Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
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.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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:
NOI in Federal Register 09/12/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
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 would recieve an equal value of Forest Service land in north Idaho.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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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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 10/2011 
Expected:03/2012  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 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 Lois Hill
208-935-4258
lrhill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Travel planning and analysis to implement the national OHV rule.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17992
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 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
11/2011 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
South Side Burn Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/29/2011  06/2012 Matthew Young
208-942-0344
mhyoung@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Powell Ranger District proposes to ignite approximately 7500 acres with prescribed fire within the 36,000 acre analysis area to stimulate new browse, break-up the continuity of forest and shrub characteristics, and restore ecosystem processes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34936
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District, Powell Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T35N, R11E, Section 7. Secretary's Area above the Lochsa River near Flytrap Butte.
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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
Forest Road 5503/5503A Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Heather Berg
208-926-4274
hberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lochsa Ranger District proposes to issue a permanent road easement to the Quartzburg Holding Co. LLC to access private property using Forest Roads 5503 and 5503-A.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37493
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T33N R6E Sections 6 and 7. Forest Roads 5503 and 5503-A.
Musselshell Tunnel Channel Realignment Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/11/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
07/2012 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign approximately 500 feet of FS Road 540 and relocate 500 feet of Musselshell Creek from a man-made tunnel to its historical channel. Activities would improve access to fish and other aquatic organisms.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34935
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T35N, R6E, Section 5. Road 540 near Musselshell Creek Tunnel.
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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
Beaver-Aquarius Road Decommissioning
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:03/2012  07/2012 Andre Snyder
208-476-8316
ajsnyder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to decommission failing roads near the confluence of Beaver Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Between five and seven miles of road will be proposed for decommissioning or storage.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T40N R7E sections 7,8,17,18. North Fork of Clearwater River across the River from Canyon work center.
Dahlen Mineral Sampling
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to dig three, four feet deep, 20 feet long, and 10 feet wide test pits, and sample for minerals using a mini-excavator with a one cubic foot bucket and a skid steer loader.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35997
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T41N R9E Section 4. The project area is approximately four miles from Forest Roads 252 and 5371, and just over two miles from Forest Trail #285.
Lower Orogrande
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/03/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30037
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 Bugs
EA
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
03/2013 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest management and watershed improvement activities in the Middle Creek drainage between Lean-To-Ridge and Beaver Dam Creek
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34277
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.
Mush OHV Trail System
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:10/2012  07/2013 Adam McClory
208-875-1734
amcclory@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of new OHV riding opportunities in the Mush Saddle area to meet the growing demand for motorized recreation on the North Fork Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T39N R8E and R9E; and T40N R8E and R9E, various sections. The Mush Saddle Area of the North Fork Ranger District, approximately 30 miles northeast of Pierce and Weippe, Idaho.
Pot Mountain Trail Maintenance and Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/13/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
05/2012 Tammy Harding
(208)935-2513
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork District would perform trail maintenance along 13 miles of Trail 478 from Moose Creek Trailhead to the junction with Fish Lake Trail west of Fish Lake and construct 3 miles of new trail from Pot Mountain to the junction of Road 5259,
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34943
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T38N, 39N, 40N, R8E. Pot Mountain Trail.
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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
Palouse Post and Pole
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/20/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Jay Gibbons
208 875-1732
jdgibbons@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Palouse Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests proposes to provide forest product harvest opportunities (post and poles) on 35 acres across the Palouse Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37753
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah. LEGAL - T43N, R3W, Sections 14, 10 and 12; T42N, R3W, Sections 11 and 2; T41N, R1E, Section 7; T41N, R2W, Section 35; and T40N, R1W, Sections 2, 11, 13, 14, 15, 22 and 23 (Boise Meridian). The project is located on the Palouse Ranger District, Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Latah County, Idaho.
Sandy Rock Potlatch Road Use Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 David Ratliff
208-875-1718
dratliff@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Palouse Ranger District proposes to issue Potlatch Corporation a road use permit for approximately 2.2 miles on Forest Roads 4784 and 4784A to gain access to their property which begins at the end of Road 4784A.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37495
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah. LEGAL - T41N R2W Section 5. Forest Roads 4784 and 4784A.
Tailhold Special Use Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Zilia Lewis
208-935-4255
zlewis@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Palouse Ranger District proposes to issue a special use permit to Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to use tailholds, an anchorage system at the outer end of the skyline away from the landing for skyline logging operations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37496
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T40N R2E Section 25. Palouse watershed.
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Vassar Restitution
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Meg Foltz
208-875-1717
mfoltz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Palouse Ranger District proposes to repair a meadow after a large group gathering during wet spring conditions damaged the site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37494
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah. LEGAL - T41N, R2W, Section 36. The headwater area of Corral Creek, a steelhead stream within the Potlatch River 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
Granite Fire Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/02/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 Tam White
208-476-4541
twhite@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Powell Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests proposes to harvest approximately 82 acres of dead and dying trees within the 350-acre Granite Pass Fire area, on the Powell Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37441
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T38N R14E Sections 1, 11 and 12. The proposed project is located along Forest Road 595 approximately seven miles northwest of Lolo Pass (about one mile west of Granite Pass).
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.