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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

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Coal and Coal Bed Natural Gas (CBNG)

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Oil and Gas

Leah 29-32 #1H 2021-02-11
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 20,991’MD/10,384’TVD.

Katrina 30-31 #1H 2021-02-11
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Bakken Formation test, 20,971’MD/10,440’TVD.

Hillside 44-7 2021-02-11
Single derrick drilling rig to drill to 5,000’ TD, Cut Bank, Banff, Nisku Formations.

Marvin 2-14 #1H 33-25n-59e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,702’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Marvin 2-14 #2H 33-25n-59e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,529’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Marvin 2-14 #3H 33-25n-59e  2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,543’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Marvin 2-14 #4H 33-25n-59e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 22,726’MD/10,516’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 2,087’.

Porky-Harold 9-13-HSU 9-24n-54e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 15,925’MD/9,692’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,627’.

Stockade-Calesto 33-3-HSU 33-25n-54e 2021-01-07
Triple derrick rig 16,073’MD/9,724’ TVD Bakken Formation horizontal well test. Surface casing to be set at 1,520’.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation

St. Mary's Drop 2 & 5 EA Adoption
The DNRC is adopting the Bureau of Reclamation Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for replacing the hydraulic drop structures, Drop 2 and Drop 5 within St. Mary Unit of the Milk River Project. Based on the analysis of the environmental impacts as described in the Hydraulic Drop Structure Replacement Environmental Assessment (EA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) finds that all potentially significant issues and resource impacts have been identified, evaluated, addressed, and resolved.  

St. Mary's Drop 1- No MEPA Decision
The Milk River Joint Board of Control, in conjunction with Reclamation, Montana Area Office, plans to provide routine operation and maintenance on hydraulic drop structure, Drop 1, within the St. Mary Unit of the Milk River Project in June 2020. The DNRC has made a no MEPA decision under ARM 36.2.523, classifying this project under minor repairs, operations, or maintenance of existing equipment or facilities. 

Forestry

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry Assistance

Grant Award to City of Bozeman, Wildfire Mitigation
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has completed an Environmental Assessment, and made the decision to award grant funding to the City of Bozeman in support of reducing wildfire risk on city-owned property in the Sourdough Creek watershed.

Grant Award to City of Helena, Wildfire Mitigation
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has completed an Environmental Assessment, and made the decision to award grant funding to the City of Helena in support of reducing wildfire risk on city-owned property on the north side of Mt. Helena.

Forest Management Activities/Sales

McCully Ridge EA 2021-03-29
The Plains Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the McCully Ridge Salvage Timber Sale. The project is located Approximately 22 air miles north of Plains, MT

New Acquisition Stand Improvement Project 2021-03-11
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the New Acquisition Stand Improvement Project. The project is located approximately 2 miles east of Olney, MT in the Stillwater State Forest. 

Little Rocky Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation proposes to sell approximately 200 tons (28 MBF) of windthrown timber in the Swamp Creek drainage, S18 T20N R26W, approximately 3 air miles northwest of Plains, MT. This action would produce an estimated revenue of $1,270 for the Common Schools Trust and $830 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, the DNRC would salvage timber to effectively recover the value of timber that was blowdown in a recent wind event.

Semem Creek Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 325 tons (50 MBF) of salvage timber in the Thompson River drainage, Section 36, T24 North, R27 West, approximately 21 air miles north of Plains, Montana. This action would produce estimated revenue of $4,875 for the Common Schools Trust Grant; and $1,575 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, DNRC would salvage timber to effectively recover the value of timber blown down, damaged, or otherwise injured during the wind event that occurred January 13th, 2021.

28 Mile Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 325 tons (50 MBF) of salvage timber in the Thompson River drainage, Section 36, T25 North, R27 West, approximately 27 air miles north of Plains, Montana. This action would produce estimated revenue of $4,875 for the Common Schools Trust Grant; and $1,575 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, DNRC would salvage timber to effectively recover the value of timber blown down, damaged, or otherwise injured during the wind event that occurred January 13th, 2021.

Chippy Creek Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 25 tons (5 MBF) of salvage timber in the Thompson River drainage, Section 6, T23 North, R26 West, approximately 20 air miles north of Plains, Montana. This action would produce estimated revenue of $375 for the Common Schools Trust Grant; and $110 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, DNRC would salvage timber to effectively recover the value of timber blown down, damaged, or otherwise injured during the wind event that occurred January 13th, 2021.

Big Prairie Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 175 tons (25 MBF) of salvage timber in the Thompson River drainage, Sections 2 & 12, T23 North, R27 West, approximately 20 air miles north of Plains, Montana. This action would produce estimated revenue of $2,625 for the Public Buildings Trust Grant; and $785 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, DNRC would salvage timber to effectively recover the value of timber blown down, damaged, or otherwise injured during the wind event that occurred January 13th, 2021.

McCully Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 100 tons (15 MBF) of salvage timber in the Thompson River drainage, Section 14, T23 North, R27 West, approximately 20 air miles north of Plains, Montana. This action would produce estimated revenue of $1,500 for the Public Buildings Trust Grant; and $450 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, DNRC would salvage timber to effectively recover the value of timber blown down, damaged, or otherwise injured during the wind event that occurred January 13th, 2021.

Sitting Bull Blowdown 2021-03-11
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) proposes to sell approximately 43 tons (7,200 BF) of timber in the Trout Creek area, Section 36, T25 North, R32 West, approximately 45 air miles north west of Plains, Montana. This action would produce estimated revenue of $786.00 for the Common Schools (C.S.) Trust Grant; and $214.00 in Forest Improvement funds. Under the proposed action, DNRC would harvest and effectively maximize the value of timber before old age, disease, and canopy encroachment further increase.

