Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
Boise 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
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest,  Cascade Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest,  Emmett Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest,  Idaho City Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest,  Lowman Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Boise National Forest,  Mountain Home 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
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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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
University of Florida Passive Seismic Survey
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Research 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Elaine Alexander
208-373-4318
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installing a total of 36 seismic stations across 4 National Forests. Each station includes a buried broadband sensor, data recorders, solar panels, batteries. This 2-year research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation - Earthscope Project.
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units, Council Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Fairfield Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District, Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Boise, Butte, Camas, Custer, Elmore, Gem, Lemhi, Valley, Washington. Multiple passive seismic stations per Forest: Boise NF - 14; Payette NF - 8; Sawtooth NF - 3; and Salmon-Challis - 11.
Virginia Tech Controlled-Source Seismic Survey
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management
- Research 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Elaine Alexander
208-373-4318
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: At each shot site, a vertical hole drilled 75-150 feet deep is filled with chemical explosives. A single "shot" is fired to induce seismicity at each site. Small seismometers are temporarily deployed to record the ground shaking from the shot.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District, Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Cascade Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District, Lowman Ranger District, Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Custer, Gem, Valley. Boise NF - 9 shot sites; Payette NF - 1; Sawtooth NF - 1; Salmon-Challis NF - 2. Shot locations along an east-west transect, between 44.25600 and 44.53531 north latitude.
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Boise National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
University of Florida Passive Seismic Survey
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Research 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Elaine Alexander
435-636-3500
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Determine how the sharp boundary of the Western Idaho Shear Zone formed & how it has controlled subsequent deformation & magmatism regionally. A swath of broadband passive seismic instruments and seismic refraction line will be used for this survey.
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. Multiple locations on the Boise NF and surrounding forests.
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Boise National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Virginia Tech Controlled-Source Seismic Survey
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Research 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Elaine Alexander
208-373-4318
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Seismic investigation of formation and evaluation of Idaho, Oregon mtns. Monitoring explosive seismic shots buried in boreholes 100-150 feet deep, using temporary seismometers.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District, Cascade Ranger District, Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T 12-13 N, R 1-11 E. NFS lands generally along an east west line extending from NFS road 579 near Bear Valley Ck to northwest of Smiths Ferry.
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Boise National Forest,   Cascade Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Idaho Power Company Line #328 Project
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Power proposes to remove physical barriers and perform maintenance on existing service roads, and amend the existing special use permit to include service roads. Construct new service roads where feasible. Realign portions of Line #328.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.15N., R.6E. South Fork Salmon River and Johnson Creek drainages.
Juniper Mountain Outfitters Spring Bear Hunt
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Mark Bingman
(208) 382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue existing special use permit for horse camp, trail rides, fishing, and big game hunting outfitter and guide operations. Evaluate request to add spring bear hunting, new spike camp, and modification of permitted hunting areas.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 15 N., R. 6 E., Section 36. North end of Stolle Meadows, Idaho.
Lower Johnson Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/09/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2012 Mark Loseke
208-382-7400
mloseke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat vegetation on an estimated 137 acres in the WUI along the lower reaches of Johnson Creek.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.18N., R.8E., Sections 2, 20, 29, 31, & 32. Lower reaches of Johnson Creek.
Midvale Telephone Exchange Line Extension
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us 
Description: MTE proposes to install approximately four miles of new telephone line underground in the right-of-way along Forest Road 488, Forest Highway 22, and Forest Road 474C.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.!5N., R.6E. South Fork Salmon River drainage.
Spruce Creek Project
EIS
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Michael Dimmett
208-382-7430
mdimmett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement silvicultural activities on approximately 1,200 acres in order to move affected stands toward desired vegetative conditions described in Appendix A of the Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17492
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.16N., R.5E., Section 34, etc.; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. Spruce Creek in the Gold Fork River drainage.
Upper South Fork Salmon River Resource Management Project
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/16/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
06/2012 Clayton Nalder
208-382-7400
claytonnalder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve road and trail infrastructure and reduce related impacts to watershed resources by improving and/or decommissioning roads and/or trails.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34322
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.14N., R.6E.; T.14N., R.7E.; T.15N., R.6E.; T.15N., R.7E. South Fork Salmon River drainage.
