Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Salmon-Challis 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, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Lost River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Middle Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  North Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Salmon-Cobalt 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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Salmon-Challis 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
Forest Plan Amendments: Forest-wide Grazing Capability/Suitability Assessment
EA
- Land management planning
- Grazing management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Karryl Krieger
208-756-5102
kkrieger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) associated with an updated Forest-wide grazing capability/suitability assessment on the Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Butte, Clark, Custer, Lemhi, Valley. Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Management Indicator Species Restoration Plan Amendments
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Karen Gallogly
208-756-5103
kgallogly@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend the Forest Plans to provide a restoration plan for Management Indicator Speices habitat in less than satisfactory condition within grazing allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28383
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. Salmon-Challis National Forest.
NRCS Snow Data Sites Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Gail Baer
208-756-5128
gbaer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting a reissuance of the Special Use Permits for operation, maintenance, and conversion of manual snow courses and automated SNOTEL data collection sites on Forest Service Lands.
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. The manual snow courses and automated SNOTEL data collection sites are located across the Salmon-Challis National Forest outside of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Salmon-Challis Forestwide Integrated Weed Management
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/23/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
03/2014 Jennifer Purvine
208-879-4162
jpurvine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement adaptive and integrated invasive plant management on current and potential infested areas which would include inventory and assessment designed to support Early Detection Rapid Response, control methods, monitoring, and rehabilitation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36537
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Butte, Custer, Lemhi. Salmon-Challis National Forest outside of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Upper Yankee Fork Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/21/2010 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 John Fowler
208-879-4168
jfowler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to prescribe burn under management conditions to reduce the continuous heavy ground and ladder fuels and reduce the overstory density in the upper reaches of Trapper Creek and the head of the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32990
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T14N, R16E, Sections 3, 9-11, 13-17, 19-23, 26-34. All or parts of these sections. Sixteen miles west of Challis Idaho in the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River and Trapper Creek in the FCRONRW.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bonanza Forest Products Project
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/11/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 David Morris
208-879-4127
dmorris01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide a area where several forests products can be removed under a 2400-1 Personal Use Permit on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. Products include: Commerical Fuelwood, Post and Poles, House-logs, Gate-logs, and incidental Saw-logs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37102
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 12 N, R 17 E, Sec. 17 & 18, Boise Meridian. Project location due west of Bonanza Guard Station in the Yankee Fork Drainage.
Challis-Yankee Fork RD Outfitter permit re-issuance; (2) operations
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012  04/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mile High and 4x4 outfitters permits to operate commercial guided services for a total of 225 priority use days and 2 assigned camps, for big game and preditor hunting, fishing, and trail rides on portions of the Challis/Yankee Fork District.
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. Portions of the Challis/Yankee Fork Ranger District.
Morgan Creek Allotment Pasture Fence
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 10/03/2011  06/2012 Barry Dopp
208-879-4161
bdopp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 2 miles of fencing paralleling the Morgan Creek road to subdivide an existing grazing pasture and avoid livestock congregation along upper Morgan Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31028
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 16 N, R 19 E, Sec. 6, 7, 18; T 17 N, R 19 E, Sec 31; Boise Meridian. Lick Creek to Van Horn Creek along Forest Road # 40055 (Morgan Creek road). Approx. 18 mi. north of Challis, ID.
Reauthorization Of Grazing on the Spud Creek and Marco Creek Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/20/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
05/2013 Barry Dopp
208-879-4161
bdopp@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing on the Spud and Marco Creek Allotments consistent with existing management in order to continue to meet or move toward desired resource conditions (see project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21209
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Marco Creek Alloment:T10N,R18E,Sec10,15,17,18,20,&21-SpudCreek Allotment T10N, R17 andR18E,Sec 5,,67,8,9,10,15,16,17,&21. The Spud Creek and Marco Creek Alloments is located in the East Fork of the Salmon River.
