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Environmental Documents


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

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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 

Denbury Underground Powerline
Denbury Inc. has requested permission of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to install an approximately 125 foot underground conduit powerline on the referenced tract of state owned ground.

United Gravel Testing Near Vaughn   2021-12-08

The Environmental Assessment analyzes the proposal to test for gravel near Vaughn, MT

State 19-1 Conversion to SWD   2021-12-08
The Environmental Assessment analyzes the impacts of a proposed conversion of an abandoned oil well to a salt water disposal well.

Firemoom 11-32    2021-12-06
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,321 MD / TVD.
Surface casing to be set at 430’.

Firemoon 4B-6   2021-12-06
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,278 MD / TVD. Surface casing to be set at 430’.

Balko Comingling Pipeline  2021-12-02
Balko Inc. (Balko) proposes to comingle the oil production from oil wells located on state land to a tank battery site located on adjacent private land, referred to herein as the “Project”. To comingle oil production, the Project requires the installation of a flowline and the deconstruction of an existing tank battery site located on state land which will result in approximately 0.5 acres of soil disturbance. The wells, Montana A-4 and Montana A-2 of lease # OG-43862-20, from which oil is produced are located on state land (lease # 4906) and are referred herein as “A-4 & A-2”. The proposed tank battery, in which, the state-produced oil will comingle with oil from private wells, is located on adjacent private land under Balko’s private oil production lease and is referred to herein as “Kellogg Tank Battery”. The tank battery site that is proposed for deconstruction is located on a residential state lease (residential lease # 5429) and is referred to herein as “State Tank Battery”. See Attachment A, Project Location Map. Comingling oil production from A-4 & A-2 wells with private wells, through the installation of a flowline to the Kellogg Tank Battery, will allow production to come online more quickly, reduce ground disturbance and traffic on lease # 4906 and residential lease # 5429, and result in a longer production life for lease # OG-43862-20. In addition, the deconstruction of the State Tank Battery will reduce the potential for oil spills and increase the overall aesthetics of lease # 4906 and residential lease # 5429.

Baldwin Lynch Energy State 16-33    2021-11-29
The EA analyzes the affect of an APD submitted by Baldwin Lynch Energy

State 16-33  2021-11-10
Baldwin Lynch Energy plans to drill a vertical oil well with a MD/TVD of 8,925’ with the objective
formation being the Lakota. Surface casing to be set at 900’ and will be cemented back to surface.

Kalypso 15-1 SWD   2021-11-10
Hydra MT LLC plans to drill a well to use as a class II injection well in the Dakota Formation. Surface
casing to be set at 1,845’. Proposed TD is 5,700’ MD / 5,700’ TVD.

Jeri 10-3-34 4H  2021-11-10
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Middle Bakken Formation test,
25,776’MD/10,069’TVD.

George 10-3-34 2H  2021-11-10
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Middle Bakken Formation test,
26,062’MD/10,050’TVD.

Firemoom 15-31   2021-11-10
Lonewolf Operating, LLC plans to drill a well for an Upper Bowes formation test 4,271 MD / TVD.
Surface casing to be set at 430’.

Blinda 10-3-34 3H  2021-11-10
Triple derrick drilling rig to drill a single lateral horizontal Middle Bakken Formation test, 25,849’MD/10,057’TVD.

Minerals

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Conservation Districts

LCCD Erosion Mitigation  2021-09-08
The Lewis & Clark Conservation District (LCCD) has submitted a proposal to place erosion mitigation practices on Montana State Trust Land in Section 36, T12N R3W. The North Hills Fire of 2019 burned approximately 580 acres of Section 36, including two drainages in the east half of the section. Moisture events in 2020 have resulted in sediment erosion in drainages.

Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD)

Bitter Root Irrigation District Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Bitter Root Irrigation District Water Efficiency, Modernization, and Planning Study Project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Program Grant funding to evaluate the District's water diversion and delivery systems.

