Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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 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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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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/29/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2012 
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 01/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
03/2013 Patty Bates
406-683-3979
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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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.
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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 03/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
10/2012 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.
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:02/2012
 
06/2012 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
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:04/2012
 
07/2012 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.
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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
08/2012 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.
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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/08/2011 
Expected:05/2012
 
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.
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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
07/2012 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.
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 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 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 12/2011 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 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.
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 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.
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
- Grazing management
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/29/2011
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2013 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.
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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
Corral Creek Dam Rehabilitation and Fish Passage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/19/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
07/2012 Shane Jacobson
208-374-5422
sqjacobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve the spillway of the Corral Creek dam to facilitate natural stream function, improve stabilization of the dam, and to provide for fish passage. Includes maintaining a pond in place of the reservoir to maintain public fishing opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37886
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - T12N, R37E, Section 12. 8 miles east of Spencer, Idaho.
Eastside Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:01/2013  07/2013 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.
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/23/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
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 01/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 Dennis Duehren
208-847-0375
dduehren@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.
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:06/2012
Actual: 11/21/2008 
08/2012 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.
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 04/2012 
Expected:01/2013  06/2013 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.
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:05/2012
 
09/2012 Dennis Duehren
208-847-0375
dduehren@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.
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 05/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
09/2012 Dennis Duehren
208-847-0375
dduehren@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.
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
Calamity Road Relocation
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 12/19/2011  05/2012 Robert Mickelsen
208-542-5803
rmickelsen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate 0.5 miles of road to provide a safer access to the Calamity Campground and Boatramp
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37485
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - Sections 7, 8, and 12, T 1 S, R 45 E. Approximately 55 miles souteast of Idaho Falls, ID on the west end of Palisades Dam.
Caribou Range Mountains Subsection Summer Travel Management Plan
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 12/09/2011  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/nepa_project_exp.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 Aspen Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/11/2011 
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
EA
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/30/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 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.
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.
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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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012  09/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36404
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.
Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/13/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
Expected:04/2014
 
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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:06/2013  09/2013 Garth Nelson
208-547-1113
glnelson@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36309
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 08/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
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.
Husky 1 - North Dry Ridge Mine
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 06/2012 
Expected:11/2016  12/2016 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (MRP) which proposes new open-pit phosphate mining operations on federal leases I-05549, I-8289, I-04 and some adjacent private lands. It also proposes lease mods. and several S.U.A.s.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37878
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 16, 17, 20, 21, 28, 33 & 34. T. 8 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 15, 23, 24 & 25. T. 8 S., R. 45 E., Sections: 30, 31 & 32. Proposed mining operations would be located in Caribou County, ID; approximately 15 miles Northeast of Soda Springs, ID.
Rasmussen Valley Geotechnical Drilling
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  03/2012 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Geotechnical Study Plan which proposes to install several shallow geotechnical borings including piezometers on National Forest land adjacent to Federal Leases I-05975 in support of the Rasmussen Valley Mine EIS.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37873
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 5 & 6 Caribou County, ID. Proposed drilling would be located in Caribou County, Idaho; approximately 18 miles Northeast of Soda Springs, ID.
Rasmussen Valley Mine
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:10/2014  11/2014 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@fs.fed.us 
Description: Nu-West Industries, Inc., submitted a Mine and Reclamation Plan (MRP) which proposes new open-pit phophate mining operations on federal leases I-05975, and some adjacent private lands. It also proposes lease modification and several Special Use Auth
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37876
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 44 E., Sections: 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9. T. 6 S., R. 43 E., Sections: 26, 34, 35, & 36. T. 7 S., R. 43 E., Sections: 1. Proposed mining operations would be located in Caribou County, ID; approximately 18 miles Northeast of Soda Springs, ID.
Teton Communication Electronic Site
CE
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  08/2012 Glenn Lackey
208-547-1105
glackey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to place a 100+ foot electornic communications tower with building to house equipment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36989
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Near Black Mountain at the head of Trout Creek in the middle of Section 25, T3S, R45E. Approximately 1.5 miles North of the existing electonic site at Black Mountain, Bonneville County, Idaho; approximately 12 miles North and West of Etna, Wyoming.
Tincup Mountain Aspen Restoration
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/21/2008 
Expected:11/2012
 
09/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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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:03/2012
 
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 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012
 
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.
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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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)
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.
Papoose and Sheep Bridge Trails
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012
 
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.
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 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  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.
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:03/2012
 
08/2012 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.
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.
Bird Canyon Fuels Reduction Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:12/2012  05/2013 Greg Burch
208-236-7540
ajorgensen@fs.fed.us 
Description: To modify and improve vegetation conditions to increase the probability of success for managing wildfires adjacent to private homes and improvements. Therefore, we will create strategic fuel breaks and promote aspen, to limit fire spread.
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bannock. LEGAL - T9S R38E, Sections:5-8; T8S R38E, Sections:29-32; T8S R37E Sections: 24-26. Approximately 4 miles north of Lava Hot Springs, ID.
Curlew Sagebrush Protection Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 11/14/2011  12/2011 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.
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  Completed  Actual: 11/14/2011  05/2012 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.
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 
Completed  Actual: 11/14/2011  12/2011 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.
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.
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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
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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