Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Nez Perce 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, Nez Perce National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Nez Perce National Forest,  Clearwater Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Nez Perce National Forest,  Moose Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Nez Perce National Forest,  Red River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Nez Perce National Forest,  Salmon River 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- 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.
Three Rivers Rafting (Martin Smith) permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2010  10/2010 Debra Gale
406-821-1217
ddgale@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a priority outfitter guide permit for a term of 10 years.
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District, West Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T1N R14E, T2N R13 E, T3N R13E, T4N R13E, T4N R12E, T4N R11E, T4N R10E, T3N R10E, T3N R9E, T3N R8E. The project area is an existing permit area in portions of the Selway - Bitterroot Wilderness on the West Fork RD of the Bitterroot NF and the Moose Creek RD of the Nez Perce National Forest.
Upper Lochsa Land Exchange
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/04/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Teresa Trulock
208-935-4256
ttrulock@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service (FS) is considering a land for land exchange with Western Pacific Timber (WPT). The FS would receive approx. 40,000 acres of WPT land in the upper Lochsa River drainage and WPTwould receive approx. 28,000 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, Shoshone. 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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Nez Perce 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
Forest Wide Precommercial Thin
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/23/2009 
Expected:01/2010
Actual: 01/12/2010 
06/2011 David Harper
208-983-4021
dharper@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercial Thinning across the forest for vegetation improvement. Two decisions will be made. The hand felled units decision was completed on 01/19/2010. The plantation burning units decision is planned for 09/2010.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21989
Location: UNIT - Nez Perce National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. Forest Wide.
Nez Perce National Forest Travel Management
EIS
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/17/2007
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Jennie Fischer
208-983-4048
jfischer02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a travel management plan and map to comply with the National Travel Management Rule (OHV).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/nezperce/projects/index-dramvu.shtml
Location: UNIT - Nez Perce National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. Forest Wide - Entire Nez Perce National Forest.
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Nez Perce National Forest,   Clearwater Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mill Creek Bridge #3 Replacement
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 08/04/2010  11/2010 Suzanne Acton
208-983-1950
sacton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Clearwater Ranger District and the Nez Perce Tribe, in partnership with Bonneville Power Administration, propose to remove the existing bridge and replace it with a new 70-foot long by 16-foot wide concrete bridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32655
Location: UNIT - Clearwater Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T29N R4E Section 34, Boise Meridian, Idaho County, Idaho. Mill Creek Bridge #3 is located on Forest Service Road 309 at mile post 1.9 in the lower Mill Creek watershed.
Mill Creek Stream Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/12/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 Marty Gardner
208-476-8219
mgardner@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will relocate a diverted section of Mill Creek to a better hydrologic configuration, remove some of the slide material to restore floodplain capacity to prevent further erosion. In addition, repair the damaged sections of road 309.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30706
Location: UNIT - Clearwater Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - The project area is located in section 34 within Townships 29 North, Range 4 East. The project area is approximately 3 acres, and is located within the Mill Creek watershed, a tributary of the South Fork Clearwater River, between Grangeville and Elk City, ID.
Peasley Creek Road Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 08/20/2010  10/2011 David Harper
208-983-4021
dharper@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stabilize fill slope failures along Peasley Creek Road (FS 469), remove the bridge at milepost 0.1, and construct approximately 150 feet of road to reconnect Road 469 to State Highway 14 on the east side of Peasley Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30368
Location: UNIT - Clearwater Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T29N, R5E, Sections 11, 14, 23, 26, and 29. Clearwater Ranger District.
Upper Mill
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Barry Ruklic
208-983-4032
bruklic@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin approximately 400-500 acres and reduce fuels to facilitate reintroduction of fire to the landscape. Move the area toward the historic fire regimen and reduce the adverse effects of large stand destroying wildfire.
Location: UNIT - Clearwater Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T27N R4E sec 6, 7, 8, 18 and T27N R3E sec 12, 13. Clearwater Ranger District - Major ridges in the Hunt Creek and Mill Creek Drainages.
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Nez Perce National Forest,   Moose Creek Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lodge Point Commercial Thin
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Doug Graves
208-756-5215
dagraves@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin between 1,000-1,500 acres of previously managed plantations dating from the 1950ís through the early 1970ís using ground-based equipment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32578
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T32N R6E Sections 13-17, 20-30. Lodge Point and Pine Knob area.
O'Hara Prescribed Fire Boundary Amendment
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/02/2010  10/2010 Suzanne Acton
208-983-1950
sacton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce National Forest is proposing to add 1400 acres as a secondary containment area for Units 2 and 4 of the OíHara Forest Health Project located on the Moose Creek Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33010
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T32N R7E Section 25, and T32N R8E Sections 29, 30, 31, 32, Boise Meridian, Idaho County, Idaho. The project location is in the nortern most portion of the O'Hara Forest Health Project.
Three Links Creek Bridge Replacement
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/10/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Michael Ward
208-926-6413
michaelward@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace the bridge over Three Links Creek,
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=6392
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Three Links Creek Bridge: SE1/4 NW1/4 Sec. 22, T32N, R11E. Moose Creek Ranger District - Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Trail #4.
West Fork Point Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Katherine Thompson
208-983-1950
kthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: 180 acres of Salvage in beetle infested lodgepole pine and thin from below for stand improvment on 70 acres of Douglas Fir.
Location: UNIT - Moose Creek Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T31N R8E Sections 33, 28, 27, 22, 23. Moose Creek Ranger District - West Fork Point Area.
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Nez Perce National Forest,   Red River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
EMC #1 Placer Mining
EA
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Martin Jones
208-842-2103
martinjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Claimant proposed gold placer mining operations
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T029N R007E Section 05. Newsome Creek.