Westside Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/17/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 Joe Foust
208-382-7451
jfoust@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance aspen on approximately 150 acres from near Campbell Creek north to Gibson Creek on the west side of Cascade Reservoir, and; treat vegetation on an estimated 90 acres in the WUI near French Creek and Campbell Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33697
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.14N., R.3E., Sections 19, 20, 29, & 33; T.14N., R.4E., Sections 6, 7, 18, 20, 28, & 33. West side of Cascade Reservoir from Campbell Creek north to Gibson Creek.
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Boise National Forest,   Emmett Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Emmett Ranger District Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/1007 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Jerry Bird
801-236-3463
jkbird@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approve application for irrigation & stockwatering easement including operation and Maintenance conditions.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T10N, R4E, Section 24. 2 miles south Tie Creek Campground.
Emmett Ranger District Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jerry Bird
801-236-3463
jkbird@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approve applications for irrigation & stockwatering easements including operation and maintenance conditions.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Gem. LEGAL - T12N, R2E, Sec 34;. Sage Hen Reservoir;.
Korell Outfitters Special Use Permit Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  09/2011 John Erickson
208-365-7000
jerickson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to increase the area under special use authorization for Korell Outfitter and Guides.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Valley. Upper Squaw Creek and Third Fork Squaw Creek Area.
Rocky Canyon Prescribed Fire Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011  04/2012 Tamara Cook
208-365-7000
tlcook@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes vegetation restoration utilizing prescribed fire on approximately 8,200 acres in the Rocky Canyon Subwatershed in the Middle Fork Payette River subbasin.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Valley. LEGAL - T10N, R4E, Section 25-26, T10N, R5E, Section 4-7, 18, T11N, R4E, Section 25-26, 35-36, and T11N, R5E, Section 19-21, and 28-33. Rocky Canyon Subwatershed.
Scriver Creek Integrated Restoration Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/07/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
06/2012 Ann Roseberry
208-365-7023
aroseberry@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is designed to modify stand conditions to improve wildlife habitat and increase resiliency to insects, disease and wildfire; as well as improve watershed conditions and reduce long-term sedimentation caused by existing roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17267
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Valley. LEGAL - T. 10N , R. 4E, sections 3-10, 15-18, and 20; T. 11N, R. 4E, sections 21-23, and 26-34; Boise Meridian, Boise & Valley Counties. The project area is approximately 11,500 acres and is located in the Scriver Creek sub-watershed, a tributary to the Middle Fork Payette River, 6 miles north of Crouch, Idaho.
Tripod and Pine Creek Range Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 Melissa Yenko
208-373-4245
myenko@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will evaluate current livestock management on the Tripod and Pine Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments and proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=14227
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Gem, Valley. LEGAL - Pine Ck= T10N, R2E, S 4 & 9; T11N, R2E, S 14-15, 21-23, 26-28 & 33-34. Tripod= T11N, R2E, S 23-26; T11N, R3E, S 5-8, 17-20 & 30; T12N, R2E, S 24-25 & 36; T12N, R3E, S8, 17-21 & 29-32, Boise Meridian. Pine Creek is approximately 5 miles north of Ola, Idaho. The Tripod allotment is approximately 3 miles west of Smiths Ferry, Idaho.
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Boise National Forest,   Idaho City Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abby Creek Fire Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 02/15/2011  04/2011 Ray Eklund
208-392-6681
reklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project is hand tree planting of approximately 230 acres within the Abby Creek Fire area in 2011 and 2012, and may include subsequent replanting if survival is poor. Project includes plowing access roads.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T7N, R8E, Sec2, and T8N, R8E, Sec 26 & 35. Upper Crooked River 6th order HUC, North Fork Boise River drainage.
Becker Vegetation Management
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 08/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Shannon Hitch
208-392-6681
shitch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management in a 15,000-acre project area. The project will involve prescribed burning, commercial harvest and non-commercial tree thinning. Road construction and road decommissioning will be associated activities.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Sections 14,15, 21-36, of T8N, R7E, Sections 19,30, of T8N, R8E, and Sections 1-6 of T7N, R7E. North of Idaho City in the Edna Creek, China Fork, and Beaver Creek drainages.
