Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
Idaho Panhandle National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Bonners Ferry Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Coeur d'Alene Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Priest Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Sandpoint Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  St. Joe Ranger DistricT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Upper Lochsa Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/18/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
10/2013 Teresa Trulock
208-935-4256
ttrulock@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service (FS) is considering a land exchange with Western Pacific Timber. The FS would receive approx. 40,000 acres of WPT land in the upper Lochsa River drainage and WPT would recieve an equal value of Forest Service land in north Idaho.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26227
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Palouse Ranger District, North Fork Ranger District, Red River Ranger District, Powell Ranger District , Clearwater Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah. The lands to acquire are in the upper Lochsa River drainage on the border of ID and MT. The federal lands to exchange out of are scattered on the Idaho Panhandle, Clearwater, and Nez Perce NF's.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/28/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 David Cobb
208-443-6854
dcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management of non-native invasive plant species utilizing herbicides, biological control agents, cultural and mechanical methods for weed control.
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, Lincoln, Sanders, Pend Oreille. Various locations across the forest.
Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forest, Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/13/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Emily Williams
208-765-7417
emilywilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan Revision
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=894
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone. Northern Idaho.
NIC Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/24/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Claire Pitner
208-769-3033
cpitner@fs.fed.us 
Description: North Idaho College (NIC) has requested a temporary Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit to conduct guided activities such as cross-country skiing, avalanche education, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, biking and camping on the CDA River RD.
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone. LEGAL - Multiple across the IPNFs. Specific open system trails, access sites, and dispersed campsites across the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Authorization of Frontier Communication's Existing Telephone and Fiber Optic Lines
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:07/2013  08/2013 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use authorization
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary. Throughout North Idaho: Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake and Sandpoint Ranger Districts.
Selkirk Mountain Range Winter Travel Plan
EIS
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Michael Thom
208-443-6839
mthom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel management plan for motorized winter recreation use within the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake Ranger District and Sandpoint Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15349
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Pend Oreille. Priest Lake, Sandpoint, and Bonners Ferry Ranger Districts.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Bonners Ferry Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boundary County Translator - Black Mountain Communication Site Tower Replacement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/31/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of two existing guyed towers and replacing them with a single 40' self-supporting tower in approximately the same location. Excavation will be limited to leveling the 16' x 16' pad location.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - N1/2 of Section 30, T61N, R2E, BM. Black Mountain Communication Site. Project #15.
Buckhorn
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013  09/2014 Jennifer Anderson
208-267-6758
jlanderson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat and big game browse improvement. Also, use prescribed fire to reduce fuels.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40342
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Bonner, Lincoln. LEGAL - Boise Meridian - T64N, R3E, Sections 15, 16, 20-22, 27-29, 32-34, and T63N, R3E, Sections 3, 4, 9, 10, 15. Principal Meridian - T36N, R34W, Sections 20, 29, 32 and T35N, R34W, Sect. 5, 8, 9, 17. West of Buckhorn Ridge in the Miller, Faro and Keno Creek drainages. The project area is bounded by Deer Creek to the west, Canuck Basin to the north and Buckhorn Ridge to the east. Project #14.
Elk Mountain Farms Water Diversion and Transmission Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a Special Use Permit for maintenance and use of an existing water system.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - Section 22, T64N, R1W, B.M. Fisher Creek drainage. Project #33.
Hall Mission to Drill Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Eight sites on existing road prisms used for drill core mineral exploration.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - Sections 9, 11, 14 and 18-21, T65N, R1E, B.M. Mission Creek drainage. Project #13.
Hellroaring
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:01/2014  06/2014 Douglas Nishek
208-267-6765
dnishek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management and fuels reduction.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T64N, R1E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13; T65N, R1E, Sections 35 and 36; T65N, R2E, Sections 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34;T64N, R2E, Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, Boise Meridian. The project encompasses the Hellroaring Creek drainage and is bordered by Round Prairie to the north, Tungsten Mountain to the southwest, and Bussard Mountain to the south. Project #20.
Kreist Creek
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:11/2013  05/2014 Shanna Kleinsmith
208-267-6729
skleinsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and fuels management to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfires. Maintain and improve aquatic habitat and watershed health.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40768
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T64N, R2E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36. T64N, R3E, Sections 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 30, 31, 32. T63N, R2E, Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, T64N, R3E, Sections 5, 6, 7. B.M. Bordered by Deer Ridge to the east, the Moyie River to the West, and the Meadow Creek Campground to the South. Encompasses the Feist, Kreist, Snyder and Placer Creek drainages. Project #24.
Lopez Livestock Area Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/26/2012  11/2012 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of an existing Special Use Permit to maintain a livestock area and approximately 450 feet of fence for an additional 10 year period.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - SE SW of Section 30, T63N, R3E, BM. Project #2. Southwest of Solomon Mountain along Forest Road 435.
