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)
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Ashton-Island Park Ranger District
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Dubois Ranger District
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Montpelier Ranger District
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Palisades Ranger District
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Soda Springs Ranger District
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Teton Basin Ranger District
- Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Westside Ranger District


R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction - Idaho
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Land management planning
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
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Panels F and G Lease and Mine Plan Modification Project at Smoky Canyon Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/30/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/2014
Expected: 03/2015 03/2015 Diane Wheeler
208-547-1121
dkwheeler@fs.fed.us
Description: The J.R. Simplot Company has proposed lease and mine plan modifications to Panels F and G at the Smoky Canyon Mine. The total proposed new disturbance is approximately 170 acres, all of which would occur on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/ctnf/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District, Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Smoky Canyon Mine is located approximately ten air miles west of Afton, Wyoming; and approximately eight miles west of the Idaho Wyoming border.
Proposed Targhee Revised Forest Plan Amendment
EIS
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Megan Bogle
208-354-6613
mbogle@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposes to amend the 1997 Revised Forest Plan for the Targhee portion of the Forest to address direction for "old-growth" and "late-seral" forested vegetation, snags and wildlife habitat for select cavity-nesting species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25461
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District, Ashton-Island Park Ranger District, Palisades Ranger District, Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Wyoming. COUNTY - Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton, Lincoln, Teton. Targhee portion of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Targhee Forest Plan Lynx Amendment
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/22/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Robert Herzog
208-557-5763
robertdherzog@fs.fed.us
Description: Utilize existing protocols and data to establish Lynx Analysis Units (LAUs) on the Targhee portion of the Forest. The LAUs and identified lynx habitat will be subject to the Northern Rockies Lynx Management Direction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40275
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District, Ashton-Island Park Ranger District, Palisades Ranger District, Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Wyoming. COUNTY - Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton, Lincoln, Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Targhee Planning Area of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Ashton-Island Park Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Canyon CDT (Continental Divide Trail)
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 11/2014 07/2015 Jarrod Hansen
208-652-1212
jarrodhansen@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute approx 7 miles of the Continental Divide Trail. Currently the CDT trail is using the Black Canyon Rd #066 and a portion of the Railroad Grade Trail #001. The new trail would be constructed from Reas Pass to the RNA on the Black Canyon Rd.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43169
Location: UNIT - Ashton-Island Park Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.13N.,R.45E., Sec. 3; T.13N., R46E., Secs. 2, 11, & 14; T.14N., R.45E., Secs. 6, 7, 17-21, 28, 29, 33, & 34 The section of the Black Canyon Road FS#066 that is closed to summer motorized use; the Black Canyon Road to the junction with FS Trail #001, Railroad Grade; the Railroad Grade trail to Reas Pass.
Harriman Fish Pond
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2012
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Bill Davis
208-652-1228
bdavis@fs.fed.us
Description: This project seeks to rehabilitate the dispersed recreation site, improve access roads, define parking areas and close approximately 250 feet of road in a wetland.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39607
Location: UNIT - Ashton-Island Park Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.12N., R.43E., Section 31 Harriman Fish Pond - off of the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway near Osborne Bridge
Island Park Office Conveyance
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/03/2012
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Steve Jenkins
208-557-5792
sljenkins@fs.fed.us
Description: Dispose of the Island Park office with approximately 2 acrs of land as outlined in the Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005. Also dispose of all housing, associated garages, outbuildings, and an abandoned sewage lagoon.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41250
Location: UNIT - Ashton-Island Park Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.13N., R.43E., SW 1/4 of Section 27; Boise Meridian - approximately 2 acres Project is located at 3726 Highway 20 near Pond's Lodge in Island Park, ID
North Island Park WUI
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/21/2013
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Mike Alfieri
208-558-4210
malfieri@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposes to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property on approximately 950 acres. A fuel break would be created in three treatment units by thinning, hand-piling, commercial logging, firewood gathering and prescribed burning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34413
Location: UNIT - Ashton-Island Park Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - Bighorn Hills Estates T.15N., R.44E., Secs 6 & 7; Bootjack T.15N., R.43E., Secs 28-30 & T.15N. R.42E. Sec 25; Meadow Cr. T.14N., R.44E., Secs 3, 4, 10, 15, 21, & 22; Moose Cr. T.13N., R.44E., Sec 4. North Island park area near Henry's Lake - Bighorn Hills Estate, Bootjack area, Meadow Creek area, and Moose Creek Summer Homes
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Dubois Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ching Creek Reconstruction - CDT (Continental Divide Trail)
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Steve Stroud
208-374-5422
sstroud@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will reconstruct approximately 4 miles of the Continental Divide Trail from Aldous Lake, west to Salamander Lake. The trail requires significant rock and tread work to re-establish an identifiable trail route.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43344
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - T.14N., R.39E., Sections 8, 17, 21, 22, and 27. Project is located along the Continental Divide Trail between Aldous Lake and Salamander Lake.
