Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Caribou-Targhee 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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Ashton/Island Park (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Dubois Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Montpelier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Palisades Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Soda Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Teton Basin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Caribou-Targhee National Forest,  Westside Ranger District (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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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gateway West 230/500 kv Transmission Line Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/16/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2011 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 Misty Hays
307-358-4690
mahays@fs.fed.us 
Description: Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power propose to construct electric transmission lines from the proposed Windstar Substation near the Dave Johnston Power Plant at Glenrock, WY to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho
Web Link:  http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west/
Location: UNIT - Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District, Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Wyoming. COUNTY - Bear Lake, Albany, Converse, Natrona. Montpelier District, CTNF - northern most corridor designated in the Caribou NF Plan, Doulgas Distict MBRNF northern most corridor designated in the MBR Plan.
Mountain States Transmission Intertie
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/20/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
11/2011 Patty Bates
406-329-3979
pbates@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue easement to Northwestern Energy to construct and maintain a 500 KV electricity transmission line on National Forest System lands in Montana and Idaho. BLM is lead agency and Forest Service is cooperating agency.
Location: UNIT - Butte Ranger District, Jefferson Ranger District, Pintler Ranger District, Dubois Ranger District, Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Clark, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Silver Bow. Various locations depending upon the alternative route locations.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Proposed Targhee Revised Forest Plan Amendment
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/29/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
03/2011 Megan Bogle
208-354-6613
mbogle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes to amend the 1997 Revised Forest Plan for the Targhee portion of the Forest to address direction for "old-growth" and "late-seral" forested vegetation, snags and wildlife habitat for select cavity-nesting species.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25461
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District, Teton Basin Ranger District, Dubois Ranger District, Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho, Wyoming. COUNTY - Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton, Teton, Lincoln. Targhee portion of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Wells Canyon, Stewart Canyon and Green Mountain Sheep Grazing Reauthorization
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/22/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Kevin Parker
208-678-0430
kparker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorize sheep grazing on the Wells Canyon, Stewart Canyon, and Green Mountain sheep allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33647
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District, Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Townships 9 and 10 South, Ranges 44 and 45 East. 15,500 acres along the east side of the Caribou National Forest, within the Montpelier and Soda Springs Ranger Districts.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Ashton/Island Park (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Gulch Road Closure (Forest Road 159)
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/25/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Close the .5 mile segment of Bear Gulch Road159 and create a trail. The road is in the bottom of the drainage and cannot be maintainted to a usable standard. Closure is proposed to protect resource values.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30806
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T. 10 N. R 44 E. Sec 31, 32. Road is located at the site of the old Bear Gulch Ski Hill off of the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, Northeast of Ashton, ID.
Fish Creek Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore this spring creek a tributary to the Henrys Fork by placing native sedge mats within the stream creating new banks narrowing the channel, increasing velocities and sediment transport to improve trout spawning, rearing and overwintering.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35092
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T. 11N., R. 43E. Sections 6. The stream that feeds into and flows out of the Fish Pond on Harriman State Park.
Fish Creek Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore this spring creek a tributary to the Henrys Fork by placing native sedge mats within the stream creating new banks narrowing the channel, increasing velocities and sediment transport to improve trout spawning, rearing and overwintering.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35548
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - The stream that feeds into and flows out of the Fish Pond on Harriman State Park. T. 11N., R. 43E. Sections 6.
Green Canyon Road Fuelbreak
EA
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011  07/2012 Robert Albano
208-558-7301
ralbano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Masticate dead and down fuels and remove ladder fuels along the south side of the Green Canyon Road (FS Road # 167) for approx. 4 miles. The area would be 200 feet from the borrow pit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33914
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.12N., R.42E., Sections 32-35. South side of the Green Canyon Road (FS Road #167) from the junction of Hwy 20 to approx. 4 miles west. Cutting would occur 200 feet from the borrow pit.
Head of Buffalo River Road Realignment Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Shift mile of this one-mile long road out of bottom to promote better drainage and deliver less sediment to the Buffalo River. The native-surface road would be graveled. The abandoned road segment would be water barred and seeded.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35093
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T. 13N., R. 44E. Sections 21 and 28. The access road used to float the Buffalo River (springhead).
