Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Sawtooth 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, Sawtooth National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Sawtooth National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Sawtooth National Forest,  Fairfield Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Sawtooth National Forest,  Ketchum Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Sawtooth National Forest,  Minidoka Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Sawtooth National Forest,  Sawtooth National Recreation Area (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
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
University of Florida Passive Seismic Survey
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
Completed  Actual: 06/30/2011  07/2011 Elaine Alexander
208-373-4318
ealexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installing a total of 36 seismic stations across 4 National Forests. Each station includes a buried broadband sensor, data recorders, solar panels, batteries. This 2-year research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation - Earthscope Project.
Location: UNIT - Boise National Forest All Units, Council Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Fairfield Ranger District, Weiser Ranger District, Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Adams, Blaine, Boise, Butte, Camas, Custer, Elmore, Gem, Lemhi, Valley, Washington. Multiple passive seismic stations per Forest: Boise NF - 14; Payette NF - 8; Sawtooth NF - 3; and Salmon-Challis - 11.
Virginia Tech Controlled-Source Seismic Survey
CE
- Special area management
- Research 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2010 
Expected:02/2012
 
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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Sawtooth 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
Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment)
EA
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/14/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Bobbi Filbert
208-727-5003
bfilbert@fs.fed.us 
Description: Short- and long-term management strategies and priorities for maintaining and restoring habitats associated with terrestrial wildlife species.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Utah. COUNTY - Blaine, Boise, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Twin Falls, Box Elder. Sawtooth National Forest.
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Sawtooth National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Little Smoky Placer Dredge Reclamation and Warm Springs Creek Channel Relocation
EA
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dan Kenney
208-764-3472
dkenney@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore placer mine site in Little Smoky between the Ditto Flat crossing and Sawmill Creek to a more natural condition. Restore two sites in Warm Springs Creek where the stream channel has been modified.
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District, Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Camas. LEGAL - T2N R15E Sections 4, 5 and 8 and T4N R16E Sections 20 and 21,Boise Meridian. Little Smoky Creek between the Ditto Flat crossing and Sawmill Creek; Bassett Gulch and old CCC camp in Warm Springs.
Prospectus for shuttle service to recreation sites - Ketchum District & Sawtooth Nat'l. Rec. Area
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Joe Miczulski
208-622-0087
jmiczulski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a permit to a qualified operator for shuttle service to recreation sites on the Ketchum Ranger District and Sawtooth Nat'l Recreation Area. Operator will be selected based on the responses to the Prospectus criteria.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. District wide.
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Sawtooth National Forest,   Fairfield Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cannonball-Liberal ATV Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/22/2011  07/2011 Ann Frost
208-764-3216
afrost@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately two miles of ATV Trail and re-open an old road of approximately three miles to connect the Cannonball and Liberal Creek Trails.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31998
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T2N R15 E Sections 19, 20 and 29, Boise Meridian. Cannonball/Liberal Creek.
Faulkner Group 3 Allotment Complex Allotment Managment Plan
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/06/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 John Shelly
208-764-3474
jshelly@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to authorize continued sheep grazing in the Lick Creek, Bluff Creek, Big Peak and Liberal Allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34459
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T 3,4 and 5 N; R 13, 14 and 15 East, Boise Meridian. Lick Creek, Bluff Creek, Big Peak Creek and Liberal Creek; 15 to 33 miles north and east of Fairfield, Idaho.
Liberal-Willow HFRA Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Anthony Davis
208-764-3462
apdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetative treatments in the Liberal and Willow Creek Areas. 9,200 acres of vegetation treatment are proposed to be carried out over 10-15 years addressing insect and disease outbreaks and promote long term sustainablity of the forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_test/fs-usda-pop.html?project=31920
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T 2-3 N. R 14-16 East, Boise Meridian. Liberal and Willow Creek drainages.
