Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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- R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Avery Ranger District
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Bonners Ferry Ranger District
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Fernan Ranger District
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Priest Lake Ranger District
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Sandpoint Ranger District
- Idaho Panhandle National Forest, St. Maries Ranger District


R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion Third-Party EIS
EIS
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/04/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/2015
Expected: 11/2016 06/2017 Jason Kirchner
208-765-7211
jdkirchner@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal by Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area to expand its special use permit to upgrade and develop new lifts, ski terrain, parking, access roads, and guest service facilities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43757
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District, Lolo National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Shoshone, Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area on Montana-Idaho Border, approximately 12 miles east of Wallace, Idaho.
Upper Lochsa Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Teresa Trulock
208-935-4256
ttrulock@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service (FS) is considering a land exchange with Western Pacific Timber. The FS would receive approx. 40,000 acres of WPT land in the upper Lochsa River drainage and WPT would recieve an equal value of Forest Service land in north Idaho.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26227
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Palouse Ranger District, North Fork Ranger District, Powell Ranger District, Clearwater Ranger District, Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah. The lands to acquire are in the upper Lochsa River drainage on the border of ID and MT. The federal lands to exchange out of are scattered on the Idaho Panhandle, Clearwater, and Nez Perce NF's.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
10/28/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2015
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Karl Dekome
208-765-7479
kdekome@fs.fed.us
Description: Management of non-native invasive plant species utilizing herbicides, biological control agents, cultural and mechanical methods for weed control.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36183
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, Lincoln, Sanders, Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations across the forest
Interagency Natural Resource Center
EA
- Facility management In Progress
Comment Period
10/18/2014
Expected: 04/2016 09/2016 James Gebhardt
208-765-7382
jgebhardt@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a new interagency office for the IPNF Supervisor's Office, Bureau of Land Management Coeur d'Alene Field Office and US Fish and Wildlife Supervisor's Office on lands located within the Forest Service Coeur d'Alene Nursery
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44817
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T51N, R4W, south 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of section 34, B.M. Located within the fenceline on the southeast corner of the Forest Service Coeur d'Alene Nursery
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Coeur d'Alene Basin Natural Resource Restoration Plan
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/13/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2015
Expected: 11/2016 02/2017 Melissa Christensen
208-783-2115
melissajchristensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore, rehabilitate, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of the injured natural resources in the Coeur d'Alene Basin as a result of the release of hazardous mining wastes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42612
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District, Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Coeur d'Alene Lake Basin - including the Coeur d'Alene River (North Fork, South Fork, and main stem), the St. Joe River, Lake Coeur d'Alene, and the Upper Spokane River.
Selkirk Mountain Range Winter Travel Plan
EIS
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A David Cobb
208-443-6854
dcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: Travel management plan for motorized winter recreation use within the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake Ranger District and Sandpoint Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15349
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable Priest Lake, Sandpoint, and Bonners Ferry Ranger Districts
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Avery Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Avery White House Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 05/2015 09/2015 Leann Maupin
208-765-7275
lmaupin@fs.fed.us
Description: Conveyance of a Forest Service facility.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44063
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T45N., R5E., Section 15, BM. Lot 6 St. Joe River in Avery, Idaho
Halfway Malin
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 02/2016 06/2016 Lynette Myhre
208-245-6034
lmyhre@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management and watershed improvement including timber harvest, road construction, road storage & decommissioning, prescribed burning, culvert removal, log jam removal, tree planting, and travel management changes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46130
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Sections 9-11, 15-17, 19-22 T45N, R7E, BM Bottle Creek, Tin Can Creek, and Malin Creek Drainages north of the St. Joe River on the St. Joe Ranger District
St. Joe Travel Management Plan
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
09/11/2009
Expected: 09/2015 01/2016 Mary Price
208-245-6022
mprice@fs.fed.us
Description: Designating roads and trails for public motorized vehicle use on the St. Joe Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26188
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District, St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Clearwater, Latah, Shoshone. LEGAL - Not Applicable St. Joe Ranger District including Avery RD & St. Maries RD
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Bonners Ferry Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bog Creek Road Project
EA
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Shanda Dekome
208-765-7238
sdekome@fs.fed.us
Description: Providing safe east-west access across the Selkirk Mtns for U.S. Border Patrol agents by repairing and maintaining portions of the Bog Creek Road (Forest Roads 1013 and 2450).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41296
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T65N, R4W, Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19 and T65N, R5W, Section 24, B.M. Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho within 2 miles of the Canadian border.
