Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
Payette 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, Payette National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest,  Council Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest,  Krassel Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest,  McCall Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest,  New Meadows Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Payette National Forest,  Weiser Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Payette 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
Gillihan No Name Creek Water System Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would approve the application for continued operation and maintenance of the No Name Creek water system providing water to private property for irrigation, domestic and hydropower use.
Location: UNIT - Payette National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 21 N., R. 9 E., Section 35; Boise Meridain, Valley County, Idaho. Edwardsburg, ID in the Big Creek Drainage of the Middle Fork Salmon River.
Lick Creek Water Association Water System Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would approve the application for the operation and maintenance of the Lick Creek Water Association (LCWA) improvements to provide water to private property.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39807
Location: UNIT - Payette National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 20. N., R. 9 E., Section 2; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. Edwardsburg, ID in the Big Creek Drainage of the Middle Fork Salmon River.
Snowmobile Trail Grooming in Valley, Adams and Idaho Counties
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/19/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
11/2013 Jane Cropp
208-634-0757
jcropp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to support and maintain the ongoing winter snowmobile trail-grooming program in cooperation with Valley County and the State of Idaho parks and Recreation Department.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37513
Location: UNIT - Payette National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - Council, New Meadows, McCall Ranger Districts. Valley, Adams, and Idaho County.
Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment) [101]
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Anderson Soucek
208-634-0812
psoucek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Short- and long-term management strategies and priorities for maintaining and restoring habitats associated with terrestrial wildlife species.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28633
Location: UNIT - Payette National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Idaho, Valley, Washington. Payette National Forest.
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Payette National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2013 West Zone Range NEPA Analysis
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 Robert Bumgarner
208-365-7012
rbumgarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Range NEPA analysis on Crooked River On/Off, Johnson Creek, Mill Creek (Council Ranger District) and Warm Springs C&H Allotments (New Meadows Rangeer District).
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41040
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District, New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T16N, R2W; T16N, R3W; T17N, R2W; T17N, R3W; T18N, R1W; T18N, R2W; T18N, R3W; T19N, R1W. Three allotments are northwest of Council, Idaho and one (Warm Springs C&H) is north of Council, Idaho. See Vicintiy Map.
West Zone Firewood Roads 2013
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  07/2013 Jeff Canfield
208-253-0127
jcanfield@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to open areas on selected roads that are currently closed on the Council and Weiser Ranger Districts for firewood cutting and gathering for about a month in July and August of 2013 under personal use firewood permitting.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41045
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Washington. This location of selected roads are distributed on the Council Ranger District and one road on the Weiser Ranger District approximately 10 miles northwest of Cambridg, Idaho.
West Zone Payette Timber Stand Improvement [12]
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Clark Lucas
208-634-0424
clucas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-commercially thin approximately 5000 acres of wild and planted stands (over a five year period) from the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s . This project would thin stands from 300 to 1000 stems per acre to about 200 trees per acre.
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Washington. LEGAL - T18N,R1E,Sections 7-9,17-22,27-34;T18N,R3W,Sections 1,12,13,24;T18N,R2W,Sections 4-1,13,14,16-20;T19N,R3W,Sections 5-8,17,18;T15N,R4W,Sections 7-19,30,31;T15N, R5W,Sections 1,3-17,21,23-26. Management Areas 2 and 3.
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Payette National Forest,   Council Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Adams County Mill Creek Road/Old Cascade Road FRTA Easement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:02/2013  02/2013 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grant an easement to Adams County that extends from the Forest Boundary on Mill Creek Road (50165), proceeds northeast through the Mill Creek Snowmobile Parking area, crosses Mill Creek, on to the Old Cascade Road (501652000).
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T. 17N., R. 1E., section 31. The project is approximately 2 1/2 miles northeast of Council, Idaho.
Idaho Power Company Big Bar-Silver King Mine 12kV buried distribution line special use permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/01/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation and maintenance of a 12kV buried distribution line approximately 6.7 miles in length with a 15 foot right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Begins at T. 21N., R. 3W., section 31 and ends at T. 20N., R. 3W., section 2. The line begins at Big Bar in Hells Canyon and extends cross country above Cuprum, Idaho to the Silver King Mine.
Idaho Power Company Oxbow-McCall 138kV transmission line special use permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/01/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation and maintenance of a 138kV transmission line that is approximately 12.6 miles in length with a 100 foot right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - The project begins at T. 19N, R. 3W, section 31 and ends at T. 18N, R. 1E, section 21 on Forest System land. The line extends from the Oxbow substation in Hells Canyon to the McCall substation in McCall, Idaho.
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Payette National Forest,   Krassel 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 Lodge Resort Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use authorization, to the new owner J. Curtis Earl Idaho Aviation Foundation, for a new term to replace an existing or expired special use authorization at the Big Creek Lodge Resort.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40594
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 21 N., R. 9 E., Section 26 SW , Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. The project area is located at the Big Creek Public Service Site adjacent to the Big Creek Guard Station and across the road from the Big Creek Campground and public use airstrip, roughly 30 air miles.
Gillihan No Name Creek Water System Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: The continued diversion and transmission of water from No Name Creek, a tributary of Big Creek, with approximately 200 feet of 10 inch diameter conduit pipe across National Forest system land to private property.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39420
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.21N., R.9E., section 35, NW1/4, NE1/4, Boise Meridian. Big Creek is approximately 70 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho.
Golden Hand #1 and #2 Lode Mining Claims Plan of Operations [81]
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/29/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
08/2013 Jim Egnew
208-634-0700
jegnew@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan of Operations (POO) proposal to allow for collection of subsurface geological information on the Golden Hand #1 and #2 mining claims. The mining claims are located in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27442
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - T22N, R9E, Section 23, Boise Meridian. Approximately 50 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho. The claims encompass approximately 20 acres each adjacent to Coin Creek, a tributary of Beaver Creek.