Eastside Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2012
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Jeffrey Liday
208-374-5422 ext. 119
jliday@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate trailheads or perform heavy maintenance at the Bear Gulch, Coal Mine, Pete Creek & Trail Creek trailheads to improve safety and reduce erosion/ sediment loading to streams. Expand surface area and add barriers if needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35744
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - 019 – Bear Gulch T14N R3W S4NWCorner, 023- Coal Mine T14N R3W S24NWCorner, 010- Pete Creek T14N R4W S23SE Corner, and 029- Trail Creek T14N R3W S4SE corner. Trailheads at the end of forest service roads 019- Bear Gulch, 023- Coal Mine, 010- Pete Creek, and 029- Trail Creek
Idaho Power SUP Reissuance
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Bill Davis
208-652-5428
bdavis@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of their existing electrical transmission line special use permit that includes replacing exciting poles, routine maintenance on the existing utility access road and corridor clearing to 50-feet each side of centerline.
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Located along I-15 beginning 8 mi. south of Monida Pass and ending 2 mi. north of Spencer, Idaho
Kilgore, North Area
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
05/01/2013
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Jeffrey Jones
360-436-2308
jwjones01@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral exploration project expansion. Approximately 4500 ft of new access road construction is planned. Reclamation would commence at the project's conclusion.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41247
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R38E, Sections 20 and 21: Boise Meridian 5 miles NW. of Kilgore, Idaho,S. of Camas Crk and NW of Cabin Crk
Outfitted Mountain Bike Tours
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/12/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Bill Davis
208-652-5428
bdavis@fs.fed.us
Description: Medicine Lodge Outfitters has requested mountain biking on existing trails & roads in Idaho Hunting Units 59 & 59A be added to their existing Outfitter and Guide Permit
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44070
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing roads and trails in Idaho Hunting District 59 and 59A in Medicine Lodge drainage
Stoddard Creek Recreation Plan
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/29/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Bill Davis
208-652-5428
bdavis@fs.fed.us
Description: Preparation of a recreation management plan to enhance recreation opportunities in the Stoddard Creek dispersed camping area and reduce environmental impacts to streamside egetaion and unauthorized ATV use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42811
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - Section 27-29; T13N; R36E;P.M.ID Located 21 miles North of Dubois, Idaho in the Stoddard Creek Drainage
Thomas Draw Road 637 Bypass
EA
- Land ownership management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
07/29/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Ronald Schlader
208-374-5422
rschlader@fs.fed.us
Description: New construction of 1,100 feet of single lane road to bypass a section of private property to provide administrative and public access to National Forest land and decommission 150-feet of Road 637 that will no longer be needed
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42807
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - NW 1/4 SE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 34; T13N;R36E;P.M.ID Located 21 miles North of Dubois, Idaho and 0.20 miles South of Stoddard Creek Rd. 002
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Montpelier Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dry Ridge Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
07/2014
Expected: 05/2015 07/2015 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us
Description: The plan of opperations, submitted by Fertoz USA, Inc. in April 2014, proposes exploration drilling and trenching on Dry Ridge lease I-07238 with limited off-lease disturbance. Proposal for:51 drill pads, 25 trenches, and 8.5 miles of temporary roads
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44874
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T8S, R45E, Section 32 and T9S, R45E, Sections 5, 8, and 17 The project is located on Dry Ridge, approximately 17 miles East of Soda Springs, Idaho in Caribou County.
Montpelier Aspen Retention Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
12/10/2013
Expected: 05/2015 08/2015 Devon Green
208-259-3361
dhgreen@fs.fed.us
Description: A variety of low impact vegetation treatments (such as hand thinning) designed to remove sub-dominate conifers in existing aspen stands. Goal is to improve aspen stands by stimulating regeneration and subsequently improve wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake, Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable Montpelier Ranger District
Strawberry Aspen Treatment
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/23/2009
Expected: 03/2015 09/2015 Dennis Duehren
208-847-0375
dduehren@fs.fed.us
Description: Use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning to reduce conifer encroachment in aspen forest (1400 acres), to improving wildlife habitat and reducing fuel loading in the 2600 acre project area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27026
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - T12S, R42E, Sec 30-31, T12S,R41E, Sec 36, T13S, R42E, Sec 6 and T13S, R41E, Sec 1,6,7,12 Boise Meridian Southwest of Montpelier, ID on Hwy. 30 in Emigration Canyon.
