Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Clearwater National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Clearwater National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Clearwater National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Clearwater National Forest,  Lochsa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Clearwater National Forest,  North Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Clearwater National Forest,  Palouse Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Clearwater National Forest,  Powell Ranger District  (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
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
Clearwater-Nez Perce Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marty Gardner
208-476-8219
mgardner@fs.fed.us 
Description: NOI to prepare an EIS to revise the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forest Management Plans published 9/30/2004.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/cnpz
Location: UNIT - Clearwater National Forest All Units, Nez Perce National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests.
Upper Lochsa Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/26/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 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 could receive up to 18,000 acres of federal land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.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 aquired 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.
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Clearwater 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
Cherokee Twin Pack Road Decommissioning
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2012  07/2012 Anne Connor
208-476-8235
aconnor@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would decommission excess roads, including many nonsystem "jammer" roads, in three watersheds of the Brushy Fork of the Crooked Fork of the Lochsa River.
Location: UNIT - Clearwater National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. The Pack, Cherokee and Twin Creek watersheds of the Brushy Fork of the Crooked Fork of the Lochsa River.
Clearwater NF Travel Plan and OHV Rule Implementation
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/17/2009
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 Lois Foster
208-935-4258
lfoster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel planning and analysis to implement the national OHV rule.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/clearwater/Projects/Projects.htm
Location: UNIT - Clearwater National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater, Idaho, Shoshone. LEGAL - Forest-wide (with some exceptions). Travel planning on the Powell, Lochsa, North Fork Ranger Districts and Elk Creek basin of the Palouse Ranger Dsitrict.
Lenore Tree Improvement Area Mineral Withdrawal Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/05/2010 
Expected:07/2010
 
09/2010 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Application for withdrawal from settlement, sale, location or entry under the general land laws, including the United States mining laws, 10 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands adjacent to the Lenore Tree Improvement Area.
Location: UNIT - Clearwater National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R1W, Section 32,. 10 acres of BLM lands adjacent to the Lenore Tree Improvement Area, 15 miles west of Orofino, Idaho.
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Clearwater National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Saddle Camp Veg.
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Rachel Young
208-983-4025
rlyoung@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treatment along FS Road 107 to reduce fuels to provide for ingress and egress and to manage vegetation to more closely represent desired condition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=26091
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District, Powell Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T36N., R.11 E., Sec 3-10, 15-21; T36N., R10E., sec 1, 12, 13, 14; T.37N, R11E. Sec 31-33. Lost Creek and Graves Creek drainages on the Lochsa and Powell Ranger Distircts.
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Clearwater National Forest,   Lochsa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Deer Gulch Meadow Restoration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:04/2011  07/2011 Megan Lucas
208-926-6403
mdlucas@fs.fed.us 
Description: 0.5 miles of Deer Gulch Creek will be rerouted to restore meadow function. Roads 5102 and 5102-A will be rerouted or decommissioned. A new culvert will be installed in Road 535. Up to 3 miles of fence will be constructed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34298
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T35N, R5E, Section 19. Project area is located on the Lochsa Ranger District, one mile west of Musselshell Work Center. Work will occur along Deer Gulch Creek and FS road #5102 and along Musselshell Creek and FS road #535.
Lochsa River Access
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011  10/2011 Heather Berg
208-926-4274
hberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will improve access to existing sites along the Lochsa and Middle Fork Clearwater Rivers at Bald Mountain, Split Creek, Number One Beach, and White Pine River Access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34297
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Bald Mountain T35N R10E S8, Split Creek T33N R8E S1, White Pine T8N R11E S21, Number One Beach T32N R6E S6. The project area includes the following recreation sites located along US Highway 12 along the Lochsa and Middle Fork Clearwater Rivers within the Clearwater National Forest: Bald Mountain at MP 128.4.
Lochsa Thin
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
11/2011 Megan Lucas
208-926-6403
mdlucas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial and pre-commercial thin 3,000 to 5,000 acres of forested stands to improve and maintain stand health and vigor. A roads analysis will be included as part of the project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32793
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Sections 20-22, 29, 32 & 33 of T36N R6E, sections 4, 5, 12, 17-20, 26, 27 & 33-35 of T35N R6E, sections 1-5, 8, 12, 14, 15, 22-25, 27, 30 & 31 of T34N R6E, section 19 of T34N R7E and sections 7, 8 and. Project activities would occur on the Lochsa District, within the Eldorado Creek, Musselshell Creek, Middle Lolo Creek, and Upper Lolo Creek subwatersheds.
Musselshell Tunnel Road Realignment and Channel Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2012  07/2013 Anne Connor
208-476-8235
aconnor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Musselshell Creek runs through a mining tunnel for 140 feet. The tunnel is a barrier to 10 miles of fish habitat. The original channel is partially filled by FS Road 540. This would would realign the road and reconstruct the channel.
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T36N R6E S32. Musselshell Creek, tributary to Lolo Creek.
Smith Restoration and Thinning
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Matthew Bienkowski
208-926-6417
mbienkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is designed to improve forest health by commercially thinning 50 year old stands on approximately 900 acres in the headwaters of Pete King Creek and Smith Creek. Road decommissioning is also planned in the Smith Creek watershed.
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T33N, R6E, Sections 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33. Thinning is proposed in the headwaters of Pete King Creek and Smith Creek. Restoration work is planned in Smith Creek near Syringa.
Syringa Subdivision Water Association Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/24/2010  01/2011 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: SUP reissuance to Syringa Subdivision Water Association for maintenance and use of a water collection box and underground transmission line.This system supplies domestic and irrigation water to seven homeowners in the Syringa Subdivision Water Asso.
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - NE1/4, NW1/4, Sect.5, T32N, R6E, Boise Meridian, Idaho County,. Smith Creek watershed of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River watershed.
Winter Range Browse Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 11/24/2010  05/2011 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Brush cutting to improve big game forage on up to 1000 acres in the Pete King and Middle Fork of the Clearwater River drainages
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34269
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T32 and 33 N, R6 and 7E, various sections. Pete King and Middle Fork of the Lochsa River drainages.
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Clearwater National Forest,   North Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lower Orogrande
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project is located within the Orogrande Creek watershed, which contains the Tamarack Creek, Jazz Creek, and Pine Creek sub watersheds as part of the headwaters of the North Fork Clearwater River Subbasin.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R6E and T38N, R6E, Boise Meridian, Clearwater County, Idaho. Orogrande Creek watershed of the North Fork Ranger District, Clearwater NationalForest.
Middle Creek Bugs
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:03/2012  03/2013 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest management and watershed improvement activities iin the Middle Creek drainage between Lean-To-Ridge and Beaver Dam Creek
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - 36N, R7E, Sections 1,2,11-15,17,20-23,26-28, and 34; T36N, R8E, Sections 4-9. Middle Creek drainage between Lean-To-Ridge and Beaver Dam Creek, approximately 11 air miles east of Pierce, Idaho.
Moose Kelly
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/26/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
06/2012 Tammy Harding
(208)935-4263
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would restore landscape appearance (structure & composition) and function, reestablish fire processes and moderate future fire effects.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater, Shoshone. LEGAL - T39, R11-13, sections 1-24; T40N, R12-13E, Sections 1-36, T41N, R11-12E, sections 1-34, T42N, R11-12E, sections 18-36. Kelly and Moose Creek drainages south of Hoodoo Pass near the Idaho/Montana border.
Orogrande OHV
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/24/2008 
Expected:09/2010
 
