Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Boise 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
R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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
- 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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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Virginia Tech Controlled-Source Seismic Survey
EA
- Special area management
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Special Use Permit Renewal for Qwest (Century Link)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 Elaine Alexander
208-373-4318
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Qwest Corporation is requesting the renewal of its current permit through the creation of a single master permit. The permit will incorporate updated locations of improvements on Boise National Forest lands provided by Qwest.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District, Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Elmore. Mountain Home and Idaho City Ranger Districts.
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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
Horsethief Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/15/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
09/2012 Mark Loseke
208-382-7442
mloseke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reintroduce low to moderate intensity fire to restore desired vegetative conditions and reduce natural fuel loads and ladder fuels on 360 acres.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.14N., R5E., sections 20 and 21. Horsethief Creek.
Idaho Power Company Line #328 Project
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012  06/2012 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 renew the existing special use permit to include service roads. Construct new service roads where feasible.
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 - O&G Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew existing special use permit for horse camp, trail rides, fishing, and big game hunting outfitter and guide operations.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. South Fork Salmon River.
Oro Mountain Whitebark Pine Enhancement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/05/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Michael Dimmett
208-382-7430
mdimmett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance whitebark pine by felling competing conifers (e.g. lodgepole pine & subalpine fir) 3 feet tall to 5 inches dbh, and girdling competing conifers greater than 5 inches dbh and less than 20 inches dbh.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37572
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T15N, R5E, sections 35 and 36; T14N, R5E, sections 1, 2, 10, 11, and 15. Oro Mountain.
Skunk TSI Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/28/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
06/2012 Michael Dimmett
208-382-7430
mdimmett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of sub-merchantable trees and competing hardwoods within 23 different plantations totaling approximately 317 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37571
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T13N, R5E, section 30; T12N, R4E, sections 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 23, and 26. East Mountain.
Snowmobile Trail Grooming in Valley and Gem Counties
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Jennifer Hensiek
208-382-7460
jhensiek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to support and maintain the ongoing winter snowmobile trail-grooming program in cooperation with Valley and Gem Counties and the State of Idaho Parks and Recreation Department.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. Valley and Gem Counties on the Boise NF (Areas 43b, 43c, and 43d).
Spruce Creek Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2007 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Cheryl Mulder
208-382-7440
cmulder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of Colorado Ditch Bill easement with attached Operation and Maintenance Plan fro Ward's Greenhouse water system
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T8N, R5E, Section 10. Hank's Creek, South Fork Payette River.
Emmett Ranger District Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Michelle McCammon
208-382-7440
mmccammon@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;.
Emmett Ranger District Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/29/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 Michelle McCammon
208-382-7440
mmccammon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approve applications for irrigation & stockwatering easements including operation and maintenance conditions.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T8N, R5E, Sec 6&7. Horn Creek Pipeline.
Rocky Canyon Prescribed Fire Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 10/03/2011  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35520
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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/30/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
09/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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 05/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
01/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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
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 03/2012 
Expected:02/2013  06/2013 John Wallace
208-392-3754
jdwallace@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.
Granite Creek Culvert Removal and Trailhead Improvement
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  08/2012 Michael Feiger
541-477-6924
mfeiger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to remove a large culvert that is posing a significant fish passage issue. A trailhead will be developed at the junction of NFS 246 and NFS 268. The road will be converted to a trail that allows motorized use (less than 50").
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T 5 N,, R 9 E., section 5. Granite Creek, junction of NFS roads 268 and 246.
Idaho City Ranger District Recreation Events Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/26/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Megan Impson
906-265-5139 X 11
mimpson@fs.fed.us 
Description: 5-yr SUP for Enduro 100, a 2-day national motorcycle enduro event in early June on NFS roads & trails around Idaho City, ID. Event would alternate annually between 3 courses. Other high intensity, short-duration rec events may also be analyzed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36912
Location: UNIT - Idaho City Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. NFS lands north and west of Idaho City, ID.
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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
Clear Creek Integrated Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Kari Grover-Wier
208-259-3361, ext 7508
kgroverwier@fs.fed.us 
Description: This collaborative project proposes vegetation restoration, fuel reduction in WUI areas, mountain bike trail construction, road closures/decomissioning and aquatic organism passage elements within a 22,850 acre project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37159
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. Lower Clear Creek subwatershed, immediately north of Lowman , ID.
Idaho Power - Buried Power Line, Archie Creek Road
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 12/02/2011  12/2011 Elaine Alexander
208-373-4318
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extension of an existing buried power line to provide service to a private residence.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Elmore. LEGAL - T. 08 N., R. 08 E., sec. 04. Archie Creek Road, west of intersection of Archie Creek Road on Valley View Way; private land.
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:05/2012
 
07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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:01/2012
Actual: 06/06/2011
05/16/2011 
01/2012 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.
Whitehawk Communications Site Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/22/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 John Kidd
208-374-5422
jkidd@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal includes installation of a communications building near Whitehawk Lookout to improve emergency radio frequencies for Valley Co. The building is 8 ' x 8 ' set on 2' x 2' concrete pads.
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T11N, R 8E, Section 17, NE 1/4. Near Whitehawk Lookout in Bear Valley, approximately 15 air miles north of Lowman, Idaho.
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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
BSU Snow Hydrology Research Station SUP
CE
- Research and Development  Completed  Actual: 12/15/2011  01/2012 Lori Ankrum
208-587-7961 ex 7132
lankrum@fs.fed.us 
Description: Boise State University proposes to install and maintain a new snow hydrology research station. Three 2-inch diameter, 10-foot tall steel poles and one 12-foot tower would be installed to support radar cables and meteorological instruments.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. The research station would be located at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.
Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:09/2012  05/2013 Karl Welch
907-874-7548
kwelch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continue to authorize sheep grazing on the Featherville allotment. The Featherville sheep allotment encompasses about 143,000 acres.
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.
Hammett Livestock Co. (Ann Wilson) Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012  02/2012 Lori Ankrum
208-587-7961 ex 7132
lankrum@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would issue a special use permit for five years to authorize less than a mile of “let-down” fence on NFS lands with the express purpose of livestock grazing on NFS land under a perpetual grazing easement.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Township 2N, Range 10E, Section 30. Fence is located on NFS land near the Pine-Featherville Road.
Shafer Butte, Lower Deer, Deer, and Doe Point Communication Sites SUP Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/14/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Lori Ankrum
208-587-7961 ex 7132
lankrum@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would re-issue the special use permits for sixteen existing communication sites.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. Communication Sites are located at Lower Deer Point (1), Deer Point (6), Shafer Butte (8), and Doe Point (1) near Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.