Thompson Creek Mineral Exploration 2
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/08/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Kathryn Goessel
208-879-4158
kgoessel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thompson Creek Mining Company plans to conduct exploratory core drilling in the Thompson Creek drainage. Three exploration areas have been identified, two of which will require short segments of road construction or reconstruction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35265
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - sections 28 & 33, T12N R16E, Boise Meridian. 9 drill sites along Thompson Creek Road, 9 drill sites east of the Tungsten Jim abandoned mine site, 2 drill sites along lower Basin Creek.
Thompson Creek Modified Plan of Operation
EIS
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/03/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
03/2013 Kathryn Goessel
208-879-4158
kgoessel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Thompson Creek Mining Company (TCMC) has submitted a plan of operations (POO) that would allow for mining to continue to approximately 2030. The POO proposes new surface disturbance on approximately 500 acres of private and public lands.
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/info/nepa/nepa/thompson_creek_mine.html
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T11N, R17E, Secs, 6, T11N, R16E, Secs, 1-4, 11-12, T12N, R16E, Secs 25, 34-36, T12N, R17E, Secs 31. The Thompson Creek Mine is located in Custer County, Idaho approximately 5 miles north of the Salmon River and 35 miles southwest of the county seat of Challis.
Yankee Fork Pond Series 3 Fish Habitat Enhancement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Bart Gamett
208-588-3400
bgamett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project is designed to enhance fish habitat within/along the Yankee Fork Salmon River by restoring a dredged mined area to a more natural condition. The project is located on both private and National Forest system lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37932
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T12N R15E section 29. Yankee Fork River approximately 0.5 miles below the confluence of Yankee Fork and West Fork Yankee Fork.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Lost River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sawmill Canyon Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/29/2011
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 David Morris
208-879-4127
dmorris01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will implement various sivicultural managment techniques to reduce fuels, restore decadent aspen stands, provide commercial forest products, and address insect epidemic that is currently occurring in the drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37108
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - T12N, R25E, S.1,2; T12N, R26E,S. 5-8; T13N, R25E, S. 25,36; T13N, R26E, S. 30, 31, Boise Meridian. Project Area is located in Sawmill Canyon the headwaters of the Little Lost River drainage, 35 miles NNE of Mackay, Idaho.
Anderson/Swamps Hummock Research
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012  07/2012 Joshua Edwards
208-588-3400
jledwards@fs.fed.us 
Description: Studying the restoration of hummocked wetlands with mechanical treatment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37880
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T5N, R22E ,Section 2, NW . 13 miles southwest of Mackay, Idaho, Custer County.
Antelope Valley Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/04/2007 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Joshua Edwards
208-588-3405
jledwards@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize grazing on the Antelope, Leadbelt, Dry Fork, Sawmill Canyon and Stoddard Canyon grazing allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19137
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte, Custer. LEGAL - parts of T 3 & 4 N, R 23 E. Antelope Valley in Butte and Custer County encompassing 47,729 acres, 18 miles south of Mackay.
Ballpark Road Re-location
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Melissa Fowler
208-588-2224
mfowler01@fs.fed.us 
Description: To re-locate approx. 600 yards of Road #714 in the "Ballpark" area of the Lost River Ranger District. The re-location will bypass a wet area where resource damage is occurring. The proposal includes decommissioning the abandoned road route.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38011
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T7N, R18E, Section 21, B.M. The "Ballpark" is located in the upper end of the North Fork of the Big Lost River Drainage, 35 miles west of Mackay, Idaho.
Bear Basin Whitebark Pine Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:10/2012  06/2013 Mike Foster
208-588-2224
mfoster02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will utilize prescribed fire to remove the subalpine fir component within the treatment area. This is being done to enhance whitebark pine vigor and regeneration
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32399
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T13N R26E S33 B.M. Approximately 1 mile southeast of Firebox Meadows in Sawmill Canyon on the Lost River Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, in the Little Lost River watershed.
Bell Mountain Allotment, Deep Creek Spring Pipeline Extension
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 Jessica Dhaemers
208-588-3414
jdhaemers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add a section of pipeline and one trough to an existing developed spring and pipeline. This project would add a trough on NFS administered land to better distribute livestock across the pasture.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37885
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte. LEGAL - SW of NW of Section 14, Township 10N Range 27E, Butte County. First developed spring north of the Deep Creek drainage on the Bell Mountain Allotment. Zone 11N North 802729.359, East 4900937.945, Datum NAD83.