Raymond Mine Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/24/2011  07/2011 Heidie Torrealday
208-677-8310
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed expansion and operation of the Raymond Mine located at the head of Emma Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34458
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T5N R14E, Sections 6 and 7, Boise Meridian. Head of Emma Creek, South Fork Boise River drainage.
Shake Creek Plan of Operations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Heidie Torrealday
208-731-0180
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate a Plan of Operations submitted by Nathan Cook for locatable minerals exploration through hand sampling of surface mineralization and reopening of a collapsed underground adit.
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Elmore. LEGAL - T4N R11E Section 33, BM. Shake Creek drainage, approximately 6 miles east of Featherville, Idaho.
Soldier Front Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/24/2011  07/2011 Ann Frost
208-764-3478
afrost@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute and establish an ATV trail across the Soldier Mountain Front from Free Gold trail to Chimney Creek. Establishment of a trailhead at Free Gold Trail with signing, parking and restroom will be analyzed separately.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34003
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T2N, R 12-14 E, B.M. Free Gold Creek and the Soldier Mountain Front.
Willow -Wardrop-Soldier Cattle Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/27/2010 
Expected:08/2011
Actual: 09/30/2010
09/30/2010
09/30/2010 
10/2011 John Shelly
208-764-3474
jshelly@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze the effects of grazing on three cattle allotments and develop new allotment management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29308
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T2N, R 14-15E. Soldier, Wardrop, Little Smoky and Willow Creek; north and northeast of Fairfield, Idaho.
Winter Travel Plan Revisions - Fairfield Ranger District
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
11/2012 Ann Frost
208-764-3478
afrost@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate the revision of access restrictions to the winter backcountry areas of the Upper South Fork Boise River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31915
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - T 2-6 N and R 12-154 E, Boise Meridian. Road Corridor from Couch Summit to Fleck Summit and the Upper South Fork Boise River area.
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Sawtooth National Forest,   Ketchum Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bodie Lode Access
CE
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Kurt Nelson
208-622-5371
kjnelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Clear out existing road in order to access patented mining claims via off road vehicle.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Section 6, T.2N., R.17E. Bodie Claim, 1/4 mile West of Wolftone drainage,north side of Deer Creek road.
Bucks Camp Administrative Site Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:08/2011  10/2011 Kurt Nelson
208-622-5371
kjnelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to offer for sale a 40 acre parcel of land in the Hyndman creek drainage. Property was set aside as an administrative site in 1908. Site was used as administrative pasture, and grazing allotment.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Camas. LEGAL - NW1/4 Sec. 20, T. 4N.; R. 19E. Located off Hyndman Creek road, a tributary to the East Fork of Wood River, Approx. 13 miles southeast of Ketchum, ID.
Ketchum Ditch Bill Easement
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/28/2005 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Jerry Bird
801-236-3463
jkbird@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pursuant to applications for irrigation and stockwatering easements for Eagle Creek Irrigation Company;analyze what operating and maintenance conditions should be required.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T5N R17E Sec 13. 6 mi N of Ketchum, between Hwy 75 and Neal Canyon on Eagle Creek.
Oregon Gulch water users transmission line
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Kurt Nelson
208-622-5371
kjnelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install Parshall Flume (device for measurement of flow of water in open channels) and an 8" pipeline to replace existing irrigation ditch.which delivers water from National Forest to private lands.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Camas. LEGAL - SE1/4 Sec. 9, NW1/4 Sec. 10, T.5N.; R.17E. Oregon Gulch, approximately 10 miles North of Ketchum, Blaine Co. Idaho.
Prospectus for outfitter for guided mountain biking
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Renee Catherin
208-838-3320
rcatherin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issua a permit to a qualified outfitter for mountain biking on the Ketchum Ranger District. Outfitter will be selected based on the responses to the Prospectus criteria.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. Ketchum Ranger District.
