Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
Caribou-Targhee 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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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 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 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
Greater Sage-grouse Management Direction
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/09/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2013 
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. Boise NF, Salmon-Challis NF, Caribou-Targhee NF, Sawtooth NF, Curlew NG.
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Idaho)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
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 07/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
03/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Targhee Forest Plan Lynx Amendment
EIS
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/22/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
03/2014 Megan Bogle
208-354-6613
mbogle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Utilize existing protocols and data to identify the extent and distribution of lynx habitat on the Targhee portion of the Forest. These areas of mapped lynx habitat will be subject to the Northern Rockies Lynx Management Direction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40275
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. The Targhee Planning Area of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
Teton Communication Electronic Site
EA
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Glenn Lackey
208-547-1105
glackey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to place a 140+ foot electronic communications tower with building to house equipment.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District, Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville, Caribou. LEGAL - North end of Black Mountain near the head of Trout Creek in the South end of Section 24, T3S, R45E. Approximately 2 miles North of the existing electonic site at Black Mountain, Bonneville County, Idaho; approximately 12 miles North and West of Etna, Wyoming.
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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
Big Springs Recreation Residence Tract Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/23/2013  01/2013 Brandon Burke
208-652-1201
brandonburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to renew 20-year term special use permits for 12 recreation residence lots in the Big Springs Recreation Residence Tract. This action is not proposing any new lots, tracts, facilities, or alterrations of existing facilites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38372
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.14N., R.44E. Section 33. BIg Springs Recreation Residence Tract.
Harriman Fish Pond
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Bill Davis
208-652-1228
bdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project seeks to rehabilitate the dispersed recreation site, improve access roads, define parking areas and close approximately 250 feet of road in a wetland.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39607
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.12N., R.43E., Section 31. Harriman Fish Pond - off of the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway near Osborne Bridge.
Island Park Community Non-Motorized Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Jarrod Hansen
208-652-1212
jarrodhansen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Island Park Non-Motorized Trail Project is a route that would connect Harriman State Park and Henry's Lake. This concept was identified by the Island Park Gem Team and the Sawtell Fun Run Committe partnered with the Ashton/IP RD.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38371
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - Kenny Crk Phase T.15N., R.43E., Secs 30, 31, 32, 33 - beginning at F.S. Rd #463 ending at F.S. Rd #455;Box Canyon Phase T.13N., R.42E., Sec 8 - south end of Box Canyon Trl #029 ending at F.S. Rd. #134. The trail is located between Last Chance and Henry's Lake near Island Park, ID.
Island Park OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Trails Project
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/07/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 Brandon Burke
208-652-1201
brandonburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposes to designate ~37 mi of trail to connect OHV users to the Forest Trans Sys; ~394 acs at West End would be open to x-country OHV travel; ~15 mi of Forest Rds would be decommisioned; & 77 mi of user-created trail would be closed & rehabilitated
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40596
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.12N., Ranges 41E, 42E, 43E, & 44E.; T.13N., Ranges 43E. & 44E.; T.14N., Ranges 43E. &44E. This project would occur in the Island Park Area: Eccles, West End, North & South of Macks Inn, Buttermilk, McCrea & Island Park Landfill Areas.
Island Park Office Conveyance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/03/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
10/2013 Steve Jenkins
208-557-5792
sljenkins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Dispose of the Island Park office with approximately 2 acrs of land as outlined in the Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005. Also dispose of all housing, associated garages, outbuildings, and an abandoned sewage lagoon.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41250
Location: UNIT - Ashton/Island Park. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Fremont. LEGAL - T.13N., R.43E., SW 1/4 of Section 27; Boise Meridian - approximately 2 acres. Project is located at 3726 Highway 20 near Pond's Lodge in Island Park, ID.
Macks Inn Sewer Expansion
EA
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/07/2013  07/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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 Island Park WUI
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/29/2007
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Mike Alfieri
208-558-4210
malfieri@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/nepa_project_exp.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
- Grazing management
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 03/13/2013  06/2013 Ben Krupski
208-558-7301
bkrupski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of conifers from the Porcupine Guard Station Pasture to rejuvenate grasses and forbs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36272
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
Eastside Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/10/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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
Burns Canyon Resource Protection Fence
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Greg Hanson
208-542-5808
gehanson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build approximately 400 yards of fence across the Ranger Trail to protect sensitive plant populations in the Burns Canyon Allotment. Fences will be barbed wire located entirely in the uplands. The permittee will be responsible for maintenance.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T3N R42E Section 12 West 1/2, Southwest 1/4 Boise Meridian. Big Holes Subsection - Northeast of Snake River between Burns and Blacks Canyons.
Flatiron Aspen Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/11/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
08/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35468
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 09/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
06/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Lake Canyon Trail Repair and Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 David Woodcock
208-523-1412
dwoodcock@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed Lake Canyon Trail project will consist of rerouting short segments of the existing trail to eliminate rock hazards, and improve drainage and grade.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T1N. R45E Section 15. Southeast of Palisades Creek Trail #084 on Lake Canyon Trail.
Palisades Dam Groomer Shed
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  08/2013 Tracy Hollingshead
208-523-1412
thollingshead@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build and establish a groomer shed, latrine and parking area for winter recreation in the gravel flats area below the Palisades Dam to be used by Bonneville County Parks and Recreation Department.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T1S R44E Section 17. North of Palisades Dam west of Riverside Park Campground.
Red Ridge Trail Repair and Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 David Woodcock
208-523-1412
dwoodcock@fs.fed.us 
Description: To reclaim approx. 1 mile of trail at the Long Gulch trailhead back to single track, lengthen trail, adding new switchbacks, and rehabilitating the remaining 11 miles of trail.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T39N R44E Section 8. Red Ridge Trail - South of Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis off Road #059.
Tie Canyon Road Repair and Trailhead Relocation
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/15/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
07/2013 Randy Griffith
208-542-5812
rsgriffith@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to relocate the Tie Canyon trailhead out of the riparian area, stabilize stream banks and resurface the Tie Canyon Road. A short section of trail (100 yd) would be constructed to link the new trailhead with the existing trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40293
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - This project is located in Sections 26, 27, Township 3 North, Range 44 East. Located in the Pine Creek Drainage. The location of the trailhead is N 43 33.38587, W 111 14.89832.
West Pine Creek Stream Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2013 
Expected:08/2013  08/2014 Tracy Hollingshead
406-821-3201
thollingshead@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore a section of West Pine Creek to the orginial channel, in conjuction with brige replacement on US Hwy 31
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T3N. R44E Section 29, Boise Meridian. West Pine Creek on US Highway 31.
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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
Bilk Creek Placer Mining Proposal
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:11/2013  05/2014 Diane Wheeler
208-557-5839
dkwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis of a small-scale placer gold mining operation. Mini-excavators and skid steers would excavate materials for on-site processing with a self-contained gravity separation system. Up to 1.5 acres of disturbance per year.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41583
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T03S, R44E, Sections 35 and 36. Project area is adjacent to the eastern end of Trail 452 and Bilk Creek on Caribou Mountain.
Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/13/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2014 
Expected:05/2015
 
