Forest Service signs final Decision for Yellowstone Pipe Out-of-Service Abandonment Project
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 16, 2019

MISSOULA, MT. – Lolo National Forest Supervisor Carolyn Upton has signed the final Decision Notice (DN) on the Yellowstone Pipe Out-of-Service Abandonment project which is located on the Plains/Thompson Falls and Missoula Ranger Districts in Missoula and Sanders Counties.

The selected action in the final decision is a blend of alternatives 2 and 3 as evaluated in the Environmental Assessment (EA). The selected action includes the removal of approximately 2,958 feet of buried pipeline along with two over-river crossings along the Clark Fork River on National Forest System lands and includes the stabilization and abandonment of approximately 5,865 feet of the buried pipe at 4 separate locations. Annual monitoring of these sections of buried pipe would continue.

With a final decision signed, pipeline officials may begin implementation of the project immediately.

To learn more about the project, visit the Lolo National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/lolo/landmanagement/projects, or call the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District at (406) 826-3821.

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