Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Payette National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Outfitted and Guided Snowmobile Tours Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2015
Est. Comment Period
03/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Jane Cropp
208-634-0757
jcropp@fs.fed.us
Description: Interest in guided snowmobile tours has been growing. Currently there is only one permitted snowmobiling O&G on the Forest. This project would provide the public the opportunity to use a licensed O&G to take them snowmobiling on the Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46176
Location: UNIT - Payette National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Idaho, Valley, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable This analysis is located across the entire Forest. Three general areas, to allow snowmobiling outfitting and guiding opportunities, have been defined
Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment) [101]
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/21/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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. Payette National Forest
Payette National Forest, Council Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project
EIS
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
12/24/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Stephen Penny
208-253-0164
spenny@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
Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Project
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2015
Expected: 12/2015 07/2016 Anthony Botello
209-295-4251
abbotello@fs.fed.us
Description: The Proposed Action would implement a range of restoration activities, including route decommissioning/rehabilitation, route designation and improvements, stream crossing improvement, and educational/interpretive improvements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45084
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The portion of the project area within MA 13 lies within Big Creek drainage, a tributary of the Middle Fork Salmon River, and the 10 acres within MA 12 lie within the South Fork Salmon River drainage.
Big Creek Road Plan of Operation Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2015
Expected: 12/2015 07/2016 Anthony Botello
209-295-4251
abbotello@fs.fed.us
Description: The Big Creek Road Plan of Operation Project would authorize the use of roads to conduct exploration and development
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46053
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The roughly 36,206 acre project area is located principally in the Big Creek, Smith Creek, and Logan Creek drainages on the Payette National Forest, approximately 7 miles north and east of Yellow Pine
Golden Hand #1 and #2 Lode Mining Claims Plan of Operations [81]
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/07/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Anthony Botello
209-295-4251
abbotello@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan of Operations (POO) proposal to allow for collection of subsurface geological information on the Golden Hand #1 and #2 mining claims. The mining claims are located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27442
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - T22N, R9E, Section 23, Boise Meridian Approximately 50 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho. The claims encompass approximately 20 acres each adjacent to Coin Creek, a tributary of Beaver Creek.
Golden Meadows Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
12/04/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action would conduct exploration drilling in 26 drill areas within NFS land. Roughly 139 drill pads would be used to conduct drilling activiities. Associated actvities include access road construction and authorization and rock source.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=37756
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 15, 13, 14, Township 18 North, Range 9 East, and Section 35, Township 19 North, Range 9 East, Boise Meridian The project is located in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining District in central Idaho, approximately 14 miles east of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Silver Run Bulk Sampling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action would conduct bulk sampling of a silver deposit in order to evaluate feasibility of long term mining.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39058
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 17 N., R. 6 E., Section 14; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho Silver Creek a Tributary of South Fork Salmon River
Payette National Forest, McCall Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brundage Mountain Resort Cat-Ski Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance
EA
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Lisa Klinger
208-634-0401
lklinger@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to authorize Brundage Mountain Resort a special use authorization for a term of 10 years. This includes a seasonal yurt, addition/modifications of snowcat routes, and allocation of 860 service days to the resort.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46256
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cat-Ski program is authorized approximately 65 miles of over-snow routes generally north and northwest of the Brundage Mountain Resort.
Commercial Firewood Project
CE
- Forest products On Hold N/A N/A Debbie Ellis
208-347-0314
dellis@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal would harvest approximately 47 acres of trees in the Upper Elkhorn Creek drainage, 52 acres in the Upper Payette river drainage (Cloochman Saddle Area), and 78 acres in the Lake Creek drainage (Nethker Area) of dead trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43842
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposal would harvest approximately 47 acres of trees in the Upper Elkhorn Creek drainage, 52 acres in the Upper Payette river drainage, and 78 acres in the Lake Creek drainage
Warren Meadow Placer
CE
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Lisa Klinger
208-634-0401
lklinger@fs.fed.us
Description: Small placer test pits proposed to be excavated in the previously worked gravels in the area of Warren, ID
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42899
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Not Applicable Warren, ID
Warren Water Systems
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Kathryn Nash
208-634-0416
knash@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of two permits for the operation and maintenance of a spring development, water line and storage facilities on National Forest land. The two systems divert water from a common spring, however the transmission facilities are separate.
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Township 22 North, Range 6 East, section 2, Boise Meridian The project is located adjacent to the town of Warren. The nearest fish bearing stream is Warren Creek.
Warren Water Systems
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Scoping Start
12/05/2014
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Kathryn Nash
208-634-0416
knash@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issuance of two permits for the operation and maintenance of a spring development, water line and storage facilities on National Forest land. The two systems divert water from a common spring, however the transmission facilities are separate.
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Township 22 North, Range 6 East, section 2, Boise Meridian The project is located adjacent to the town of Warren. The nearest fish bearing stream is Warren Creek.
Payette National Forest, New Meadows Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Citizens Telecom. Co. of Idaho dba Frontier Communications Alpine Meadows Burried Copper Phone Line
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/15/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: To issue a special use authorization (SUA) to Citizens Telecomunications for the operation and maintenance of a buried copper cable in the Alpine Meadows Subdivision area. The right-of-way for the cable is approximately .055 miles long by 15' wide.
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T. 19N., R. 2E., section 35 This project is located approximately 5 miles South East of New Meadows, Idaho.
Citizens Telecomunications Co. of Idaho dba Frontier Communications Ecks Flat Fiber Optic Line SUP.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/15/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: To issue a special use authorization (SUA) to Citizens Telecommunications for the operation and maintenance of a buried fiber optic cable in Ecks Flat. The right-of-way for the cable is approximately 1.01 miles long by 10 feet wide.
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T. 19N., R. 2E., section 34 This project is located approximately 4 miles SE of New Meadows, Idaho.
Forgy Water System Special Use Authorization Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/15/2014
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action would issue a special use authorization (SUA) to John and Cynthia Forgy for the operation and maintenance of an existing water system for power, domestic, and irrigation use.
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T. 22N., R. 1E., section 32 This water system is located on the New Meadows Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho. The collection box is located approximately 100 yards below the source of an unnamed tributary to Boulder Creek.
Idaho Power Company McCall-New Meadows 138kV Transmission Line Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/15/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: To issue a special use authorization(SUA) to Idaho Power Company for the operation and maintenance of an existing 138kV transmission line in Ecks Flat. The right-of-way for the line is approximately 1 mile long by 100 feet wide and is 12.22 acres.
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T. 19N., R. 2E., section 34 The project is located approximately 4 miles SE of New Meadows, Idaho.
Rapid River Trails
EA
- Special area management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Michael Beckwith
208-347-0325
mabeckwith@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.
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