Northern Lights, Inc., Robinson Lake Campground
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace an underground power line currently under a supplemental use permit (SUP) servicing the Robinson Lake Campground.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T65N, R2E, Section 21, B.M. Robinson Lake Campground. Project #10.
State of Idaho - Black Mountain Comm Site New Facility
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/26/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of a new communication site at the Black Mountain Communication Site. The proposed project includes the installation of a new 24' x 24' communications facility, as well as a 100' self-supporting tower.
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - N1/2 of Section 30, T61N, R2E, BM. Black Mountain Communications Site, Project #1.
Twenty Mile Creek
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
08/2013 Douglas Nishek
208-267-6765
dnishek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce the risk of sediment entering the drinking water through road improvements, road decommissioning, vegetation and fuels management, and to improve grizzly bear habitat.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37730
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T61N, R1E, Sections 25, 26, 35, 36. T61N, R2E, Sections 30, 31. T60N, R1E, Sections 1, 2, 12. T60N, R2E, Sections 6, 7, 18. BM. Twenty Mile Creek and Brown Creek drainages. Project #6.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Coeur d'Alene Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Barney Thin
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Lauren Goschke
208-769-3046
lgoschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin to promote western larch on approximately 70 acres, resulting in an estimated 350 mbf of timber volume. Skyline and tractor yarding will be used, requiring 1/2 mile of temporary road construction and 2 miles of road reconstruction.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - Sections 27, 28, 33, 34; T52N, R1W, B.M. Project #4 - Barney Creek drainage north of Walker Saddle.
Beaver Creek
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/09/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Lauren Goschke
208-769-3046
lgoschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed watershed improvement, commercial timber harvest, hazardous fuels treatment, fuelbreak construction, reforestation, and associated road management.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40488
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T50N R4E, sections 31-35; T49N R3E, sections 1, 12, 13, 24; T49N R4E, sections 1-36; T49N R5E, sections 7, 17-21, 28-32; T48N R5E, section 6; T48N R4E, sections 1-4, 9-11; BM. (Project #2). North to south from Babins Junction to Dago Peak; east to west from White Peak to Fulkerson Peak.
Declaration Bridge
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Andrew Boggs
208-769-3038
aboggs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a trail bridge across Declaration Creek on Independence Trail 22. The bridge would replace a puncheon that washed out during 1996 flooding.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T53N, R1E, Section 33, B.M. (Project #8). Independence Trail 22, across Declaration Creek.
Double Placer
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Excavate panel 600' x 30' x 10' and haul pay gravel offsite (private) to process for gold. Gravel returned for reclamation.
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T49N, R4E, Section 11, B.M. (Project #18). Placer Gulch east of Delta, ID on FR605 in the Trail Creek Drainage.
Elk W Trench
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:07/2013  09/2013 Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Brushing existing trenches and access roads, performing geophysical surveys and geochemical surveys.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T49N, R2W, Sections 7, 8, 17, 18, B.M. (Project #25). Beauty Creek drainage, west of Elk Mountain, near Mineral Ridge.
Fernan Rod & Gun Club Permit Re-Issue
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Debbie Butler
(208) 443-6822
dabutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: To authorize the continued operation and maintenance of a target range. The target range has operated under the special use permit since 1990. Permit may be issued for up to a 20-year term.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T50 N, R3W, NE1/4, NW1/4 Section 2, B.M., Project #3. Fernan Hill/Smith Gulch.
Idaho Fish & Game Trail Creek Facility Authorization
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Joseph Holzinger
661-296-9710
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Occupying facility.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T52N, R2E, sec. 19, B.M., Project #1. Trail Creek drainage, adjacent to Forest Service Road 422.
Last Rainbow
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Excavate ~35 sq. ft. panel to bedrock and dredge inside hole
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Sec 11, T49N, R4E, BM. Last Creek in the Trail Creek drainage, along Kings Pass Hwy (#605), Map #16.
Moon Digs
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Underground mineral exploration involving hand drilling, sampling, and mapping existing adits.
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T49N, R3E, Section 26, B.M. (Project #23). W. F. Moon Gulch north of Osburn, ID on County Road #930.
NIC Yurt Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Claire Pitner
208-769-3033
cpitner@fs.fed.us 
Description: North Idaho College (NIC) is requesting a Special Use Permit to construct a yurt on West Willow Peak to be used for academic and extracurricular programs, such as avalanche education, natural resource management, etc.
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T47N, R5E, Section 11, B.M. Near West Willow Peak in the Boulder Creek drainage, Project #9.
Progress Camp Drill Core Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lode mineral exploration consisting of drill holes in five different sites.
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T50N, R5E, Section 19 and T50N, R4E, Section 10, BM. Map #7 - E. Fk. of Eagle Creek near Oregon Gulch and N. Fk. of the Coeur d'Alene River just upriver from the Shoshone Work Center.
