Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2014 to 03/31/2014
Sawtooth National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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R4 - Intermountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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)

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 - Idaho
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/24/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2014 
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Boise NF, Salmon-Challis NF, Caribou-Targhee NF, Sawtooth NF, Curlew NG.
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Idaho)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Clinton McCarthy
801-625-5671
cmccarthy01@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been canceled. It is a duplicate of the Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction project# 38922.
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. UNIT - Sawtooth NF (ID, UT); Caribou (ID UT, WY) and Curlew NG (ID) portions of the Caribou-Targhee NF; multiple counties involved.
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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
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/28/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2014 
Expected:03/2014
 
04/2014 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.
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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
Kelley Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/22/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
04/2014 John Pine
208-764-3476
jnpine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut and remove dead and dying trees as a result of the Kelley Fire on 30 acres along the 071 road, from Gardner Gulch to Kelley Creek Corrals. Trees will be greater than 8 inches dbh, but no larger than 20 inches dbh.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43184
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas, Elmore. LEGAL - Sec 13, T3N, R11E and Sec 18, T3N, R12E. The project is approximately thirteen air miles east of Featherville, Idaho, just west of Baumgartner Campground in the Kelley Flat area (between Gardner Gulch and Kelley Creek Trailhead).
Over-Snow Vehicle Access in the Upper South Fork Boise River Area project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 12/20/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
10/2014 Steven Frost
208-727-5000
srfrost@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
BSM Barite Exploration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/27/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
09/2014 Heidie Torrealday
208-737-3224
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration for mineralization by constructing 16 drill pads and drilling 22 core and reverse circulation holes on their claims on National Forest during the exploration period. Reconstruction of a collapsed adit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43335
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - Township 3 North, Range 21 East, Section 12, Blaine County Idaho. Ketchum Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest, Blaine County, State of Idaho.
Bucks Camp Administrative Site Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2013 
Expected:05/2014  06/2014 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.
Limekiln Allotment, Shaw Mountain Sheep Allotment and Kelly Mtn-Greenhorn Cattle Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/26/2013  11/2013 Robert Garcia
406-832-3178
rmgarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize continued livestock grazing on the Limekiln Sheep Allotment, Shaw Mountain Sheep Allotment, and the Kelly Mtn.-Greenhorn Cattle Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41096
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. These allotments are situated 7 to 14 miles Southwest from Ketchum, ID.
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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
2013 Radio System Improvements
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/17/2013 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of Pepro Radio shelters on Mount Harrison and Heglar Peak. Installation of a 40' antenna on Mount Harrison.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42107
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, T13S, R24E, section 4. Boise Meridian, T12S, R29E, section 12. Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District, Albion Division Mount Harrison Electronic Site, Sublett Division Heglar Peak.
Minidoka Supplement to the 2008 Travel Plan Map Revision Environmental Assessment
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 12/19/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 02/2014 
Expected:03/2014
 
06/2014 Scott Nannenga
208-678-0430
snannenga@fs.fed.us 
Description: Supplement the 2008 "Travel Plan Map Revision - Elimination of Motorized Cross-Country Travel and Motorized Route Designation Environmental Assessment" for the Minidoka Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41283
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Utah. COUNTY - Cassia, Oneida, Power, Twin Falls, Box Elder. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Minidoka Ranger District.
Recreation Residence Improvement Project Thompson Flat Tract #5
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/06/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
06/2014 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service, Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District is proposing to authorize improvements which will include repair/installing a septic system, and adding a bathroom to the cabin.
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Township 13 South, Range 24 East, Section 3. Thompson Flat Summer Home Tract #5, Albion Divison, Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Recreation Residence Improvement Project at Deadline Ridge Tract #3
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 09/06/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2014 
Expected:03/2014
 
