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 Project
EIS

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- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- 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 using an Integrated Weed Management (IWM) approach to control 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
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction - Idaho
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/24/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison. LEGAL - Not Applicable Boise NF, Salmon-Challis NF, Caribou-Targhee NF, Sawtooth NF, Curlew NG
Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Over-Snow Vehicle Access in the Upper South Fork Boise River Area project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Comment Period
12/20/2013
Expected: 01/2016 02/2016 Steven Frost
208-727-5000
srfrost@fs.fed.us
Description: Evaluate the revision of access restrictions to the winter backcountry areas of the Upper South Fork Boise River.
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 12-154 E, Boise Meridian Road Corridor from Couch Summit to Fleck Summit and the Upper South Fork Boise River area.
Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
BSM Barite Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploration for mineralization by constructing 16 drill pads and drilling 22 core and reverse circulation holes on their claims on National Forest during the exploration period. Reconstruction of a collapsed adit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43335
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Township 3 North, Range 21 East, Section 12, Blaine County Idaho Ketchum Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest, Blaine County, State of Idaho
Deer Creek Road Realignment and Floodplain Restoration
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 03/2016 06/2016 Erika Phillips
208-622-0094
egphillips@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will realign or eliminate approximately 1/2 mile of forest road that has been impacted by post-fire flooding and debris slides. We will also relocate two trailheads, restore floodplain connectivity and stream habitat.
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.
Eves Gulch - Fox Peak Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 06/2015 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.
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

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 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 project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Zachary Poff
208-622-0087
zpoff@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to allow access to the Pioneer Yurt to groups on a year-round basis. Previously use has only been authorized for winter months.
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
2013 Radio System Improvements
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/17/2013
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of Pepro Radio shelters on Mount Harrison and Heglar Peak. Installation of a 40' antenna on Mount Harrison.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42107
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, T13S, R24E, section 4. Boise Meridian, T12S, R29E, section 12. Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District, Albion Division Mount Harrison Electronic Site, Sublett Division Heglar Peak
Black Pine Allotments: Point Springs, EightMile, Moberg, Black Pine, Kelsaw, & Mineral Gulch C&H
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
01/16/2012
Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 09/09/2013
06/2016 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
Deadline Ridge Lot 9 Cabin Improvements
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 David Ashby
208-677-8304
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: The Minidoka Ranger District is proposing to make changes at the recreation residence located on lot 9 of the Deadline Ridge Tract. The owner of the cabin would like to install a septic system and add a deck to the exterior of the cabin.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47223
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Twin Falls. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, Township 14 South, Range 18 East, Section 13 lot 9 of the Deadline Ridge Tract in the Cassia Division.
Idaho Military Division Improvements
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 David Ashby
208-677-8304
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to add an underground propane tank to provide fuel for generated electricity during power outages and to add on to the existing communications building. This will allow for more room to house new and additional equipment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47222
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, Township 13 South, Range 24 East, Section 4 Albion Division of Minidoka Ranger District
Minidoka Trail Improvements
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 David Ashby
208-677-8304
dashby@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will replace the existing double chair lift with a triple, add approximately ΒΌ 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 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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/06/2013
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/20/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 12/2015 12/2015 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.
Sublett Warming Shelter
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/10/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Roger Anderson
208-677-8303
rogeranderson@fs.fed.us
Description: Primary need is to serve recreating snowmobile users in cooperation with the Cassia County Snowmobile Grooming Committee and the Mt. Harrison Snowmobile Club.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46526
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, T11S, R30E, SE 1/4, of section 30 Confluence of Sheep Canyon and North Fork of Sheep Canyon within the North Heglar Canyon watershed.
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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
03/12/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/01/2014
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 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
Redfish - Road #210 Post-Insect Outbreak Fuels Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2014
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Michelle Erdie
208-727-5036
merdie@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to conduct fuel reduction activities post mountain pine beetle outbreak, on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area along Forest Road #210 and in the Redfish Complex.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45469
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sec. 1,2,3,12,13,19,24, T9N, R13E; Sec.7,18,19, T9N, R14E; Sec.35, T10N, R13E, B. M. The site is located 4 miles south of Stanley, ID along Forest Road #210 and in the Redfish Complex.
Redfish to Stanley Trail
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/28/2014
Expected: 10/2015 05/2016 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.
Redfish to Stanley Trail - Phase 2
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 07/2016 05/2017 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. This critical trail section and the original Redfish to Stanley Trail project seamlessly connect Stanley and Redfish Lake.
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.
Silva Livestock Load/Unload Area Special Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Jill Allgood
208-737-3247
jallgood@fs.fed.us
Description: Proponent would be issued a 20 year special use permit for continued use of an existing livestock loading and unloading area off Forest System Road #70682 and access across National Forest System land for 200 feet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46102
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - SW 1/4, NE 1/4 Sec. 24, T11N, R12E, B.M. The area is located approximately 7 miles northwest of Stanley, ID off of State Highway 21 on Valley Creek Road, Forest System Road #70682.
Silver King Mine Road Access Special Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- 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 50 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.
Warm Springs Recreational Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
04/09/2015
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Heidie Torrealday
208-677-8295
htorrealday@fs.fed.us
Description: Plan of Operations for recreational placer mining on an unpatented mining claim within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Custer County, Idaho
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42965
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sec. 29, T11N, R16E, B. M. Activity proposed to occur on an unpatented mining claim located above the high-water mark of the Salmon River near Torrey's Campground, Custer County, Idaho
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.