Head of Buffalo River Road Realignment Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road is one mile long, project to shift mile of road out of bottom to promote better drainage and less sediment delivery to the Buffalo River, the native surfaced road will be graveled. The abandoned road will be water barred and seeded.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35547
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - The access road to float the Buffalo River starting at the springhead. T. 13N., R. 44E. Sections 21 and 28.
Island Park Horse Pasture
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Jim Cox
208-558-7301
jcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve forage for Forest livestock.
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.13N., R.43E., Section 27. The pasture is 40 acres in size and located along the northeast boundary of the Island Park Ranger Station Administrative Site.
Macks Inn Sewer Expansion
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011  06/2012 Bill Davis
208-652-1228
bdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fremont County is seeking to expand the Macks Inn Sewer Treatment Facility by increasing the irrigation field (not the leach field) by approximately 50 acres to handle increased needs in the North Island Park area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34041
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.14N., R.44E., Section 30. The project is located south of the North Big Springs Road and southeast of Island Park Lodge.
North Antelope Powerline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/31/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Bill Davis
208-652-1228
bdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fall River Electric proposes to install approx. 13,000 ft of buried power cable to provide power to a cell phone tower that would be constructed on Idaho Departmet of Lands land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34051
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.11N., R.42E., Sections 14 and 15. Project starts at Pinehaven and travels west along the North Antelope Flat Road to the State Dept. of Lands Section.
North Island Park WUII
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jim Cox
208-558-7301
jcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property on approximately 950 acres. A fuel break would be created in three treatment units by thinning, hand-piling, commercial logging, firewood gathering and prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34413
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - Bighorn Hills Estates T.15N., R.44E., Secs 6 & 7; Bootjack T.15N., R.43E., Secs 28-30 & T.15N. R.42E. Sec 25; Meadow Cr. T.14N., R.44E., Secs 3, 4, 10, 15, 21, & 22; Moose Cr. T.13N., R.44E., Sec 4. North Island park area near Henry's Lake - Bighorn Hills Estate, Bootjack area, Meadow Creek area, and Moose Creek Summer Homes.
Porcupine Pasture Prescribed Burn
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011  06/2012 Ben Krupski
208-558-7301
bkrupski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of conifers from the Porcupine Guard Station Pasture to rejuvenate grasses and forbs.
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.9N., R.44E., Section 23. The analysis area is located at the Porcupine Guard Station on the Ashton/Island District. The Guard Station is adjacent to the Potpourri subdivision.
Wood Road 16 Watershed Restoration
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/16/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement the 1997 Travel Plan by obliterating nonsystem roads and improving drainage on system roads in the vicinity of Wood Road 16, Forest Road 313. The purpose of the project is to reduce sediment into the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27939
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T. 11N., R. 42E. Sections 1 and 12, T. 11N., R. 43E. Sections 5 and 6. Site is the access road to the lowest reach of the Ranch or Harriman State Park across from Pine Haven.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Dubois Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eastside Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:01/2012  08/2013 Jeffrey Liday
208-374-5422 ext. 119
jliday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate trailheads or perform heavy maintenance at the Bear Gulch, Coal Mine, Pete Creek & Trail Creek trailheads to improve safety and reduce erosion/ sediment loading to streams. Expand surface area and add barriers if needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35744
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - 019 Bear Gulch T14N R3W S4NWCorner, 023- Coal Mine T14N R3W S24NWCorner, 010- Pete Creek T14N R4W S23SE Corner, and 029- Trail Creek T14N R3W S4SE corner. Trailheads at the end of forest service roads 019- Bear Gulch, 023- Coal Mine, 010- Pete Creek, and 029- Trail Creek.
Whitebark Pine Protection
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:01/2012  06/2012 Cathey Hardin
208-558-4207
chardin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut, pull back and pile slash from conifers that is located within a 50 to 100 foot radius of mature, cone producing whitebark pine trees. This will reduce the competition and create a fuel break. Slash would be piled and possibly burned.
