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)
- Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District
- Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum Ranger District
- Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District
- Sawtooth National Forest, Sawtooth National Recreation Area


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
03/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 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
Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Faulkner Group 1 Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 12/2016 03/2017 Renee Kehler
208-764-3202
rkehler@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of domestic sheep grazing on six allotments on the Fairfield Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas, Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable T2-4N R11-14E
Over-Snow Vehicle Travel Management in the Northern Portion of the Fairfield Ranger District
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
09/08/2015
Expected: 04/2016 07/2016 Steven Frost
208-764-3202
srfrost@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluate the revision of access restrictions to the winter backcountry areas of the northern portions of the Fairfield Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31915
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T 2-6 N and R 12-15 E, Boise Meridian Road Corridor from Couch Summit to Fleck Summit and the Upper South Fork Boise River area.
Salt Bowns Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Lyn Snoddy
208-737-3200
lynlsnoddy@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to conduct vegetation management activities to address insect infestations and resulting fuel build-up in the Salt Creek/Bowns Creek and Fleck Summit area
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48305
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - Project area includes portions of T3N, R13E; T3N, R14E; T2N, R12E; T2N, R13E; T2N, R14E Project area within Fairfield Ranger District: east of Boardman Creek, west of Little Smokey Creek, south of Fleck Summit, north of North Fork Soldier Creek.
Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deer Creek Post Fire Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/09/2015
Expected: 03/2016 06/2016 Erika Phillips
208-622-0094
egphillips@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed projects are intended to restore riparian vegetation and channel integrity of the main Deer Creek channel; re-establish and repair recreation improvements destroyed by the Beaver Fire; and restore access onto the drainage trail system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47248
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T2N, R16E, Sections 1-4 and 9-12. T2N, R17E, Sections 4-8. The project area is within the Deer Creek subwatershed, located approximately 5 miles northwest of Hailey, Idaho.
Deer Creek Road Realignment Project
EA
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/03/2016
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Bobbi Filbert
208-727-5003
bfilbert@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate 3200 feet of the Deer Creek road out of the floodplain; Remove 3 bridges crossing Deer Creek; Install one bridge crossing North Fork Creek; Restore 1/2 mile of Deer Creek Road in the floodplain.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48151
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Not Applicable Deer Creek watershed on the Ketchum Ranger District.
Eves Gulch - Fox Peak Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2016
Expected: 04/2016 07/2016 Renee Catherin
208-622-0096
rcatherin@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would connect the top of Eve Gulch Tr. 146 to the Osberg Ridgeline Tr. 147 just east of Fox Peak. The proposed singletrack trail would be open to mountain bikes, equestrians and foot traffic only. Closed to all motorized use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45755
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T4N, R17E, S6 Project area located northwest of Ketchum, Idaho on ridgeline between top of Eve Gulch Tr. 146/W. Fork Warm Springs to the junction with Osberg Ridgeline Tr. 147 East of Fox Peak.
Greenhorn, Warm Springs, Corral Creek Vault Toilet Replacement and Installation
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 Zachary Poff
208-622-0087
zpoff@fs.fed.us
Description: The District plans to replace the existing vault toilet at the Greenhorn Gulch Trailhead with a new SST and ADA-compliant vault toilet, and install two new vault toilets in Warm Springs Creek and Corral Creek drainages to serve the public.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Not Applicable Greenhorn Gulch, Warm Springs Creek, and Corral Creek drainages
Pioneer Yurt Summer Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 12/2015 02/2016 Zachary Poff
208-622-0087
zpoff@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ketchum District proposes to amend a special use permit, which would authorize summer use of the Pioneer Yurt in the Hyndman Basin. Sun Valley Trekking seeks to allow access to the yurt & facilities year round for rental parties.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47837
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Hyndman Basin, (T5N, R19E, S25) The standard access to the Pioneer Yurt is from the Hyndman Creek trailhead on the Ketchum Ranger District.