Brockie Lake Trail Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Bart Gamett
208-588-2224
bgamett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will replace a 0.2 mile section of the existing trail that is steep (up to 42% slope) and causing resource damage with a 0.4 mile section of trail that is less steep (generally less than 15% slope) and is more environmentally sound
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37836
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T4N R22E sections 9 and 16 (Boise Meridian). Brockie Lake Trail (Forest Trail # 4058) in the Right Fork Iron Bog Creek approximately 3,000 above the trailhead.
Cherry Creek Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Philip McNeal
208-879-4179
pmcneal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of 1.8 miles of Trail #4347 out of the riparian zone of Cherry Creek for resource protection and improved user safety. Trail is open to wheeled vehicles 50 inches or less in width during a designated season of 05/22 to 09/07.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38005
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 5 N, R 23 E, Sections 3,10,14. Cherry Creek, approx. 10 miles SSW of Mackay, Idaho.
Kane Canyon Road Repair
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Bart Gamett
208-588-3420
bgamett@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will replace a 500 foot section of the Kane Creek Road #134 that has washed out. The project will eliminate resource damage associated with vehicle use at the washed out section of road while still maintaining access to the trailhead.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37837
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T6N R19E section 23. Kane Creek approximately 3.6 miles south of Summit Creek and 28 miles west of Mackay, Idaho.
Lost River Small Batch Fences
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Joshua Edwards
208-588-3400
jledwards@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to construct five segments of fence totalling 1.25 miles and installing three cattleguards on Forest roads to better manage livestock in Copper Basin, North Fork and Kane Canyon areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37963
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Road/Ramey T6N R21E Sec 23 SW , North Fork T7N R19E Sec 26, 35, 36, Kane Lake TH T6N R19E Section 27 NE . Road/Ramey- 17 miles SW of Mackay, ID , North Fork- 28 miles W of Mackay, ID, Kane Lake TH- 28 miles WSW of Mackay, ID. All in Custer Co.
Mud Lake Water Development
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Carmela Leavitt
208-588-2224
carmelaleavitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lost River Ranger District is re-analyzing and making a new decision for a proposal to develop stock water in the Southeast Unit of the Pass Creek Allotment. The development involves drilling a well, storage tank, 1.5 mi. pipeline with 4 troughs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30498
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte, Custer. LEGAL - Section 31, T8N, R26E, and Section 36, T8N, R25E Boise Meridian, Custer County, Idaho. The Mud Lake Water Development is located in Section 31, T8N, R26E, and Section 36, T8N, R25E Boise Meridian, Custer County, Idaho. Access to the location is approximately 7 miles.
Sawmill Aspen Treatment (North Side)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  10/2012 Mike Foster
208-588-2224
mfoster02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore aspen viability by removing conifer competition from existing aspen stands. Treatment area is app. 198 acres in size. Treatment area is located in Sawmill Canyon, north side of Sawmill Canyon Road (FR101) from Firebox Creek to Warm Creek.
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Portions of T13N, R26E, sections 20, 29, 31, and 32. T12N, R26E, sections 5-9, 15-17, 21-23, 26, 27, 34, and 35. T11N, R26e, sections 2 and 3. The project is located on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lost River Ranger District, Little Lost River drainage, Sawmill Canyon, Lemhi County, Idaho.
Sawtooth Mountain Guides
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew recreation permit for Sawtooth Mountain Guides to conduct mountaineering, ice climbing for 30 priority use days in the Lost River Range on the Lost River Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. Location on Mt Borah, Leatherman Peak, Pioneer Range(Devil;s Bedstead, Hyndman Peak).
Starhope Fuels Reduction Prescribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/17/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 John Fowler
208-879-4168
jfowler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat excessive dead and down firewood slash on 315 acres by means of broadcast burning 40 to 70% of the project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33909
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T5N, R21E, S22, 23, 26 and 27, BM. The proposed action area is located at the end of the Copper Basin Loop between Muldoon Canyon and Starhope Creek.
