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Environmental Documents


This web page contains all DNRC environmental documents posted in the last 30 days. 

How to find DNRC Environmental Documents (pdf)

Coal, Oil, Gas, and Other Minerals

EA South of Froid Sand 2022-06-24
The document analyzes the impacts to the environment for the proposed action

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Lybeck 6-35-35-20  2022-06-23
Behm Energy, Inc plans to drill a vertical oil well with an objective formation being the Sawtooth, 4,490’ TVD/MD.

East Butte Lookout 3D  2022-06-20
Paragon Geophysical Services, Inc has applied to conduct a seismic survey on State Trust Lands.

Claire 34-22 #4H   2022-05-09
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 25,080’MD/10,533’TVD.

Project Name: Seismic Permit #’s 1612-22, 1614-22, & 1615-22 (Thor Resources USA, LLC)     2022-05-04
Thor Resources USA, LLC (Thor Resources) proposes to implement a 2 – D seismic project on state sub-surface and state surface to locate helium producing formations, referred to herein as the “Project”. The Project will generate energy sources using vibroseis equipment along 4.09 miles linear route of state sub-surface and 3.70-miles linear route of state surface throughout various tracts. See Exhibit A, Proposed Winter 2021/2022 Seismic Program, and Exhibit B, Project Location. This consists of a large buggy weighing approximately 18 tons and a 4-foot by 6-foot platform. The platform vibrates the ground surface using the weight of the buggy. This equipment is used to locate shallow helium-producing formations. The Project would minimally impact 4.09-miles of state sub-surface on various Oil and Gas Tracts. The majority of state surface impacts to ag and grazing leases 4769, 5747, 774 and 2257 would result from vibrating the platform and the manipulation of motorized vehicles. The Project is expected to temporarily disturb a small portion of the landscape through the operation of the vibrioses equipment, but no physical surface disturbance is expected.

Reddig 13-3    2022-04-21
Lustre Oil Company, LLC plans to drill a well to 5755’ MD / 5746’ TVD to test the Ratcliffe Formation in an open hole completion.

Reddig 42-10     2022-04-19
Lustre Oil Company, LLC plans to drill a well to 5819’ MD / 5812’ TVD to test the Ratcliffe Formation in an open hole completion.

Minerals

Ruben Pit - Mineral County     2022-05-03
This Environmental Assessment analyzes the potential impacts of reopening an existing gravel pit

New Letz Gravel Pit  2022-06-08
An application for an aggregate take and removal permit from the Minerals Management Bureau of the Montana DNRC.

Conservation Districts

Nothing new in the last 30 days

Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD)

Monthly Summary of CARDD MEPA Decision Notices 2022-06-13

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing various final MEPA Decision Memos for various programs throughout the Division, including the ARPA Competitive and Minimum Allocation Grants program, the Conservation District Bureau, and the Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program.

Mineral County Conservation District Flat Creek Dispersed Tailings Removal and Restoration Final Environmental Assessment 2022-06-13

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final environmental assessment decision for the Mineral County Conservation District. The Conservation District, in coordination with Trout Unlimited, is proposing to use Reclamation and Development Program grant (RDG) funding to reclaim various areas impacted by contaminated materials from the former Flat Creek Iron Mountain Mine and Mill (IMM). The project partners are working to reclaim sites occupied by the contaminated materials by removing the tailings and placing them in a nearby repository.

Armstrong Pivot Installation Final Environmental Assessment 2022-06-13

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final environmental assessment decision for the Armstrong Pivot Installation. The project is proposing to use Private Loan funding to install an irrigation pivot on private land.

Forestry Division

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry Assistance

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Practices

SMZ Alternative Practice for Folkers HRA 27-B-48741  2022-06-23
Proponent has applied to operate equipment within the SMZ and remove trees within the SMZ that pose a hazard to adjacent structures.

SMZ Alternative Practice for Alder Creek skid trail  2022-06-08
proponent wishes to cross Alder Creek, a class 2 SMZ, when it is dry, to harvest ground otherwise inaccessable..

Trust Lands - Forest Management 

Forest Management Activities and Timber Sales

Smiley Face Timber Sale 2022-05-18
The Plains Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Smiley Face Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 12 miles north of Plains, Montana.