Pioneer Yurt Summer Use project
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 04/2016 06/2016 Zachary Poff
208-622-0087
zpoff@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ketchum District proposes to amend a special use permit, which would authorize summer use of the Pioneer Yurt in the Hyndman Basin. Sun Valley Trekking seeks to allow access to the yurt & facilities year-round for rental.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hyndman Basin, East Fork of the Wood River
Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Pine Allotments: Point Springs, EightMile, Moberg, Black Pine, Kelsaw, & Mineral Gulch C&H
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
01/16/2012
Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 09/09/2013
11/2016 Gilbert Jackson
208-677-8296
grjackson@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Point Springs, Eight Mile, Moberg, Black Pine, Kelsaw and Mineral Gulch allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37693
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T13SR28ESec32, T14SR28ESec2-5,8-11,14-17,20-29,32-36, T15SR28ESec1-4,9-16,(21-28,33-36) T16SR28ESec1-4,9-15,22,24-16, T14SR29ESec19,28-33, T15SR29ESec3-10,15-23,26-35, T16SR29ESec2-11,15-22,28-30 Black Pine Division- Point Spring C&H, Eight Mile C&H, Moberg C&H, Black Pine C&H, Mineral Gulch C&H Allotments, Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District
Black Pine Shrub Planting Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 03/2016 04/2016 Scott Soletti
208-677-8292
scottrsoletti@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is an effort to re-establish sagebrush and bitterbrush in portions of the Black Pine Division that have burned in recent wildfires and have not recovered. Planting would be completed by crews using augers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48719
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in the Black Pine Division of the Minidoka Ranger District in the Black Pine Two fire perimeter on the east side of the division.
Cotton Ridge RAWS
CE
- Facility management
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2015
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Matt Ginder
208-678-0430
mginder@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action of the Sawtooth National Forest is to install a Remote Access Weather Station (RAWS) on Cotton Ridge. The RAWS will have an approximate foot print of 15 feet by 15 feet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48340
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - The legal description of the proposed activity on Cotton Ridge is Boise Meridian, T14S, R19E, section 26. Cotton Ridge of the Cassia Division
Hadley Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Loren Poppert
208 677 8297
lpoppert@fs.fed.us
Description: Disposal of a one acre isolated parcel acquired in December of 1947 for the use of a sheep corral and gathering area under the Administrative Site Act of March 2, 1925. This isolated one acre parcel is no longer needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48334
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Township 13S Range 25E Section 32 Township 13S Range 25E Section 32
Johnson Creek Aquatic Habitat Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2016
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 Mark Dallon
208-678-0430
mdallon@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to reroute Forest Road 60002 to remain on the east side of Johnson Creek, eliminating the 2 stream crossings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48699
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Box Elder. LEGAL - The proposed activity is located on the north slope of the Raft River Range, 6 miles south of Yost, Utah in Box Elder County at T 14 N, R 15 W, Sections 27, 34. Johnson Creek in the Raft River Division
Lynn Bench Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Scott Soletti
208-677-8292
scottrsoletti@fs.fed.us
Description: The USFS proposes 1,156 acres of hand treatment of juniper and 806 acres of juniper mastication to improve habitat conditions for Greater sage-grouse and mule deer in the Raft River division.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48661
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Box Elder. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed project is on the west end of the Raft River Division of the Minidoka Ranger District on Lynn Bench in the Raft River Mountains in Box Elder County.
Magic Mountain Boundary Change
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: This project involves changing the boundary to include previously used areas that are outside of the official map boundary of the ski area, the boundary change is approximately 2.5 acres and replacement of the existing lift.
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Twin Falls. LEGAL - Not Applicable Magic Mountain Ski Area in the Rock Creek Recreational Complex
Minidoka Trail Improvements
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2015
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 David Ashby
208-677-8304
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will remove some one way trails from the designated system in the Cassia, Albion and Sublett Divisions and replace them with trails in these same divisions that create loops and connections.
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia, Twin Falls. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, Township 12, 13, 14, 15 S, Range 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 29 E. Cassia, Albion and Sublett Divisions
Pomerelle Ski Area Improvements
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/15/2015
Expected: 12/2015 08/2016 David Ashby
208-677-8304
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will add on approximately ¼ mile of new cat track at the top of racecourse ski run, add on to the existing lodge on the northeast side, and construct a new pond and a ski patrol building.
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - The legal description of the proposed activity is Boise Meridian, Township 13 South, Range 24 East, Section 10. This includes areas within the Albion Division of the Minidoka Ranger District. Albion Division of the Minidoka Ranger District.
Recreation Residence Improvement Project Thompson Flat Tract #5
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/06/2013
Expected: 04/2016 11/2016 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service, Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District is proposing to authorize improvements which will include repair/installing a septic system, and adding a bathroom to the cabin.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42923
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Township 13 South, Range 24 East, Section 3 Thompson Flat Summer Home Tract #5, Albion Divison, Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest
Rock Creek Fuels & Vegetation Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/20/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 02/2016 02/2016 Steve Clezie
208-678-0430
sclezie@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat vegetation using prescribed fire and mechanical treatments in order to reduce fuel loads and to create a more desirable fire regime.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45562
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia, Twin Falls. LEGAL - Not Applicable Treatments will be within the Cassia Division in three watersheds - Rock Creek MA, Trapper Creek MA, and Shoshone Creek MA.