Swamps/Anderson Hummocks Research
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Joshua Edwards
208-588-3400
jledwards@fs.fed.us 
Description: Researching the restoration of hummocked wetlands through mechanical treatment.
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte, Custer. LEGAL - Legal Description: T5 R22 Section 2 NW . The area selected for this study is located in Custer County, Idaho approximately 13 miles southwest of Mackay, Idaho. Coordinates: UTM Zone 11 N 4853714 E 756584.
Windy Devil SUP AT&T
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/12/2011  04/2012 Gail Baer
208-756-5128
gbaer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed permit would allow the construction of a new 60-foot cellphone tower and associated building at the existing Windy Devil Communications site.
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Section 24, T7N, R23E Boise Principal Meridian. Windy Devil Communications Site.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Middle Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Diamond D Ranch
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew recreation permit for Diamond D Ranch to conduct hunting for elk, deer, goat, sheep, bear, cougar, predators and recreation fishing, trailrides, backpacking for 279 priority service days on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T14NR14ESEC1&T14NR15ESEC16. Between Trapper Creek, Pinyon Peak Lookout, Horseshoe Lake, and Loon Creek Summit on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Flying Resort Ranches
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew recreation permit for Flying Resort Ranches to conduct hunting for elk, deer, goat, sheep, moose, bear, cougar, predators, forest grouse and recreation fishing, trailrides, and backpacking for 1097 priority service days on the Middle Fork RD.
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T18NR13ESEC5&T19NR13ESEC22&T18NR14ESEC14. Between Middle Fork Peak Lookout and Sheep Creek along the Middle Fork River.
Mayfield Creek Diversion Screen
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Chris Grove
208-879-4105
cgrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue Special Use Authorization Replace Existing diversion structure with Screened and metered diversion structure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33192
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T14N, R13E, Sec.14, B.M. Middle Fork Ranger District, Mayfield Creek; a tributary of Loon Creek in the Middle Fork watershed.
Middle Fork Management Company
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew recreation permit for Middle Fork Management Company to conduct hunting for elk, deer, goat, sheep, bear, cougar, predators, forest grouse, chukar and recreation trailrides, fishing and backpacking for 739 service days on the Middle Fork RD
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T17NR12ESEC29&T16NR11ESEC36. Between Chet Creek and Pungo Creek across the Middle Fork River on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Middle Fork Ranch
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew recreation permit for Middle Fork Ranch to conduct landbased hunting operations for elk, deer, bear, cougar, predators, forest grouse, and chukar, recreation fishing and trailrides for 564 priority service days on the Middle Fork Ranger Distric
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T15NR11E sec7 and T17NR10Esec25. Middle Fork Ranger District along the Middle Fork River between Grays Peak, Chilcot Peak, and Meadow Creek Lookout.
Middle Fork Salmon River -24- Outfitter Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue ten-year priority use permits to 24 companies to operate on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The permits are consistent with amount and proportion of guided use allowed in the Frank Church River of No Return Management Plan.
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - MF1 and MF2 of the Salmon river. portions of the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Sulphur Creek Aircraft landing Strip
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Chris Grove
208879-4105
cgrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of a special use permit for a portion of the Sulphur Creek landing strip which is located on national Forest lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15530
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Valley. LEGAL - T 14 N, R 9 E, SE 1/4, NW 1/4, Section 21, B.M. West of Sulphur Creek Ranch, which is located approximately 4 miles up Sulphur Creek from it's mouth west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon river.
Wild Idaho Outfitters
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2009 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue recreation permit for Wild Idaho Outfitters conducting hunting for elk, deer, goat, sheep, bear, cougar, predators, forest grouse, and chukar and recreation fishing, trailrides, backpacking, phototrips for 125 priority service days.
Location: UNIT - Middle Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T15NR16ESEC29&TT17NR15ESEC34. Between Twin Peaks, Sl;eeping Deer Road and Twin Peaks and Trapper Creek and Camas Creek to Sleeping Deer Road.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   North Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Continental Divide Trail - Bradley Gulch Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Lawrence Vogel
208-865-2726
levogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will look to reduce user conflicts between motorized and non motorized users on the Bradley Gulch section of the Continental Divide Trail. The new contructed section will be approximately 1.5 miles long.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23538
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. Approximately 6 miles ESE of Gibbonsville, Idaho in the Bradley Gulch drainage.