Trail Creek and Cove Creek Livestock Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 06/22/2011  07/2011 Kurt Nelson
208-622-5371
kjnelson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyzing whether and under what circumstances to authorize sheep grazing on the Trail Creek and Cove Creek Sheep and Goat allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31103
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T5N. R. 18E. ; T3N. R. 19E. Trail Cr. 3 miles North East of Ketchum Idaho; Cove Cr. 7 miles southwest of Ketchum.
USA Cycling National Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Joe Miczulski
208-622-0087
jmiczulski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mountain Bike race using trails on Bald Mountain (Sun Valley) ski area
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35425
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T4N, R17E, Sections 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35. Bald Mountain Ski Area.
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Sawtooth National Forest,   Minidoka Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaver Dam Trough Relocation
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2008 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Lucas Phillips
208-678-0430
ljphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate existing trough away from spring. Install new pipe and new trough
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23082
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Twin Falls. LEGAL - T15S R20E SEC 34. Cassia County.
Cave Canyon Trail Re-routes
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/27/2011  06/2011 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Cave Canyon Trail currently has two sections of trail that will be improved by re-routing them to a new location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35328
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Township 13 south, Range 20 East, Sections 24, 32 and 33. Sawtooth National Forest UNIT-Minidoka Ranger District, STATE-Idaho, COUNTY-Cassia, DIVISION-Cassia.
Eight Mile Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (YCT) Habitat Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Dena Santini
208-678-0430
dsantini@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project involves the cutting of juniper within the riparian area. the woody debris will be placed in Eightmile Creek to improve habitat for Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (YCT).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36497
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T15S, R28E, Sections 2, 3 & 4. Sawtooth National Forest UNIT-Minidoka Ranger District, STATE-Idaho, COUNTY-Cassia, DIVISION-Black Pine.
Goose Creek Trail Reroute and Trail Bridge Construction
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Mark Dallon
208-678-0430
mdallon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trail bridges will be constructed at two stream crossings on Goose Creek (trails 7912 and 7865) to improve resource conditions and user safety. The lower bridge will be at a new location and will require a reroute of 800 feet of trail 7865.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35590
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T 15 S, R 19 E, Sec. 5 and 8. Sawtooth National Forest UNIT-Minidoka Ranger District, STATE-Idaho, COUNTY-Cassia, DIVISION-Cassia.
Grape Creek C&H Allotment Management Plan Update
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/17/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Gilbert Jackson
208-677-8296
grjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze continued livestock grazing use withing the Grape Creek Cattle & Horse Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34408
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Township 14 South, Range 24 East, Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27. Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia.
Grape Creek Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Dena Santini
208-678-0430
dsantini@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implementation phase to restore 1-2 segments of Grape Creek. This effort will correct several resource issues from past livestock and motorized trail use. Fencing and/or willow planting may be used.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35310
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Grape Creek T14S, R24E, Sec. 25. Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District, Albion Division.
Johnson Creek Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (YCT) Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Dena Santini
208-678-0430
dsantini@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install temporary barrier by hand to evaluate mechanical removal of Brook Trout from Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (YCT) habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36498
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Box Elder. LEGAL - T13N, R15W, Sec 2. Sawtooth National Forest UNIT-Minidoka Ranger District, STATE-Utah, COUNTY-Box Elder, DIVISION-Raft River.
Mineral Gulch Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 04/01/2011  06/2011 Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest is proposing to approve a Plan of Operations submitted by Western Pacific Resources Corporation for exploration drilling on the Black Pine Division of the Sawtooth National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34449
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, T.15S, R29E, Sections 26, 33, 34 & 35. UNIT-Minidoka Ranger District, STATE-Idaho, COUNTY-Cassia.