Golden Meadows Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 10/01/2012  01/2013 Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would conduct exploration drilling in 26 drill areas within NFS land. Roughly 139 drill pads would be used to conduct drilling activiities. Associated actvities include a well, access roads, water lines, and rock source.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37756
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 15, 13, 14, Township 18 North, Range 9 East, and Section 35, Township 19 North, Range 9 East, Boise Meridian. The project is located in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining District in central Idaho, approximately 14 miles east of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Krassel Administrative Hazard Tree Project
CE
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 12/03/2012  02/2013 Tom Bates
208-634-0610
tbates@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would remove roughly 40 mature trees from the Krassel Guard Station administrative site.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40018
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T19N, R6E, section 21. 19 miles east of McCall.
Lower Secesh Watershed Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Proposed Action would implement a range of activities, including road decommissioning/rehabilitation, route designation, stream crossing improvement, trail designation or improvements, and interpretive improvements.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35966
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 20 N., R. 5 E., T. 20 N., R. 6 E., T. 21 N., R. 6 E.; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. The analysis area is located within the Secesh and South Fork of the Salmon River drainages and is approximately 18 miles north and east of McCall, ID.
Silver Run Bulk Sampling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
06/2013 Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would conduct bulk sampling of a silver deposit in order to evaluate feasibility of long term mining.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39058
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 17 N., R. 6 E., Section 14; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. Silver Creek a Tributary of South Fork Salmon River.
Vaughn Water System [78]
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 Denise Cobb
208-634-0446
dfcobb@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a special use permit for a diversion on Lick Creek, open irrigation ditch (approximately 150), cement check dam and gate on ditch, waterline covering 960 feet and 250 gallon underground holding tank.
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T.20N., R.9E., section 2, B.M. Diversion is off of Lick Creek in the Big Creek area, approximately 39 miles northeast of McCall, Idaho.
Zena Ranch Hazard Tree Project
CE
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0434
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would fell and remove dead and imminently dead trees immediately adjacent the Zena Ranch.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37443
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 20 N., R. 6 E., Section 29; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. Zena Creek Ranch near the confluence of Secesh River and Zena Creek.
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Payette National Forest,   McCall Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rescue Mine Expansion Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeff Hunteman
208-634-0462
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to reauthorize the continuing use of the existing infrastructure, the addition of new facilities, and exploratory drilling.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34374
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho. LEGAL - T. 22 N., R 6 E., Section 11, Boise Meridian, Idaho County, Idaho. Approximately one half mile southeast of Warren, ID.
Twentymile Trail Re-routes
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  07/2013 Andrew Peterson
208-634-0440
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes reconstructing numerous sections of the Twentymile Trail (#085) by re-routing around washed out or significantly troughed portions of the trail, as well as moving it out of wet meadow systems using hand and power tools.
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T. 21 N., R. 4 E.; Boise Meridian, Valley County, Idaho. Twentymile Trail near the Upper Payette Lake.
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Payette National Forest,   New Meadows Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brundage Mountain Resort Cat-Ski Outfitter and Guide Permit Boundary Expansion
EA
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/01/2012  12/2012 Jane Cropp
208-634-0757
jcropp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend the existing Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit issued to Brundage Mountain Resort for their Cat-skiing program, expand the existing boundary up to Six Mile Ridge in the Granite Mountain Area.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37511
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T20N R2E. Granite Mountain near Goose Lake Reservoir.
Goose Lake Dispersed Camp Restoration Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 10/01/2012  07/2013 Leigh Bailey
208-347-0335
lbailey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitate dispersed camping sites along the northeast shore of Goose Lake by decommissioning a small portion (.1 miles) of Forest Road 50508 and converting it into a trail, and revegetating selected dispersed camping sites.
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T20N, R2E, Sections 1, 11, 12, 13 and 14, Boise Meridian. North of New Meadows, Idaho, along northeast shore of Goose Lake,.
Lost Cr/Boulder Cr Landscape Restoration Project
EIS
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 01/2013 
Expected:01/2014  06/2014 Ken Meyers
208-347-0344
kmeyers01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Move forest vegetation, fuels / fire conditions toward historical range of variability to reduce wildland fire risk, improve wildlife habitat / watershed conditions, meet Forest Plan direction, by mechanical thinning / harvest and prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33830
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T18N, R1W; T19N, R2W; T20N, R1W; T20N, R2W; T21N, R1W. Western portion of New Meadows Ranger District.
Rapid River Trails
EA
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Michael Beckwith
208-347-0325
mabeckwith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Change trail use designation in and crossing Rapid R Wild River Corridor to non-motorized / -mechanized; investigate joining trails designated 2-wheel motorized to the W and E of the Corridor; and 2-wheel motorized access to Lick Cr Lookout.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36507
Location: UNIT - New Meadows Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - R1W, T21N, Sec. 28, 29, 31, 32; R1W, T20N, Sec. 6, 7; R2W, T21N, Sec. 36. New trail construction and/or reconstruction in R2W, T20N, Sec. 1 and/or R1W, T30N, Sec. 6. Around the southern end of the designated Rapid River Wild River Corridor in the western portion of New Meadows Ranger District.
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Payette National Forest,   Weiser Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fence and Gate Sturgill Wildlife Management Area
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/01/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
03/2013 Kathryn Nash
208-634-0416
knash@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Power Company has requested authorization to maintain an existing barbed wire fence and gate on National Forest Land adjacent to the Sturgill Wildlife Management Area.
Location: UNIT - Weiser Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Washington. LEGAL - T. 15N, R. 6W, section 14. Approximately 20 miles west of Cambridge, Idaho.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.