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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/30/2016
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Michael Haney
208-737-3200
comments-intermtn-sawtooth@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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sun Valley Heliski Guides SUP Reissuance
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/09/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Zachary Poff
208-622-0087
zpoff@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue an existing Special Use Permit (SUP) for heli-skiing and snowboarding for a term period of 10 years. The SUP covers only currently approved activities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51500
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Camas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sawtooth National Forest, including portions of Ketchum District, Fairfield District and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
10/03/2016
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Renee Kehler
208-764-3202
rkehler@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of domestic sheep grazing on six allotments on the Fairfield Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47678
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas, Elmore. LEGAL - Not Applicable T2-4N R11-14E
Free Gold - Bridge Pasture Fence
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/03/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Renee Kehler
208-365-7010
rkehler@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct approximately 2.3 miles of fence along the ridge between the Free Gold and Bridge Creek drainages to improve livestock management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51366
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ridgeline between Free Gold and Bridge Creek draigages
Over-Snow Vehicle Travel Management in the Northern Portion of the Fairfield Ranger District
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
02/10/2017
Expected: 08/2017 12/2017 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.
Smokey Mountain Outfitter & Guide Special-use Permit Renewal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Jennifer Hulme
208-764-3222
comments-intermtn-sawtooth-fairfield@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to re-issue a 10-year outfitter and guide special use permit to Smoky Mountain Outfitters for up to 200 temporary service days for deer, elk, goat, and grouse hunting, fishing, backpacking, and summer trail rides.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52302
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T4N, R12E,Sec 15; T3N, R16E, Sec 21; T5N, R14E, Sec 23; T7N, R12E, SW1/4, Sec 34 Skeleton Creek drainage, Poison Flat area, Cow Creek area, West Fork Big Smokey Creek, Middle Fork Boise River
Soldier Creek Recreation Improvements
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 10/2017 06/2018 Steven Frost
208-727-5000
comments-intermtn-sawtooth-fairfield@fs.fed.us
Description: Trailhead improvements (parking area, toilet, etc.) at Free Gold and North/South Forks Soldier Creek Trailheads. Expansion of the Couch Summit Snowmobile Parking area and new trail between that parking area and up Soldier Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51365
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Free Gold Trailhead, North/South Forks Soldier Creek Trailhead, Couch Summit Snowmobile Parking Area (all up Soldier Creek in Camas County).
South Fork Boise River Road Relocation
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2018 Mike Dettori
208-764-3214
mdettori@fs.fed.us
Description: Once adequate funding is obtained, the Fairfield Ranger District proposes to relocate up to 1/2 mile of Forest Road 227 (Ketchum-Featherville Road) out of the floodplain where the road has been washed out by large debris flows.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49740
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 13 miles east of Featherville on Forest Road 227 (Ketchum-Featherville Road).
Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eves Gulch - Fox Peak Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A 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.
Pioneer Yurt Summer Use
CE

   *UPDATED*
- 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.
Sun Valley Ski Area (Cold Springs) Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
In Progress
Comment Period
05/17/2017
Expected: 03/2018 06/2018 Zachary Poff
208-622-0087
zpoff@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to amend Sun Valley Company's 2007 Master Development Plan. Proposed projects include: replacement & realignment of the Cold Springs lift, tree thinning, expansion of snow making equipment & associated water pipeline, & slope re-contouring.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51689
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T4N, R17E, sections 13, 14, 22-27, & 34-36. Cold Springs drainage of the Sun Valley Ski Area.
Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Albion-Raft River Aspen Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2017
Expected: 11/2017 09/2018 Stacy Smith
208-677-8302
stacysmith@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to restore aspen ecosystems in key wildlife habitats on the Minidoka Ranger District. Implementation of proposed treatments would progress towards meeting the Sawtooth National Forest Plan goals and IDFG habitat goals.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50756
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Utah. COUNTY - Cassia, Box Elder. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in two separate divisions of the Minidoka Ranger District; Albion and Raft River. The scoping report will contain detailed information about location of treatments.