Hinckley Road Improvement 2022-05-04
The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing a road improvement project. The project is located in Dern Draw west of Kalispell, Montana.

Flatlander Timber Sale 2022-04-27
The Hamilton Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Flatlander Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 3 miles southeast of Lolo, Montana.

Fry Bear Timber Sale 2022-04-26
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Fry Bear Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Dillon, Montana.

Final Amended Greyson Creek II Timber Sale 2022-04-25
The Helena Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Greyson Creek II Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 14 miles east of Townsend, Montana.

Klinger Timber Sale 2022-04-19
The Libby Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Klinger Timber Sale. The project is located approximately 9 miles south of Libby, Montana.

East of Emerald Projects 2022-04-19
The Clearwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the East of Emerald Timber Projects. The project area is located approximately 5.5 miles southeast of Seeley Lake, Montana.

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Banking Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Commercial Real Estate

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Agriculture/LUL

Jarden Ranch solar Well  2022-06-23
Jarden Ranch Inc. has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well with a tank on the referenced tract of Sate owned Trust Land.

George Carson Spring Development  2022-06-15
George Carson developed a spring on the referenced tract of State Trust Land in 2012.

U-All Creek Ranch Inc Stock Well   2022-06-01
The surface lessee U-All Creek Ranch Inc wishes to drill 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.

Robert Gibbs Stock Well   2022-06-01
The surface lessee Robert Gibbs wishes to drill 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.

Devil's Fence Juniper Encroachment Removal  2022-05-31
Proponent will remove junipers within the project area.

Donsbach Well Project    2022-05-16
Kirk Donsbach is proposing to install a shallow well and stock tank in the SW4SE4NW4 of Section 36, Township 19 North, Range 22 East. The proposed water development installation is planned to be installed directly adjacent to Box Elder Creek in hopes to have access to water on years when the creek is dry. The proposed shallow well will be used for stock water.

Brown Ranch Conifer Encroachment Reduction Project   2022-05-16
The Dillon Unit of the DNRC has worked with the lessee to request to conduct a conifer reduction project on the above referenced state trust land tract. The proponents wish to reduce primarily juniper encroachment with a minor component of Douglas fir and limber pine on the section. Methods would include hand cutting with chainsaw and pruning shears.

North Park East Temporary Access LUL    2022-05-16
Bozeman Trax Partners is applying for a Land Use License (LUL) to provide temporary access on an existing gravel road to a cell tower on their deeded land. The width of existing road is ~30 feet and the length is ~500 feet. The total acres involved is less than 1 acre. The project area is within the municipal boundaries of the City of Bozeman, MT.

Timberline Road Use License     2022-05-12
The proponent, Timberline Farm and Ranch, LTD, whose has applied to the DNRC Southern Land Office (SLO) for a Land Use License to permit the use of a two-track road on the south half of Section 36, Township 10 North, Range 29 East in order to access his private lands west of said section as shown in Exhibit ‘A.’

The proponent currently is the owner of the lands belonging to Bergin Farm and Ranch LLC south and east of the State Section. These lands are in the same vicinity as each other, the only legal access to Timberline Farm and Ranch LTD Co lands is on the far southwestern corner of their private held block of land, which is about a 15 mile re-route. The proponent is requesting a Land Use License to access these lands more efficiently by utilizing the existing two-track road on the State Trust Land.

Surenuff Cattle Spring Development   2022-04-25
Surenuff Cattle is proposing a spring development immediately below and existing reservoir. The reservoir has run dry but a seep still exists and this would create a more reliable water source.

CRP Break Request – Lease 2144   2022-04-05
Starbuck Hjartarson Seifert (Lessee) proposes the breaking and conversion of 155.60 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres under CRP contract 10037, on state land lease no. 2144, referred to herein as the “Project”. See Attachment A – Project Location Map for proposed break acres.

The CRP contract expires on 9/30/2022, with the intention of non-renewal by the Lessee for purposes of converting it to agricultural land for small grain production.

The purpose of the conversion from CRP acres to agricultural production acres is to increase the overall revenue on lease no. 2144 for the Common Schools Trust while maintaining the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) land sustainability goals. The Project is expected to occur in the Spring/Summer of 2022.