Prospecting Duke
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trenching 250" x 30' with 200' temporary access road, gravel will be hauled offsite (private) to process for gold and reeturned for reclamation.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T49N, R4W, Section 4, B.M. Project # 22 - Prospect Gulch south of Babins Junction on the Coeur d'Alene river Ranger District.
Reissuance of Kootenai Electric Cooperative's Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintenance of electrical rights-of-way
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T48N, R2W, sec. 28; T48N, R4W, sec. 25; T50N, R3W, sec. 3, 4; T51N, R3W, sec. 1, 11, 23; T51N, R4W, sec. 34; T53N, R4W, sec. 27; T54N, R2W, sec. 14, 22, 26, 27, BM. Multiple locations on the District.
Steamboat Aquatic Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A John Ruebke
(208) 769-3019
jruebke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upgrade culverts on open roads, decommission (by removing culvert) on closed roads, reroute segments of encroaching roads, and fish habitat rehabilitation
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T51N, R2E, Sec 1-6, 8-16, 23 & 24; T51N, R3E, Sec 5-7, 18 & 19; T52N, R1E Sec 24, 25; T52N, R2E, Sec 9, 10, 14-36; T52N, R3E, Sec 30-32, B.M. Project #6 - Steamboat and Scott Creek drainages.
Steamboat Snow Groomer Shed
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/23/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
08/2014 Andrew Boggs
208-769-3038
aboggs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a storage shed 70x24-foot pole building (wood with metal roof and sides) at Steamboat Trailhead for use by snow groomer. Construction/maintenance would be performed by Shoshone County and its Snowmobile Groomer Board.
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T50N, R2E, Section 24, B.M. (Project #12). Steamboat Creek Trailhead, at the junciton of Shoshone County Road 1C and Forest Road 400.
Trail 241 Causeway
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
07/2014 Andrew Boggs
208-769-3038
aboggs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct 1,000 feet of causeway through a mud bog area of Marie Creek Trail 241.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T52N, R2W, Section 15, B.M. (Project #11). One-half mile from the trailhead of Trail 241, along Forest Road 202.
Trails 16, 226 and 113 Redesignation
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Andrew Boggs
208-769-3038
aboggs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Redesignate Trails 113, 226 and a portion of Trail 16 (from Trail 133 to Trail 226) from "open to motorized vehicles 50 inches or less" to "4WD vehicles greater than 50 inches." No construction or reconstruction would occur.
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T47N, R2 and 3E, sections 31, 32, 5, 7, 8, 13-17, B.M. (Project #2). St. Joe Divide Trails 226, 113 and the portion of Trail 16 between its junction with Trails 226 and 113.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Priest Lake Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Grandview Resort Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/06/2012  02/2013 Debbie Butler
(208) 443-6822
dabutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue operation and maintenance of one cabin (#11) located on NFSL. The Grandview cabin has operated under permit since 1970. The remainder of the resort is on private property.
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T61N, R4W, Section 20, BM. Reeder Bay area, just NE of the Ledgewood Recreation Residence Tract. Project #29.
Lower Priest
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/20/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
07/2013 Albert Helgenberg
208-265-6643
ajhelgenberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and fuels management.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37009
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - Portions of T58N, R5W, Sections 11, 12 and 14; T58N, R4W, Sections 6, 7 and 18-21, B.M. Cottonwood Creek, Dubius Creek and Murray Creek drainages accessed by the Gleason-McAbee Falls County Road. Project #3.
Luby Bay Water Association Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/06/2012  02/2013 Debbie Butler
(208) 443-6822
dabutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue authorization for operation and maintenance of an existing community water system that serves 18 recreation residences in the Luby Bay Tract.
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T 60 N, R 5 W, NW 1/4, NE 1/4, Section 24, B.M. Priest Lake, Luby Bay, Project # 23.
Outlet Water Association SUP Amendment
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend existing Special Use Permit to include a second well, security fencing and improved access to permitted facilities.
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - E 1/2, NE 1/4, Section 6, T59N, R4W, B.M. Lamb Creek drainage in the vicinity of Outlet Bay. Project #8.
Priest Lake Museum Association Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/06/2012  02/2013 Debbie Butler
(208) 443-6822
dabutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: 10 year permit renewal. Maintain the artifacts and exhibits at the museum. Provide interpretive services on historical information in the Priest Lake area and provide volunteer staff to provide visitor information services.
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T. 60 N., R. 5 W., NE Section 24, B.M. Luby Bay, 38 Priest Lake Museum Road. Project #9.
Priest River Experimental Forest Continuing Education Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/16/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 Luke Hixson
208-443-6809
lhixson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A series of commercial thinnings to demonstrate logging practices. Thinning would focus on removing trees with low crown ratios, weak boles, and poor form.