Crooked Bear Sapling Thinning Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2010 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Lance Ellison
208-392-6681
lellison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercial thinning project on about 8,900 acres of young overstocked plantation and naturally regenerated timber stands within the 1993 Rabbit Creek Burn Area. Thinned trees would generally be less than 15 feet tall with slash left on site.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T7N & 8N, R 8E & 9E. North Fork Boise River Drainage - Lower Bear River, Upper Bear River, Upper Crooked River, and Taylor-Lodgepole 6th Field HUCs.
Cumo 2007
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 02/11/2011  05/2011 Jeffrey Alexander
208-373-4100
jalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Minerals exploration. Proposal is to drill 256 new exploratory holes to retrieve core samples. Project will involve construction of about 13.3 miles of new temporary road and use of about 4.7 miles existing unauthorized road as temporary road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21302
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T8N R6E, Sections 7,8,17,18,19 and 20. Three miles northeast of Grimes Pass in Boise County Idaho.
Enduro 2011 SUP
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Everardo Santillan
208-392-6681
esantillan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special use permit to the Boise Ridge Riders to conduct a two-day national motorcycle enduro event on NFS roads and trails around Idaho City, ID on June 4-5, 2011. About 8-12 miles of the about 100-mile course would be NFS roads and trails.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. NFS lands north and west of Idaho City, ID.
GC #1 Minerals Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/14/2009 
Expected:10/2011
 
03/2012 Lori Wood
208-392-6681
ldwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit for a small scale placer mining operation. The project proponent proposes to use a small tractor loader to dig sand and gravel from two sites and process the material through a trommel.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T6N, R10E, Section 26. The project area is located near the Middle Fork Boise River approximately 1.5 miles downstream Queens River.
Grand Mountain Prescribed Fire
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Allyn Spanfellner
208-392-6681
aspanfellner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Introduction of prescribed fire in the Grand Mountain area to restore fire as an ecological process, reduce fuel loads, and reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17400
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T6N,R9E sections 4-9, 15-23, 26-36, T5N, R9E, sections 4,5,6, T6N, R8E, sections 1-3, 9-16, 18-28, 33-23, T5N, R8E, sections 1-11. Grand Mountain vicinity, north of the Middle Fork of the Boise River, and west of Atlanta.
Mores Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Hana West
208-392-6681
hwest@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to enhance fish habitat on approximately 21 miles of Mores Creek. Approximately 40 in-stream structures consisting of boulders and rootwads would be installed in order to create pools and provide fish habitat.
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - Township 6N, Range 5E to Township 3N, Range 4E. The project area is located on Mores Creek near Idaho City, Idaho.
Porter-Crumley Range Project
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2111 Michael Feiger
208-392-6681
mfeiger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service is proposing to authorize livestock grazing through a 10-year term grazing permit on the Crumley Gulch C&H and Porter Creek C&H Allotments on the Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33733
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T 06N, R 03E, Section 03, T 07N, R 04E, Sections 6 and 7, and T 07N, R 03E, Sections 1, 2 , 11-14, 23-27, and 34-36. The Porter Creek and Crumley Gulch C&H Allotments are located on the Idaho City Ranger District . These allotments are located west-northwest of Idaho CIty.
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Boise National Forest,   Lowman Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cache Whitebark Pine Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/19/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Peter Wier
208-259-3361
pwier@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to reduce competing vegetation and fuel hazards around existing whitebark pine, protect cone producing whitebark pine from mountain pine beetle attack, and encourage natural whitebark pine regeneration. Approximately 164 acres.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - The legal description is T11N R 8E sec 24 and T11N R 9E sec 19,20. The proposed project area is located southwest of the Lost Lakes area in the Bear Valley watershed.