Sublett Fuels-Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/28/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2012 Dena Santini
208-678-0430
dsantini@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project encompasses treatment of selected aspen and Douglas-fir stands on approximately 3,373 acres of the Sublett Division.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33100
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia, Oneida, Power. LEGAL - The boundaries of the Sublett Division. Contact the Minidoka Ranger District for specific Township, Range and Sections. Sublett Division, Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Thoroughbred Springs Pre-Commercial Thinning Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/10/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Karl Fuelling
208-678-0430
kfuelling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-Commercially thin Lodgepole Pine to increase growth on the residual stand.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34584
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Twin Falls. LEGAL - Thoroughbred Springs T14S, R18E, Secs. 33 & 34 - T15S, R18E, Secs. 3 & 4. UNIT-Minidoka Ranger District, STATE-Idaho, COUNTY-Twin Falls.
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Sawtooth National Forest,   Sawtooth National Recreation Area (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baker Creek Recreation Residences - Outhouse Replacement and Relocation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement and relocation of four outhouses inside the floodplain at recreation residences in the Baker Creek Tract, Lots A3, A4, A5 and A6, to locations outside the floodplain.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 9, T. 5 N., R. 16 E., B.M. Baker Creek Recreation Residence Tract, 15 miles north of Ketchum, ID, southwest of Highway 75 off Baker Creek Road, Forest System Road #70162.
Beaver Creek Ford Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/17/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
08/2012 Scott Vuono
208-727-5034
svuono@fs.fed.us 
Description: To construct a new ATV bridge replacing a ford on Beaver Creek and to designate an appropriate ATV route accessing the bridge. The existing ford and user-created road leading to the ford will be closed and rehabilitated.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36237
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Sec. 33, T.6N., R.13E., B.M. Beaver Creek drainage approximately 24 miles south of Stanley, Idaho.
Bein Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011  01/2012 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: To provide year-round access across approximately 1400 feet existing non-system forest road acrossing national land to the Bien's private property. The road would be plowed during the winter months.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - B.M., T11N, R12E, NW1/4SE1/4 Sec. 14, portion of H.E.S 577, Lots 5 and 6. The project area is seven miles west of Stanley, ID off Highway 21 across from Park Creek Recreation Site.
Boulderview and Baker Creek Recreation Residence - Septic Replacement and Relocation
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/28/2011  09/2011 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement and relocation of septic system at recreation residence in the Boulderview Tract, Lot 14 and Baker Creek Tract, Lot B1 to a location away from residence and away from nearby stream.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 6, T. 5 N., R. 16 E., B. M. and Sec. 9, T. 5 N., R. 16 E., B.M. Boulderview Recreation Residence Tract and Baker Creek Recreation Residence Tract : 16 miles north of Ketchum, ID, southwest of Hwy 75 off Forest System Road #70172.
Cabin Creek Road Reallignment and Reconstruction
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/08/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 Mark Moulton
208-727-5000
mmoulton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign 1 mile of the existing southern end of Cabin Creek Road (FSR 207) to a more sustainable location, passing over Alturas Lake Cr via a bridge. The former route, including culvert crossings of Cabin Creek, and 0.4 miles would be rehabilitated.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Sec. 17 & 20, T7N, R14E, B. M. Within the Alturas Lake complex, approximately three miles west of Sawtooth City, Idaho, off Hwy 75 and FSR 205.
Custer County Transfer Station Special Use Permit Issuance and Roll-Off Station Addition
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit reauthorizing solid waste transfer facility on 10 acres. Existing facilities include recycling building, construction and demolition pits, and burn area for wood waste.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - NE1/4 SE1/4 Sec. 23, T11N, R12E and NW1/4 SW1/4 Sec. 24, T11N, R12E. 7.5 miles west of Stanley, ID on south side of State Hwy 21.
Elkhorn Placer Tramway Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit for the continued operation and maintenance of a tramway crossing the Salmon River that provides access to private land at Treon Creek.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T. 11 N., R. 15 E., Section 25, NE1/4. Access to tramway is from a pull out along Highway 75, just east of Peach Creek, approximately 25 miles east of Stanley, ID.
Frenchman Creek Plan of Operations
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed approval of a Plan of Operations for underground mine development on unpatented mining claims in lands open to mineral entry outside of the congressionally designated area of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36350
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Sections 28 & 33, T6N, R14E B.M. Unpatented mining claims in the Frenchman Creek drainage.