Town of Cascade Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Cascade Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the town sewer collection system and identify any issues for replacement or rehabilitation.

Town of Broadview Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Broadview Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the Town's wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal system.

City of Choteau Preliminary Engineering Report Update Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the City of Choteau Preliminary Engineering Report Update. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to update the current PER and evaluate alternatives for expanding the current water project to connect the private well users to the portion of the water system within the City that is metered.

Greenfields Irrigation District Pishkun Supply Canal Tunnel No. 3 Rehabilitation Design Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Greenfields Irrigation District (GID) Pishkun Supply Canal Tunnel No. 3 Rehabilitation Design project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Irrigation Development Grant funding to engineering and design for the rehabilitation of the compromised portion of the canal.

Milk River Joint Board of Control St. Mary Diversion Dam and Headworks Completion Design Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Milk River Joint Board of Control St. Mary Diversion Dam and Headworks Completion Design project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Grant funding to finalize designs for the St. Mary Diversion Dam and Headworks ensuring fish passage for the threatened Bull Trout while promoting the continued operation of the Canal and maintaining a sustainable water supply source for the Milk River Basin.

Town of Geraldine Water System Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Geraldine Water System Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to explore the potential for new water sources or wells.

Hill County Conservation District Bear Paw Ski Bowl Spring Development Technical Narrative Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Hill County Conservation District Bear Paw Ski Bowl Spring Development Technical Narrative project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to procure guidance and expertise for the development of a natural spring in the Bear Paw Mountains.

Huntley Yellowstone County Water and Sewer District Water System Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Huntley Yellowstone County Water and Sewer District Water System Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the District's water system.

City of Libby Water System Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the City of Libby Water System Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the water system.

Lower Yellowstone Irrigation District #1 Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation District #1 Thomas Point Pump Station Rehabilitation Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to identify and detail existing conditions, present alternatives, provide engineering costs estimates, provide a financial analysis to determine cost effectiveness of alternatives, examine environmental consequences of the proposed alternatives, provide for selection of a preferred alternative, and detail required permits and authorizations.

Pondera County Conservation District Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Pondera County Conservation District Pondera County Canal & Reservoir Company C Canal Headworks Automation Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to identify and detail existing conditions, present alternatives, provide engineering costs estimates, provide a financial analysis to determine cost effectiveness of alternatives, examine environmental consequences of the proposed alternatives, provide for selection of a preferred alternative, and detail required permits and authorizations.

City of Roundup Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the City of Roundup Wastewater System Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the wastewater system.

Rosebud Water and Sewer District Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Rosebud Water and Sewer District Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the District's wastewater system.

South Wind County Water and Sewer District Preliminary Engineering Report Update Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the South Wind County Water and Sewer District Phase 4 Water and Sewer Improvements Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to focus on the proposed Phase 4 remaining water and sewer utility deficiencies. 

Town of Sunburst Wastewater System Upgrades Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Sunburst Wastewater System Upgrades Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to identify and plan the Town’s alternatives for repairing original failing sewer mains and prevent emergencies such as repeated lift station pump replacement and lagoon effluent violations.

Town of Westby Water System Preliminary Engineering Report Final No MEPA Decision 2021-12-23

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the Town of Westby Water System Preliminary Engineering Report. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Planning Grant funding to evaluate the water system.

Cornell University - Final No MEPA Categorical Exclusion Decision for Flathead Basin Septic Leachate Study 2021-12-29

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Cornell University Flathead Basin Septic Leachate Study. The project proposes to use Flathead Basin Commission grant funding to provide technical support to better understand the Flathead Basin septic system.

City of Kalispell Lift Station #9 Replacement Final Adoption Notice 2021-12-29

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for the City of Kalispell Lift Station #9 Replacement project. The project proposes to use a State Revolving Funds loan to replace the existing Lift Station #9.

Town of Plains Proposed Relocation of the Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant 2021-12-29

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for the City of Kalispell Lift Station #9 Replacement project. The project proposes to use a State Revolving Funds loan to replace and relocate the Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant.