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - Boatman: T14N, R37E, Sections 17-22, 27 and 28. Lone Pine: T13N, R37E, Sections 21-28, and T13N, R38E, Sections 19, 20, 29 ,30. Table Mountain: T14N, R37E, Sections 13 and T14N, R38E, Sections 15-22,. There are three different area identified for treatment on the Dubois Ranger District; Boatman, Lone Pine and Table Mountain.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Montpelier Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cache Roads Hazardous Fuels Treatment
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Rebecca Phelps
208-847-0375
roophelps@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat 3900 acres of hazardous fuels 300 feet off of open forest roads. Smaller diameter conifer and dead and down fuels will be cut, piled and burned to reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32346
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin. LEGAL - The project is located in T9S to T16S, R40E to R43E, and all sections. All open forest roads on the Cache Forest that is administered by the Caribou National Forest.
Ephraim Valley Aspen Treatment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/31/2007 
Expected:03/2012
Actual: 11/21/2008 
06/2012 Devon Green
208-547-1116
dhgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire to restore aspen, by killing invading conifer on approximately 500 acres, and increase shrub diversity on approximately 150 acres to improve wildlife habitat in an 800 acre project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18640
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T10S, R46E, Sec 29-32. Boise Meridian. Ridge between Ephraim Valley and Elk Valley within the Gannett Hills between Crow Creek and the Wyoming State line.
Main Canyon Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:02/2012  06/2012 Jane Rushane
208-847-0375
jrushane@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire and timber harvest to change species composition and structure on 3600 acres in several different vegetation cover types in the Main Canyon area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27028
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - Township 12 S, Range 41 E Sections 1, 2, 3, 10-15, 22 and 28. Approximately 13 mile south of Grace, Idaho. Access is via Forest roads 440 and 442.
Strawberry Aspen Treatment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/23/2009 
Expected:11/2011
 
09/2012 Jared Mattson
208-847-8946
jaredmattson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning to reduce conifer encroachment in aspen forest (1400 acres), to improving wildlife habitat and reducing fuel loading in the 2600 acre project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27026
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - T12S, R42E, Sec 30-31, T12S,R41E, Sec 36, T13S, R42E, Sec 6 and T13S, R41E, Sec 1,6,7,12 Boise Meridian. Southwest of Montpelier, ID on Hwy. 30 in Emigration Canyon.
Telegraph Hollow WUI
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/21/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Rebecca Phelps
208-847-0375
roophelps@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce understory tree and brush densisites to change stand age, composition and structure to mimic historic fire regimes and improve wildlife habitat. Masticator would be used and slash piled/burned. No commercial harvest or road construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30071
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake. LEGAL - Township 14S Range 42E Sections 13,24. 15 miles Southwest of Montpelier, Idaho in Bloomington Canyon.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Palisades Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Caribou Range Mountains Subsection Summer Travel Management Plan
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/23/2008 
Expected:09/2011
 
06/2012 Robert Mickelsen
208-523-1412
rmickelsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a clear plan for mix of trails designed and managed specifically for ATVs, motorcycles, mountain bikes and non-motorized uses. Create a trail network that is safe, environmentally sound, affordable to maintain and responsive to public need.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23264
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Wyoming. COUNTY - Bonneville, Lincoln. The Caribou subsection is located south and west of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Flatiron Prescribed Fire Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Spencer Johnston
208-523-1412
sdjohnston@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire to treat 1533 acres to improve the declining aspen population and decadent brush species to create a diversity of age classes for wildlife and critical summer range for big game species as well as for public safety.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. Unit- Palisades Ranger District. State- Idaho. County-Bonneville. Legal- Township 1N, Range 44E, Sections 19, 20, 28-30. The project area is located 5 miles south of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Hoffman Area Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Tree Removal Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/27/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Randy Griffith
208-542-5812
rsgriffith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove lodgepole pine trees infested with Mountain Pine Beetles in the area around Hoffman Summer Home and McCoy Creek Campgrounds, which are dead, dying, and hazard trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34861
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T3S, R46E, Sec.5, and 8. The area surrounding of the Hoffman Summer Home and McCoy Creek Campgrounds, near the Southwest shore of Palisades Reservoir.
