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
Elk Post-Fire Restoration Reforestation Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 04/2015 Lisa Kennedy
208-587-7961
lakennedy@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would restore low elevation forested vegetation and associated wildlife habitat in the 2013 Elk Complex Wildfire Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43370
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District, Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project location is within the Elk Complex Wildfire boundary near the communities of Prairie, Pine, and Featherville.
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
10/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
FAA Shed Fuel Reduction
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/07/2012
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 James Bishop
208-382-7442
jjbishop@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber stand improvement and elimination of wildfire hazard on roughly 10 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40245
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T12N, R3E, Section 3 West Mountain, FAA shed.
Juniper Mountain Outfitters - O&G Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Judy Suing
208-373-4117
jsuing@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew existing special use permit for horse camp, trail rides, fishing, and big game hunting outfitter and guide operations.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable South Fork Salmon River
Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ola A Range Project
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Renee Kehler
208-365-7010
rkehler@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.
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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 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.
Becker Integrated Resource Project (Formerly the Becker Vegetation Management Project)
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
08/08/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2015
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Randy Hayman
208-373-4157
rhayman@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.
Belshazzar Plan of Operation
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Chad Hood
208-392-6681
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proponent would remove roughly 20,000 cubic yards of mineral material from three waste dumps and process material to extract precious metals. The waste dumps were left from the old Belshazzar Mine and will be processed on nearby private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40868
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Boise County, Township 7N Range 4E Sections 17, 18, Boise Meridian Access to the project site is roughly 5 miles from Placerville, ID via FS 343 and 343b roads
C & W Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2013
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 Chad Hood
208-392-6681
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proponent would utilize a Skid Steer to extract sand and gravel and process it through a high banker (sluice box) to extract precious metals
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41500
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Boise County, Township 5N Range 4E Section 9, Boise Meridian The proposed project is located roughly 8 miles southwest of Idaho City, ID. The project site is 100 yards upstream from the Macks Creek bridge on lower Grimes Creek about 3 miles from Highway 21
Cumo Exploration Project (previously listed as Cumo 2007 Project)
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
08/19/2013
Expected: 03/2015 03/2015 Randy Hayman
208-373-4157
rhayman@fs.fed.us
Description: Minerals exploration. Proposal is 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.
Daltons Delight Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2013
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 Chad Hood
208-392-6681
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proponent would utilize a mini-excavator to extract sand and gravel and process it through a trommel to extract precious metals
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41502
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - The legal land description is Boise County, Township 7N Range 6E Section 19, Boise Meridian. The proposed project is located roughly 6 miles northeast of Idaho City, ID. The project site is located within the Elk Creek watershed with access from Forest Service 379A road.
Fall Creek Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Chad Hood
208-392-6681
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proponent will utilize an excavator to remove sand and gravel and utilize a trommel to extract precious metals
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40854
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Boise County, Township 7N Range 4E Section 6, Boise Meridian. Access to site is at the end FS 307E1 road roughly 2 miles from Placerville, ID
Old China Placer Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/23/2013
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 Chad Hood
907-789-6275or 586-8800
cchood@fs.fed.us
Description: The proponent will utilize a mini-excavator to extract sand and gravel and process it through a trommel to extract precious metals
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40851
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Boise County, Township 7N Range 4E Section 11, Boise Meridian. Operation site is approximately 400 yds up from confluence with Wool Cr. on the north side of China Fork Creek. Access is off FS 615AB road roughly 2 miles north of Placerville
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 Judy Suing
208-373-4117
jsuing@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.
Allred Adventures special use permit renewal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hunting in portions of Idaho Game units 35 and 39
Lowman WUI Corridor
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Judy Suing
208-373-4117
jsuing@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.
Wapiti Blue Stewardship Project
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Judy Suing
208-373-4117
jsuing@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
Feather River Post-Fire Restoration Reforestation Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/21/2014
Expected: 10/2014 03/2015 Joshua Newman
208-587-7865
jnewman@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposed to complete restoration reforestation activities in the Feather River Area within the 2012 Trinity Ridge Wildfire boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44465
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in the Feather River Area of the Mountain Home Ranger District.
Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2012
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 09/2015
Actual: 09/12/2013
09/2015 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 On Hold N/A N/A Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@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.
Idaho Power Smith Prairie Permit Renewal (Formerly Idaho Power Dixie 31 Special Use Permit)
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Scott Bodle
208-587-7961 ext. 7149
sbodle@fs.fed.us
Description: Idaho Power has submitted an application to renew the special use authorization for the Smith Prairie (Dixie 31) powerline.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable Portions of the Idaho Power Dixie 31 Powerline located on the Mountain Home Ranger District.
Wilson Creek Culvert Replacement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
On Hold N/A N/A Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of damaged culvert at the Wilson Creek and NFS Road 120 stream/road crossing with a structure that allows for aquatic organism passage and is sized to pass 100-year flood events.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located at the road/stream crossing between NFS road 120 and Wilson Creek near Anderson Ranch Reservoir.
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