Telegraph Hollow WUI
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Dennis Duehren
208-847-0375
dduehren@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce understory tree and brush densisites to change stand age, composition and structure to mimic historic fire regimes and improve wildlife habitat. Masticator would be used and slash piled/burned. No commercial harvest or road construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30071
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake. LEGAL - Township 14S Range 42E Sections 13,24 15 miles Southwest of Montpelier, Idaho in Bloomington Canyon
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Palisades Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burns Canyon Resource Protection Fence
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
06/28/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Greg Hanson
208-542-5808
gehanson@fs.fed.us
Description: Build approximately 400 yards of fence across the Ranger Trail to protect sensitive plant populations in the Burns Canyon Allotment. Fences will be barbed wire located entirely in the uplands. The permittee will be responsible for maintenance.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41747
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T3N R42E Section 12 West 1/2, Southwest 1/4 Boise Meridian Big Holes Subsection - Northeast of Snake River between Burns and Blacks Canyons
Camp Little Lemhi Parking Lot
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Michael Thom
208-542-5812
mthom@fs.fed.us
Description: The Boy Scouts of America, permitted by the US Forest Service, propose to grade and gravel an existing log landing for use as a parking lot.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - NE1/4, NE1/4, Sec 1, T1S, R44E Located within Camp Little Lemhi permitted area four miles northwest of Palisades Reservoir Dam.
Fish Creek Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Brad Higginson
208-557-5786
bhigginson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project seeks to rehabilitate the dispersed recreation site, improve access roads, define parking areas and close approximately 250 feet of road in a wetland.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T4N; R42E; Section 18 Fish Creek Exclosure: located downstream of lower loop on FSR 318.
Flatiron Aspen Improvement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Spencer Johnston
208-523-1412
sdjohnston@fs.fed.us
Description: Use prescribed fire to treat 1533 acres to improve the declining aspen population and decadent brush species to create a diversity of age classes for wildlife and critical summer range for big game species as well as for public safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35468
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. Unit- Palisades Ranger District. State- Idaho. County-Bonneville. Legal- Township 1N, Range 44E, Sections 19, 20, 28-30. The project area is located 5 miles south of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Hoffman Area Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Tree Removal Project
EA
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
On Hold N/A N/A Nathan Haynes
208-542-5812
nhaynes@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove lodgepole pine trees infested with Mountain Pine Beetles in the area around Hoffman Summer Home and McCoy Creek Campgrounds, which are dead, dying, and hazard trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34861
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T3S, R46E, Sec.5, and 8 The area surrounding of the Hoffman Summer Home and McCoy Creek Campgrounds, near the Southwest shore of Palisades Reservoir
Hoffman Summer Home Well Power Request
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 01/2015 05/2015 Michael Thom
208-542-5812
mthom@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Service proposes to install approximately 700 feet of underground power to supply an existing well within the Hoffman Summer Home Tract.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - NW1/4, Sec 8, T3S, R46E Located 5 miles west of Alpine, WY within the Hoffman Summer Home Tract
Palisades Dam Groomer Shed
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Tracy Hollingshead
208-523-1412
thollingshead@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize construction of a groomer storage shed, latrine, parking area for winter recreation in the gravel pit area below the Palisades Dam to be used by Bonneville County. Due to closure of access across Palisades Dam.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T1S R44E Section 17 North of Palisades Dam west of Riverside Park Campground
Rainey Creek Vegetation Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2014
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 Deborah Flowers
208-354-6630
dmflowers@fs.fed.us
Description: Use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning to improve the vegetative/brush diversity and resilience within juniper and mountain mahogany. Reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property and along the Rainey Creek road for public safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42907
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township: 2N Range: 44E Sections: 14, 15, 20 - 29 This project is located 2 miles east of Swan Valley.