Lowman Bunkhouse
EA
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 02/16/2011  07/2011 Kari Grover-Wier
208-259-3361, ext 7508
kgroverwier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed construction of a 12-person bunkhouse and needed supporting infrastructure. The bunkhouse would be located in the lower compound at the Lowman Ranger Station administrative site.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. Lowman Ranger Station administrative site, located at milepost 73.5 along State Hwy 21 in Lowman, Idaho.
Sams-Pine Prescribed Burn
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/27/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Rebecca Swenson
208-259-3361
rjswenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burning on approximately 20,700 acres to restore fire's natural role using low to moderate intensity fire. Reduce fuel loading across the landscape to limit the spread and intensity of a high severity wildfire. Timeframe is approx. 2-7 yr
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. Within roadless portions Lower Deadwood 5th HUC. along both sides of the Deadwood River including Nellie's Basin, Julie Creek, Stevens Cr, Pine Cr, Lorenzo Cr, Mdw Camp Cr.
Tennessee Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/16/2011  07/2011 Chad Baconrind
208-259-3361
cbaconrind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing fish barrier culvert with an open bottom structure for fish and debris passage.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. Tennesse Creek, 579 road crossing. Tributary to Elk Creek, near Elk Creek Guard Station.
Wapiti Blue Stewardship Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 Kari Grover-Wier
208-259-3361, ext 7508
kgroverwier@fs.fed.us 
Description: 4,600 ac of treatments designed for veg. restoration and fuel reduction (including defensible space around Wapiti, Bear & Camp Cr summer homes and Hanging Valley) and 6 mi of unclass. rd decom
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29378
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T9 N - 10N , R10E, T 9N- 10N , R11E. Wapiti 5th HUC watershed, along Hwy 21 and SF Payette River, 1 mi south of Grandjean Recreational complex.
Water System Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/25/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 John Kidd
208-374-5422
jkidd@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to re-issue permits for 18 separate water systems on springs or small streams mostly scattered along the South Fork Payette River corridor from the junction of Highway 21 and the Banks-Lowman Road east to Grandjean.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. Streams within the SF Payette River corridor, including Burn Cr, Dustman Cr, Emma Cr, Graney Cr, Fence Cr, Kirkham Cr, Long Cr, Richards Cr, and Wapiti Cr, as well as several unnamed springs.
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Boise National Forest,   Mountain Home Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boise Ridge Timber Stand Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  09/2011 Christopher Church
208-384-3216
cchurch@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to conduct about 1,100 acres of thinning, hand piling, and pile burning over a 5-year period.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. Shafer Creek, Sinker Creek, and Bogus Creek drainages.
Bureau of Reclamation Mineral Materials Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/01/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Stephaney Church
801-342-5215
schurch@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to issue a mineral material permit to the U.S.D.I. Bureau of Reclamation for approximately 7,000 cubic yards of fill material.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 01 South, Range 08 East, Sections 11 and 14. The barrow site would be located off of NFS road 134B1.
Cayuse Gully Watershed Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  04/2012 Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to re-plant areas within and adjacent to Cayuse Gully with site appropriate trees and riparian species. The project goal is to re-vegetate areas burned in the South Barker Fire that are currently unstable and eroding.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 4 North, Range 10 East, Section 17 (NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4). The project is located in the Three Forks area of Cayuse Creek in the South Fork Boise River drainage.
Cottonwood Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  07/2012 Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to replace the culvert at National Forest System Road 268 and Cottonwood Creek stream crossing to improve hydrologic function and provide aquatic organism passage.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 4 North, Range 5 East, Section 2. Stream crossing at NFS road #268 and Cottonwood Creek near Arrowrock Reservoir.
Deer Creek Culvert Replacement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  07/2012 Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to replace the culvert at Forest Highway 61 and Deer Creek stream crossing to improve hydrologic function and provide aquatic organism passage.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 1 North, Range 10 East, Section 32. Stream crossing located at Forest Highway 61 and Deer Creek near Anderson Ranch Reservoir.
Dismal Swamp Lost Man-Buck Creek Watershed Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Bodle
208-587-7961 ext. 7149
sbodle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Modifying the management of the transportation system in these subwatersheds to enhance fish, wildlife habitat and reduce watershed erosion processes.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T5N, Rs8-9E. Lost Man and Buck Creek subwatersheds, 16 miles NW of Pine, Idaho.