McFarland White Ranch Final Environmental Assessment Decision 2021-12-29

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the McFarland White Ranch Center Pivot Installation Project. The project proposes to use Private Loan funding to replace the existing irrigation infrastructure (canal) with a center pivot. DNRC did not find significant impacts to any physical or human environmental resources.

Lockwood Water and Sewer District CS3-1 Collection System Upgrade Final Adoption Decision 2021-12-29

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the USDA Rural Development Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Lockwood Water and Sewer District CS3-1 Collection System Upgrade project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Program Grant funding to install centralized sewer collection facilities in the Lockwood community.

Missoula County - Buena Vista Community Final Adoption Decision 2021-12-29

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Missoula County Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the MIssoula County - Buena Vista Community Wastewater System Improvements Project, Phase 2. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Program Grant funding to install a new collection system in the roads of the community, sewer mains, manholes, sewer service connections, and sewer service lines.

Fergus County - Winifred Water Storage and Distribution Upgrades Final Adoption Decision 2022-01-05

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Montana Community Development Block Grant Program Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Fergus County - Winifred Water Storage and Distribution Upgrades Project. The project proposes to use ARPA Minimum Allocation Grant funding to install a new water storage tank and upgrade supply lines.

Flathead County - FCWD #1 Evergreen Water Storage Tank Renovation, Safety, Access Improvements Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-05

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Flathead County - Evergreen Water Storage Tank Project. The project proposes to use APRA Minimum Grant funding to upgrade their water storage tank and purchase the adjacent land for ease of access.

Alfalfa Valley Irrigation District East Flynn Canal Rehabilitation - Phase II Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-05

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Alfalfa Valley Irrigation District East Flynn Canal Rehabilitation - Phase II Project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program funding to line the existing irrigation canal and prevent seepage.

North Valley County Water and Sewer District Phase I Water System Improvements Final No MEPA Decision 2022-01-05

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed Decision for the North Valley County Water and Sewer District Phase I Water System Improvements Project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) Grant Program funding to pay engineering and administrative costs associated with the design of the project.

North Chinook Irrigation Association Reservoir Dike Lining Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the North Chinook Irrigation Association Reservoir Dike Lining project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) - Irrigation Development Grant (IDG) funding to repair and stabilize the existing reservoir dike structures.

Malta Irrigation District Canal Lining - Wagner Reach Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-10

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Malta Irrigation District Canal Lining - Wagner Reach project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program funding to line the existing irrigation canal and prevent seepage.

Custer County Conservation District KIC/CCD - Gabel Lateral Rehab PER Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-11

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the KIC/CCD Gabel Lateral Rehab Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) - Irrigation Development Grant (IDG) funding to develop a PER aimed at analyzing an alternative to an open ditch for the Kinsey Irrigation Company's (KIC) Gabel Lateral.

Cusick Drain Field Replacement Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-11

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Cusick Failed Drain Field Replacement Project. The project proposes to use Private Grant funding to replace the existing private septic drain field.

Hendricks Drain Field Replacement Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-11

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Hendricks Failed Drain Field Replacement Project. The project proposes to use Private Grant funding to replace the existing private septic drain field.

O'Rourke Drain Field Replacement Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-11

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the O'Rourke Failed Drain Field Replacement Project. The project proposes to use Private Grant funding to replace the existing private septic drain field.

Livingston Irrigation Canal Rehabilitation Final No MEPA - Categorical Exclusion 2022-01-11

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed - Notice of Categorical Exclusion for the Livingston Irrigation Canal Rehabilitation Project. The project proposes to use Private Grant funding to re-excavate and lining the current irrigation canal to prevent future water loss.

Greenfields Irrigation District - Spring Coulee Headworks Replacement Project Final Adoption Decision 2022-01-13

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Bureau of Reclamation Final Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for the Spring Coulee Headworks Replacement Project. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program (RRGL) funding to replace current headworks for Spring Coulee and construct in earthen dam for the J-wasteway.