12/2010 Tammy Harding
208-935-4263
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create an OHV loop trail system in the Orogrande Creek area of the North Fork Ranger District. Project will primarily use existing roads and trails with some connections constructed between exisitng segments.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T38 & 39N, R7 & 8E. Project will be located in the Orogrande, Pine, Larch, Hemlock and French Creek drainages of the North Fork Clearwater River basin.
Preacher Dewey
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/25/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Tam White
208-476-4541
twhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project includes treatments to restore watersheds and vegetation. It includes timber harvest, rd decommissioning, motor /non-motorized trail mgt, roadside fuels abatement and pre-comm. thinning, apprx 0.6 mi of rd construction, and 1 mi temp rd.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28370
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T36N, R6E, Secction 3 thu 10, 16 thru 21, BM and a portion of T37N, R5E, Sec 33, BM. Located within the Orofino Creek drainage between Clearwater Gulch and Dewey Point. The 7223 acres is approx. 1.5 miles east of Pierce, Idaho.
Teepee Face Road Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 11/22/2010  12/2010 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: 3-year Road Use Permit issued to Potlatch Forest Holdings, Inc. to allow them to haul timber on a .3 mile section of FS Road 74291
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34271
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T39N, R6E, S13. A 0.3 mile section of FS Road 74291, located inT39N, R6E, S13; in the Teepee Creek watershed of the North Fork of the Clearwater River.
Trail 690 Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/05/2009 
Expected:06/2010
 
08/2010 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of one mile of non-motorized Trail #690.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T40N, R11E, Sections 31 and 32. Trailhead near Road 5440.
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Clearwater National Forest,   Palouse Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Robo Elk
EIS
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/09/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels reduction in the WUI (Elk River), vegetation, watershed, and recreation management project. Opportunity to expand the Bull Run RNA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21144
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T39-41N, R2-3E, BM. The analysis area includes National Forest System lands surrounding the town of Elk River, ID in the Elk Creek drainage.
Upper Basin
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2013 George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest and fuels reduction in the Upper Elk Creek basin.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32676
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T41N, R2-3E, BM. The anal;ysis area includes National Forest System lands north of the town of Elk River, ID in the Elk Creek drainage.
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Clearwater National Forest,   Powell Ranger District  (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative Special Use Permit Renewal and Pole Building Construction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/05/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
01/2011 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of 20 year SUP to Blackfoot Telephone Coop for operation & maintenance of existing underground telephone line. Construction of a 10x20 pole building adjacent to the Blackfoot facilities on the Powell RS compound.
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater, Idaho. LEGAL - T37N, R14E, S24, 26, 33, 34, T37N, R15E, S 4, 6, 18, T38N, R15E, S16, 28, 34. Powell Ranger Station compound.
Powell Divide
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2009 
Expected:12/2010
 
06/2011 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest management and watershed improvement activities near Idaho/Montana state line. T38N, R14E, Sections 1-3, 9-16, 22-24, T38N, R15E, sections 7, 18
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31544
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater, Idaho. LEGAL - T38N, R14E, Sections 1-3, 9-16, 22-24 and T38N, R15E, Sections 7 and 18, Idaho and Clearwater counties. One mile west of Lolo Pass in Boulder Creek, Upper Crooked Fork and lower Crooked Fork subwatersheds.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.