Grover C&H Allotment update
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
06/2012 Robert Garcia
406-832-3178
rmgarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: To consider continued grazing use within the Grover Creek Cattle and Horse Allotment in compliance with Sect. 339, P.L. 108-447 pertaining to grazing use authorization, and analyze and disclose the effects of ongoing grazing activities.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T10N, R14 E and T9N, R14E. Ten miles southeast of the town of Stanley - located on the east side of Highway 75.
ID Trans. Dept. (ITD) Stanley Mtce. Site & Custer Co. Sheriff's Site Permit Reissuance & Expansion
EA
- Special area management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/14/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 David Fluetsch
208-727-5001
dfluetsch@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project evaluates the reissuance of permits held by ITD for a 36-acre permit area and Custer Co.for a 0.4-ac. permit area. ITD has requested a new shed, storage bldg. and 4th housing site, and an expansion to the existing mtce. warehouse.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T. 10 N., R. 13 E., Section 6 NE, NW, B.M. . The project area is located approximately 2.5 miles west of Stanley, ID on the south side of Highway 21.
ITD Smiley Creek Airport Road
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Sharon Browder
208-727-5005
sfbrowder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit to ID Transportation Dept., Div. of Aeronautics authorizing existing access road crossing a Forest Service parcel between State Hwy 75 and Smiley Cr Airport.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - SE1/4 NE1/4 Sec. 27, T10N, R14E, B.M. Smiley Creek Airport.
ITD Smiley Creek Airport Well & Footbridge
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Sharon Browder
208-727-5005
sfbrowder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit to ID Transportation Dept., Div. of Aeronautics reauthorizing existing well & footbridge servicing Smiley Cr Airport buildings. Piped water & power lines are conveyed across Salmon River via existing footbridge.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - SE1/4 NE1/4 Sec. 27, T10N, R14E, B.M. Smiley Creek Airport.
ITD Stanley-Challis Highway 75 Improvement Project
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Shawn Robnett
208-737-3206
srobnett@fs.fed.us 
Description: ITD is reconstructing 2 miles of Hwy 75 - Issue ITD a permit for equipment staging activities at Holman Creek & use of existing material storage sites, and a non-significant amendment to the visual quality objectives map.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 11 N; R 15 E; Sections 21, 26, 27, 28. State Highway 75 between Stanley and Challis - Milepost 205 to 208.
Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Hot Water Pipeline and Intake Box
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/01/2011  04/2011 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit to Idaho Rocky Mtn Ranch reauthorizing existing above ground hotsprings pipeline and intake box and to change name on existing permit to current owner.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35792
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - NE1/4 SW1/4 Sec. 18, T9N, R14E, B.M. 11 miles south of Stanley, ID on the west side of State Hwy 75 on Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch by the Salmon River.
Iron Creek Road Realignment and Reconstruction
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 04/19/2011  09/2011 Mark Moulton
208-727-5000
mmoulton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace a culvert encumbrance to fish migration at the crossing of the Iron Creek Subdivision Road (FSR 692) with a new bridge at a more suitable location upstream. Approximately 1/4 mile of existing road would be realigned.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27228
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T. 10 N., R. 13 E., Section 7, NE, NE, B. M. The project is located approximately three miles west of Stanley, ID off Highway 21 and Forest System Road #619.
Outbuildings Exchange of Interest
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Sharon Browder
208-727-5005
sfbrowder@fs.fed.us 
Description: FS proposes offering one-time amendment of residential scenic conservation easements on Sawtooth NRA that were recorded prior to the Sept. 13, 2004 rule change on outbuilding size. Participation voluntary & subject to administrative cost collection.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Custer. Sawtooth National Recreation Area, up to 45 private residential parcels in various locations within the Sawtooth NRA borders.