Red Ridge Trail Repair and Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/28/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 David Woodcock
208-523-1412
dwoodcock@fs.fed.us
Description: To reclaim approx. 1 mile of trail at the Long Gulch trailhead back to single track, lengthen trail, adding new switchbacks, and rehabilitating the remaining 11 miles of trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41748
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T39N R44E Section 8 Red Ridge Trail - South of Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis off Road #059
Royal Vacation Homes Water Association Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 12/2014 Michael Thom
208-542-5812
mthom@fs.fed.us
Description: This existing water transmission line special use permit, issued for the operation and maintenance of one water line and collection box to private residences, has expired and need reissued for a new term.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - NW1/4, NW1/4, Sec 27, T2S, R46E Located two miles north of Alpine Campground.
West Pine Creek Stream Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/28/2013
Expected: 09/2014 07/2015 Tracy Hollingshead
208-523-1412
thollingshead@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore a section of West Pine Creek to the orginial channel, in conjuction with brige replacement on US Hwy 31
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41751
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T3N. R44E Section 29, Boise Meridian West Pine Creek on US Highway 31
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Soda Springs Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bilk Creek Placer Mining Proposal
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Diane Wheeler
208-557-5839
dkwheeler@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental analysis of a small-scale placer gold mining operation. Mini-excavators and skid steers would excavate materials for on-site processing with a self-contained gravity separation system. Up to 1.5 acres of disturbance per year.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41583
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T03S, R44E, Sections 35 and 36 Project area is adjacent to the eastern end of Trail 452 and Bilk Creek on Caribou Mountain.
Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/13/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2015
Expected: 05/2018 07/2019 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze a proposed new phosphate mine plan and associated projects and infrastructure on existing lease I-28115 and I-0258, encompassing approximately 1,500 acres on lease and approximately 400 acres off lease. Considers land exchange proposal.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27958
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake, Caribou. LEGAL - Portions of T9S, R44E Sections 6, 7, 16-21, 28, 29, 32, 33 East flank of the Aspen Range, approximately 12 miles east of Soda Springs, Idaho.
East Smoky Panel Mine EIS
EIS
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyse a proposed phosphate mine expansion plan and associated projects and infrastructure at the existing J.R. Simplot Company's Smokey Canyon Mine on leases I-26843, I-012890, and I-015259. 656 acres of disturbance on lease, 191 off.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44748
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T08S R46E Sections 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, and 32, Boise Meridian The East Smokey Panel of J.R. Simplot's Smokey Canyon Mine is located approximately five air miles South West of Afton, Wyoming.
Freeman Ridge/Husky 2 Exploration Plan
EA
- Minerals and Geology Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 06/2015 Matthew Wilson
208-478-6352
mmwilson@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploration Drilling of 967 holes to gather information about phosphate reserves on portions of two Federal Phosphate Leases and three off lease areas. Overall disturbance is 168.0 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42793
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately 20 miles north East of Soda Springs, Idaho on portions of Federal Phosphate Leases I-08194 (Freeman Ridge) and I-07942 (Husky Unit 2), as well as off-lease areas near these leases
Hooper Springs Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/09/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us
Description: Build a new 20 mile double circuit 115-KV powerline from Soda Springs to the existing powerline in Lanes Creek. The new line will cross about 2 miles of the Forest. Expecting a Forest Plan Amendment; 219 objection regulations will be followed.
Web Link: http://www.efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/HooperSprings/
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T 7 S, R 44 E, Sections 19-22, 26-29 Across the Forest, just south of the Blackfoot River
Husky 1 - North Dry Ridge Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
08/02/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 05/2018 05/2019 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us
Description: Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (MRP) which proposes new open-pit phosphate mining operations on federal leases I-05549, I-8289, I-04 and some adjacent private lands. It also proposes lease mods. and several S.U.A.s.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37878
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 16, 17, 20, 21, 28, 33 & 34. T. 8 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 15, 23, 24 & 25. T. 8 S., R. 45 E., Sections: 30, 31 & 32 Proposed mining operations would be located in Caribou County, ID; approximately 15 miles Northeast of Soda Springs, ID.
Rasmussen Valley Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/01/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 08/2017 06/2018 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us
Description: Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (MRP) which proposes new open-pit phophate mining operations on federal leases I-05975, and some adjacent private lands. It also proposes lease modification and several Special Use Auth
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37876
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9. T. 6 S., R. 43 E., Sections: 26, 34, 35, & 36. T. 7 S., R. 43 E., Sections: 1 Proposed mining operations would be located in Caribou County, ID; approximately 18 miles Northeast of Soda Springs, ID.
