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Environmental Documents


This web page contains all DNRC environmental documents posted in the last 30 days. To access older documents, visit the Legislative Services Search Index.

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Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

Pondera County Gravel Pit Application 2016-08-31
The applicant has applied for a gravel permit to remove 75,000 cubic yards of material from the above mentioned tract. The material will be removed from a newly mined area known as the DNRC Pit. The tract currently is currently leased for agricultural purposes. This gravel permit #G-1503-15 is on DNRC owned land and will be operated by Pondera County. The proponent will be required to strip off the existing top soil and overburden and maintain it for reclamation purposes. This will lead to an increased return to the Common Schools trust by allowing for the sale of the gravel.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new within the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Siewing #2 2017-03-10
Wesco Operating, Inc. plans to drill a re-entry of the Siewing #2. It was originally drilled and plugged in 2002. The re-entry will be drilled with 3% potassium chloride water. Surface casing is set at 227’. The TD of this re-entry is 3,200’ in the Firemoon Formation.

ML&E Rabbit Hills 2017-02-15
Small single derrick drilling rig, about 500 HP (Estimated) to drill to 4,150’ TD, Upper Bowes Formation test.

Helios 2017-02-15
Small single derrick drilling rig, about 500 HP (Estimated) to drill to 5,300’ TD, SWD Dakota Formation test.

State #2 2017-02-01
KeeSun Corporation plans to re-enter a gas well on state land with an objective formation being Bow Island. The proposed total depth is 931’ TVD/MD. The bridge plug will be drilled out with air in the 4 ½” casing. The only ground disturbance will be around the 4 1’2” casing and the digging of a small working pit to catch the cement cuttings.

KeeSun #2-23 Finheim State 2017-02-01
KeeSun Corporation plans to drill an oil well on state land with objective formations being the Dakota, Sunburst, and Madison. The proposed total depth is 2,700’ TVD/MD in the Madison formation. The surface hole will be drilled to 250’ with a freshwater mud system, Rule 36.22.1001.

Other Minerals

Toole County Gravel Permit and LUL Application 2017-03-02
The applicant has applied for gravel permit #G-1507-16 to remove 30,000 cubic yards of material from the above mentioned tract. The material will be removed from a newly mined area known as the Damm33/State33 Pit. The tract currently is currently leased for grazing purposes. This gravel permit is on DNRC owned land and will be operated by Toole County. The proponent will be required to strip off the existing top soil and overburden and maintain it for reclamation purposes. This will lead to an increased return to the Common Schools trust by allowing for the sale of the gravel. In addition, the applicant has applied for LUL #3073336 for an access road to the new gravel pit that is located on state and deeded land. The access road will be 2,800.00’ long and 20.0’ wide, which will affect 1.29 acres. The applicant will strip off the top soil and place it next to the access road for future reclamation. The access road will be graveled to allow truck access to the gravel pit.

Conservation

Nothing new in the last 30 days.


Forestry

Forest Management/Forest Practices

Holloway Salvage AP  2017-02-15
The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest – Townsend Ranger District is applying for an Alternative Practice (AP) to harvest hazard trees on Forest Service land located in Broadwater County Montana, in Holloway Gulch and the North Fork of Deep Creek Drainages.

Checkerboard Timber Permit 2017-02-07
Harvest approximately 95 MBF of Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine sawlogs and salvage approximately 50 MBF of firewood.

BLM - LaMarche Forest Health 2017-01-24
The BLM is requesting a Streamside Management Zone (SMZ) Alternative Practice for approximately 0.5 miles of the 935 Forest Road (see attached map). This area has been significantly affected by mountain pine beetle in the lodgepole pine stands and this Alternative Practice would facilitate safe removal of dead and dying trees that would become a safety hazard near roads and recreational areas.