Boulder Creek
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 08/2016 07/2017 Douglas Nishek
208-267-6765
dnishek@fs.fed.us
Description: Ecosystem restoration in various forest types. Project purposes include reducing sediment to Boulder Creek and protecting emergency communication equipment on Black Mountain from wildfire.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - Federal lands in all or portions of: T61N, R2E, Sections 1-2, 11-13, 20-36. T61N, R3E, Sections 5-9, 16-22, 27-34. T60N, R2E, Sect. 1-36. T60N, R3E, Sect. 3-9, 16-20, 29-30. T59N, R2E, Sect. 4,BM The Boulder Creek project is located on federally managed lands in the Boulder Creek Watershed and includes the drainages east of Katka peak.
Deer Creek
EA
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/21/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 Albert Helgenberg
208-265-6643
ajhelgenberg@fs.fed.us
Description: The activities associated with this project include timber harvest, timber stand maintenance, fuels treatments, and road maintenance.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44051
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - Portions of T63N, R2E, Sections 12, 13, 14, 15,16 , 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34 and 36; T62N, R2E, Sections 2, 4 and 6; T63N, R3E, Sections 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 The Deer Creek project is located north of Moyie Springs in multiple drainages that flow into the Moyie and Kootenai Rivers including Deer Creek, Curley Creek, Skin Creek, Meadow Creek and Fry Creek.
Elk Mountain Farms Water Diversion and Transmission Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a Special Use Permit for maintenance and use of an existing water system.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - Section 22, T64N, R1W, B.M. Fisher Creek drainage.
Hellroaring
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
07/25/2014
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Douglas Nishek
208-267-6765
dnishek@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management and fuels reduction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40785
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T64N, R1E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13; T65N, R1E, Sections 35 and 36; T65N, R2E, Sections 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34;T64N, R2E, Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, Boise Meridian. The project encompasses the Hellroaring Creek drainage and is bordered by Round Prairie to the north, Tungsten Mountain to the southwest, and Bussard Mountain to the south.
North Zone Aquatic Organism Passage Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/22/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Sean Stash
208-265-6654
sstash@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace up to 17 road culverts that are impeding or completely blocking upstream fish passage to beneficial spawning and rearing habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46554
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary. LEGAL - Not Applicable The culverts identified for replacement are located at various places in the Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, and Priest Lake Ranger Districts.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Fernan Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bottom Canyon Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
10/10/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Kerry Arneson
208-769-3021
karneson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Bottom Canyon project area is located approximately 10 miles northeast of the city of Coeur d'Alene, ID. The project area is approximately 11,000 acres in size and has high potential for both vegetation and watershed restoration activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42483
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kootenai County, ID. T50N R2W sections 7, 8, 17-20 and 30; T50N R2W sections 10-16 and 21-26; T51N R1W sections 6 and 31; T51N R2W sections 1, 2, 35 and 36, Boise Meridian. (Project #4)
Elk Mountain Tungsten
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Timothy Sadler
208-765-7206
tjsadler@fs.fed.us
Description: Brushing existing trenches and access roads, performing geophysical surveys and geochemical surveys.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T49N, R2W, Sections 7, 8, 17, 18, B.M. Beauty Creek drainage, west of Elk Mountain, near Mineral Ridge
Fernan Rod & Gun Club Permit Re-Issue
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 10/2015 01/2016 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: To authorize the continued operation and maintenance of a target range. The target range has operated under the special use permit since 1990. Permit may be issued for up to a 20-year term.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T50 N, R3W, NE1/4, NW1/4 Section 2, B.M. Fernan Hill/Smith Gulch
Last Rainbow
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Justin Rice
208-765-7356
jwrice@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploratory Placer Pit, 25 feet by 35 feet located on National Forest Lands up the Lost Creek Drainage. Excavation will be down to bedrock with the top 7 feet being overburden and 12 inches being pay gravel to be processed and returned.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43964
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lost Creek Drainage in Shoshone County off of Kings Pass Highway (aka FR605)
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Priest Lake Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Authorization of Frontier Communication's Existing Telephone and Fiber Optic Lines
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use authorization
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32804
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout North Idaho: Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake and Sandpoint Ranger Districts
Jasper Mountain
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/29/2014
Expected: 04/2015 10/2015 Tera Little
406-329-3146
teralittle@fs.fed.us
Description: The Idaho Panhandle NF is proposing a project in the Jasper Mountain area to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase the resilience to, insect or disease infestation. This project would occur in an area designated under section 602 of HFRA.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45020
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - Not Applicable The potential project area boundary runs north to south, from Pee Wee trailhead to the headwaters area of Quartz Creek, and east to west from Jasper Mtn to Quartz Mtn. T57N, R5W, and multiple sections
Outlet Bay Water Association Well/Road Addition and Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: This water transmission system special use permit has expired and needs to be reissued for a new term. The holders are also requesting the addition of an access road and second well in order to serve additional customers.