Gilman Construction-Staging Area    2022-03-15
The document analyzes the environmental impact that would occur if a LUL were granted to Gilman Construction for the storage of chipping material in an active opencut site on 5S 8W Sec. 28.

Recreational Use

Sorrel Springs    2022-06-03
The DNRC Missoula Unit Trust Lands is issuing a Temporary Road Use Permit to the Lolo National Forest/DNRC GNA program.

Bear Shoot Archery Tournament   2022-06-01
Authorize the annual Bear Shoot tournament over a 5-year period. Use on DNRC would involve up to 7 days of annual use including: motorized ATV use to set up and disassemble approximately 16 targets, managing the event, and providing access for handicapped participants. In addition, there would be up to 300 nonmotorized participants during the event.

GRIZZLY ORIENTEERING SPECIAL RECREATIONAL USE LICENSE (SRUL)   2022-06-01
AUTHORIZE ORIENTEERING EVENTS OVER A 5-YEAR PERMIT. USE ON DNRC WOULD INVOLVE MULTIPLE, 1 TO 2 DAY, LOW IMPACT ORIENTEERING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE CALENDAR YEAR.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Reservation Telephone Fiber Upgrade  2022-06-20
Reservation Telephone Coop henceforth referred to as proponent, has requested a right of way easement from the DNRC for the placement of fiber optic Communication Lines across State Trust Lands. This line placement will replace existing outdated copper communication line service to rural areas. The project will follow the corridor of the existing copper lines. Construction will basically consist of the static plow trenchless method with directional bores at stream crossings or other topographical challenges.

Lincoln Electric Utility Line Easement  2022-06-20
Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Lincoln Electric) is proposing to install new underground utility lines that would replace the existing overhead powerlines and provide services to the townsite of Olney, MT. Lincoln Electric is locating facilities along existing public and state roadways. There are two state residential lease access roads (1st Avenue North and Pothole Drive) where Lincoln Electric would need a utility Easement from DNRC to install underground utility line within the road Right of Way. The estimated encumbered acreage is 0.604 acres.
The lands involved in this proposed project are held by the State of Montana in trust for Montana State University 2nd Grant and Public Buildings trusts per the Enabling Act of February 22, 1889; 1972 Montana Constitution, Article X, Section 11. The Board of Land Commissioners and DNRC are required by law to administer these trust lands to produce the largest measure of reasonable and legitimate return over the long run for the beneficiary institutions (Section 77-1-202, MCA).

Agricultural Road Easement EAC  2022-06-20
Proponent is applying for an agricultural easement on state lands to access private property.

MidRivers Communications 2022 Wolf Point south Fiber Cable  2022-06-08
MidRivers Communications has requested easements from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing fiber optic cable across the referenced tracts of State Trust Land.

MidRivers Communications 2022 T27N-R27E-Sec 36 SE4  2022-06-01
MidRivers communications has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation an easement for the placement of fiber optic cable across the referenced tract of State Trust Land.

MidRivers Communications 2022 T27N-R27E-Sec 36 W2   2022-06-01
MidRivers communications has requested an easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of placing fiber optic cable across the referenced tract of State Trust Land.

Hiland Gas Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation an easement for a natural gas pipeline which has previously been held under a Land Use license

Hiland Crude Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested an easement for a crude oil pipeline from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as a conversion from a previously issued Land Use license.

Hiland Gas Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested an easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as a conversion of an existing Land Use License for a gas pipeline.

Hiland Gas Pipeline Easement Conversion   2022-05-16
Kinder Morgan Inc. has requested an easement from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation as a conversion of an existing Land Use License for a gas pipeline.

