Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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
Boise & Sawtooth Forest-wide Invasive Plant Species Treatments
EIS

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- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/30/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Michael Haney
208-737-3200
comments-intermtn-sawtooth@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze and disclose the effects of treating invasive and noxious weeds forest-wide on the Boise & Sawtooth National Forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47151
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Utah. COUNTY - Ada, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Gem, Oneida, Power, Twin Falls, Valley, Box Elder. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sawtooth and Boise National Forests
South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/22/2017
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 01/2019 05/2019 Anthony Botello
208-634-0601
abbotello@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will address both restoration and public and private access needs to determine the minimum road system, improve watershed condition, provide ATV and motorcycle trail opportunities, and provide dispersed camping and parking opportunities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51257
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District, McCall Ranger District, Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is the South Fork Salmon River corridor on the Payette NF with a short extension on the SFSR Rd on the Boise NF, located generally east of McCall, Idaho in Valley and Idaho Counties.
Stibnite Gold Plan of Operations EIS
EIS

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- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/05/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2018
Expected: 09/2019 09/2019 Brian Harris
208-634-0784
bdharris@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest is processing a plan of operations for open pit mining, processing, new road construction, utility upgrades, reclamation, and restoration at the Stibnite mine site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50516
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District, Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Stibnite mining district is located in Valley County Idaho, east of the community of Yellow Pine near the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.
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
Idaho Power Company - Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2017
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Terre PearsonRamirez
530-257-4188
tramirez@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a FLPMA permit authorizing IPC to use NFS lands for the purpose of operating and maintaining a 34.5-kilovolt distribution power line. The line would runfrom Horseshoe Bend to Placerville and Placerville to Garden Valley.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48879
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District, Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Horseshoe Bend to Placerville: Sections 14 and 13, T7N, R3E; and Sections 18, 17, 16, and 15, in T7N, R4E. Placerville to Garden Valley: Sections 11 and 2, in T7N, R4E; and Sections 35, 26, 23, and 22, in T8N, R4E, Boise Meridian. The Horseshoe Bend to Placerville line follows the Porter Creek Road (#374N) and the Placerville to Garden Valley line follows the Alder Creek Road (#615).
Keller Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Fantasy Burns
208-587-7889
fburns@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
French Hazard WUI
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 09/2018 06/2019 James Bishop
208-382-7442
jjbishop@fs.fed.us
Description: Project objectives are to create or enhance defensible space for suppression resources, restore vegetative conditions more reflective of fire-adapted ecosystems, reduce hazardous fuels, and minimizing risks to public health and safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49636
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T13N, R3E, Sec. 4, 5, 9, 15, and 16; T14N, R2E, Sec. 1, 2, 11-13, and 24; T14N, R3E, Sec. 6, 17-20 and 28-34; T15N, R2E, Sec. 1, 12, 13, 24, and 25;and T15N, R3E, Sec. 7, 18, and 19, Boise Meridian The project area covers approx. 8900 acres in Management Area 18 within the Cascade Reservoir. Duck Creek-Cascade Reservoir and Poison Creek-North Fork Payette River subwatersheds.
IDP Westside Consolidated SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Jake Strohmeyer
208-384-7400
jstrohmeyer@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit to replace an existing special use permit for a new term.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Proximity to Snowbank and No Business Mountains
Juniper Mountain Outfitters - O&G Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2015
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Jake Strohmeyer
208-382-7400
jstrohmeyer@fs.fed.us
Description: Renew existing special use permit for horse camp, trail rides, fishing, and big game hunting outfitter and guide operations. A new 10-year special use permit is proposed.
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
Three Trappers Restoration Burn
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/17/2016
Expected: 08/2017 10/2017 James Bishop
208-382-7442
jjbishop@fs.fed.us
Description: Implement a series of prescribed burns to restore species composition and stand structure by reducing undesirable species and stand densities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50276
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - NFS lands in T17N, R8E, Sections 4,5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 20, and 21; and T18N, R8E, Section 28, 29, 32, 33 of the Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. Management Area 21 (Lower Johnson Creek.
Valley County Quarry Development
CE

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- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Jake Strohmeyer
208-756-5101
jstrohmeyer@fs.fed.us
Description: Valley County has submitted a request to expand quarry operations from the Valdez Pit onto NFS lands. Material would be used for road maintenance along backcountry roads. Quarry development would coincide with reclamation of the Valdez Pit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51422
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Portions of NW 1/4 NE 1/4 NW 1/4, Section 28, Township 19N, Range 8E South of existing Valdez Quarry near Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Boise National Forest, Emmett Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lodgepole Springs Restoration Burn
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/10/2016
Expected: 08/2017 10/2017 Justin Yankey
208-365-7015
jyankey@fs.fed.us
Description: Implement a series of prescribed burns to restore species composition and stand structure by reducing undesirable species and stand densities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50281
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T11N, R5E, Sections 2,3,and 4; T12N, R5E, Sections 25,35, and 36. Approximately 14 miles North of Crouch ID. Forest road 671 in the Silver Creek drainage would be at the bottom of the unit and the top would be the ridge.
Ola A Range Project
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Gilbert Jackson
208-365-7000
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.
Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Research
On Hold N/A N/A John Wallace
208-392-3754
jdwallace@fs.fed.us
Description: The Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project would conduct vegetation management and prescribed fire activities in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest as part of a Rocky Mountain Research Station research project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49262
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest.
Hazel #1 Minerals Plan of Operations Project
CE

