Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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,  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)  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
Clearwater-Nez Perce Forest Plan Revision
EIS
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A Barry Ruklic
208-983-4032
bruklic@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 11/18/2011
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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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 
Completed  Actual: 06/28/2012  07/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33750
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.
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,   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
Chetwood Lode Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
06/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lochsa Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate four test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40168
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T33N, R7E, Sections 7, 17 and 18, Boise Meridian. The Higgins Hump area northwest of Lowell, Idaho.
Chetwood Lode Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
09/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Lochsa Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate four test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values on the Lochsa Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39562
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T33N, R7E, Sections 7, 17 and 18. Higgins Hump area.
Colette Mine Stream Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Karen Smith
208-935-4252
kasmith03@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitate 0.6 miles of stream and 15 acres of riparian/floodplain habitat resulting from past mining activities.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39057
Location: UNIT - Lochsa Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T35N, R06E, Section 32. The project lies 11 miles southeast of Weippe, Idaho along the mainstem of Lolo Creek near Utah Creek at the old Colette Mine site.
Musselshell Tunnel Channel Realignment Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 03/27/2012  08/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Barnyard South Sheep
EA
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:09/2014  03/2015 George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and watershed improvements within the Washington Creek watershed of the North Fork Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38515
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - Sections 5-8, T38N, R7E; Sections 3-10, 15-22, and 27-33, T39N, R7E; and Sections 28, 32, and 33, T40N, R7E, Boise Meridian, Clearwater County, Idaho. Washington Creek watershed of the North Fork Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest.
Jule Shaft Lode Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to enter the existing Jule Mine Shaft to explore for and extract a large bulk sample over a five year period.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39566
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, Section 34. French Mountain area.
Last Chance #1 Lode Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate three test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values on the North Fork Ranger District, Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39563
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, Section 33. French Mountain area.
Last Chance #1 Lode Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
06/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate three test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40169
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, Section 33, Boise Meridian. The French Mountain area of the North Fork Ranger District.
Lower Orogrande
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is the redo of a project 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38993
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 National Forest.
Middle Bugs
EA
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/31/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 09/2012 
Expected:04/2013  08/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35597
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.
New Red Lead Adit Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to enter the existing New Red Lead Adit to explore for and extract a bulk sample over a five month period.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39567
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T38N, R13E, Section 4. Black Lead Mountain area.
Pot Mountain Trail Maintenance and Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34943
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T38N, 39N, 40N, R8E. Pot Mountain Trail.
Silver Lode Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
06/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate seven to ten test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40167
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, Section 27, Boise Meridian. The French Mountain Area of the North Fork Ranger District.
Silver Lode Exploration
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Clinton Hughes
208-983-5146
cehughes02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate seven to ten test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39565
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, Section 27. French Mountain area.
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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
East Fork Potlatch Meadow Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 Meg Foltz
208-875-1717
mfoltz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of about 45 acres of meadow and wetlands, installation of instream habitat structures along 2 miles of stream.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40180
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah. LEGAL - T40N R1W Sections 13, 23, 24, Boise Meridian. Three miles east of Helmer, Idaho.
Strychnine Pine
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/16/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2015 George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation, hazardous fuels, and watershed activities in the Strychnine Creek watershed on the Palouse Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest, Latah County, Idaho
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38517
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah. LEGAL - Sections 2-11, 15-22, 30 and 31, T42N, R2W; and Sections 33-36, T43N, R2W, Boise Meridian, Idaho. Strychnine Creek watershed, Palouse Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest, Latah County, Idaho.
Tailhold Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Zilia Lewis
208-935-4255
zlewis@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Palouse Ranger District proposes to issue Idaho Department of Lands a special use permit for approximately eight tailholds located on Forest Service system lands.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39568
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T39N R2E Section 19. Long Meadow Creek area.
Tailhold Special Use Permit Issuance (Long Bear)
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
06/2013 Zilia Lewis
208-935-4255
zlewis@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Palouse Ranger District proposes to issue Idaho Department of Lands a special use permit for approximately eight tailholds located on Forest Service system lands.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40175
Location: UNIT - Palouse Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - T39N R2E Section 19, Boise Meridian. Long Meadow Creek of the Palouse Ranger District.
Upper Basin
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
03/2015 George Harbaugh
208-935-4260
gharbaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest and fuels reduction in the Upper Elk Creek basin.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
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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
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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).
Granite Peak Burn Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:11/2013  05/2014 Tammy Harding
208-935-4263
tharding@fs.fed.us 
Description: T39N, R14E, S16 near Granite Peak
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40742
Location: UNIT - Powell Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clearwater. LEGAL - Granite Peak. T39N, R14E, S16.
Saddle Camp Veg.
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/06/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
08/2013 Karen Smith
208-935-4252
kasmith03@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26091
Location: UNIT - 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. Indian Graves and Lost Creek drainages, Powell Ranger District.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.