City of Roundup Phase 6 Water System Improvements Final Adoption Decision 2022-01-13

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is in support of the Environmental Report - Categorical Exclusion from the USDA Rural Development Program. The project proposes to use Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program (RRGL) funding and APRA Competitive Grant funding to replace deteriorating water mains.

Sage 4 Success Final No MEPA Decision 2022-01-13

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) is issuing a final No MEPA Needed decision for the Sage 4 Success contract. The project proposes to use Conservation District Bureau (CDB) funding to facilitate the CDB in developing a five-year strategic and operational plan between the CDB and Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD).

Forestry Division

Montana Forest Action Plan

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forestry Assistance

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Forest Practices

Broken Elbow projects  2022-01-21
Two timber permits (estimated as 300-350 mbf) and a pre-commercial thinning of 50 acres

BLM-Tie Cr Alternative Practice  2022-01-07
Alternative Practice to the MT Streamside Management Zone Law Rule 4: (36.11.304), Equipment Operation in the SMZ, and Rule 5: (36.11.305) Retention of Trees in the SMZ/Clearcutting.

Duffy-Benda Alternative Practice  2021-12-08
Alternative Practice to the Mt Streamside Management Zone Law Rule 4: (36.11.304), Equipment Operation in the SMZ, and Rule 5: (36.11.305) Retention of Trees in the SMZ/Clearcutting allowing for the removal of fire damaged trees.

Liberty Salvage Alternative Practice  2021-10-06
Applicant seeks an Alternative Practice to allow equipment use inside of the SMZ on an unnamed Class 3 stream on the Liberty Salvage Timber Sale.

Carr Alternative Practice  2021-08-05
Proponent is seeking to operate equipment within the SMZ and use a crossing of a Class 2 Stream

Trust Lands - Forest Management 

Forest Management Activities and Timber Sales

Hogan and Cole Ridge Timber Permits 2022-01-04

The Southern Land Office of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Hogan Ridge and Cole Creek Timber Permits. The project areas are located 4 miles northwest of Red Lodge, Montana

Tick-Lish PCT  2021-12-02
The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Tick-Lish pre-commercial thinning project. The project is located south of Potomac, MT.
Objectives of the project include:
• Increase growth within treated stands.
• Concentrate growth in fewer trees to attain merchantable size in a shorter time frame.
• Increased tree vigor to reduce the threat of insect and disease infestation.

Burr Hamilton Timber Sale 2021-11-22

The Missoula Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing forest management activities on 5,172 acres known as the Burr Saddle Projects. The project area is located west of St. Regis, MT.

Old Penny Timber Sale 2021-11-12

The Kalispell Unit of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is proposing the Old Penny Timber Sale. The project is located 11 air miles NW of the town of Marion, Montana.

Boy Scout Road Douglas-fir Salvage  2021-11-09
Remove dead and dying Douglas-fir spread throughout a 5- to 10-acre area in the Boy Scout and Lars Kramen area of Seeley Lake.

Red Sunset Timber Permits EA  2021-11-10
Clearwater Unit DNRC is proposing the Red Sunset Timber Permits Project. Objectives of the project include: Salvage of trees being infested by Douglas-fir bark beetle. Salvage of windthrown, dead, or dying trees. Removal of overstory trees where needed to facilitate other salvage.

Bottleneck Checklist EA  2021-10-15
This Checklist EA is for the Bottleneck Timber Sale. On Montana State Prison Land.

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

Tacke Expired CRP Break Request    2022-01-21
Loren Tacke has requested to break approximately 594 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production

Gollehon Expired CRP Break Request    2022-01-21
Gary Gollehon has requested to break approximately 516.04 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production.

ARP Family Farms Expired CRP Break Request  2022-01-21
ARP Family Farms has requested to break approximately 157 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production.