Ames Again Timber Permit 2021-03-11
The Dillon Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Ames Again Timber Permit. The project is located approximately 30 air miles west of Dillon, MT. The treatment method would be seed tree prescription for the 150 acres, the cutting of all trees except for a small number of widely dispersed trees retained for seed production and to produce a new age class in a fully exposed microenvironment.

Badger Pass Timber Permit 2021-03-11
The proposed Badger Pass Timber Permit is located approximately 15 miles west of Dillon.Forest stands within the project area have been heavily affected by continued, consecutive years of western spruce budworm defoliation and many trees are failing to recover. Tree mortality is on the rise and the proposed project would capture the value of the timber resource before it further diminishes.

Forest Practices

Lobe Creek SMZ Alternative Practice  2021-03-11
Applicant seeks an Alternative Practice to relocate a road by constructing a new road within the Streamside Management Zone (SMZ) and decommission sections of old road prism within the SMZ. Specific Alternative Practices requested are:

•Construction of road within the SMZ
•Operate equipment within the SMZ
•Removal of submerchantable material (road prism and crossing sites)
•Deviate from tree retention rule (50% size class per species)

Forest Improvement Projects

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Timber Sales

Olney Powerline Blowdown timber permit CATEX 2021-04-06
Salvage blowdown from June 2020 windstorm and harvest standing timber near powerlines within proposed units displayed in map. Approximately 140 Mbf would be harvested and additional slash treatments within the Urban Interface would be accomplished.

Edna Mountain Returns 2021-04-02
The Stillwater Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Edna Mountain Returns Timber Sale Project. The project is located about 10 miles by road west of Trego, MT, via USFS Rd 3637 accessed at the 4 mile marker of Edna Creek Road. 

North Avon Timber Sales 2021-03-11
The Anaconda Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Luke Mountain, McKay Georgia, and Avon North Timber Sales. The project is located approximately 4 miles north of Avon, Montana.

Lost Napa Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
The Swan River State Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Trust Land Management Division, is proposing the Lost Napa Multiple Timber Sale Project. The project area is approximately 4.5 air miles south of Swan Lake, Montana on Common School Trust Lands in the eastern portion of the Swan River State Forest.

Land Banking Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Sales

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Land Exchanges

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Commercial Real Estate

The Clearwater Energy Resources Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available for public review. You can find it on the DNRC webpage here: Clearwater Energy Resources DEIS

This DEIS has been prepared by Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. for the Montana Department of  Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to assess the impacts of leasing 4,484.7 acres of school trust land in Custer, Garfield, and Rosebud counties to Clearwater Energy Resources LLC (Clearwater  Energy Resources). Clearwater Energy Resources is owned by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The Proposed Action would lease the surrounding state trust land for the construction and operation of 11 wind turbine generators (WTG) and associated infrastructure. The proposed 11 WTG  are part of a larger project known as the Clearwater Wind Energy Center (CWEC) that is being developed on private land surrounding the state trust land parcels. 

Please review the information presented in the DEIS and provide comments to Sierra Farmer, MEPA coordinator, to sierrafarmer@mt.gov, or via mail to 2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT. 59804  
Comments must be received by April 2, 2021.  

Agriculture/LUL

Cornwell Land and Livestock Company Stockwater pipeline 2021-04-06
Cortney Kluver has requested a Land Use License for a previously constructed stock water pipeline crossing the referenced tract of state owned land.

Redfield Fence Installation 2021-04-02 
The applicant proposes to install 1.25 miles of new 3-strand barbed-wire fence along the northern border of lease 7036 and continues along the southern border of lease 5723. The fence consists of steel posts with 3 barbed wires. 

Haber Inc. Stock Water Pipeline Lease 417 2021-04-02
Haber Inc, heretofore referred to as proponent, has submitted a request for improvement for the purpose of installing, operating and maintaining a stock water pipeline across State Trust Land located in T19N-R45E-Sec 36. Pipeline would black plastic HPV pipe installed utilizing a trencher method. The pipeline would be approximately ½ mile in length and provide water from an existing well on the tract to the center of the section to better distribute grazing.

Arntzen Stock Water Pipeline 2021-03-09
Braden & Douglas Arntzen are proposing the installation of a stock water pipeline approximately 1630 feet in length running northeast to southwest in the NW4SE4 and SE4SW4 of Section 7, Township 18 North, Range 19 East. (See attached map)

CRP Break Request – Lease 7002 & 10189 
Birch Creek Colony (Lessee) proposes the breaking and conversion of 20.30 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres under CRP contract 11141B on Lease 7002, and 263.73 CRP acres under CRP contract 11135, on Lease 10189, referred herein as the “Project”. The CRP contracts expire on 9/30/2027, with the intention of voluntary termination of the CRP contracts by the Lessee for purposes of converting it to agricultural land for cash crop production. The purpose of the conversion from CRP acres to agricultural production acres is to increase the overall revenue on lease 7002 & 10189 for the Common School Trust while maintaining the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) land sustainability goals. The Project is expected to occur in the Spring of 2021.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Morledge Reciprocal Easements 2021-03-19
DNRC Trust Land Management Division, DR Morledge LLC and Morledge Alkali Creek LLC are proposing to enter into a reciprocal easement agreement that would benefit the state getting access to currently land locked land on Section 24-T1N-R25E, in addition to access across DR Morlege LLC and Alkali Morledge LLC lands in the NE ¼ of Section 19, 1N, 26E.

Water

Water Right Environmental Assessments.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Nothing new in the last 30 days. 

Water Rights

 

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