Soda Springs Aspen Retention Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 11/2015 07/2016 Devon Green
208-259-3361
dhgreen@fs.fed.us
Description: A variety of low impact vegetation treatments (such as hand thinning) designed to remove sub-dominate conifers in existing aspen stands. Goal is to improve aspen stands by stimulating regeneration and subsequently improve wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable Soda Springs Ranger District
South Soda Sheep Allotments
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/03/2013
Est. Comment Period
02/2015
Expected: 09/2015 06/2016 Kevin Parker
208-678-0430
kparker@fs.fed.us
Description: Livestock grazing and permit re-administration for multiple allotments on the Soda Springs Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43251
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - R45E, T7S/T8S, multiple sections. NE of Soda Springs and South of Highway 34 on the Webster Mountain Range.
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Teton Basin Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Nelson Springs/Pinnacle Trail Connection
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 07/2014 Scott Bossell
208-354-6619
sbossell@fs.fed.us
Description: Extend the Nelson Springs ATV Trail (051) in order to connect with FS road 912.
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - Not Applicable CTNF, Teton subsection
Teton Canyon Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 10/2014 07/2015 Deborah Flowers
208-354-6630
dmflowers@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property, the town of Alta, the Alta municipal water supply, the Treasure Mountain Boy Scout Camp, Teton and Reunion Flats Campgrounds. Improve access along Teton Canyon Road for public safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44176
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T5N, R117W, Secs. 17-20, 29, 30; T5N, R118W, Secs. 13-15, 21-28. This project is located 1.5 miles east of Alta within Teton Canyon.
Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Westside Ranger District R4 - Intermountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bird Canyon Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/27/2012
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 12/2014 03/2015 Arik Jorgensen
208-236-7540
ajorgensen@fs.fed.us
Description: To modify and improve vegetation conditions to increase the probability of success for managing wildfires adjacent to private homes and improvements. Therefore, we will create strategic fuel breaks and promote aspen, to limit fire spread.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37533
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T9S R38E, Sections:5-8; T8S R38E, Sections:29-32; T8S R37E Sections: 24-26 Approximately 4 miles north of Lava Hot Springs, ID
Deep Creek Watershed Improvement Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
02/28/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Brad Higginson
208-557-5786
bhigginson@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve riparian habitat by removing russian olive and salt cedar, treating stumps with herbicide and replanting areas with cottonwood and willow. Stablize vertical and eroding stream banks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41090
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Oneida. LEGAL - T15S; R32E; Sections 13, 23, 24, & 26 Along Deep Creek, upstream of Stone Reservoir on the Curlew National Grassland
Gibson Jack Trailhead Relocation
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
05/2014
Expected: 10/2014 03/2015 Debrah Tiller
208-557-5779
dtiller@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will move the Gibson Jack trailhead approximately west to provide parking for 15 vehicles and a trailer turn-around. The project will also relocate portions of trails 014 and 015 and replace the trail bridge over Gibson Jack Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44396
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T7S,R34E,Sec24,25 BM Southwest side of Pocatello, ID; at the end of the county road along Gibson Jack Creek.
Pebble Creek Diversion Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Louis Wasniewski
208-557-5783
lwasniewski@fs.fed.us
Description: Consolidate up to 9 diversion points on Pebble Creek into one existing diversion. Upgrade the one diversion to handle allocated water right amount and screen it to protect the critical population of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44180
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable 10 miles north of Lava Hot Springs, ID on Pebble Creek.
Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle Grazing Reauthorization
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
12/24/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 06/2015 Heidi Heyrend
208-557-5791
hheyrend@fs.fed.us
Description: Reauthorize grazing on the Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33644
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock, Power. LEGAL - Portions of T7S, R34E; T8S, R34E; T9S, R34E; T8S, R35E; T9S, R35E These allotments are in the Lower Portneuf watershed south and west of Pocatello
South Mink Prescribed Fire
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/02/2008
Expected: 10/2014 03/2015 Arik Jorgensen
208-236-7540
ajorgensen@fs.fed.us
Description: Use prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, regenerate brush communities, increase the amount of young aspen and reduce conifer encroachment across the project area. No road construction or reconstruction will be necessary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23542
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T9S, R35E, Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and a portion of T9S, R34E, Section 1 15 Miles South of Pocatello Idaho
Toponce Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Arik Jorgensen
208-236-7540
ajorgensen@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would treat a mountain brush community (mountain big sage, bitterbrush, snowberry) using fire to diversify the age structure and improve conditions for wildlife as well as reduce fuel loading.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43319
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T.6 S, R.38 E, Sec 18,19, 29-32; T.7 S, R.38 E, Sec 4 & 4 BM Project is located on the east side of the Toponce Basin, which is on the Lower Portneuf Range west of Bancroft, ID.
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