Han Expired CRP Break Request  2022-01-03
Allen Han has requested to break approximately 317 acres of recently expired CRP and return the land to agricultural production.

Ballantyne Installation of Underground Powerlines for Lease OG – 15467-73    2021-12-16 
Ballantyne Ventures LLC (Ballantyne) proposes the installation of underground powerlines for oil and gas production on state land, referred to herein as the “Project”. The Project will provide underground power to oil and gas wells State 2 and State 3 operated under oil and gas lease OG-15467-73, which will result in approximately 3,660 square feet (0.08 acres) of soil disturbance and reduce fire risks located on state land (surface lease # 5187). See Attachment A, Project Location Map. As part of the installation of the underground powerline, Ballantyne will remove the existing overhead powerline between wells State 2 and State 3.

Deep Creek Temporary Construction Staging Area  2021-12-10
Temporarily staging/storing road construction materials and equipment for a Montana Department of Transportation project on Montana State Trust Lands.

Gomke Reservoir #2    2021-12-02
Restoration of reservoir to help with cattle distribution

Stock Water Pipeline Installation  2021-11-29
Installation of a 1,000 yard underground livestock water pipeline. The total land area of the land use license will be 1 acre.

Gomke Reservoir  2021-11-24
Expansion/restoration of reservoir to improve cattle distrubtion

Black Eagle Streambank Stabilization   2021-11-24
Rip rap material installation and excavation process to strengthen river bank immediately west of 9th Street North Bridge.

John K Pike Reservoir Development  2021-11-12
Restoring and expanding an existing reservoir on the SE4SE4 of Section 33, Township 29 North, Range 19 East.
The proposed reservoir will be used for stock water

Shipwheel Cattle Co. Spring Development  2021-11-12
Mr. Swanson is proposing to develop a spring on the SW4SW4 of Section 36, Township 30 North, Range 18
East. The proposed spring will be used for stock water.

North Central Montana Regional Water Authority(NCMRWA) Core Pipeline    2021-11-12
The proposal is a part of a large regional water system
project that will provide drinking water to the Loma Water District. This project started in the early 1990’s and funding
has been secured from the various US stimulus packages since. Various environmental and engineering reports have been completed and are available on the internet.

Lease #3989 Spring Development   2021-11-10
Spring development to improve distribution of cattle

Darryl Pisk Stock Water Well  2021-11-10
Darryl Pisk has requested permission from the DNRC to construct a stock water well on the referenced tract of state owned land.

L 7 Ranch Stock Water Well  2021-11-10
L 7 Ranch has requested permission from the DNRC to construct a stock water well on the referenced state owned tract.

Pointer Family Properties Stock Water Well   2021-11-10
Pointer Family Properties has requested permission from the DNRC to construct a stock water well on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Edward Vaira Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Edward Vaira has requested permission from the department of Natural Resources and Conservation to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Lowell Stevenson Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Lowell Stevenson has requested permission from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Skillestad Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Michael and Patrick Skillestad have asked of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced state owned tract.

Dave Edwards Inc. Stock Water Well  2021-10-22
Dave Edwards Inc has requested of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation permission to construct a stock water well and tank on the referenced state tract.

Browns Lake Prescribed Burn  2021-10-21
The primary objective of this proposed project is to conduct a grazing lessee-proposed prescribed burn on a grazing lease north of Browns Lake. This is expected to reduce sage brush and conifer encroachment, increase the available forage for wildlife and livestock as well as increase the future revenue potential of the tract by increasing the Animal Unit Months (AUMs), the measure used to determine lease payments.

Diamond C Cattle Stockwater Pipeline  2021-10-15
Diamond C Cattle, Inc. has requested a Land Use License from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the purpose of conveying water to neighboring deeded tracts.

Applegate Boundary Fence  2021-10-13 
Install a barbed wire fence along the entire boundary of state land tract.