Copper Canyon Mine Exploration Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/25/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
akriwox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration drilling that proposes removal of dirt and boulders from the original 1200 ft unimproved access road and conducting subsurface drilling using an underground, rail mounted diamond core drill rig. No new surface disturbance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37280
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T. 23 N., R. 16 E., Section 26, B.M. North side of the main Salmon River canyon, approximately 20 mi. WSW of North Fork, Idaho.
Corn Creek Boat Launch Expansion
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/22/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
08/2012 Lawrence Vogel
208-865-2726
levogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of existing areas in the Corn Creek Boat Launch site on the main Salmon River for improved safety and accessibility of users
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21587
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T23N, R14E. Section 1, B.M. Corn Creek on the Main Salmon River, 42 miles west of North Fork, Idaho.
North Fork RD Land Based Big Horn Outfitters permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of special use permits for Bighorn Outfitters for activities such as big game, preditor and upland bird hunting; trailrides, hiking, photography, and fishing.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. Portions of the North Fork Ranger District.
Outfitter & Guide Special Use permit Renewal -- Salmon River Lodge
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew special use permit under 10 year authority.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=15728
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T 23 & 24 N, R 13 & 14 E, BPM. Portions of Lemhi County west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, on north and south of the Main Salmon River within the FCRNR Wilderness.
Saddle Springs Trophy Outfitters LLC
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/19/2007 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of recreation special use permit for hunting, fishing, backpacking, and snowmobiling.
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Beginning at the mouth of Squaw Creek (Sec. 24, T24N, R19E, BM); then northwesterly up Squaw Creek to the mouth of the West Fork of Squaw Creek; then continuing northwesterly up the West Fork of Squaw. Portions of the North Fork Ranger District.
Upper North Fork HFRA Ecosystem Restoration Project
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/03/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Margaret Milligan
208-865-2711
mmilligan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Integrated hazardous fuels & forest restoration project in the Upper North Fork Watershed. Approx. 41,000 acre planning area from Gibbonsville to Lost Trail Ski Area being considered for treatments. Three Idaho Roadless Areas are in the project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33793
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Portions of T27N, R20-R22E and T26N, R20-22E, Boise Meridian. Upper North Fork Watershed of the Salmon River.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Salmon-Cobalt 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 Geothermal Lease
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Kathryn Goessel
208-879-4158
kgoessel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to consent with stipulations to BLM issuance of a noncompetitive lease of geothermal resources.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37800
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T23N, R18E, sections 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27 & 28. An approximately 9-square-mile area in the Hot Springs Creek drainage of the lower Panther Creek watershed, 20 mi. WSW of Salmon, ID.
Castle Creek Outfitters Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special use permit to Castle Creek Outfitters to provide outfitter-guide services including big game hunting for mountain lion, bear, elk, deer and fishing and trail rides. Permit will be issued for a 10 year term.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=14642
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - portions of T 17 N, R 17-18 E; T 18 N R 17-18 E, BPM. Southwest protion of Idaho hunting unit #28 in the Upper Camas Creek and Castle Creek area.
Duck Creek Diversion and Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/13/2005 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Gail Baer
208-756-5128
gbaer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit for a water diversion pipeline and access road. Water diversion will replace an existing diversion. The new structure will include a lockable headgate with a measureable flow and a passive cylinder fish screen
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - SE1/4 of the SW1/4, Section 30, T18N, R17E, BPM. Duck Creek, tributary to Camas Creek.
Salmon Building Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Randy Thomas
208-756-5138
rthomas@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to sell one residential building and two out buildings in Salmon on 0.2 acres.
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. The Salmon site is a 0.2 acre site, located at 106 Lafayette Street in Salmon, Idaho.
Scott Herbst Buried Powerline and driveway
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/22/2011  02/2012 Gail Baer
208-756-5128
gbaer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private property through NFS lands and extension of powerline across NFS lands to private property.
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. adjacent to Williams Lake.
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