Sawtooth National Forest, Sawtooth National Recreation Area R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Champion Fish Screens (2) Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Susan Kranz
208-727-5018
skranz@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a 20 year special use permit for continued use of two fish screens with access across National Forest System lands on a total of 0.50 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46104
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - NW 1/4, NW 1/4, Sec. 23, T8N, R14E, B.M. The fish screens are located off Valley Road, FS Rd #70194, via Champion Creek Road #70458 through private property to non-system forest roads on National Forest System lands.
Howdyville Wetland Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
03/12/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Sharon Browder
208-727-5005
sfbrowder@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore approximately 2 acres of wetlands in the immediate vicinity of the 2.2 acre acquired Howdyville Log Mill parcel near Valley Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46587
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - HES #578, Section 36, T11N, R12E, B.M. Turnout across Hwy 21 from Elk Mountain Resort, approximately 3 miles west of Stanley, Idaho.
Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Road and Trail Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Jill Allgood
208-737-3247
jallgood@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze a special use permit for both road and trail access to the ranch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44202
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Secs. 17 & 20, T9N, R14E, B.M. The project is located on the east side of Highway 75 near Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, 9 miles south of Stanley, ID.
Meadow Creek Cattle/Horse Allotment analysis
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Robert Garcia
208-774-3014
rmgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorized continued livestock grazing on the Meadow Creek Allotment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41097
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable The 930 acre Meadow Creek allotment is located 2 miles southwest of Stanley Idaho
Pole Creek Meadow Historic Channel Reconnect
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/15/2015
Expected: 05/2016 09/2016 Mark Moulton
208-727-5000
mmoulton@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to return about 1,500 ft of Pole Creek to its historic natural channel rather than have it remain confined within the walls of an eroding gully as it is currently & has been for decades. The change would address a chronic resource impact.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47767
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T7N, R15E, Secs. 19 and 30. B. M. Within Pole Creek Meadows, 3 miles east of Sawtooth City, Idaho.
Redfish Lake Lodge Water Tank
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2015
Expected: 03/2016 09/2016 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to upgrade the Redfish Recreation Complex water system to include a second potable water well & 15,000 gal. of additional water storage capacity to improve the fire suppression sprinkler system to accommodate a new store and lodging in 2016.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T10N, R13E, Section 34 and T9N, R13E Section 3, Boise Meridian Approximately five miles south of Stanley, Idaho and located on the ridge above and north of the Redfish Lake Lodge.
Redfish Recreation Complex Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2015
Expected: 10/2016 07/2017 Matt Phillips
208-727-5025
mmphillips@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop a 2-mile fully accessible, multi-purpose, non-motorized, public trail from the Redfish entry station to Redfish Lake within the popular Redfish Lake Recreation Complex.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46683
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sections 26 & 35, T10N, R13E, B. M. The proposed trail will exist entirely within the Redfish recreation area complex-from the Redfish entry station (just south of Hwy 75 along the Redfish Lake Road) to the north shore of Redfish Lake.
Silver King Mine Road Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Jill Allgood
208-737-3247
jallgood@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a special use permit authorizing 0.1 miles of existing non-system road and 15 feet of new road construction to access privately owned Silver King Mine. In addition, 0.1 miles of existing road will be restored. Permit term - 20-yrs.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45468
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - NW1/4 Section 14, T6N, R13E, B. M. Approximately 6 miles northwest of Smiley Creek, ID and Highway 75 up Beaver Creek Road #204 past Sawtooth City Historical Site.
Stanley Ranch, LLC - Access across NFS lands
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/28/2015
Expected: 02/2016 02/2016 Deidre Witsen
307-739-5434
dwitsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluate the effects of authorizing 2 access routes to reach private property with wheeled, motorized vehicles have that been used for 20 years. The ROWs will be 528' x 10' and 3,931' x 10'. Period of use is May 1 - November 30 annually.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T10N, R13E, Sections 6 and 32, Boise Meridian North and west of Stanley, ID.
Stanley to Redfish Lake Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2014
Expected: 04/2016 10/2016 Matt Phillips
208-727-5025
mmphillips@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop a multi-purpose, non-motorized public trail between Stanley, Idaho and Redfish Recreation Complex.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43434
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sec. 2,3, T9N, R13E; Sec. 9,15,16,21,22,26,27,34,35, T10N, R13E, B.M. The trail's northern terminus is Stanley City Park. It goes south on a FS trail easement across private land to the Stanley Admin Site on NFS land, then south to connect with existing Redfish trails
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