Jubilee Mining
EA
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Martin Jones
208-842-2103
martinjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Nez Perce National Forest, Red River Ranger District is preparing an environmental assessment for a small placer mining project in the Crooked Creek drainage, a tributary of the Salmon River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/nezperce/projects/
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - The project lies within Section 15 of T26N, R8E, Boise Meridian. Jubilee Mining.
Leggett Commercial Thinning
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Gene Delimata
208-842-2100
gdelimata@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin trees, followed by prescribed fire in an artificially regenerated forest (1964)stand. Up to 70 acres of the stand would be thinned to a residual density of 100 to 120 trees per acre followed by prescribed fire on 135 acres
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - is T29N, R7E, section 19, SW ? (BM). 10 air miles west of Elk City (Idaho County), Idaho, along forest road FR 469 in the Leggett Creek watershed.
Orogrande WUI Fuels
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:04/2012  07/2012 Rachel Young
208-983-4025
rlyoung@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels/Vegetation Management> Mechanical Fuels treatment and Prescribed burning
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T27N, R 7E. Sections 1, 2, 11, 12. Red River RD, Nez Perce NF, Near the town of Orogrande.
Sourdough Access Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
02/2011 David Harper
208-983-4021
dharper@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sourdough access via FS Roads 1875, 9824, 9829, and 492 would be provided. The bridge located at the 10 mile Creek crossing of Forest Service Road 492 would also be removed and the road to the west would be decommissioned for about 1.8 miles.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31676
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - The project area is located within Township 28 North, Ranges 5 and 6 East. Ten Mile, Rainy Day, and Twenty Mile watersheds.
South Township
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/03/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
03/2011 Justin Pappani
208-842-2124
jpappani@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical fuels treatment and prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22086
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T28N R8E sec 1, 2, 3. Southern part of Elk City Township.
Three Prong Trail Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/09/2007 
Expected:12/2010
 
05/2011 Randy Borniger
208-842-2110
rborniger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Three Prong Trail 539 is part of the Idaho Centennial Trail and is open to non-motorized use. Reconstruction will include: installation of waterbars, tread reconstruction, brushing and limbing, siging and a short relocation
Location: UNIT - Red River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T27 R12E NESE 1/4 section 5 T28 R12E NWNW 1/4 section 13. Project is located on the Red River Ranger District, Nez Perce NF.
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Nez Perce National Forest,   Salmon River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Allison-Berg Allotment
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/01/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Joanne Bonn
208-839-2138
jmbonn@fs.fed.us 
Description: This EIS will be used to support a determination whether continued grazing by domestic sheep should be allowed or not, and if so, under what conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30376
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - The Allison-Berg allotment is located approximately 3 miles east of Riggins, Idaho in the Allison, Berg, and Kelly Creek drainages on the north side of the Salmon River. T24N, R2E, R3E. Salmon River Ranger District.
Christie-Sherwin AMP Project
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/29/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
02/2011 Jennie Fischer
208-983-4048
jfischer02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorized use on grazing allotments and improve forage
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19906
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T27N, R1W, Sections 1,2, 11-13, 18-20, 28-30, 31-33; T 26N, R1E, Sections 4-9, 16-18;. Salmon River Ranger District, Nez Perce National Forest. 17 miles northwest of Riggins, Idaho. Idaho, County.
Florence Cemetery Dead and Dying Tree Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management  Completed  Actual: 08/06/2010  11/2010 Suzanne Acton
208-983-1950
sacton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Salmon River Ranger District proposes falling dead and dying lodgepole pine on approximately four acres within the Florence Cemetery developed recreation site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33296
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - The project is located on the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce National Forest at T25N R3E, Section 13, Boise Meridian. The Florence Cemetery Dead and Dying Tree Removal project is located in Idaho County, approximately 29 air miles south of Grangeville, Idaho.
Healy Creek Exploration CE
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Martin Jones
208-842-2103
martinjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mining claimant proposes to use a small tractor with auger to drill 20 holes in non-wetland sites along Healy Creek. Small samples will be tested for gold content.
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T24N, R3E, Sec 23 and 24. Project is located in the old Florence Mining District in the Meadow Creek watershed.
Little Slate Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/28/2007
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
09/2011 Jennie Fischer
208-983-4048
jfischer02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed project has multiple objectives including improve watershed health and restore vegetation conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=16899
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T26N, R2E, Sec. 25, 35, 36; T26N, R3E, Sec. 21-36; T26N, R4E, Sec. 6-8, 16-22, 27-33; and T25N, R2E, Sec., 1-2, 11-12; T25N. R3E Sec. 1-18, 20-23, 28-32. The project area includes the Upper Little Slate Creek watersheds, tributary to Slate Creek and the Lower Salmon River. Approximately 14 miles northeast of Riggins, Idaho.
Nut Basin Whitebark Pine Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A David Harper
208-983-4021
dharper@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would restore and improve conditions for whitebark pine by slashing and using prescribed fire to achieve a desired age class and landscape pattern. Release immature whitebark pine and encouraging natural regeneration around mature trees.
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - Township 1 North, Range 2 East, Sections 25, 35 and 36. The project is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Riggins, Idaho. Idaho County.
Pine Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)   On Hold  N/A  N/A Megan Moynihan
208-839-2211
mmoynihan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin Pine for vegetation improvement
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. Salmon River Ranger District.
Slate Point Mineral Project 1
CE
- Minerals and Geology   On Hold  N/A  N/A Martin Jones
208-842-2103
martinjones@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration of minerals within the River of No Return Group of claims including collection of bulk samples of limestone for the purpose of further development of market research to ascertain the value of such product in the public marketplace.
Location: UNIT - Salmon River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T26N, R3E. Section 15. Salmon River Ranger District within the River of No Return Group of claims.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.