Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2014 to 09/30/2014
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, 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)

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.
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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
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Administrative Site Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:08/2014  08/2014 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: To reissue a special use permit to Idaho Fish and Game for an existing administrative cabin and corral for a term of 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T.10 N., R14E., Sec. 31, NW1/4, B.M. The site is located five miles south of Stanley, ID on the south side of Boundary Creek Road #70212.
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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 
Expected:10/2014
 
12/2014 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
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 07/2014 
Expected:09/2014
 
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.
Rusty Nugget Placer Exploratory Plan of Operations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 Heidie Torrealday
208-677-8295
htorrealday@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Proponent's proposal is to evaluate the lateral and vertical extent of placer gold mineralization in alluvial gravels on the mining claim. He will determine depth to groundwater and overall geologic conditions of the claim.
Location: UNIT - Fairfield Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Camas. LEGAL - Section 8, T5N, R13E. The four acre unpatented mining claim is located on the bank of Ross Fork near the confluence of Little Bear Creek.
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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
2014 Bald Mountain Bike Race Recreation Event Special-Use Permit Proposals
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 05/01/2014
05/01/2014 
06/2014 Joe Miczulski
208-622-0087
jmiczulski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposals to issue Recreation Event Special-Use Permits to Mountain Sports International (MSI) for the Sun Valley Super Enduro, and the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance for the 2014 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships on Bald Mtn.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44010
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T4N, R17E, Sections 13-15, 21-28, 34-36 Boise Meridian. Bald Mountain Ski Area summer trails.
BSM Barite Exploration Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Lake Creek Riparian and Stream Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2014 
Expected:07/2014  09/2014 Erika Phillips
208-622-0094
egphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: The activity will occur on the Sawtooth National Forest in the Lake Creek drainage, approximately three miles north of Ketchum, in the Big Wood River watershed.
Location: UNIT - Ketchum Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - R4, Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum Ranger District, Blaine County, Idaho. Lake Creek drainage.
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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:
Scoping Start 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.
Edwards Creek Aquatic Organism Passage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2014 
Expected:07/2014  07/2014 Mark Dallon
208-678-0430
mdallon@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would improve a road crossing to enable passage for fish and other aquatic organisms in Edwards Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44402
Location: UNIT - Minidoka Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Cassia. LEGAL - T 15 S, R 24 E, Section 4, SENW. Edwards Creek, 1/2 mile downstream of forest boundary on private road.
Minidoka Supplement to the 2008 Travel Plan Map Revision Environmental Assessment
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 03/25/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
07/2014 David Ashby
775-752-3357
dashby@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.
Point Springs, Eight Mile, Moberg, Black Pine, Kelsaw, & Mineral Gulch C&H Allotments Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 01/16/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2014 
Expected:09/2014
Actual: 09/09/2013 
11/2014 Gilbert Jackson
208-677-8296
grjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Point Springs, Eight Mile, Moberg, Black Pine, Kelsaw 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.
Recreation Residence Improvement Project Thompson Flat Tract #5
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/06/2013 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42923
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
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/15/2014  07/2014 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42924
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.
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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 08/2014 
Expected:10/2014  12/2014 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.
Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Road and Trail Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2014 
Expected:11/2014  07/2015 Stacey Clark
208-727-5008
staceyclark@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to issue a special use permit to owners, employees and guests of Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for motorized and non-motorized access on existing road and trails.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Secs. 17 & 20, T9N, R14E, B.M. The project is located on the east side of Highway 75 near Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, 9 miles south of Stanley, ID.
Meadow Creek Cattle/Horse Allotment analysis
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/26/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
09/2014 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 06/25/2014  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
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/28/2014 
Expected:08/2014
 
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 Airport Well and Road Access Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 Susan Kranz
208-727-5018
skranz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Department of Transportation,Division of Aeronautics would be authorized a special use permit for continued use of an existing well and 0.1 mile of associated water and power lines; and a new permit for 0.1 mile of an existing road access.
Location: UNIT - Sawtooth National Recreation Area. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine. LEGAL - T.7N., R.14E, Sec. 27, NE1/4, SE1/4, B.M. The area (airport) is located on the east side of State Highway 75, Smiley Creek Lodge and the designated community of Smiley Creek.
Warm Springs Recreational Placer Mining Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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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