Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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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)

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
Lick Creek Water Association Water System Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/10/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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
West Zone Firewood Roads 2013
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/16/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
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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
2013 West Zone Range NEPA Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/16/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
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, and Mill Creek (Council Ranger District) C&H Allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41040
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T16N, R2W; T16N, R3W; T17N, R2W; T17N, R3W; T18N, R2W; T18N, R3W. Three allotments are northwest of Council, Idaho and one (Warm Springs C&H) is north of Council, Idaho. See Vicintiy Map.
Adams County Mill Creek Road/Old Cascade Road FRTA Easement Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/13/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 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.
Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 01/2014 
Expected:04/2014  05/2014 Robert Bumgarner
208-365-7012
rbumgarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is in the planning phase. It covers approximately 50,000 acres and is in the Weiser -Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Restoration Project area. Opportunities for forest and watershed restoration will be assessed.
Location: UNIT - Council Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - T14N R1E AND R2E; T15N R1E AND R2E; T16N R1E AND R2E; T17N R2E, BM. Middle Fork of the Weiser River Watershed, 10 miles southeast of Council, 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/12/2013  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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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  Completed  Actual: 02/26/2013  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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Krassel RD - 2013 Outfitter and Guide Permit Actions
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Anthony Botello
209-295-4251
abbotello@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to reissue permits for Mackay Bar Guest Ranch, Salmon River Lodge, MOSS, Trent Bullock, and Pineland Outfitters of Idaho. The project would only reuthorize the current use with all changes being administrative in nature.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41337
Location: UNIT - Krassel Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. Payette, Salmon-Challis, and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:08/2013
 
11/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:07/2013
 
08/2013 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.
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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
Bear Pete Trail (#142) Re-Route Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/14/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
10/2013 Andrew Peterson
208-634-0440
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action would re-route three sections of the Bear Pete (#142) Trail as the trail climbs from Cloochman Saddle to the Bear Pete ridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41267
Location: UNIT - McCall Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Idaho, Valley. LEGAL - Township 22 North Range 4 East, Sections 28, 29, and 32; Boise Meridian, Valley and Idaho County, ID. The project area is located near Secesh Summit approximately 20 air miles North of McCall, Idaho.
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/14/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40276
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
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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  Completed  Actual: 03/20/2013  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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