Black Pine Exploration Plan of Operations
EA
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/17/2017
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Heidie Torrealday
208-678-0430
comments-intermtn-sawtooth-minidoka@fs.fed.us
Description: Liberty Gold (formerly Pilot Gold, USA) plans to drill reverse circulation and/or core drill holes from 355 proposed drill sites for the purposes of exploring for gold mineralization at the former Black Pine Mine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52175
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Township 15 South, Sections 20, 21, 26-28, 33-35 and T16S, R29E, Sections 2-3 The Black Pine exploration project is located approximately 10 miles (6 air miles) southwest of Juniper, Idaho
Cabin-Harry Neil Springs Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/01/2016
Expected: 09/2017 07/2018 Scott Soletti
208-677-8292
scottrsoletti@fs.fed.us
Description: Removing water troughs from the Riparian Conservation Areas (RCA's) at Harry Neil Spring and Cabin Springs, fencing the spring sources from livestock and placing troughs away from RCA's.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49508
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Box Elder. LEGAL - Not Applicable T14N, R14W, Sections 17, 22, and 27. Salt Lake Meridian.
Goose Creek Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/08/2016
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Scott Soletti
208-677-8292
scottrsoletti@fs.fed.us
Description: The Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District, is proposing approximately 18,488 acres of hand thinning and 13,816 acres of mechanical treatment of juniper to maintain and improve sage-grouse habitat in the Goose Creek area of the Cassia Div
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48752
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Not Applicable Goose creek watershed in the Cassia Division.
Hadley Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2015
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/23/2017
Expected: 12/2017 07/2018 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 Springs Quarry Expansion
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/14/2017
07/2017 Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the Lynn springs quarry approximately 3.4 acres as described in the operating plan. It is expected the processing yard will expand by an additional 0.5 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50804
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Box Elder. LEGAL - T14N, R16W, Section 29 The Lynn Springs Quarry is located in Box Elder County, Utah in the Raft River Division
Magic Mountain Boundary Change
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2016
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Darlene Bridges
208-677-8304
darlenebridges@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48256
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: 08/2017 08/2017 Darlene Bridges
208-677-8304
darlenebridges@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47221
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
Sawtooth National Forest, Sawtooth National Recreation Area R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Wood Travel Management Plan
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/16/2016
Est. Comment Period
09/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Robin Garwood
208-727-5014
rgarwood@fs.fed.us
Description: To provide a system of roads and trails for public access in the Upper Wood River Valley drainage. To manage unacceptable resource impacts due to use and location of roads and trails. To rehabilitate non-system routes that are impacting resources.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49367
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Not Applicable Upper Wood River watershed administered by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Elk Mountain East Vegetation Management
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/14/2017
Expected: 03/2018 07/2018 Michelle Erdie
208-622-8275
merdie@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to conduct vegetation management activities to address insect infestations and resulting fuel build-up in the Elk Mountain and Dry Creek Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50867
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project area is located approximately 6 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho and includes portions of T11N and R12E. It is south of Highway 21, between Elk Meadow and Stanley Lake.
Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan
EA
- Special area management
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/21/2016
Est. Comment Period
10/2017
Expected: 07/2018 07/2018 Emily Simpson
(208) 630-3507
emilysimpson@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop Interagency (FS & BLM) Wilderness Management Plan for 2 new Wilderness Areas. Complete Forest Plan Amendment creating a new Management Area (MA) for new Wilderness areas; add direction in the MA, and changes in MPC for the lands affected.
Web Link: http://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5693f6ff6783482da33cb7c2bf9f12d2
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Meadow Creek Cattle/Horse Allotment analysis
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Andrea Cox
208-727-5000
comments-intermtn-sawtooth-nra@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
Redfish Recreation Complex Trails and Trailheads
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2015
Expected: 06/2018 05/2019 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.
Valley Creek Road (NFS Road-70304) Rehabilitation
EA
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
03/24/2017
Expected: 01/2018 06/2018 Scott Vuono
208-727-5034
svuono@fs.fed.us
Description: The primary objective of this project is to improve riparian and water quality conditions in Valley Creek by closing and rehabilitating NFS RD 70304 from the junction with the Non-system road (MM. 1.0) to its terminus (MM. 2.1).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51304
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sec. 33, T. 12 N., R.12 E. Valley Creek Road (NFS Road-70304)
Warm Springs Creek Trail Relocations and Trailhead Construction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/11/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Ed Cannady
208-727-5004
ecannady@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to construct a small trailhead facility at the north terminus of the Warm Springs Creek Trail on the Robinson Bar Ranch Road, as well as several short trail relocations in Warm Springs Meadow and along Warm Springs Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50869
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T10N, R15E, Section 5 Warm Springs Meadow
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.