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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- R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Boise National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District
- Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District
- Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District
- Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District
- Boise National Forest, Mountain Home Ranger District


R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction - Idaho
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/24/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Boise NF, Salmon-Challis NF, Caribou-Targhee NF, Sawtooth NF, Curlew NG
Boise National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Allred Adventures special use permit renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a special use permit authorizing hunting (deer, elk, bear and cougar), fishing, trail rides and pack trips.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42507
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District, Lowman Ranger District, Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hunting in portions of Idaho Game units 35 and 39
Keller Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Lori Ankrum
208-587-7961 ex 7132
lankrum@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a 10-yr special use permit to outfit and guide predator hunting for wolf, cougar and bear. Keller Outfitter and Guides have purchased a portion of Allred Adventures Outfitter and Guide area and a new special use permit is required.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46557
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District, Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed special use permit area is located on the Idaho City and Mountain Home Ranger Districts.
Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Assessment to Address Valley County's Request for Additional Snowmobile Grooming Routes
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/20/2013
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 02/2016 05/2016 Ronda Bishop
208-382-7460
rmbishop@fs.fed.us
Description: Assessment to Address Valley County's Request for Additional Snowmobile Grooming Routes and modification to existing cost share agreement. The proposal consists of an additional 15.6 miles of groomed snowmobile routes on the Cascade Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43272
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cascade Ranger District
Juniper Mountain Outfitters - O&G Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew existing special use permit for horse camp, trail rides, fishing, and big game hunting outfitter and guide operations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37676
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable South Fork Salmon River
South Fork Fish Weir SUP Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new 30-year special use permit to US Fish and Wildlife Service for the operation and maintenance of a fish weir and holding facility to replace existing SUP and construct additional pond in a disturbed area within the existing permit boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46253
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable SW1/4, NW1/4 of Section 2, T15N, R6E, Boise Meridian along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Warm Lake.
Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
High Valley Integrated Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/27/2015
Est. Comment Period
10/2015
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 John Riling
208-365-7019
jriling@fs.fed.us
Description: Manage forest to accelerate development of large, ponderosa pine to support wildlife habitat, increase resilience to un-natural disturbance, reduce hazardous fuels, improve watershed function, and provide wood products to support local economies.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45790
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Gem, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 7,735 acres in the Upper and Lower Little Squaw Creek subwatersheds, surrounding High Valley, Idaho.
Idaho Power South Fork Powerline Relocation Special Use Permit Amendment
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend an existing special use permit to allow Idaho Power to relocate approximately 1922 feet (ten spans) of existing 34.5 kv overhead distribution powerline from its cross-country alignment to a new location immediately adjacent to an existing road.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located east of Garden Valley, ID near Grimes Pass Road on the south side of the South Fork of the Payette River.
Ola A Range Project
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2013
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Gilbert Jackson
208-677-8296
grjackson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing on the Ola A Cattle and Horse Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41294
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Gem, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Ola A C&G Allotment is located about 2 miles east of Ola, Idaho.
Williams Creek Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
11/13/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 John Riling
208-365-7019
jriling@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would use a combination of commercial and non-commercial thinning and fuel reduction activities to improve forest resiliency from insect and disease disturbance, while promoting large, early-seral tree species and wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45705
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Township 10 North, Range 3 East, Sections 4, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 19-21, and 29-31. The Williams Creek Project area covers approximately 3,158 acres in the Williams Creek-North Fork Payette River sub-watersheds, west of Highway 55, between Banks and Smiths Ferry, Idaho.
Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Airport Motorized Trail Project
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Megan Impson
208-392-3733
mimpson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to designate a motorized trail for vehicles less than 50 inches to provide ingress and egress from Idaho City by a motorized trail.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located near the Idaho City Airport.
B and M Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Chad Hood
907-789-6275or 586-8800
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the proposed project is to provide approval of a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals, per Federal mining regulations 36 CFR 228, subpart A. Three test pits would be excavated to test for gold and reclaimed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46529
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Township 7N Range 4E Section 16 The proposed project is roughly two miles northwest of Placerville, ID.
Becker Integrated Resource Project (Formerly the Becker Vegetation Management Project)
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
08/08/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2015
Expected: 12/2015 01/2016 Melissa Yenko
208-587-7961 ext 7130
myenko@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is an integrated resources project on about 15,000 acres. The project proposes restoration activities for vegetation, soil, water, riparian, aquatics and wildlife, as well as transportation and recreation management activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18922
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Sections 14,15, 21-36, of T8N, R7E, Sections 19,30, of T8N, R8E, and Sections 1-6 of T7N, R7E. North of Idaho City in the Edna Creek, China Fork, and Beaver Creek drainages.