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T58N, R4W, Sections 27 and 28, B.M. Priest River Experimental Forest. Project #17.
Selkirk Guiding and Outfitting - Trail Ride Ammendment
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
03/2013 Debbie Butler
(208) 443-6822
dabutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Guided horseback rides parallel to existing roads near the Priest Lake Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39658
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T61N, R5W, Sections 14, 22, 23, and 15, B.M. Project #5. Nordman, Reeder Creek, and Bismarck Guard Station.
Solo Quartz Crystal Management Area
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Setting up management parameters for removing crystal material from the site
Location: UNIT - Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Washington. COUNTY - Pend Oreille. LEGAL - T34N R45E Section 1, Willamette Meridian. Project #16 - Solo Creek drainage approximately one mile up Road #659.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Sandpoint Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bradley Private Road Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/31/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of a private road special use permit for an additional 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - NW1/4, SE1/4, NE1/4 of Section 21, T55N, R2W, BM. West from Forest Road 630; Cocolalla. Project #11.
Falling Drill
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Kevin Knesek
208-765-7442
ksknesek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill core mineral exploration. One drill site is proposed (up to nine holes drilled from one location).
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T.54N., R.1W., Section 1, BM, Project # 18. Falls Creek. Forest Road 1088 to Falls Creek mine site.
Schweitzer Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/02/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Sara Savage
208-443-6834
sesavage@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels treatment.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32709
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - Sections 26, 27, and 34, T 58 N, R 2 W, B.M. Sand Creek and Schweitzer Creek, Project # 30.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   St. Joe Ranger DistricT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Larch Gold
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/26/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
07/2013 Kaysee Miller
208-245-6230
kayseejmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Larch Gold Project Area is located in the Simmons Creek Drainage of the St. Joe River approximately 24 miles east of Avery, Idaho. The project will consist of commercial thinning on approzimately 62 acres.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40554
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Section 10, T44N, R9E, B.M. Project #4 - Approximately 24 miles east of Avery, Idaho in the Simmons Creek Drainage.
Marble Creek Splash Dam Fish Passage Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
08/2013 Lisa Hawdon
208-245-6045
lhawdon@fs.fed.us 
Description: The St. Joe Ranger District is partnering with the USFWS, Idaho DEQ, Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game, and Avista Corp to breach two historic splash dams on Marble Creek to increase amount of habitat available for bull trout.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39210
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Section 1, T43N, R3E, BM. Several miles upstream of the creek's confluence with the St. Joe River within the U.S. Forest Service's Grandmother Mountain Roadless Area.
Quartz Beetle
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/26/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
07/2013 Kaysee Miller
208-245-6230
kayseejmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Quartz Beetle project is 19 miles East of Avery in the Quartz Creek drainage of the St Joe River. The Project will consist of commercial thinning on approzimately 65 acres.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40091
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T45N, R8E, Sec: 14, 15, B.M. Project #5 - 19 miles east of Avery in the Quarz Creek area.
Simmons Fuels
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/13/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
09/2013 Lisa Spinelli
208-245-6025
lspinelli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rx burning w/ some planting on 8500 acres to facilitate fire mgmt; reduce natural fuels; provide protection to values at risk; enhance conditions for regeneration of whitebark pine, WP & WL; enhance fire resiliency; increase forage for big game.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39859
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Multiple sections in T42N, R9E; T43N, R9E; T44N, R9E; T44N, R10E; T44N, R11E. Project #4 - Upper St. Joe River Drainage in Simmons, Washout, Goat, Wampus, Indian, Bonehead, Red Ives, Bedrock, Color, and Game Creeks.
St. Joe Travel Management Plan
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/11/2009 
Expected:05/2013
 
05/2013 Mary Price
208-245-6022
mprice@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designating roads and trails for public motorized vehicle use on the St. Joe Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26188
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District, Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Benewah, Clearwater, Latah, Shoshone. St. Joe Ranger District including Avery RD & St. Maries RD.
Windy Larch
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/05/2011 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Lynette Myhre
208-245-6034
lmyhre@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial thinning on approx. 70 acres using skyline and tractor logging systems to improve the health and vigor of the remaining trees, maintain long-lived early-seral tree species, and provide timber products.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37600
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Section 5, T42N, R3E, BM. Project #7 - 10 miles NW of Clarkia, ID in the Windy Creek and Gold Center Drainages of the St. Maries River.
Wooden Spur Resource Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/13/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
06/2014 Timothy Price
208-245-6049
tprice@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management and water quality improvement in the Cat Spur Drainage on the St. Joe Ranger District
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39858
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater, Shoshone. LEGAL - T41N, R2E, Sections 5 & 6; T42N, R2E, Sections 19-22, 27-30, 31-33. Project #3 - Cat Spur Drainage in the West Fork St. Maries River Drainage on the St. Joe Ranger District.
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