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Kootenai Forest July SOPA
Schedule of Proposed Actions
July 11, 2006

The Kootenai National Forest has released their most recent Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) for the Forest. The SOPA includes proposed activities on each of the Forestís ranger districts, including timber sales, special use permits, mining, trail and recreational uses, watershed restoration and other activities. The entire document can be viewed online at the following website: Kootenai July 2006 SOPA

Below are selected proposed activities of interest.

FORTINE RANGER DISTRICT
North End Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permits
Description: Provide Outfitter and Guide services to the public, both consumptive and non-consumptive.
Scoping start 04/11/2006
Decision expected Expected: 09/2006
FS Contact for more information: Marcy Butts 406-882-4451 x8341, mbutts@fs.fed.us

LIBBY RANGER DISTRICT
Montanore Project
Decision expected: 09/2007
Expected implementation: 12/2007
FS Contact: Bobbie Lacklen, 406-293-7773, blacklen@fs.fed.us
Description: The Kootenai National Forest, in conjunction with Montana's Deptartment 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 Mineral exploration Plan of Operation, and special use request for access. Location is approximately 18 miles south of Libby, MT adjacent to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The surface mill would be located in the Ramsey Creek drainage. Includes opening a closed road, construction of approximately 1.5 miles of new road, and reopening two closed mine portals. Issuance of an amended Special Use Authorization for the proposed rebuilding, operation, and maintenance of a 17-mile-long portion of Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Libby to Bonners Ferry 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.
More info on the web: http://fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/projects/projects/montanore/

Prospect Hill Mineral Exploration/Prospect Hill Access EA
Description: Mineral exploration Plan of Operation, and special use request for access. Includes opening a closed road, construction of approximately 1.5 miles of new road, and reopening two closed mine portals.
Planning Stage: In Progress
Scoping started: 07/25/2005
Decision Expected: 10/2006
Expected implementation: 02/2007
FS Contact: Lynn Hagarty, 406-283-7502, lhagarty@fs.fed.us

THREE RIVERS RANGER DISTRICT
Dorr Skeels Campground Phone
Description: Phone service line to Host site - Approximately 100 feet.
Planning stage: Developing Proposal
Estimated Scoping Start: 07/2006
Decision Expected: 07/2006
Expected Implementation: 08/2006
FS Contact: Dick Harlow, 406-295-4693, dharlow@fs.fed.us

Snipetown Plan of Operations EA
Description: Proposal for panning and dredging along the Yaak River
Planning stage: In Progress
Scoping start: 05/24/2005
Decision Expected: 08/2006
Expected implementation: 07/2007
FS Contact: Dick Harlow, 406-295-4693, dharlow@fs.fed.us

Troy Shooting Range EA
Description: Approve a special use permit for developing and operating a shooting range near the town of Troy, Montana.
Planning stage completed
Decision made: 03/31/2006
Expected implementation: 08/2006
FS Contact: Kathy Mohar, 406-295-7426, kmohar@fs.fed.us


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