Inner Belt Loop Easements   2022-05-12
The Proponent, the City of Billings, has developed a project to construct the Northwest Billings Connector road system, more widely known and the Inner Belt Loop. The proponent is proposing and applying for two road easements as part of this project that will encumber the following two sections of State Trust land in Yellowstone County:

Section 14, Township 1 North, Range 25 East: New easement encompassing ±8.988 acres
Section 22, Township 1 North, Range 25 East: New easement encompassing ±11.716 acres

The Inner Belt Loop project is a five-mile stretch of new two-lane rural roadway accompanied by a detached multi-use trail. The City has applied for enough right-of-way so that when traffic warrants and additional two lanes can be constructed so that the ultimate road profile would contain two travel lanes in each direction. It will create a new connection between the Heights and West End of the Billings Metropolitan area, with an eastern terminus of Alkali Creek Road/Skyway Drive and a western terminus at the roundabout at Highway 3/Zimmerman Trail (see Exhibit ‘A’). The City of Billings has proposed this new route to help alleviate traffic congestion in a constrained intersection area due to the surrounding topographical limitations.

Triangle Communications South Malta FTTH Upgrade   2022-04-20

The proponent proposes to install an underground fiber-optic telecommunications cable within a right-of-way 20’ wide (10’ on either side of a centerline) across School Trust land in Phillips County

WBI Gas Line Extension Project   2022-04-20
The applicant has applied for a single Land Use License (LUL) and two Right of Ways (ROWs) to install and maintain a natural gas pipeline.

Dry Prairie - Opheim Mainline   2022-04-19
The applicant proposes to install a twelve-inch diameter water pipeline. The proposed area of impact would be 30 feet in width (15 feet on either side of a center line) across multiple tracts of Trustland. The purpose of the requested Right of Way Easements is to expand the area served by Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority.

Underground Fiber Optic Communications Cable    2022-03-15
The purpose of this easement is to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) facilities capable of providing telephone, high-speed data, and broadband services. The current copper lines are ageing and have reached their useful life limit, preventing 3 Rivers Communications from being able to fulfill service requests, including full deployment of broadband services. These improvements will offer state-of-the-art telecommunications facilities as well as future growth capabilities.

The fiber optic cables will be buried and placed within existing cable corridors along state lands, state highway, county or city road rights-of-way both in public rights-of-way and utilizing some private easements.

Midrivers Fiber to the Home Upgrade   2022-03-09
The Proponent, Mid-Rivers Communications, is applying for new 16’ wide easements and to amend their existing 16’ wide easement on multiple parcels of State Trust Land in both Yellowstone and Musselshell Counties for the installation of underground fiber optic lines.

The new and amended easements are part of a larger project where Mid-Rivers Communications is upgrading their telecommunications lines from their existing Musselshell Exchange serving rural areas in northern Yellowstone County and southern Musselshell County. The project consists of replacing outdated existing copper services with fiber optic lines to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service in remote areas. The copper service lines will be abandoned in place with new fiber optic lines being installed. Deed #6637 will be amended to reflect the additional lines in the easement corridor. Deed #6640 will abandon the copper line in place and the new line will follow parallel to an existing private road with granting of the new easement. In total, 3 new easements will be granted, and 1 easement will be amended (see Exhibits A).

Fiber Optic Utility Easement   2022-03-09
The Proponent, Triangle Communications Assn, Inc. (TTCA, Inc.) proposing to replace existing underground telecommunications facilities and upgrade the current copper telephone lines to fiber optic lines in Section 16 of Township 2 South, Range 13 East in Sweet Grass County. The proposed easement runs with in the right-of-way of the East Boulder Road which is a county/public road and will encumber ±2.70-acres of State Trust Land (see Exhibit A). The county has not secured an easement for the road.

Triangle Communications was previously granted a 20’ easement (D-7279) in 2002 running along the east portion of East Boulder Road. The proponent is seeking out a new right-of-way along the western side of the public roadway way as it is the most direct and efficient path to provide utility services. They will leave the copper line and D-7279 in place as a redundancy in case of emergencies and will obtain a new easement for installing a fiber optic line in a new corridor on the western side of the East Boulder Road.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Tongue River Dam Spillway Stilling Basin Erosion Protection     2022-05-09 
A void between the right spillway wall and adjacent cut rock slope was reported in 2009 at Tongue River Dam. Due to weathering and wave erosion, it has increased in size and depth and is now over 5 feet deep. The action calls for repairing the void, installing drainage features, and grading the area to prevent further erosion. The project would include constructing a permanent construction access in order to complete the work and address any future repairs. Graded areas will receive a layer of rock material that matches what is currently in place along the spillway.

Water Rights Environmental Assessments by County

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