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
Middle Fork Zone Elk Monitoring Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
08/27/2015
Expected: 12/2016 12/2016 Jeff Hunteman
208-756-5246
comments-intermtn-salmon-challis@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action would authorize Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to conduct helicopter landings in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness through a special use permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47584
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District, Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Idaho, Lemhi, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is the IDFG Middle Fork Zone located within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
06/26/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/21/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 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. 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
2015 West Zone Range Improvement Projects
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 Robert Bumgarner
208-549-4262
rbumgarner@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to repair, rebuild and improve seven spring developments and four livestock watering reservoirs
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47293
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Washington. LEGAL - Not Applicable These eleven projects are located approximately 9 miles west, 15 miles north and 12 miles east of Caimbridge, Idaho.
Reissue of 7 Devils Lodge, LLC Outfitter-Guide
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/27/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Jascha Zeitlin
208-549-4224
jzeitlin02@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would reissue the special use permit held by 7 Devils Lodge, LLC to continue to provide guided snowmobile tours on the forest, as well as reinstating summer use previously authorized.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46710
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District, New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Bear Idaho, Cuddy and Smith Mountain area, 20 miles north of Council, Idaho.
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

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
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
Sheep Creek Bull Trout Exclosure Fence
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 Robert Bumgarner
208-549-4262
rbumgarner@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to rebuild and improve an exclosure fence to improve protection of bull trout spawning habitat from livestock grazing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47306
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 18 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 Airstrip SUA Reissuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2015
Expected: 12/2015 12/2015 Kathryn Nash
208-634-0416
knash@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a new special use authorization for the operation and maintenance of the Big Creek Airstrip. Big Creek is an open-public airfield on National Forest land outside of the wilderness.
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - The project area is 12 acres and is described as: Township 21 North, Range 9 East, sections 23 and 26; Boise Meridian. The airstrip i s located adjacent to the town of Edwardsburg. Access to the airstrip is on the Warren Profile Gap road 50340.
Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
12/2015
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 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

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
08/21/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2015
Expected: 03/2016 06/2016 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
Crater Lake Access Road
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 Kathryn Nash
208-634-0416
knash@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action would issue a special use authorization to private land owners for use and maintenance of a road crossing National Forest land. The road is approximately 1/2 mile. A parking area and turn around would be included.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46345
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - The road begins in Township 20 North, Range 9 East, section 30 and ends in Township 20 North, Range 8 East, section 25; Boise Meridian. Motorized access would be authorized on road 503408900 (aka red Metal Mine Road) from Profile Gap road 50340 to a parking turn around area for landowner ingress and egress to private property.
Golden Meadows Exploration Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
12/04/2014
Expected: 10/2015
Actual: 10/01/2012,
12/03/2013
06/2016 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.
No Name Creek Water System Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit for the operation and maintenance of an existing water system that consists of a screened water collection box on No Name Creek, an intermittent tributary to Big Creek, with approximately 600' of 2" plastic water line.
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 21N, R. 9E, section 35, Boise Meridian The water system is located out in the Big Creek area, roughly 40 miles North East of McCall, ID.
Silver Run Bulk Sampling Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- 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
Wooten Water System Special Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/14/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new special use permit for the operation and maintenance of an existing water system diverting and transporting water from Government Creek for use on private property. The system consists of a 4'x4'x8' collection tank & ~1320' of 3" pipe.
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 21N, R. 9E, sections 34 and 35, Boise Meridian The project is located roughly 40 miles North East of McCall, Idaho.
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

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2015
Est. Comment Period
10/2015
Expected: 03/2016 10/2016 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

   *UPDATED*
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
01/15/2015
Expected: 07/2015 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
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

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special area 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.
Payette National Forest, Weiser Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Surdam On/Off Range Allotment Management Planning
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/04/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Alicia Underhill
208-347-0325
aunderhill@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this analysis will determine whether grazing cattle is an acceptable use on this allotment and if so authorize cattle grazing on the allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47039
Location: UNIT - Weiser Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - Legal location for the allotment is Township 15 North, Range 4 West, Section 31 South ½ and Range 5 Section 36 SE ¼ Boise Meridian Located on the Weizer Ranger District in Washington County, Idaho
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