Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
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 09/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/09/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
09/2014 Glen Stein
801-625-5281
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to prepare environmental impact statements (EISs) and supplemental environmental impact statements to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into Bureau of Land Management land use plans and Forest Plans.
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison. Boise NF, Salmon-Challis NF, Caribou-Targhee NF, Sawtooth NF, Curlew NG.
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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
Idaho Power Company Line #328 Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The special use permit for Line 328 would be renewed for another 20-year term. The renewed permit, including those portions of Line 328 on the Emmett and Cascade Ranger Districts only, would also address access to the power line and its structures.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34320
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District, Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Gem, Valley. LEGAL - T.15N., R.6E. South Fork Salmon River, Johnson Creek, North Fork payette River, and Squaw Creek drainages.
Snowmobile Trail Grooming in Valley, Gem, and Boise Counties
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2012  11/2012 Michael Dimmett
208-382-7430
mdimmett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Proposed Action would consist of authorizing a cost-share agreement between the Forest Service, Valley County, and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation allowing Valley County to groom roughly 243 miles of snowmobile trails.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37654
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District, Cascade Ranger District, Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Gem, Valley. Valley, Gem, and Boise Counties on the Boise NF (Areas 43b, 43c, and 43d).
Special Use Permit Renewal for Qwest (Century Link)
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  12/2012 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
Big Creek WBP Enhancement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 Mark Leis
208-382-7400
mleis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance survival of mature and immature whitebark pine on roughly 1,200 acres by eliminating competing conifer species.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T15N, R5E, Section 24. Big Creek Summit.
FAA Shed Fuel Reduction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013  06/2013 Mark Loseke
208-382-7400
mloseke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber stand improvement and elimination of wildfire hazard on roughly 10 acres.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T12N, R3E, Section 3. Weast Mountain, FAA shed.
Juniper Mountain Outfitters - O&G Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Stolle Priority Watershed Reforestation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013  06/2013 Mark Leis
208-382-7400
mleis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plant conifers on approximately 6,500 acres consumed by wildfire.
Location: UNIT - Cascade Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T15N, R7E. South Fork Salmon River, Stolle Subwatershed.
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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 Ditch Bill Easement
CE
- Land ownership management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Michelle McCammon
208-382-7440
mmccammon@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project does not require a written decision (ie Decision Memo) and therefore was removed from the SOPA..
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T8N, R5E, Sec 6&7. Horn Creek Pipeline.
Emmett Ranger District Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Land ownership management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Michelle McCammon
208-382-7440
mmccammon@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project does not require a written decision (ie Decision Memo) and therefore was removed from the SOPA.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Gem. LEGAL - T12N, R2E, Sec 34;. Sage Hen Reservoir;.
Emmett Ranger District Ditch Bill Easements
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Cheryl Mulder
208-382-7440
cmulder@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project does not require a written decision (ie Decision Memo) and therefore was removed from the SOPA.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T8N, R5E, Section 10. Hank's Creek, South Fork Payette River.
Pyle-Anderson Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/20/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
05/2013 John Riling
208-365-7000
jriling@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to restore vegetation conditions on about 1,626 acres of ponderosa pine plantations on the Emmett Ranger District. Plantations would be thinned using chainsaws followed by activity fuels treatments.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38703
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - T10N, R05E, Sections 31 & 32 and T09N, R05E, Sections 04-09, 15-18, 20, and 21. The project area is located in the Pyle Creek and Anderson Creek subwatersheds.
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 09/07/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 11,510 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  Completed  Actual: 09/24/2012
09/24/2012 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 12 miles northeast of Ola, Idaho. The Tripod allotment is approximately 5 miles west of Smiths Ferry, Idaho.
Water System Special Use Permit Renewal 2012
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  02/2013 Mark Bingman
208-382-7422
mbingman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use renewal for a group water systems on the Emmett Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Emmett Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Valley. Water Developments on the Emmett Ranger District in the Middle Fork Payette River , North Fork Payette River, and South Fork Payette River drainages.
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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
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:09/2013  12/2013 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) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  05/2013 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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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 is proposed to be developed at the junct. of NFS 246 and NFS 268. The rd will be converted to a trail that allows motorized use (< 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.
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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 12/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
09/2013 John Kidd
208-374-5422
jkidd@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 Precipitation Gauge Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/27/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
07/2013 Melissa Yenko
208-373-4245
myenko@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Power is proposing to install precipitation gauges at four existing weather monitoring sites. The data from the precipitation gauges is needed to monitor Idaho Power’s weather modification project and for research purposes.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40358
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise, Valley. Gauges would be placed at NRCS SNOTEL sites at Banner Summit, Cozy Cove, and Deadwood Summit and at the Bearskin Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) site.
Wapiti Blue Stewardship Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/06/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
12/2013 John Kidd
208-374-5422
jkidd@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 Systems Special Use Permit Renewal - Group 2
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/17/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 John Kidd
208-374-5422
jkidd@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit renewal for 8 water systems on the Lowman Ranger District within the SF Payette River Corridor including systems on Richards Creek, Kirkham Creek, Wapiti Creek, Long Creek, 2 systems on Dustman Creek and 2 systems on Fence Cr.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38940
Location: UNIT - Lowman Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. LEGAL - 8 locations within the SF Payette River Corridor. Eight separate water systems on small streams scattered along the SF Payette River corridor from the junction of Highway 21 and the Banks-Lowman Rd east to the Grandjean area.
Whitehawk Communications Site Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/17/2012  10/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36699
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
Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/23/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Holly Myers
208-587-7961
hamyers@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will evaluate current livestock management on the Featherville Sheep and Goat (S&G) Allotment and proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing on approximately 142,800 acres of National Forest System land.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Foothills Frenzy 50K Trail Race
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Lori Ankrum
208-587-7961 ex 7132
lankrum@fs.fed.us 
Description: Foothills Frenzy 50K Trail Race would use 3.5 miles of NFS road 275, commonly referred to as the Boise Ridge Road.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boise. NFS road 275, Boise Ridge Road.
Henry Clay Mineral Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Casey Watson
208-587-7961 x 7171
cwatson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proponent proposes to conduct minerals exploration activities to acquire detailed geologic data within the Henry Clay mineral claims group to determine the extent of the mineral resources.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - Portions of Sections 17, 18, and 20, Township 7 North, Range 4 East, Boise Meridian. The Henry Clay mineral claims are located between Featherville and Rocky Bar, Idaho.
Idaho Power Smith Prairie Permit Renewal (Formerly Idaho Power Dixie 31 Special Use Permit)
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Scott Bodle
208-587-7961 ext. 7149
sbodle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Power has submitted an application to renew the special use authorization for the Smith Prairie (Dixie 31) powerline.
Location: UNIT - Mountain Home Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. Portions of the Idaho Power Dixie 31 Powerline located on the Mountain Home 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.