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- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/11/2017
08/2017 Melissa Swain
208-392-3719
mbswain@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this analysis is to provide for approval of a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals on an existing mining claim. The proponent is proposing to excavate five test holes for gold.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49769
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T7N, R4E, sec 16 On National Forest System Land, roughly two miles northwest of Placerville, Idaho in Boise County.
Heart of Gold Minerals Project
CE

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- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/25/2017
08/2017 Melissa Swain
208-392-3719
mbswain@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this analysis is to provide for approval of a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals. The proponent proposes to conduct placer exploration using mechanized equipment adjacent to Grimes Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49260
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T8N, 5E, Section 12 This project is located near Grimes Creek northeast of Pioneerville, ID.
New Start Minerals Proposed Plan of Operations Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2017
Est. Comment Period
01/2018
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Melissa Swain
208-392-3719
mbswain@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this analysis is to provide for approval of a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals on an existing mining claim. The proponent is proposing to excavate 50' x 50' exploration pits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49771
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T7N, R5E, sec 10 On National Forest System Lands, roughly one mile southwest of Pioneerville, Idaho, Boise County.
South Pioneer Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project
EA
- Research
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/10/2017
07/2017 John Riling
208-373-4171
jriling@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to salvage hazard trees and other trees to mitigate threats to resources and reforest fire impacted areas within the southern portion of the 2016 Pioneer Fire Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50694
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Eighty-nine sections in the following T7NR6E, T7NR7E, T8NR6E, T8NR7E, T9NR7E, T9NR8E, T10NR7E, T10NR8E, and T11NR8E. Project is located in the southern portion of the 2016 Pioneer Fire Area within the North and Middle Forks Boise River 4th Field HUC (#1705011)
The Saint Minerals Proposed Plan of Operations Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/05/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Melissa Swain
208-392-3719
mbswain@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this analysis is to provide for approval of a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals on an existing mining claim. The proponent is proposing to excavate 50' x 50' exploration pits within a 3/4 acre area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49770
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T7N, R4E, sec 15 On National Forest System lands approximately two miles west of Placerville Idaho, Boise County, off Forest Service Road 343 (Granite Creek Rd.).
Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lowman WUI Corridor
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Ryan Shannahan
208-245-6210
rmshannahan@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41003
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.
Boise National Forest, Mountain Home Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BOR Grape Mountain Telecommunication Site Special Use Permit Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Fantasy Burns
208-587-7889
fburns@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is analyzing a special use permit application from the Bureau of Reclamation to build, operate, and maintain and additional telecommunication site on Grape Mountain on the Mountain Home Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50430
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 3 N, R 6 E, Section 8 Grape Mountain, Elmore County Idaho
CenturyLink Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Fantasy Burns
208-587-7889
fburns@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to authorize the issuance of a Special Use Permit to CenturyLink to install a short section (450 feet) of buried telecommunication line on National Forest System lands to connect two existing pieces of infrastructure.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50749
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T4N, R4E, Section 28 Near Hwy 21 Mores Creek Rim Road, T 4N, R 4E section 28
Daniels Creek - Dry Creek Trail Additions
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Stephaney Kerley
208-587-7830
skerley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to add about 4 miles of existing trails on NFS and BLM lands to the Ridges to Rivers Trail System. Land easements have recently been acquired allowing these existing trails to be added to the trail system(s).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46937
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Ada, Boise. LEGAL - T5N, R02E, Section 36 and T5N, R03E, Sections 30 & 31 This project is located in Management Area 04 - Boise Front/Bogus Basin.
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
05/10/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Melissa Swain
208-392-3719
mbswain@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.
Wilson Flat Trail Reconstruction Project
CE

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- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Wintauna Belt
208-587-7961
wbelt@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to reconstruct approximately 1 mile of authorized motorized trail that was destroyed during a flood event. The section to be reconstructed provides access to the Wilson Flat Trail System.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51463
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T1N., R9E, section 31,30, and T1N, R8E Section 25,36 The project is located in the South Fork of the Boise River, just below the Anderson Ranch Dam. The project includes the first mile of the Wilson Flat Trail just after the Trail Head.
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