Forest Management Activity

MSO West FY 17 PCT EA 2017-02-27

Timber Sales

Timber Sales up for Bid Additional Timber Sale Information
Timber Sales Results Land Board Meeting Information

Stagville Timber Sale 2017-03-14
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Eastern Land Office is proposing the Stagville Timber Sale. The project is located 3 miles southeast of Ekalaka, MT.

Stryker Basin Timber Sale 2017-02-28
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Stryker Basin Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 5 miles east of Stryker and 22 miles northwest of Whitefish, MT.

Clay Banks Timber Sale 2017-02-27
The Libby Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Clay Banks Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 2 miles south of Libby, MT.

Clark Cant Hook Project 2017-02-09
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC)is proposing forest management activities on 361 acres known as the Clark Cant Hook project. The project area is located approximately 14 miles west of Lolo, Montana in the Clark Creek drainage.

Devil Mountain 2 Timber Sale 2017-02-09
The Anaconda Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Devil Mountain 2 Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 8 miles south of Helmville, Montana.

Land

Nothing new in the last 30 days

Land Banking Sale

Nothing new in the last 30 days

Land Sales

Nothing new within the last 30 days.

Agriculture

Lease 935 Improvement - Windbreak 2017-03-10
Willow Ridge Ranch Co., lessee, of state lease #935 has requested to construct a new windbreak for livestock. The lessee plans to build the new windbreak approximately 150.00’ long and in a quarter circle design. This will allow the livestock to be protected from the predominately Northwest winds. The wind break will use the topography of a large hillside on the East edge for further disruption of the area’s winds. The project will consist of ten wood panels on 15.00’ centers and contain 11 posts. The project will be performed this spring, weather permitting. Only minimal disturbance will occur to the existing tame and native grass species.

Aberg Ranch Stock Water Pit & Primitive Access Trail 2017-03-03
Marc Aberg has requested from the DNRC permission to perform minimal improvements to an existing access trail and to construct a stock water pit on state owned tract T7N-R51E-Sec 32.

Aberg Ranch Stock Water Pit 2017-03-03
Marc Aberg has requested that the DNRC allow the building of a stock water pit on state tract T7N-R50E-Sec 36

Improvements Request for an Agricultural Lease 2017-03-02
The proposed Improvements Request is for the construction of a fence along Elbow Creek and installation of a water line for stock water.

3 Rivers Telephone Coop Easement Application 2017-02-28
3 Rivers Telephone Co-Op Inc. has requested to install a buried fiber optic cable in order to upgrade their facilities and services in the Choteau exchange serving area in and around Choteau, MT. The proposed easement route is located just off of the edge of an existing two-track trail. The fiber optic cable will cross 1 tract of state land. The fiber optic cable will be buried 36” to 42” deep and will be installed using a vibratory plow. The easement will be 20.00’ wide through the state owned tract.

Simonson Expired CRP to Crop 2017-02-22
Surface lessee, Brian Simonson have made a written request for breaking of tame grass on former conservation reserve program acreage to the Glasgow Unit Office of the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation. The surface lessee has requested permission to break an estimated 74.8 acres of crested wheatgrass and alfalfa currently listed as conservation reserve program acreage.

Dundas Stockwater Well 2017-02-10
Brad Dundas has requested to drill a freshwater well, powered by a propane generator, and to install two stockwater tanks on state land. The lessee wants to provide reliable stockwater for his cattle. Currently, there is no water on this state land in the project area. The affected area would be approximately 0.25 acres of native rangeland.

Leinart Family LP Break Request 2017-02-06
Tom Leinart has requested to break 440 acres of expiring CRP. The proposed ground will enter into a crop/fallow rotation with small grains being the crop of choice. The proponent will implement no till practices to reduce soils erosion.

Beeman CRP Break 2017-02-06
Tracy Beeman has requested to break and farm 291 acres of expiring CRP in Golden Valley. The proposed ground will enter into a crop/fallow rotation with small grains being the crop of choice. The proponent will implement no till practices to reduce soils erosion.