Red Rock Ranch Stock Water Improvement Project 2021  2021-09-27
This environmental assessment is being conducted to study effects of a proposed development of a spring site, new buried stock water pipeline, and 2 stock tanks to be located on the above referenced Trust Land Tracts. The proponent, Turner Enterprises, Inc (TEI) is the lessee of the affected trust land. The pipeline would originate at an undeveloped spring located on Trust Land in the SENESW, Section 36, T10S R10W. The buried line would follow the spring drainage and unnamed 2 track road South, then split where lines would go to each of 2 tanks (see attached aerial photo depiction of the project), Tank No. 1 would be constructed in the NE¼NE¼ of Section 2, T11S R10W, and Tank No. 2 would be placed in the NE¼NE¼ of Section 11, T11S R10W. Length of buried pipeline on Trust Land would be approximately 9,600 feet. The purpose of the new line is to provide upland water sources to improve water availability and water quality to a dry area and reduce trampling in spring sites.

Frank Bondell Stockwater Pipeline LUL  2021-09-27
Frank Bondell has requested a land use license from the DNRC for the purpose of placing and maintaining a stock water pipeline across state owned land.

Recreational Use

Nothing new in the last 30 days.

Rights-of-Way/Easement

Easement to Anthony Greenwater    2022-01-20
Granting an easement to Anthony Greenwater on Chloride Way, an existing road.

3 – Rivers Communications Easement Application - Buried fiber optic cable.  2022-01-18
3 Rivers Communications proposes to install a buried fiber optic cable located on state land, referred to herein as the “Project”. The proposed easement route is located parallel to Range View Road in the SW4SE4, and SE4SE4 of Section 35, T29N, R6W, SW4SW4, SE4SW4, SW4SE4, SE4SE4, Section 36, T29N, R6W and will result in approximately 1.8274 acres of soil disturbance. See Exhibit A, Easement Survey Maps, and Exhibit B, Project Location Map. Installation of the fiber optic cable will provide access to high-speed internet for rural Montana residents.

Greg Haydal Electric Line   2022-01-05
Greg Haydal has requested from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation an easement for an overhead electric line on the referenced tract of state owned land.

Cenex Pipeline, LLC     2022-01-03
The Proponent, CHS, is requesting a ±0.904-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of a 10” refined fuels pipeline in Section 17, Township 2 South, Range 25 East. The proposed easement is part of a project developed by CHS to re-route a portion of their pipeline and relocate it out of urban residential areas as the Billings area population has grown. The pipeline was original put in in 1971 and the proponent will still use the other existing river crossings they have been granted. The new pipeline will increase capacity and will reduce maintenance requirements, due to the original pipe becoming outdated.

The proposed project will use horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to bore under the Yellowstone River and place a 10” pipeline for the of transporting refined fuels. The pipeline will be approximately 40’ below the rock bed of the Yellowstone River.

Northwestern Energy and Triangle Communications   2021-12-07
The Proponents, Triangle Communications Assn, Inc. (TTCA, Inc.) and Northwestern Energy are developing a project to supply underground power and telecommunication cables to a rural residential property on Section 20 Township 2 South, Range 15 East in Sweet Grass County. Northwestern Energy is partnering, and leading the construction of, a joint utilities project that will allow both utilities the ability to run power and telecommunications lines to the rural residence by operating within the same right-of-way corridor. By running jointly, the companies can supply services in an efficient and affordable method. The proposed easement route (see Exhibit A) follows an existing private road right-of-way and is the most direct and efficient path to provide utility services.

Northwestern Energy is applying for a new easement for the installation of a new underground 120/240-volt power line. They are applying for a 10’ wide, 1.848-acre, easement to install their underground power line.

Triangle Communications is seeking to amend their existing 20’ wide easement (D#-10414) for the installation of an underground fiber optic line. They want to amend their easement to reflect the new 10’ wide, 1.848-acre, easement to be consistent with the new Northwestern Energy easement.

