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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- 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


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land ownership management
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Land management planning
- Watershed management
- Land acquisition
- Grazing management
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Special use management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Heritage resource management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Julie Molzahn
406-826-4352
jmolzahn@fs.fed.us
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and management corridor.
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Arizona National Scenic Trail goes from the Coronado NM to the Utah Border at Vermillion Cliffs- 800 miles south to north across the State of Arizona.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/25/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2016
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Carol Brown
208-727-5002
cpbrown@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
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
Bogus Basin Forest Health Project
CE
- Forest products
- Special use management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Scott Wagner
970-264-1511
swagner04@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would manage forest structure and species composition to improve the resiliency of the forest landscape and recover from uncharacteristic insect and disease disturbance and remove hazard trees on about 2,800 acres of NFS lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47956
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District, Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Township 5N, Range 3E, Sections 9, 10, 14-17, and 20-23 This project is located on about 3,700 acres of NFS lands within the Bogus Basin Mountain Resort approximately 15 miles of Boise, Idaho.
Keller Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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.
South Zone Easements/Special Use Permits for Private Landowner Access
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Joshua Newman
208-587-7865
jnewman@fs.fed.us
Description: Acquiring reciprocal easements where they would benefit the Forest Service and permitting the use of private roads/trails on Forest Service lands through granting easements or authorizing special use permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49640
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District, Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Elmore. LEGAL - T4N, R10E, Sec 17 T1N, R9E, Sec 14 T1N, R9E, Sec 20 T1N, R9E, Sec 20 T1N, R9E, Sec 9 T2N, R9E, Sec 33 T2N, R10E, Sec 32 T2N, R10E, Sec 33 T6N, T6E, Sec. 6, NE 1/4 Multiple areas across both the Mountain Home and Idaho City 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 Snowmobile Grooming Routes
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/20/2013
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 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: 05/2016 06/2016 Randy Hayman
208-373-4157
rhayman@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
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
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/29/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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 7,736 acres in the Upper and Lower Little Squaw Creek subwatersheds, surrounding High Valley, Idaho.
Idaho Power Company - Horseshoe Bend to Garden Valley Project
EA
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Terre PearsonRamirez
2083827457
tramirez@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a SUP. Authorizes repair, maintenance, and upgrade of 34 kV distribution lines from 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 - 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).
Idaho Power South Fork Powerline Relocation Special Use Permit Amendment
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 06/02/2016
06/2016 Randy Hayman
208-373-4157
rhayman@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend an existing special use permit to allow Idaho Power to relocate approximately 1,922 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
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46505
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
05/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 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
B and M Plan of Operations
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
06/24/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Chad Hood
208-392-6681
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
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/25/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Michael Feiger
208-392-6681
mfeiger@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.
Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project
EA
- Forest products
- Research
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 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.
Buckskin Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/09/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Allyn Spanfellner
208-392-6681
aspanfellner@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to complete non-commercial thinning and prescribed fire on approximately 7,000 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47883
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Township 8N, Range 5E, Sections 26-34 and Township 7N. Range 5E, Section 4-9, Boise Meridian The project is located about 4 miles east of Placerville, Idaho and immediately adjacent to Pioneerville, Idaho in Boise County.
Heart of Gold Minerals Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Chad Hood
208-392-6681
cchood@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.
Swanholm Repeater Site
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/27/2015
Expected: 04/2016 08/2016 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
Carlin Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
04/22/2015
Expected: 04/2016 06/2016 Chad Hood
208-373-4136
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
09/2016
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 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.
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
Cottonwood II Fuels Reduction Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 Robert Burnside
208-587-7961 ext. 7150
rburnside@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to conduct a prescribed maintenance burn in the Cottonwood II project area to reduce fuel loadings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49261
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T4N, R5E, Sections 10, 11, 14, and 15 This project is located north of Arrowrock Reservoir within the North Fork Cottonwood Creek drainage.
Daniels Creek - Dry Creek Trail Additions
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Stephaney Church
208-587-7961
schurch@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 In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2016
Est. Comment Period
08/2016
Expected: 02/2017
Actual: 09/12/2013
06/2017 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: 09/2016 09/2016 Melissa Swain
541-767-5015
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.
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