Clint Hill Well 2017-01-23
The surface lessee Clint Hill has drilled a well on the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and has filed the appropriate improvement form. The purpose of this well is to provide a more reliable water source for livestock on this section.

Precision Grain Break 2017-01-20
Precision Grain LLC, the lessee of record on State lease 4890, has made a request for permission to break 303.91 acres of tame grass and alfalfa. The breaking would result in a conversion from present use of tame grass and alfalfa cut for hay to dryland agriculture for the purpose of production of small grains or pulse crops.

Land Use Licenses

Klempel Inc. Stock Water Pipeline 2017-02-27
Al Klempel has requested that the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation issue a Land Use License for a stock water pipeline.

MRL Nimrod Bridge #91 Rehabilitation 2017-02-22
Montana Rail Link (MRL) is proposing to rehabilitate an existing railroad bridge (#91) crossing the Clark Fork River approximately 30 miles upstream of Missoula, Montana. Work is planned to be conducted under seasonal low flow conditions during the summer-fall of 2017. The existing bridge consists of 4 -75’ steel spans with an overall length of approximately 312’ that is supported by 5 concrete abutments/piers. Existing bridge pier 4 would be encased with 115 cubic yards of reinforced concrete and the bearings would be rehabilitated. In order to perform work under dry conditions, a temporary diversion of the river towards the eastern side of the bridge (between piers 2 & 3) is proposed. The temporary diversion would involve installation of approximately 375 lineal feet of concrete “Ecology Blocks” from the west bank of the river.Temporary access roads would be installed from the west side of the bridge to access the work area. The purpose of the proposed project is to rehabilitate the aging bridge before it’s capability to safely support trains is compromised.

Philipsburg Trails LUL 2017-01-30
The Town of Philipsburg, MT is proposing to develop 1 mile of walking trail on School Trust Land.

Powder River County Access Road 2017-01-26
Powder River County has requested a Land Use License for the purpose of using an existing road on a state tract to haul gravel from a pit on neighboring deeded land.

McCone County Access Road 2017-01-26
McCone County has requested a Land Use License to use an existing road on a state tract to haul gravel from a pit on neighboring deeded land.

Recreational Use

Lubrecht Cross-country Ski Trail Grooming 2017-03-16
To provide authorization to groom approximately 1.5 miles of DNRC roads for public cross-country skiing.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Southern Montana Telephone Wisdom Exchange 2017-03-22
Proposed action is issuance of a utility easement for new underground telecommunications cable.

Range Telephone Cooperative Fiber Optic Line #2 2017-03-07
Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This ROW easement is for the purpose of placing an underground fiber optic communication line across the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and will provide more effective telecommunications and internet services to rural communities.

HDD Crossing of Hauser Lake 2017-03-03
YPL is proposing to amend existing Easement No. D-9560 in order to accommodate the installation of a new 6” HDD (Horizontal Directional Drill) pipeline to update and eventually replace the existing pipeline lying on the bed of the Missouri River encumbering an additional 2.06 acres (50 feet x 1801.47 linear feet). This amendment would allow two 6” pipelines in the ROW until December 31, 2019 at which time the old pipeline would be removed and revert to allowance for one 6” pipeline in the ROW resulting in a reduction of current 100 feet ROW to 50 feet. 

Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative Fiber Optic Line 2017-03-02
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This ROW easement is for the purpose of placing an underground fiber optic communication line across the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and will provide more effective telecommunications and internet services to the local community.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Electric Line 2017-03-02
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This ROW easement is for the purpose of placing an underground 7.2 kV service line across the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land to the BNSF signal house at MP #1028.

Triangle Communications Fiber Optic Cable Easements 2017-02-22
Triangle Communications is applying for 20’ easements on three parcels of Trust land in Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties for the installation of underground fiber optic cable. The easements that have been applied for are a part of a larger project where Triangle Communications is expanding fiber optic lines in northern Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties. The areas impacted by this application are all west of US Highway 3 in Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties.

