and trail and other recreation improvements.

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.

Hoodoo Wildfire Resiliency Project

The Hoodoo Vegetation Management Project to address forest health and hazardous fuel concerns in the Granite, Snow, No, Deep, Smearl, and Big Cherry drainages in Lincoln County, Montana.

Montanore Project

The Kootenai National Forest, in conjunction with Montana's Dept. of Environmental Quality will prepare an EIS for a proposal to permit the development of the Montanore silver/copper mine and associated power transmission line by Mines Management Inc

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.

Purple Marten

Increase resilience to insects and disease and wildfire through commercial harvest and fuel rx. Use natural fuels rx to increase forage for big game species. Reroute unsafe motorized trail to create a safe loop trail. Expand campground to match use.

Ten Lakes Travel Management Project

Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-snow trail management. For more info click here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/kootenai/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprd3841289&width=full

Tenmile Sterling Fire Salvage

Salvage dead and dying trees, and plant tree seedlings in portions of the Tenmile and Sterling Complex fire areas.

Yaak River Suction Dredging

The purpose of this project is to analyze the potential environmental effects of proposed small scale suction dredging operations on approximately 1.5 miles of the Yaak River and respond to the claimants' Plans of Operations submitted to the KNF.

Analysis Completed

2019 Fun Run

A proposal to issue a temporary special use permit to allow a one day recreation event on the Fortine Ranger District.

Caribou Fire Salvage and Restoration

The project proposes fire salvage, roadside hazard tree removal, reforestation, riparian planting, and soil restoration.

Elk Rice

The Elk Rice project would include 93 harvest units, with activities and timber harvest on about 2,500 acres, including: about 1,700 acres of regeneration harvest and 490 acres of intermediate harvest. Eleven regeneration openings exceed 40 acres.

Gateway Ecological Restoration

Prescribed burning of hazardous fuels in the WUI; vegetation management, meadow encroachment reduction, thinning, aspen enhancement; wildlife habitat improvement, reduction of non-native invasive species and noxious weeds; travel system management

Highway 93 Hazard Tree Removal

The Forest is proposing to harvest 40 trees on the east side of Highway 93 near the South end of Murphy Lake that have been pre-identified as a hazard, and up to 20 additional trees at-risk trees that may die before the project is completed.

Lower Yaak, OBrien, Sheep Project

This project includes timber harvest, hazardous fuels reduction treatments, prescribed burning, watershed improvements, and recreation site improvements. About 52% of the project area is within the wildland urban interface.

Miller West Fisher

Includes vegetation management such as commercial timber harvest on 2,506 acres, access management changes, road storage and obliteration, prescribed fire on 3,148 acres, gravel pit reclamation or expansion, road BMP implementation, and trails work.

Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones

Preparation of a Supplemental EIS to amend land and resource management plans for the Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to address motorized access management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.

Rock Creek Mine Project

The Rock Creek Mine is a proposal for a copper/silver mine under the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Sanders County Montana on the Kootenai National Forest. The proposal includes an associated mill, tailings storage facility and a waste water treatme

Starry Goat

The Starry Goat project proposes about 1,550 acres of regeneration harvest and 573 acres of intermediate harvest. 17 units would contribute to 14 openings over 40 acres. Prescribed burning is planned for 3,458 acres in the WUI and 5,870 acres in IRAs

West Surprise

Trend vegetation species composition, structure, and distributions toward desired conditions described in the Forest Plan.

On Hold

Abayance to Bridge Trail Construction

Construct a 6.6 mile segment of the PNT between Abayance Bay Marina and the north side of the Pinkham Creek canyon and another 0.8 mile segment between the sound side of Pinkham Creek canyon and the Koocanusa Bridge to move trail off of HWY 37.

Coyote Improvement

Harvest of approximately 240 acres to increase stand resilency to Mountain Pine Beetles.

Dry Creek Sediment Reduction

rehabilitation of deteriorating road system which is currently closed to all public motorized use, and prevent future mass wasting, sediment delivery and erosion from the road system to Dry Creek and related minor tributaries.

Pinkham Meadow

Vegetation Management, Fuels Management, and Transportation Management in the Pinkham and Meadow Planning Areas of the Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts.

Vermilion River Restoration

stream habitat restoration program proposed for 9 specific reaches on the Vermilion River over a 10 yr period

Cancelled

Flower Creek

This project includes fuel and vegetation management through commercial timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning and fuel grinding. Also includes 1.81 miles of road storage, 1 mile of temporary road construction, and 0.23 miles of trail construction.

Kootenai Forestwide Young Growth Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation management via precommercial and commercial harvest, & burning of activity fuels only within previously managed, second growth stands across the Forest. The project is part of the Montana Governor's Forest in Focus Initiative.

West Surprise Vegetation Management Project

West Surprise was entered into PALS twice so this one is being canceled.

Project Archive

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

Highlights

Key Contacts

NEPA Coordinator
Janis Bouma
(406) 283-7774

For project specific information, see the project contact specified on each project's information page. 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/kootenai/landmanagement/projects