Dog Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  07/2012 Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to replace the double culvert at Forest Highway 61 and Dog Creek to improve hydrologic function and provide aquatic organism passage.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 3 North, Range 10 East, Section 7. Stream crossing at Forest Highway 61 and Dog Creek in the South Fork Boise River drainage.
Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Tina Ruffing
208-587-7961
truffing@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue to authorize sheep grazing on the Featherville allotment. The Featherville sheep allotment encompasses about 143,000 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=8867
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T2N, R8E-11E; T3N, R8-11E;, T4N, R8-10E; T5N, R8-11E; T6N, R9-11E. The allotment lies within the South Fork Boise River drainage above Anderson Ranch Dam, the Middle Fork Boise River drainage, and Anderson Ranch Reservoir drainage.
Knox Resource Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Stephaney Church
801-342-5215
schurch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce wildfire risk to resources and nearby private property through the use of commercial and precommercial thinning, using a variety of silvicultural activities and prescribed burning. Project area is approximately 4,400 acres.
Web Link:  http://www/fs.fed.us/r4/boise/projects
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T. 1 N., R. 8 E., sec. 1 & 12; T. 1 N., R. 9 E., sec. 4-9, 16 & 17; T. 2 N., R. 8 E., sec. 36; T. 2 N., R. 9 E., sec. 28-33. Approximately 5 miles west of Pine, Idaho.
Lester Creek Guard Station Fuelbreak
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Joshua Newman
208-587-7961
jnewman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce risks from wildfire and help protect improvements surrounding the Lester Creek Guard Station. Approximately 70 acres would be treated using a combination of thinning and prescribed burning, including commercial harvest on 19 acres.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T. 1 N., R. 9 E., Sec. 2-3. Approximately 3-4 miles southwest of Pine, Idaho.
Mountain Home Programmatic Aspen Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Bodle
208-587-7961 ext. 7149
sbodle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of conifers less than 8 inches d.b.h. in aspen stands using prescribed burning or mechanical treatment.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T4N R8, 9, 10E; T3N R8, 9, 10E; T2N R8, 9, 10E; T1N R8, 9, 10E; T1S R8, 9, 10E. Distributed across the Mountain Home Ranger District.
Pierce Creek Culvert Replacement and Joy Lane Stream Crossing Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/02/2011  07/2012 Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to replace the culvert at NFS road 113 and Pierce Creek to improve hydrologic function and provide aquatic organism passage. The culvert at Joy Lane would be removed and replaced with a hardened crossing.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 1 North, Range 7 East, Section 24. Stream crossings at NFS road 113 and Pierce Creek and Joy Lane and unnamed tributary of the South Fork Boise River.
Star Gulch Wildfire Pre-Commercial Thinning -- 2010
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/01/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
05/2012 Lisa Kennedy
208-587-7961
lakennedy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of dense areas of ponderosa pine saplings that established naturally following the 1994 Star Gulch Wildfire. Potentially, 300 to 1,000 acres would be treated in the Cottonwood and Minneha drainages.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T4N, R4E Sec 1, T4N, R5E Sec 510, 15-18, 21-22, Boise Meridian, Boise County, Idaho. 15 Miles Northeast of Boise, Idaho.
Trail Timber Gulch Spring Development
CE
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 02/02/2011  07/2011 Tina Ruffing
208-587-7867
truffing@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of a spring to provide livestock watering site.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T1N R7E Section 5, Boise Meridian. Trail Timber Gulch Allotment, Timber Gulch drainage, Elmore County, ID.
White Flat Resource Management Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/28/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
Actual: 07/20/2010 
10/2011 Michael Dimmett
208-382-7430
mdimmett@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project contributes to the NFP. Restores healthy, diverse, and resilient ecosystem to minimize uncharacteristic fire and reduces hazardous fuels. 420 acres commercial thin; 244 acres precommercial thin; 720 acres prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=2778
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. 3 miles southwest of Pine, Idaho, in the lower end of the Fall Creek drainage.
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