Old Ranger Trail (FS #287)
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/17/2011  09/2011 David Woodcock
208-523-1412
dwoodcock@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct approximately 6.96 miles of the old trail. Rerouting three sections of trail to reduce existing and future erosion problems. The trail is managed for single-track motorized use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32455
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville, Madison. LEGAL - Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, and 13, T3N, R42E. Big Hole Mtns., parallels the River Road (FS 206), beginning in the Wolverine Creek drainage crossing down to the Burns Creek drainage, crossing Burns Creek and ending at the mouth of Blacks Canyon.
Pine Creek Pass 911 Repeater
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  07/2011 Randy Griffith
208-542-5812
rsgriffith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Respond to a request for a Special Use Permit from Teton Communications to construct a 911 Cell Tower. The proposed action will be to build a 120' tower and building (15' x 27').
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - Section 29, Township 3 North, Range 44 East. This project is located at N 43-33-.054, W 111-17.610 in the Pine Creek Drainage.
Upper Palisades Creek Trail Rehab
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A David Woodcock
208-523-1412
dwoodcock@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate approximately 0.5 mile of the trail out of the riparian bottoms onto the adjacent hill side. Beaver dams often cause this section of trail to become submerged and impassible. All work will be done using hand crews.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27927
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - Section 3, T1N, R45E. Upper Palisades Creek Drainage, Snake River Range.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Soda Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Caribou Archery Road Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate 0.6 mile of FR50297, Caribou Archery Road, farther away from a perennial tributary to Trail Creek. Construct parking for 20-30 vehicles at end of new road. Decommission old road.
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - N.1/2 Sec. 29, T. 8S., R. 43E., Boise Meridian. At North end of Monsanto Plant in Soda Springs on Hwy 34, drive East on Trail Creek Rd 6 miles. Take right at fork at "Y" at hunting lodge. Drive down the hill 1.5 miles, turn right FS50297.
Caribou Archery Road Relocation
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/27/2007 
Expected:07/2011
Actual: 03/27/2007 
09/2011 Glenn Lackey
208-547-1105
glackey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate 0.6 mile of FR50297, Caribou Archery Road, farther away from a perennial tributary to Trail Creek. Construct parking for 20-30 vehicles at end of new road. Decommission old road.
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - N.1/2 Sec. 29, T. 8S., R. 43E., Boise Meridian. At N. end of Monsanto Plant in Soda Springs on Hwy 34, drive E. on Trail Creek Rd 6 miles then take right at "Y" near hunting lodge. Drive 1.5 miles, turn right onto FR50297.
Dairy Syncline Mine Project Monitoring Wells Installation
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project consists of the installation of up to 6 monitoring wells to gather and collect geologic, groundwater, and other environmental data. The project encompasses less than 3 acres on National Forest lands.
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T9S R44E Sections 9, 22, 27, 34; T10S R44E Section 3. Approximately 12 miles southeast of Soda Springs, Idaho.
Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/13/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
09/2014 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze a proposed new phosphate mine plan and associated projects and infrastructure on existing lease I-28115 and I-0258, encompassing approximately 1,500 acres on lease and approximately 400 acres off lease. Considers land exchange proposal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27958
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bear Lake, Caribou. LEGAL - Portions of T9S, R44E Sections 6, 7, 16-21, 28, 29, 32, 33. East flank of the Aspen Range, approximately 12 miles east of Soda Springs, Idaho.
Homestead Prescribed Burn
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Dell Transtrum
208-547-1106
dtranstrum@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Soda/Montpelier zone of the Caibou-Targhee proposes to burn mountain brush, small stands of conifer and aspen in the Homestead unit of the Jackknife cattle allotments. Burn is expected to improve big game species and age diversity.
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. Homestead unit of the Jackknife Cattle Allotment.