Cumo Exploration Project (previously listed as Cumo 2007 Project)
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
08/19/2013
Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 02/11/2011
08/2015 Randy Hayman
208-373-4157
rhayman@fs.fed.us
Description: Locatable minerals exploration. Proposal to drill 256 new exploratory holes to retrieve core samples. Project will involve construction of about 13.3 miles of new temporary road and use of about 4.7 miles existing unauthorized road as temporary road
Web Link: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/fs-usda-pop.php?project=21302
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T8N R6E, Sections 7,8,17,18,19 and 20 Three miles northeast of Grimes Pass in Boise County Idaho.
Idaho Pride Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Chad Hood
907-789-6275or 586-8800
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is for a proposed Plan of Operations for locatable minerals, as allowed by federal mining regulations (36 CFR 228A). The proposal is to dig 4 prospect pits next to Mores Creek and process with a highbanker and small trommel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46532
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located adjacent to Mores Creek, Idaho City ID.
Swanholm Repeater Site
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Brant Petersen
208-392-6681
bpetersen02@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to establish a new repeater site at Swanholm Mountain within the Ten Mile/Black Warrior IRA to improve radio coverage on the Idaho City RD. Radio equipment, shelter with antenna and prefab concrete pads would be installed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46705
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located near the Swanholm Lookout on the Idaho City Ranger District.
Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
579 Roadside Hazard Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
On Hold N/A N/A Clint VanZile
208-365-7018
cvanzile@fs.fed.us
Description: All dead and imminently dead large trees greater than or equal to 7 inches dbh within 160 feet of National Forest System (NFS) road 579 would be cut and removed. All trees less than 7 inches dbh would be felled and burned.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40709
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T13N, R7E, Sections 27, 34, & 36, T13N, R8E, Sections 31 & 32, T12N, R 7E, Sections 1 & 2, T12N, R8E, Sections 5 & 6 The project area emcompasses an estimated 250 acres in the Deer Creek drainage along NFS rd 579, roughly five miles northeast of Deadwood Reservoir.
Carlin Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Chad Hood
208-392-3719
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to drill/blast a quartz vein and remove approximately 30-40 tons of mineral material to determine if enough gold is present to further develop the project. This is a locatable minerals project regulated under 36 CFR 228A.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46424
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T8N, R6E, Sec 13&18 The project area is located near the Burns Ridge area within the Grimes Pass Idaho Roadless Area. Roughly 12 Miles Northeast of Pioneerville along Forest Road 380 to the 380D fork.
Lowman WUI Corridor
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Jason Butler
208-392-3721
jcbutler@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes hazardous fuel reduction and restoration treatments on 1,900 acres within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Proposed treatments include both prescribed fire and mechanical understory thinning.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located adjacent to the community of Lowman along the S. Fork of the Payette River.
Table Mountain Outfitters Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/22/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue a new Special Use Permit to Table Mountain Outfitters for hunting outfitting and guide services on National Forest Lands for the period of 2015-2024. This is an existing operator and there are no changes to services or locations proposed
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46504
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Operates north and west of Lowman, west of Highway 55 and mostly north of Highway 17.
Wapiti Blue Stewardship Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Clint VanZile
208-365-7018
cvanzile@fs.fed.us
Description: 4,600 ac of treatments designed for veg. restoration and fuel reduction (including defensible space around Wapiti, Bear & Camp Cr summer homes and Hanging Valley) and 6 mi of unclass. rd decom
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29378
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T9 N - 10N , R10E, T 9N- 10N , R11E Wapiti 5th HUC watershed, along Hwy 21 and SF Payette River, 1 mi south of Grandjean Recreational complex
Boise National Forest, Mountain Home Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bald Mountain Repeater Site
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Stephaney Church
208-587-7961
schurch@fs.fed.us
Description: The project proposes to establish a new repeater site at Bald Mountain within the Smoky Mountains Idaho Roadless Area to improve radio coverage to the Atlanta area. Radio equipment, shelter with antenna and prefab concrete pads would be installed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46559
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T5N, R10E, Section 26 Repeater would be located on Bald Mountain within the Smoky Mountain IRA.
Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Holly Hampton
208-587-7961 ext.7167
hahampton@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will evaluate current livestock management on the Featherville Sheep and Goat (S&G) Allotment and proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing on approximately 142,800 acres of National Forest System land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=8867
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T2N, R8E-11E; T3N, R8-11E;, T4N, R8-10E; T5N, R8-11E; T6N, R9-11E The allotment lies within the South Fork Boise River drainage above Anderson Ranch Dam, the Middle Fork Boise River drainage, and Anderson Ranch Reservoir drainage
Henry Clay Mineral Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
07/16/2013
Expected: 08/2015 10/2015 Chad Hood
907-789-6275or 586-8800
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proponent proposes to conduct minerals exploration activities to acquire detailed geologic data within the Henry Clay mineral claims group to determine the extent of the mineral resources.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39633
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Portions of Sections 17, 18, and 20, Township 7 North, Range 4 East, Boise Meridian The Henry Clay mineral claims are located between Featherville and Rocky Bar, Idaho.
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