Northwestern Energy Easement Amendment and License  2021-12-07
The Proponent, Northwestern Energy, is requesting to amend their recently approved easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of an 8” natural gas pipeline in Section 15, Township 2 South, Range 24 East. The new ±0.701-acre easement application is to relocate the approved easement to accommodate Northwestern Energy’s proposed new path. The egress point of the easement will remain the same as the previously approved easement and the ingress portion will be moved further east on private property. The proponent is also requesting a land use license to meet construction deadlines while the amendment to the original easement is being processed.

Fergus Electric CO-OP 2021 ROW  2021-11-22
Fergus County Electric Cooperative would like to install a new buried electric line to provide power to private land north of the trust lands tract. Other routes were considered but crossing trust lands was the safest and most direct. The powerline would run parallel to an existing gravel road.

Clark Fork River Northwestern Energy Utility Line Easement    2021-11-18
Northwestern Energy is applying for a utility easement that would replace an existing easement and would upgrade wooden structures that were constructed from 1968-1980. The proposed construction would install new steel power poles and new overhead conductor in two locations.

Norval Electric underground powerline installation  2021-11-02
The proponent proposes to install an underground power line across School Trust land in Daniels County.

8" Gas Line River Bore  2021-10-07
The Proponent, Northwestern Energy, is requesting a ±0.796-acre easement in the Yellowstone River for the location of an 8” natural gas pipeline in Section 15, Township 2 South, Range 24 East. The proposed project is needed in order to connect existing pipelines that are on the southern portion of the Yellowstone River to a natural gas power generating station proposed on the north side of the river. The project is part of a larger project where Northwestern Energy is currently developing a gas-powered generating station near a refinery in Laurel, MT in order to meet user demand in the pacific northwest. The location for the proposed generating station and the 8” natural gas pipeline under the river offers access to adequate, uncongested electric transmission and gas supplies.
The proposed project will use horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to bore under the Yellowstone River and place an 8” pipeline for the purpose of moving natural gas to the generating station. The pipeline will be approximately 50’ below the rock bed of the Yellowstone River.

InterBel Utility Easement, Olney Townsite  2021-10-01
InterBel Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (InterBel) is proposing to install new underground fiberoptic telecommunications facilities that would provide services to the townsite of Olney, MT. InterBel is locating facilities along existing public and state roadways. There are two state residential lease access roads (1st Avenue North and Pothole Drive) where InterBel would need a utility Easement from DNRC to install fiberoptic within the road Right of Way. The estimated encumbered acreage is 1.208 acres.

Dam Facilities, Reservoirs, and Hydropower

Broadwater-Missouri Pipe Span Maintenance     2021-11-01
The Pipe Span is part of the East Canal of the Broadwater-Missouri Project, owned and managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation’s (DNRC) State Water Projects Bureau (SWPB). The pipe spans the Missouri River to supply the East Canal, which is a primary irrigation water conveyance source for the Broadwater-Missouri Water Users Association east of the Missouri River. A major maintenance rehabilitation project was last performed on the pipe span in 2001. The rehabilitation included exterior and interior coating applications to preserve the steel. The exterior coating used has exceeded its life span and requires re-painting as part of long-term maintenance. Repairs to areas within the interior of the pipe and to surfaces of the existing concrete pier supports are also necessary.

Willow Creek Dam - Reservoir Transducer Installation   2021-09-29
The project involves installing instrumentation to remotely monitor reservoir elevation. The project’s purpose is to improve data management and reservoir operation efficiency. A vibrating wire transducer will be installed near the bottom of the reservoir. The transducer sends an electrical signal upslope to a data logger mounted on a panel between two 4”x6” posts. A 2-foot by 2-foot trench will be excavated for approximately 350 linear feet along the reservoir shoreline to allow placement of electrical conduit. The trench will be backfilled with native soils adjacent to the trench.

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