06/2014 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us 
Description: To authorize improvements at the Recreation Residences on Deadline Ridge Tract #3 and Thompson Flats Summer Homes Tract #5.
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Twin Falls. LEGAL - T14S, R18E, S13, B.M. Lot 3, Deadline Ridge Tract, Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest.
Thompson Flats Campground Improvements
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/26/2013  06/2014 David Ashby
208-678-0430
dashby@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action of the Sawtooth National Forest is to reconstruct group sites A and B, add additional campsites within Thompson Flats Campground and remove 5 restrooms and replace them with three new ones.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42008
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - Boise Meridian, T13S, R24E, section 8. Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District, Albion Division, State of Idaho, Cassia County.
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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
Boulder Mountain Tour Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2014 
Expected:03/2014  04/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37776
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.
Custer Telephone Fiber Optic Permit Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/03/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
01/2014 David Fluetsch
208-727-5001
dfluetsch@fs.fed.us 
Description: In 2003, Custer Telephone was authorized to install a fiber optic cable line along Hwy 75 downriver from Lower Stanley. The proposed action is to issue a new 30-year special use permit authorizing continued use of the existing fiber optic cable.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42391
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Joe's Gulch near Lower Stanley (NW , Sec. 35, T11N, R13E, B.M.) east to Sawtooth NRA border at Thompson Cr(SE , Sec. 25, T11N, R16E). Also up Yankee Fork/Jordan Cr to (Sec. 20, T13N, R15E). Adjacent Hwy 75 from Lower Stanley east to FSR 454 (O'Brien), continuing along FSR 454 east to FSR 666 (Slate Creek) and Hwy 75, continuing along Hwy 75 to the Sawtooth NRA border at Thompson Creek.
Meadow Creek Cattle/Horse Allotment analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/05/2012 
Expected:05/2014
Actual: 03/21/2013 
05/2014 Robert Garcia
208-774-3014
rmgarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorized continued livestock grazing on the Meadow Creek Allotment. Re-locate the fence to the boundary line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41097
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. The 930 acre Meadow Creek allotment is located 2 miles southwest of Stanley Idaho.
Pole Creek Diversion Special Use Authorization
EA
- Watershed management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/15/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
07/2014 Mark Moulton
208-727-5000
mmoulton@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal would issue special use permit(s) to re-authorize the continued use of an irrigation diversion from Pole Creek, as well as related roads, ditches, and small irrigated parcels on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41737
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T7N, R14E, Sections 15, 23, 24, and 25, B. M. Within the Pole Creek drainage, approximately 1.5 miles north and east of Sawtooth City, Idaho.
Pole Creek Road Reroute
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 11/06/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2014 
Expected:06/2014
 
09/2014 Scott Vuono
208-727-5034
svuono@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to reroute and decommission a portion of Pole Creek Road (FSR# 70197), rehabilitate and close approximately 0.25 miles of Twin Creek Loop Road (FSR# 70412), and replace two culverts with fish friendly culverts on Twin Creeks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43436
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T7N, R15E, B.M. All work will take place in the Pole Creek Drainage, located approximately 4.2 miles east of the community of Smiley Creek.
Redfish to Stanley Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2014 
Expected:06/2014  05/2015 Matt Phillips
208-727-5025
mmphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a multi-purpose, non-motorized public trail between Stanley, Idaho and Redfish Recreation Complex.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43434
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sec. 2,3, T9N, R13E; Sec. 9,15,16,21,22,26,27,34,35, T10N, R13E, B.M. The trail's northern terminus is Stanley City Park. It goes south on a FS trail easement across private land to the Stanley Admin Site on NFS land, then south to connect with existing Redfish trails.
Smiley Creek Garbage Dumpsters Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/01/2013  01/2014 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue a special use permit for six ten cubic yard dumpsters during normal periods of operation and allow an increase of eight dumpsters during high use periods in the summer. No hazardous waste disposal would be allowed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41727
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - SE1/4 of the NE1/4 of Section 27, T.7N, R.14 E., B. M. The project would be located on the east side of Highway 75 across from Smiley Creek Lodge in Smiley Creek, ID.
Warm Springs Recreational Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/20/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
07/2014 Heidie Torrealday
208-677-8295
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plan of Operations for recreational placer mining on an unpatented mining claim within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Custer County, Idaho
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42965
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Sec. 29, T11N, R16E, B. M. Activity proposed to occur on an unpatented mining claim located above the high-water mark of the Salmon River near Torrey's Campground, Custer County, Idaho.
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