Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
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) :
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,  Leadore 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)

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.
Back To Top

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 09/2013 
Expected:12/2013  02/2014 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 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 09/2013 
Expected:02/2014  04/2014 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 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  05/2014 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 12/2013 
Expected:05/2014
 
06/2014 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.
Salmon-Challis National Forest Travel Planning and OHV Route Designation Project
EIS
- Recreation management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/05/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Karen Gallogly
208-756-5103
kgallogly@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze and revise sections of the original 2009 FEIS to correct deficiencies identified by the District Court of Idaho in their Feb. 4, 2011, memorandum decision and order and determine if changes to motor vehicle route designations are warranted.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38380
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte, Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Salmon-Challis National Forest, excluding areas within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.
Back To Top

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
2012 North Zone AML Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/10/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
akriwox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Closure of approximately 30 Abandoned Mine Site features.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41107
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, North Fork Ranger District, Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. North Zone, Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Issuing new Upland O&G permits with hunting camps to replace expired permits
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:12/2014  12/2014 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuing 6 land based recreation Outfitting and Guiding permits located on the North Fork RD (2), Leadore RD (1) and Challis Yankee Fork RD (3), for hunting, trailrides, auto touring, backpacking, hiking, etc.
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, North Fork Ranger District, Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Portions of 3 Ranger Districts on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Issuing new permits for expired Outfitter &Guide permits
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2014 
Expected:12/2014  12/2014 Patti Schwind
208-756-5147
pschwind@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuing 11 land based recreation Outfitting and Guiding permits: North Fork RD (1), Challis Yankee Fork RD (2), Middle Fork RD (6), Lost River RD (1) and Salmon Cobalt (1) for hunting, trailrides, climbing, bicycling, hiking, etc.
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Middle Fork Ranger District, North Fork Ranger District, Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Portions of 5 Ranger Districts on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Panther (Big Creek) Hot Springs Geothermal Leasing
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 03/15/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 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, North Fork 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. WNW of Salmon, ID.
Upper Yankee Fork Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/21/2010 
Expected:09/2013
 
10/2013 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.
Back To Top

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
Bruno Creek Mineral Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/07/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 Kathryn Goessel
208-879-4158
kgoessel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to conditionally approve an operating plan to drill up to thirty 2,500-ft core holes to test for mineralization on an existing mining road and along <1/2 mile of temporary route in the Squaw Creek Idaho Roadless Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40748
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T12N, R16E, sections 25, 26 & 36. Upper Bruno Creek drainage in the Squaw Creek watershed.
Jeff Creek Fuels Reduction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:03/2014  04/2014 Riley Rhoades
208-879-4122
rbrhoades@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District is proposing to conduct fuels reduction treatments on 4035 acres by thinning near private land and prescribed burning and thinning conifers that are encroaching into aspen stands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42303
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T14N, R18E, SECTIONS: 4-9, 16-21, 29-30. BM. The project area is located between the Jeff Flat Road (FS-079) and Challis Creek Road (FS-080) on and around Corkscrew Mountain. This is approximately 8 miles NW of Challis, Idaho.
Mosquito Flat Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 03/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
06/2014 David Morris
208-879-4127
dmorris01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed broadcast burning and tree cutting proposal to reduce hazardous fuels in the WUI in and around the Mosquito Flat area
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39625
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T14N, R17E, S33. Areas to the immediate south, west, and north of the Mosquito Flat area. Generally, the headwater drainage of the Challis creek watershed, approximately 8 air miles west 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 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
05/2014 Faith Ryan
208-756-5562
fryan@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 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 09/2013 
Expected:08/2014
 
10/2014 Kathryn Goessel
208-879-4158
kgoessel@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Thompson Creek Mining Company (TCMC) submitted a plan of operations for continued mining through approximately 2030. The POO proposes new surface disturbance on a total of approximately 500 acres of private and public (BLM & NFS) lands.
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/nepa_register/TCM-exlx_EIS.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.
West Fork Morgan Creek Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Wesley Case
970-625-6861
wacase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat 3,200 acres of conifer stands to restore/maintain healthy forest conditions, improve resistence to insect/disease, and improve resilience to wildfires/other natural disturbances; tree cutting/removal to occur in Camas Creek Idaho Roadless Area.
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 16 N, R 18 E, Sections 15, 16, 20-23, 25-29, 33-36; T 15 N, R 18 E, Section 2, B.M. West Fork of Morgan Creek approximately 14 miles northwest of Challis, Idaho.
Back To Top

Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Leadore 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 Canyon Creek Stream Restoration Partnership Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 05/31/2013  06/2013 Dan Garcia
208-756-5237
dgarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: The hand construction of stream improvement structures on seven sites within a ½ mile stream reach of Canyon Creek that would restore spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook salmon, rainbow trout/steelhead, bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41077
Location: UNIT - Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T.17N., R.27E. – Section 32, Boise Prime Meridian, Lemhi County, Idaho. The project is approximately 8 miles northeast of the town of Leadore, Idaho on Canyon Creek, a tributary to the Lemhi River. The project is located adjacent to Highway 29, the Railroad Canyon Road.
Flume Creek Exploration Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/28/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5283
rbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration drilling from two drill pad locations in the Flume Creek drainage on the Leadore Ranger District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39458
Location: UNIT - Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T19N, R25E, Section 9. Flume Creek drainage, Leadore Ranger District, approximately 5 miles north of Tendoy, Idaho.
Back To Top

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 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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.
Antelope Valley Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 03/22/2007
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
07/2014 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
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/15/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 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.
Bell Mountain Allotment, Deep Creek Spring Pipeline Extension
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2013 
Expected:12/2013  06/2014 Joshua Edwards
208-588-2224
jledwards@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 ¼ of NW ¼ 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.
Great Western Exploration Drilling
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/21/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
akriwox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho State Gold Company proposes to drill 8 200-500’ exploration drill holes at 7 drilling locations (2 holes will be drilled at 1 of the sites)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41190
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte. LEGAL - Sections 5 and 8, T7N, R29E. The project area is located near the old Great Western mine approximately 19 miles Northeast of Howe, Idaho.
Lost River Small Batch Fences
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 08/2013 
Expected:12/2013  06/2014 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 ¼, North Fork T7N R19E Sec 26, 35, 36, Kane Lake TH T6N R19E Section 27 NE ¼. 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.
Mackay Old Warehouse Site Administrative Site Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:11/2013  12/2013 Randy Thomas
208-756-5138
rthomas@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest proposes to sell one historic warehouse building and two out building sheds in Mackay, Idaho on a 0.48-acre fenced parcel with utilities.
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T7N, R24E, Section28, Lots 1-3, Block 21. The Mackay site is 0.48 acres on the south corner of the intersection of Park Avenue and Salmon Street, Mackay, ID.
Sawmill Aspen Treatment (North Side)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2013 
Expected:12/2013  06/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31088
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.
Warm Creek Habitat Improvement Fence
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/09/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 Joshua Edwards
208-588-3400
jledwards@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to construct an approximately 0.25 mile fence to improve wildlife and fisheries habitat on Warm Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41618
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T11N, R26E, Secion 2 SW 1/4 of SW 1/4. Approximately 30 miles North, Northeast of Mackay Idaho on Warm Creek at the mouth of Sawmill Canyon.
Back To Top

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
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.
Back To Top

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
Clementine Placer
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5283
rbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: The operators have proposed six test pits approximately 20 ft. by 20 ft. in size and one to four feet deep. The pits are designed to be excavated down to bedrock which varies somewhat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41208
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T.25N. R.20E. – section 1, Boise Meridian, Lemhi County, Idaho. Located on the west side of Hughes Creek, just above where the west fork of Hughes Creek meets the main fork.
East Boulder Creek Placer Proposal
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
09/2013 Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5283
rbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: The operator proposes to drill auger holes and dig trenches in order to test for placer gold in the upper reaches of East Boulder Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41209
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T.23N., R.20E., sections 5 and 6, Boise Prime Meridian, Lemhi County, Idaho. Five miles from the mouth of East Boulder Cr, which enters the Salmon River 11 miles W. of North Fork, Idaho.
Lemhi Gold Trust Exploration Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5283
rbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proponent has withdrawn the proposal for exploration drilling from fourteen proposed drill pads in the Ditch Creek drainage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39456
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T25N, R21E, Sections 4, 5, 8, 9,; and T26N, R21E, Sections 28, 29, 32, 33. Ditch Creek drainage, approximately ten miles north of North Fork, Idaho.
North Fork Sheep Creek Exploration Trenching Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/11/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
07/2014 Julie Hopkins
208-756-5279
juliehopkins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Excavation of trench, approximately 120' long by 4 feet wide, by depth of up to 15 feet to remove a layer of pay gravel estimated at 8" depth and to lie above the clay base. Materials will be washed in a trommel away from the excavated area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42260
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T 25 N, R 22 E, Sections 11 and 14, Boise Meridian. Approximately 6 airmiles southwest of Gibbonsville, Idaho.
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 09/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
04/2014 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.
Back To Top