07/2015 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 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Devon Green
208-547-1116
dhgreen@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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/08/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 Jack Isaacs
208-547-4356
jisaacs@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.
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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/02/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2015 
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 Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 03/01/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2013 
Expected:04/2015
 
04/2015 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.
Squaw Creek Watershed Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/20/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
09/2013 Devon Green
208-547-1116
dhgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to restore proper hydrological function and improve aquatic habitat within the upper Squaw Creek watershed, and to best provide safe and sustainable recreational access to non-motorized trails #456 and #454.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38405
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T04S R45E Sections 11, 13, 24 and NE of 14; T04S R46E Section 19. Approximately 6 miles west-northwest of Etna, WY or 37 miles northeast of Soda Springs, ID. Activities are proposed within the Squaw Creek drainage, which is a tributary to Jackknife Creek.
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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
Darby Canyon Trailhead Relocation
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/13/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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 
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)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
Teton Canyon Yurt Proposal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/06/2013  11/2013 Jay Pence
208-354-6610
jpence@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add a new yurt location to an exisiting backcountry ski yurt permittee. The proposed yurt would be in an existing campground on an existing concrete pad. The Yurt would be set up in the fall after the campground closes and removed in the spring
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40365
Location: UNIT - Teton Basin Ranger District. STATE - Wyoming. COUNTY - Teton. LEGAL - T44N, R117W, Section 29. Teton Canyon Campground, west of Driggs, Idaho.
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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
Bird Canyon Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/27/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2014 
Expected:04/2014
 
06/2014 Arik Jorgensen
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37533
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.
Deep Creek Watershed Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  05/2013 Brad Higginson
208-557-5786
bhigginson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve riparian habitat by removing russian olive and salt cedar, treating stumps with herbicide and replanting areas with cottonwood and willow. Stablize vertical and eroding stream banks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41090
Location: UNIT - Westside Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Oneida. LEGAL - T15S; R32E; Sections 13, 23, 24, & 26. Along Deep Creek, upstream of Stone Reservoir on the Curlew National Grassland.
Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle Grazing Reauthorization
EIS
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 12/2013 
Expected:08/2014  06/2013 Heidi Heyrend
208-557-5791
hheyrend@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/nepa_project_exp.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 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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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