Hooper Springs Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
06/2013 Glenn Lackey
208-677-8303
glackey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build a new 20 mile double circuit 115-KV powerline from Soda Springs to the existing powerline in Lanes Creek. The new line will cross about 2 miles of the Forest. Alternate route that avoids all National Forest System lands is being considered.
Web Link:  http://www.efw.bpa.gov/environmental_services/Document_Library/HooperSprings/
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T 7 S, R 44 E, Sections 19-22, 26-29. Across the Forest, just south of the Blackfoot River.
Jackknife Trail and Stream Enhancement
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/26/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Corey Lyman
208-557-5838
clyman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-locate Trail #448 (nonmotorized) to replace the section of Road #136 closed due to landslide. Replace road bridge with a longer span trail bridge, rehabiliate the stream channel and restore riparian function and critical fisheries habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31216
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - R 45 E; T 4 S; Section 25. Approx. 6 miles northwest of Freedom, WY. Bridge is approx. 2 miles west of the Forest Boundary.
Tincup Mountain Aspen Restoration
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/21/2008 
Expected:11/2011
 
09/2012 Rebecca Phelps
208-547-1118
roophelps@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treat a total of 3,000 acres of aspen and sub-alpine with prescribed fire to promote aspen regeneration. Some mechanical treatments may be used to construct fire lines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23217
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T.5S., R.44E., Secs 1, 10 - 15 and T.5S., R.45E., Secs 5 - 9 and 16 - 18. 35 miles North East of Soda Springs; North of Highway 34.
Winschell Dugway ATV Trail System
EA
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 04/13/2011  09/2011 Glenn Lackey
208-547-4356
glackey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct and reconstruct 7.8 miles of ATV trail from Caribou City to Morgan Meadows. New construction will connect the historic Dugway with abandoned mining road down the Bilk Creek drainage and into Caribou City. Install 2 bridges across Bilk Ck.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=20098
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - Range 44 East, Township 4 South sections 2,3,7,9,10,15,18 and 22. South, East and North aspects of Caribou Mountain on the Soda Springs Ranger District, Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Teton Basin Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Badger Creek Precommercial Thinning and Aspen Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/17/2008 
Expected:08/2011
 
07/2012 Mike Alfieri
208-558-7301
malfieri@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposing to non-commercially thin dense lodgepole pine stands while emphasizing aspen species composition on approximately 1,400 acres.
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton, Teton. LEGAL - T7N R45E, Sections 10, 11, 14, 15, 23-26, and 36. T7N, R46E, Sections 30-32 (State of Idaho). T45N, R118W, Sections 8, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35 and T45N, R118W, Sec 3 (State of Wyoming). Western front of the Teton Range within the Badger, Leigh and Teton Watersheds, in Teton County, Idaho and Teton County, Wyoming.
Darby Canyon Trailhead Relocation
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
07/2012 Lee Mabey
208-557-5784
lmabey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate trailhead .25 miles west to a location away from Darby Creek to protect water quality, fisheries and reduce trailhead congestion. Rehabilitate the road beyond new trailhead and convert to a nonmotorized trail. Replace main trail bridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30799
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T. 43 N. R 118 W. Sec 14. End of Forest Road 012, Darby Canyon, Southeast of Driggs, Idaho.
Kirkham Hollow Conifer Thinning and Aspen Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011  08/2012 Dave Ovard
208-354-6616
dovard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enhance aspen on 125 acres. Patches/clones/groups of aspen dominated by sapling/suckers will be identified and all conifer trees <6.0 inch DBH within their boundary will be cut. Conifer outside the aspen patches will be thinned to 11x11 (360 tr/ac)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34868
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Madison. LEGAL - T5N, R43E, Sections 30 and 31. West of Driggs, ID on Forest Road 816, a closed road originating on FR 328 (Kirkham Hollow) which is accessed via State Highway 33.