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
Beartrack Exploration Drilling
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 05/02/2013  06/2013 Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5283
rbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes a 34-hole drilling program 6/1/13. Based on drill results the program may be terminated or extended to 2014. If the entire program is implemented, disturbance will result in a maximum of 7.5 acres. Located 12 miles north of Salmon, ID.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41115
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Sections 9, 16, 20, 21 and 29, T22N, R20E, Lemhi County, Idaho. Located 12 miles northwest of Salmon, Idaho, within the vicinity of the Beartrack Project.
Cougar-Phelan Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/19/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
06/2014 Glenwood Brittain
208-865-2721
gbrittain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of lodgepole pine dominated stands that have high mortality from mountain pine beetle activity. Salvage to occur on approximately 250 acres along existing roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38298
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T.20.N., R.20.E. Sections 1,2,3,4,10,11,12; T.21.N., R.20.E. Sections 22,23,26,27,28,33,34,35,36. Approximately 11 miles SW of Salmon, Idaho. From Williams Creek Summit area along part of the ridge road (Rd 60020) and eastward into the Williams Creek Drainage ( Rd 60021).
Deep Creek Ridge Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/06/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
06/2014 Glenwood Brittain
208-865-2721
gbrittain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of lodgepole pine dominated stands that have high mortality from mountain pine beetle activity. Salvage to occur on approximately 250 acres along existing roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38300
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T.21.N., R.19.E. Sections 23,24,25,26,36 ; T.21.N., R.20.E. Sections 29,30,31,32. Approximately 13.5 miles WSW of Salmon, Idaho. Along Deep Creek Ridge Rds 60101 & 60244) just North of the Deep Creek drainage; between Deep Creek and Moccasin Creek.
Duck Creek Diversion and Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/13/2005
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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.
Gold Star Exploration Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:01/2014  06/2014 Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5279
juliehopkins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to core drill 10 vertical and angled holes from previously constructed drill pads. Sumps will be 10' x 10' x 6 feet. Approximately 1.25 miles new road will need to be constructed to access the site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40297
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T23N, R22E, Section 11. Gold Star Creek, tributary to Tower Creek, Accessed via BLM Route #111. Approximately 8 miles NE of Salmon, ID.
Rabbit Foot Exploration Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
akriwox@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, has received a Plan of Operation from Robert Hawkins of BHLK to conduct reverse circulation exploration drilling at the old Rabbit Foot Mine site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39826
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Sections 15, 16 and 22, T18N, R18E. Sections 15, 16 and 22, T18N, R18E, in the Silver Creek drainage near the old Rabbit Foot Mine site.
Rapps Creek Placer Proposal
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 01/31/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013
 
05/2014 Russ Bjorklund
208-756-5283
rbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Operator is proposing to excavate one test area, approximately 6 feet in diameter, and &#8804;20 feet long. The pit will be excavated by pick and shovel.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41210
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - T22N, R19E – section 25, Boise Prime Meridian, Lemhi County, Idaho. Located within the operator’s Nova mining claim in the Rapp’s Creek drainage approximately three air miles west of the historic mining town of Leesburg.
Salmon to Black Transmission Line Maintenance - Idaho Power
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Gail Baer
208-756-5128
gbaer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct maintenance on numerous structures & will need to conduct road maintenance and repair to allow for safe access to some structures. Approximately 65 of the 112 wood H-Frame structures will be replaced w/ similar wood H-frame structures.
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - sections 28, 31, 32, and 33, Township 12 North, Range 16 East, and section 6, Township 11 North, Range 16 East, Boise Meridian. From the Forest boundary west of Salmon, west across the forest to the Blackbird Mine.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.