The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the basic national charter for protection of the environment. Unlike specific environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, the NEPA encompasses all environmental values (air, water, flora, fauna and values such as wilderness) and requires the federal government and its permittees to bear those values in mind as they plan ahead. The NEPA was a response to the American public's insistence during the 1960's that protection of the environment become a national policy.

The NEPA sets out two basic and related objectives: Preventing environmental damage and ensuring that agency decision makers take environmental factors into account. NEPA procedures are designed to insure that environmental information is available to public officials and citizens alike before decisions are made and before actions are taken. The NEPA requires that information must be of high quality. Accurate scientific analysis, expert agency comments, and public scrutiny are essential to implementing NEPA. Most important, Agency NEPA documents concentrate on the issues that are truly significant to the action in question, rather than amassing needless detail.


Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Schedule of Proposed Actions provides a list of proposals that will begin or are undergoing environmental analysis and documentation so that people can become aware of and indicate their interest in specific proposals. The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Bitterroot National Forest.

Appeal Responses

Responses Issued after October 1, 2006

Responses Issued before October 1, 2006

Objection Responses

To view objection responses for the Bitterroot National Forest please visit the Forest Service Appeal Response page.


Other Projects

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Dams

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Invasive Plants EIS

2003 Bitterroot National Forest Noxious Weeds FEIS

Bitterroot 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.

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Developing Proposal

Skalkaho Dispersed Site and User-Created Road Rehab Project

Dispersed recreation site restoration at 3 locations in the Skalkaho Creek/Daly Creek area. The purpose of this project is to restore disturbed areas along important fish-bearing streams and protect the natural resource.

Under Analysis

Darby Lumber Lands Phase 2

Road system and vegetation management, commercial timber harvest.

Gold Butterfly

Project to harvest, thin, and prescribe burn forest stands to improve resilience to insects, disease, and wildfire and restore the fire return intervals. Move trailheads and manage roads to improve stream conditions.

Analysis Completed

Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning

This effort will result in clear standardized designations of where motorized recreation is appropriate, sustainable and desirable on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Canyon Creek Fuels Reduction

Small tree thinning, handpiling, and prescribed fire on approximately 250 acres within the Wildland Urban Interface/Inventoried Roadless Area. Treatments will help to reduce ladder and surface fuels within the Wildland Urban Interface.

Meadow Vapor

The Meadow Vapor project proposes to treat accumulated fuels in the East Fork of the Bitterroot watershed in order to modify the potential for extreme fire behavior, especially along the National Forest boundary.

West Fork Highway Dispersed Sites Rehab Project

The project proposes to stop illegal off-road vehicle use and prevent associated resource damage. The resource damage that is occurring includes cutting firewood too close to the river and trespassing onto private lands with motorized vehicles.

On Hold

2017 Bitterroot Stand Improvement Thinning Project

Non-commercial thinning of small trees in stands previously harvested, planted and are now densely stocked. Thinning will increase tree health and vigor, and reduce the risk of mountain pine beetle caused mortality and large fires in the future.

Project Archive

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