Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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 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
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Idaho)
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Adjustment 12/2011 
Expected:05/2014  06/2014 Clinton McCarthy
801-625-5671
cmccarthy01@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans (Sawtooth, Caribou, Curlew) through plan amendments
Web Link:  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/western.html
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Montpelier Ranger District, Soda Springs Ranger District, Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Bannock, Bear Lake, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Oneida, Power, Twin Falls, Box Elder, Cache, Lincoln. UNIT - Sawtooth NF (ID, UT); Caribou (ID UT, WY) and Curlew NG (ID) portions of the Caribou-Targhee NF; multiple counties involved.
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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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 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 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
Commercial Film Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/28/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Ed Cannady
208-727-5004
ecannady@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a 5-year special use permit re-authorizing commercial video and still photography on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Ketchum Ranger District for a new term with no changes to the existing permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37778
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Custer. Sawtooth National Recreation Area excluding the Sawtooth Wilderness, and the entire Ketchum Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Little Smoky Placer Dredge Reclamation and Warm Springs Creek Channel Relocation
EA
- Watershed management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Erika Phillips
208-622-0094
egphillips@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.
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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
Faulkner Group 3 Allotment Complex Allotment Managment Plan
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/06/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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 02/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:03/2012
Actual: 06/24/2011 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Willow -Wardrop-Soldier Cattle Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/21/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
Actual: 09/21/2011
09/21/2011
09/21/2011
09/30/2010
09/30/2010
09/30/2010 
09/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Bald Mountain Fiber Optic Cable Burial
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Joe Miczulski
208-622-0087
jmiczulski@fs.fed.us 
Description: CenturyLink Communications proposal to amend existing special-use authorization and bury fiber optic cable from the bottom of Warm Springs to communication sites at the top of Bald Mountain Ski Area to improve cellular telephone service.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T4N, R17E, Sections 14 & 23. Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain Ski Area.
Bald Mountain Outfitted Backcountry Skiing Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/16/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
05/2012 Joe Miczulski
208-622-0087
jmiczulski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for one year (temporary) outfitter & guide special-use permits to be issued to Sun Valley Trekking, Sawtooth Mountain Guides, and Sun Valley Helicopter Ski Guides authorizing them to guide clients on Bald Mountain both in- and out-of-bounds.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37534
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T4N, R17E, Sec 14, 15, 20-23, 26-29, 31-35; T4N, R16E, Sec 36; T3N, R16E, Sec 1, 12; T3N, R17E, Sec 3-10, 15, 16. Bald Mountain Ski Area in- and out-of-bounds.
Bodie Lode Access
CE
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  08/2012 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:02/2012
 
03/2012 Jim Nutt
208-342-9061
jnutt@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 11/2011 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Joe Miczulski
208-622-0087
jmiczulski@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.
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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
Camp Pinedell Additions
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Colloboration Start 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us 
Description: Placement of an amphitheater behind the existing stage facility.
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T14S R19E Sec 31. Camp Pinedell, Cassia Division, Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Grape Creek Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/01/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Grape Creek Water Developments
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012  04/2012 Lucas Phillips
208-677-8290
ljphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of earthen dams for water impoundments, and installation of pipelines and troughs for better distribution of livestock within the upper and lower units of the Grape Creek allotment
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T14S R 24E Sec 22-27. Grape Creek C&H Allotment, Albion Division, Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Lynn Springs Quarry Expansion Plan of Operation
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:07/2013  08/2013 Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed expansion of Oakley Stone quarry operations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37127
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Utah. COUNTY - Box Elder. LEGAL - T14N, R16W, NE 1/4 sections 29, SE1/4 section 20. Raft River Division of the Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Mineral Gulch Plan Of Operations Amendment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/21/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Heidie Torrealday
208-678-0430
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to Plan of Operations for additional exploration drilling and preparation of supplement to Environmental Assessment
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T15S, R29E, Sections 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36;. Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District,Black Pine Division, within the area of the former Black Pine Mine.
Mineral Gulch Water Troughs & Pipeline
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/22/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Lucas Phillips
208-677-0430
ljphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Water collection storage tanks, troughs and earthen impoundments North & South of Mineral Gulch Canyon.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29991
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T16S R29E Sec 2,3,10,11 T15S R29E Sec 22,23,26,35. UNIT - D1, State - Idaho, County - Cassia.
Point Springs, Eight Mile, Moberg, Black Pine, & Mineral Gulch C&H Grazing Allotments NEPA Analysis
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/22/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Lucas Phillips
208-677-8290
ljphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Point Springs, Eight Mile, Moberg, Black Pine and Mineral Gulch allotments.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37693
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T13SR28ESec32, T14SR28ESec2-5,8-11,14-17,20-29,32-36, T15SR28ESec1-4,9-16,(21-28,33-36) T16SR28ESec1-4,9-15,22,24-16, T14SR29ESec19,28-33, T15SR29ESec3-10,15-23,26-35, T16SR29ESec2-11,15-22,28-30. Black Pine Division- Point Spring C&H, Eight Mile C&H, Moberg C&H, Black Pine C&H, Mineral Gulch C&H Allotments, Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District.
Sublett Fuels-Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/30/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.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)  Completed  Actual: 11/07/2011  07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Beaver Creek Ford Restoration
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/17/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Boulder Mountain Tour Special Use Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  03/2012 Ed Cannady
208-727-5004
ecannady@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a 5-year Recreation Event special use permit re-authorizing the annual Boulder Mountain Tour Ski Race for a new term with no changes to the existing permit.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T6N R15E; T6N R16E; T5N R16E;T5N R17E B. M. Sawtooth National Recreation Area within the Big Wood River Drainage along the Boulder Mountain/Harriman Trail.
Browning Road Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2013  06/2013 Sharon Browder
208-727-5005
sfbrowder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize expired Special Use Permit to access private property from State Highway 21 across US Forest Service lands to Circle A Ranch east of Stanley.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - N1/2 Sec. 14, T11N, R12E, B. M. On National Forest System lands north of State Highway 21, approximately 7 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho.
Cabin Creek Road Realignment and Reconstruction
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/08/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
10/2012 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
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/28/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit reauthorizing solid waste transfer facility. Existing facilities include recycling building, roll-off station, 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.
Frenchman Creek Plan of Operations
EA
- 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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:01/2012
 
03/2012 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
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.
O'Malley Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/28/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
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 O'Malley'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.
Outbuildings Exchange of Interest
CE
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:01/2012
 
07/2012 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 
Completed  Actual: 10/03/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Warm Springs Meadow Cattle and Horse Allotment Management Plan Update
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Robert Garcia
406-832-3178
rmgarcia@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:02/2012
 
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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