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)
- Payette National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Payette National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Payette National Forest, Council Ranger District
- Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
- Payette National Forest, McCall Ranger District
- Payette National Forest, New Meadows Ranger District
- Payette National Forest, Weiser Ranger District


R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan
EA

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- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/22/2017
Est. Comment Period
04/2018
Expected: 04/2019 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
- 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.
Payette National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment) [101]
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/21/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 12/2018 12/2018 Patricia Anderson Soucek
208-634-0812
psoucek@fs.fed.us
Description: Short- and long-term management strategies and priorities for maintaining and restoring habitats associated with terrestrial wildlife species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28633
Location: UNIT - Payette National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Idaho, Valley, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable Payette National Forest
Payette National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Hornet C & H Allotment Spring Protection, Improvements and Developments
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/10/2016
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Robert Bumgarner
208-549-4262
rbumgarner@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will consist of improvements to six spring developments and four livestock watering reservoirs in poor condition. Approximately 1.5 miles of drift fence will also be constructed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49917
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District, New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on the Council and New Meadows Ranger Districts of the Payette NF within the North Hornet Creek Watershed. All activities will be located in the North Hornet C & H Allotment.
Payette National Forest, Council Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Bar to Silver King Mine Distribution Line Rebuild Project
EA
- Facility management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/27/2017
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 03/2018 06/2018 Rebecca Havens
907-789-6281
rahavens@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is responding to a request for an amendment to the Idaho Power Company(IPC) permits to replace and abandon underground power line from Big Bar, in Hells Canyon on the Snake River, to Silver King Mine near Cuprum Idaho.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52119
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T21N, R3W, Section 31; T20N, R3W, Sections 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9. The existing underground electric distribution line serves Cuprum (community before Silver King Mine) and the Lynes Point Communication site, down to Big Bar in Hell's Canyon. Located in Adams Co., ID
Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Forest products
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/30/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2019
Expected: 09/2019 09/2019 Greg Lesch
208-253-0100
glesch@fs.fed.us
Description: This is the third project within the Payette National Forest's Weiser River - Little Salmon Headwaters Project area and part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50218
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bear/Cuprum Area on the Council Ranger District
Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/19/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Mark Fox
208-253-0164
mrfox@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is approximately 50,000 acres and is in the Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Restoration Project area. Opportunities for forest and watershed restoration will be assessed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41687
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T14N R1E AND R2E; T15N R1E AND R2E; T16N R1E AND R2E; T17N R2E, BM Middle Fork of the Weiser River Watershed, 10 miles southeast of Council, Idaho
Valley County Warming Hut
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/07/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: A special use authorization was initially issued in 2001 and again in 2009 for the operation and maintenance of a day use warming hut on West Mountain in Adams County, Idaho. The proposed action is to issue a new authorization for a 10 year term.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51962
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T.14N, R.2E, section 2, SE1/4. The warming hut is on West Mountain in Adams County, Idaho.
Weasel Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/12/2017
Expected: 12/2017 03/2018 Ryan Jones
208-253-0153
ryanjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat 24,000 acres within the project area with noncommercial thinning and prescribed fire to move vegetation toward conditions that more closely represent historic distribution, structure, and function, thereby improving wildlife forage and habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51987
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T17 N, R 2W section 6; T18 N, R 2W sections 2-22, 29-32; T18 N, R 3W sections 12-14, 21-28, 33-36 T19 N, R 2W sections 15, 16, 21, 22, 26-29, 31-35; T19 N, R 3W section 36 Along Council-Cuprum road, FS Road 003, 004, 121, and 125 on the Council Ranger District of the Payette National Forest.
Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Midas Gold Geophysical investigation
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
07/13/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Anthony Botello
208-634-0601
abbotello@fs.fed.us
Description: This project considers the impacts of a short term plan of operations for 62 proposed geophysical investigation sites (e.g. drilling pads) for exploration and geotechnical holes in the Stibnite mine area to inform the development of the Stibnite Mine
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52065
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T 18 N, R 9 E, sec 2, 3, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21, 25, Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho The project area is located in the Stibnite Mining District in the upper East Fork South Fork Salmon River drainage approximately 44 air miles northeast of the town of Cascade in Valley County, ID.
Morgan Ridge Exploratory Drilling Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Anthony Botello
208-630-0601
abbotello@fs.fed.us
Description: A Plan of Operations is being considered to conduct exploratory drilling for locatable minerals from four drill pads, including six 1500-ft core holes and the use/repair of 3.1 miles of existing routes as temporary road for motorized vehicle access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49889
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable On Morgan Ridge in the Big Creek area, approximately 11 miles north-northeast of the community of Yellow Pine, ID at T21N, R9E, sec 19 S ½, 20 S ½, 29, 30, 31 N ½, 32 N ½.
Payette National Forest, McCall Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Golden Duck Plan of Operations
CE

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- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Lisa Klinger
208-634-0401
lklinger@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a locatable minerals project to conduct exploration for gold on a mining claim by further excavating an existing pit. The total disturbed area is about 1/2 acre and is accessed by an existing temporary road. Processing is done off site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51378
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T 22 N, R 6 E, Section 22 The project area is accessed from Pony Meadows Road (FS Road 359) North of McCall, Idaho north of Keystone Meadows.
Payette National Forest, New Meadows Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rapid River Trails
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management
On Hold N/A N/A Phillip Burgess
208-634-0325
pburgess@fs.fed.us
Description: Change trail use designation in and crossing Rapid R Wild River Corridor to non-motorized / -mechanized; investigate joining trails designated 2-wheel motorized to the W and E of the Corridor; and 2-wheel motorized access to Lick Cr Lookout.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36507
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - R1W, T21N, Sec. 28, 29, 31, 32; R1W, T20N, Sec. 6, 7; R2W, T21N, Sec. 36. New trail construction and/or reconstruction in R2W, T20N, Sec. 1 and/or R1W, T30N, Sec. 6 Around the southern end of the designated Rapid River Wild River Corridor in the western portion of New Meadows Ranger District.
Payette National Forest, Weiser Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Seid Cow Camp
CE
- Grazing management
- Facility management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/27/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Rebecca Havens
907-789-6281
rahavens@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is responding to a request for the issuance of a new special use permit to Seid Ranches LLC for use of the Seid Cow Camp grazing facility located at the end of Forest Service road 095on the Weiser District of the Payette NF.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52113
Location: UNIT - Weiser Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T16N, R5W, section 26; Boise Meridian Seid Cow Camp grazing facility located in T16N, R5W section 26 at the end of Forest Service road 095 on the Weiser District of the Payette National Forest.
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