MDU Underground Electric Line 2017-02-17
MDU has filed an easement application for an underground electric line to service a BNSF signal house.

Range Telephone Cooperative Fiber Optic Line #1 2017-02-17
Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC Eastern Land Office. This ROW easement is for the purpose of placing an underground fiber optic communication line across the above mentioned tract of State Trust Land and will provide more effective telecommunications and internet services to rural communities.

FWP Easement Application 2017-02-09
The proponent has applied for an easement across state land to use an existing road for ingress and egress to and from the real estate described as the Ear Mountain Wildlife Management Area for access purposes. The existing road cross approximately 1,368.33’ of state land or 0.64 acres of state land. The proposed easement will be 20’ wide on the existing road.

3 Rivers Communications Easement Application - Fairfield Exchange 2017-02-09
3 Rivers Telephone Co-Op Inc. has requested to install a buried fiber optic cable in order to upgrade their facilities and services in the Fairfield exchange serving area in and around Fairfield, MT. The proposed easement route is located just off of the edge of the county road. The fiber optic cable will cross 1 tract of state land. The fiber optic cable will be buried 36” to 42” deep and will be installed using a vibratory plow. Any of the crossings of the Muddy Creek or the BNSF RR will be installed with a directional boring machine. The easement will be 10.00’ wide through the state owned tract.

3 Rivers Easement Applications - Choteau exchange fiber to home 2017-01-23
3 Rivers Telephone Co-Op Inc. has requested to install a buried fiber optic cable in order to upgrade their facilities and services in the Choteau exchange serving area in and around Choteau, MT. The proposed easement routes are located just off of the edge of the county roads, across state owned land, and across the Teton River bed. The fiber optic cable will cross 30 tracts of state land. The fiber optic cable will be buried 36” to 42” deep and will be installed using a vibratory plow. Any of the crossings of the Teton River will be installed with a directional boring machine. The easements will be 20.00’ wide through the state owned tracts.

Oneok LUL to ROW 2017-01-20
Convert land use license to right of way for existing pipeline.

Broadview FTTP Upgrade Project 2017-01-20
Triangle Communications has requested an easement strip twenty feet wide, 10 feet on each side of the centerline through above said tracts to install and maintain an underground telecommunication cable.

Bear Gulch Easement Grant/Road User's Association 2017-01-19
Grant of Easement to a Road User's Association or individual parties across school trust land on existing, bear Gulch Road.

Weeds

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Wind

Nothing new within the last 30 days

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Broadwater Scour Hole Repair Project 2017-03-20

An erosion/scour hole has been developing immediately downstream from the dam on the west side of river. This eroded area has progressively expanded, particularly during normal high water events during the spring runoff. If the erosion continues, the integrity of the access road could be compromised, potentially affecting DNRC and public recreational access. This could lead to increased safety risks to the public and DNRC employees. The proposed action calls for the area to be rip rapped to stabilize and protect the slope.

Deadmans Basin Fence Replacement 2016-08-24
The action alternative for this project involves the replacement of existing fence and/or erection of new fence along (approximately) 10 miles of the property boundary at Deadman’s Basin Reservoir and Supply Canal.

Middle Creek Project Cottonwood Flume Replacement 2016-06-27
The Cottonwood Flume is a 1054-foot long composite water conveyance structure, split in two sections, located on the Cottonwood Canal. The canal, a component of the Middle Creek Water Project, serves as an irrigation water delivery source for the Middle Creek Water User Association. In the spring of 2014, 175 feet of the flume structure failed as a result of large amounts of snow/ice and precipitation weight build up. Based on the engineering evaluations, it was determined that the flume needs repair or replacement to keep the water delivery system serviceable. The action alternative calls for replacing the entire flume in kind.

Water Rights

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Links to Other Agency Environmental Documents

Department of Environmental Quality

Department of Transportation Montana

Fish Wildlife and Parks