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T59N, R4W, W1/2 NE1/4 Section 6, B.M. Adjacent to Hwy 57 near Outlet Bay
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Sandpoint Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Avista Lakeview 343 Overhead to Underground Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: Burying portions of the Lakeview 343 overhead distribution line. In total, 3,075 feet of overhead line and 12 poles would be removed from NFS lands with additional overhead line and poles removed from adjacent private lands.
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cedar Creek - T55N, R1W, Section 25; Whiskey Rock - T54N, R1W, Section 3; and Granite Creek - T54N, R1W, Section 11
Grouse Creek Large Wood Replenishment Project
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Jill Cobb
208-443-6835
jcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: Replenish large wood for fish habitat enhancement in Grouse Creek. Hand crews will place approximately 350 pieces of large wood in four to five reaches over about six miles in Grouse Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45856
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T 59N, R 1E, Sections 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 30, BM. Grouse Creek, about twenty miles north and east of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Harbor Marina Partners Road Relocation at Garfield Bay
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/09/2014
Expected: 04/2015 06/2015 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal includes realigning approximately 100 feet of a private access road on NFS lands to provide legal, public access to NFS lands and other private land in Garfield Bay.
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T56N, R1W, Section 22, B.M. Forest Service parcel south of Garfield Bay marina.
Lightning Creek Blowdown
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Luke Hixson
208-443-6809
lhixson@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of trees that blew down during a wind even in 2014 along Lightning Creek Road.
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T57N, R2E, Section 19, B.M. The project is located near Lightning Creek on Forest Service Road 419, approximately 7 miles north of Clark Fork, ID.
Treasured Landscapes Prescribed Fire and Whitebark Pine Restoration Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/17/2014
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Sara Savage
208-443-6834
sesavage@fs.fed.us
Description: Prescribed burning and thinning of small trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45871
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Bonner, Lincoln. LEGAL - BM - T56N, R2E, Sections 2 & 3; T56N, R3E, Sections 19,20,21,& 28; T57N, R2E, Sections 4,8,9,17-20,22,23,26,27,34 & 35; T57N, R3E, Sections 3,4,9,10,16,17,18,20, PM - T29N, R35W, Sect. 26 & 3 Lightning Creek drainage north of Clark Fork, ID.
Treasured Landscapes Recreation Projects
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
03/10/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Erick Walker
775-884-8120
ewalker02@fs.fed.us
Description: Several projects encompassing trail reroute and reconstruction, ATV trail bridge construction, snowmobile warming hut construction, and mountain lake boardwalks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42843
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - Not Applicable Projects are located throughout the Lightning Creek drainage north of Clark Fork, ID.
Idaho Panhandle National Forest, St. Maries Ranger District R1 - Northern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clarkia Work Center Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 05/2015 09/2015 Leann Maupin
208-765-7275
lmaupin@fs.fed.us
Description: Conveyance of National Forest System land and facilities at the Clarkia Work Center.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44065
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T42N., R2E., East half of Section 6, BM. Near Clarkia, Idaho
Emerald Creek Garnet Area Improvement Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
09/22/2014
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 Lynette Myhre
208-245-6034
lmyhre@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will keep the public sluicing operations at the current location and build a road from 281 Gulch to Garnet Gulch, construct a parking area, improve Road 3781 and implement other improvements for operations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45344
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah. LEGAL - Not Applicable Emerald Creek Garnet Area in 281 Gulch and Garnet Gulch, St. Joe Ranger District.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.