North Teton Trail Reconstruction Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 Chad Grossenburg
208-354-6612
cgrossenburg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct less than one-half mile of former trail. Returning the trail tread to it's previous location will eliminate two creek crossings. The abandoned trail section and crossings will be rehabilitated.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34859
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T 44 N; R 117 W; Sections 16 & 21. East of Driggs, Idaho. Two miles up the North Teton Trail (#024) in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness.
Papoose and Sheep Bridge Trails
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
06/2012 Kurt Kluegel
208-354-6615
kkluegel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Manage the user-created Papoose and Sheep Bridge Trails as system, nonmotorized trails. Repair the Sheep Bridge and construct a new trail bridge near Reunion Flat Campground. Rehab and close dispersed camping areas near the Sheep Bridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35697
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T44N,R118W, Sections 13,22,23 and 24, Boise Meridian. East of Driggs, Idaho on Teton Creek Road (FR 009), South of the winter parking area.
Upper Horseshoe Creek Aspen Protection
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011  08/2012 Dave Ovard
208-354-6616
dovard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove seral conifer from healthy aspen clumps to enhance and regenerate aspen on approximately 50 acres. Confier <5 inches in diameter would be cut while the larger confier would be ringed, or girdled, to kill the tree.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34867
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T5N, R44E, Section 29; T5N, R43E, Section 24. Approximately 11 miles west of Driggs, Idaho; within 500 feet of Forest Road 235, on the upper two miles of Horseshoe Creek.
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest,   Westside Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bannock Guard Station Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/16/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Brad Higginson
208-557-5786
bhigginson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to restore approximately 1,000 feet of Mink Creek in the Bannock Guard Station (GS) area, upsize the bridge on the Guard Station access road, modify the culvert bone-yard, and stabilize streambanks at the Mink Creek Group Site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35550
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T8S; R35E; Section 18 NW . 9 1/2 miles south of Pocatello, ID along Mink Creek through the Guard Station and Mink Creek Group Site.
Curlew Sagebrush Protection Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/05/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Arik Jorgensen
208-236-7540
ajorgensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create strategic fuel breaks to protect mature/developing sagebrush/grass communities from wildfire by mowing and/or masticating roadside and fence line vegetation to reduce fuel loads and protect sage grouse habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32438
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Oneida. LEGAL - Portions of T13-16 and R31-33. The Curlew National Grassland is approximately 20 miles west of Malad, ID and surrounds the community of Holbrook, ID Hwy 37 and the Arbon Valley Highway.
Gibson Jack-Cusick Creek Connector Trail Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/06/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Debrah Tiller
208-557-5779
dtiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build 5 miles of new non-motorized single-track trail to connect the City Creek non-motorized trail system to the Gibson Jack non-motorized trail. Project includes expanding Gibson-Jack Trailhead parking lot.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32447
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R 34 E, Sections 14,15, 22,23, 26. Both drainages are located just south of the City of Pocatello. .
Pebble Creek Ski Area Alterations
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Greg Burch
208-236-7513
goburch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove ~15 trees <14dbh on the Outback trail to allow grooming. Create a bench between Outback and Maxout for snowcat traverse. Re-contour the existing terrain park for beginner ski use. Create a new terrain park above and right of lodge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35549
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T.7 S, R.37 E, Sec. 32. Pebble Creek Ski area, 5 miles east of Inkom, ID.
Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle Grazing Reauthorization
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Hans Bastian
208-236-7526
hbastian@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize grazing on the Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle allotments. Project currently on-hold to collect and analyze more field data.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33644
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock, Power. LEGAL - Portions of T7S, R34E; T8S, R34E; T9S, R34E; T8S, R35E; T9S, R35E. These allotments are in the Lower Portneuf watershed south and west of Pocatello.
South Mink Prescribed Fire
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/02/2008 
Expected:10/2011
Actual: 01/07/2010 
03/2012 Arik Jorgensen
208-236-7540
ajorgensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, regenerate brush communities, increase the amount of young aspen and reduce conifer encroachment across the project area. No road construction or reconstruction will be necessary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23542
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T9S, R35E, Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and a portion of T9S, R34E, Section 1. 15 Miles South of Pocatello Idaho.
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