Pole Creek Travel Management Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/20/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Ed Cannady
208-727-5000
ecannady@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve & adopt user-created ATV trails into the Sawtooth NRA trail system; construct 1/4 mile of new connecting road (betwn FSR #199 & FSR #197); build ATV bridges over Pole Cr & Rainbow Cr; designate trailhead & dispersed camping at Pole Cr Corrals
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Custer. LEGAL - T. 7 N, R. 14 & 15 E. B.M. Pole Creek drainage approximately 2+ east of Smiley Creek Lodge, 25 miles south of Stanley, Idaho.
Redfish Lake Complex - Road and Bridge Reconstruction
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/08/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
06/2012 Brenda Geesey
208-737-3304
bgeesey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove two timber bridges over Redfish Creek and replace the bridges in their existing location or reroute the Redfish Lake Road (FR #70214) and create a new crossing; and reconstruct the sharp curve on the Redfish Lake Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25738
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T 10 N, R 13E, Sections 34, 35; T 9N, R13E, Sections 2, 3. Redfish Lake Road - #70214 (approx. 8 miles south of Stanley Idaho).
Robinson Bar Domestic Hot Water Lines Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special permit for the continued operation and maintenance of two existing spring boxes and pipelines that transport water from two hot springs to private land at Robinson Bar.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Project is approx. 13 miles east of Stanley, ID in the Warm Springs drainage, tributary to the Salmon River. T. 11 N., R. 15 E., Section 34.
Silver Rule Creek Road Decommissioning and Restoration
CE
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to remove and restore to a natural condition approximately 12 miles of unauthorized miner-created roads and road segments located within the Silver Rule Creek drainage in the Railroad Ridge Idaho Roadless Area.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sections 16, 17, 20, 21, and 28, T 10 N, R 16 E, B. M. Silver Rule Creek drainage within the Railroad Ridge Inventoried Roadless Area.
Stanley Lake Recreation Complex Reconstruction
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Facility management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/01/2009 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2012 Steven Frost
208-727-5000
srfrost@fs.fed.us 
Description: New construction/reconstruction of existing camping, day-use, boat launch, and trail facilities. Close and rehabilitate portions of Stanley Lake Inlet Campground and nearby dispersed campsites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21662
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T. 11 N., R. 12 E., Section 27, 28, 33 and 34. The project is located approximately eight miles west of Stanley, ID off Highway 21 and FSR 455.
Stanley Ranger Station Housing and Well Development
EA
- Facility management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Matt Phillips
208-727-5025
mmphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop bunkhouses and water supply for Stanley Ranger Station seasonal employees.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T. 10N., R. 13E. Secs. 27, 28, B. M. Within the Stanley Ranger Station Administrative Site.
Warm Springs Meadow Cattle and Horse Allotment Management Plan Update
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dave Cottle
(208) 774-3000
dcottle@fs.fed.us 
Description: To consider continued grazing use within the Warm Springs Meadow Cattle and Horse Allotment in compliance with Sect.339, P.L.108-447 pertaining to grazing use authorization, and analyze and disclose the effects of ongoing grazing activities
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T.9 N., R.14 E., Secs. 1-3, 10-15, 23-26, T.9 N., R.15 E., Secs. 2, 4-10, 14-23, 26-30, 34, 35, T.10 N., R14 E., Secs. 25, 34-36, T.10N., R.15 E., Secs. 31-33. The project is located approximately 6 miles SE of Stanley, ID and 3 miles of Obsidian.
Whitebark Pine Planting of Seedlings and Seeds
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
05/2012 Robin Garwood
208-727-5014
rgarwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to plant whitebark pine seedlings and seeds on up to 1,500 acres of whitebark pine habitat (above 8,600 feet) in up to seven project areas over the next 10 years.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Custer. Sawtooth NRA above 8,600 feet elevation in the Valley Road Fire Area, Galena Summit, Railroad Ridge, Salmon Headwaters, Boundary Creek, Beaver Creek, and Little Beaver Creek.
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