Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
Caribou-Targhee National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
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  Completed  Actual: 09/23/2013
09/18/2013 
11/2013 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/22/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
04/2014 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.
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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
Harriman Fish Pond
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 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  Completed  Actual: 06/30/2013  09/2013 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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/26/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
06/2014 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
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/03/2012 
Expected:07/2014
 
10/2014 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.
North Island Park WUI
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 06/21/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 11/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
07/2014 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.
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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:04/2014
 
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.
Kilgore, North Area
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/01/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 12/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
06/2014 Jeffrey Jones
360-436-2308
jwjones01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mineral exploration project expansion. Approximately 4500 ft of new access road construction is planned. Reclamation would commence at the project's conclusion.
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - T13N, R38E, Sections 20 and 21: Boise Meridian. 5 miles NW. of Kilgore, Idaho,S. of Camas Crk and NW of Cabin Crk.
Stoddard Creek Recreation Plan
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 09/2013 
Expected:06/2014  08/2014 Bill Davis
208-652-5428
bdavis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Preparation of a recreation management plan to enhance recreation opportunities in the Stoddard Creek dispersed camping area and reduce environmental impacts to streamside egetaion and unauthorized ATV use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42811
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - Section 27-29; T13N; R36E;P.M.ID. Located 21 miles North of Dubois, Idaho in the Stoddard Creek Drainage.
Thomas Draw Road 637 Bypass
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 09/2013 
Expected:06/2014  08/2014 Ronald Schlader
208-374-5422
rschlader@fs.fed.us 
Description: New construction of 1,100 feet of single lane road to bypass a section of private property to provide administrative and public access to National Forest land and decommission 150-feet of Road 637 that will no longer be needed
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42807
Location: UNIT - Dubois Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Clark. LEGAL - NW 1/4 SE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 34; T13N;R36E;P.M.ID. Located 21 miles North of Dubois, Idaho and 0.20 miles South of Stoddard Creek Rd. 002.
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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
Emigration Summit Parking Lot
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/16/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 11/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 Dennis Duehren
208-847-0375
dduehren@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide an additional 2 acres (approximately) of paved vehicle parking capacity near the summit of Highway 36 for both summer and winter recreation activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40755
Location: UNIT - Montpelier Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Franklin. LEGAL - T. 12 S., R. 42 E., section 21. Summit of State Highway 36,.
Strawberry Aspen Treatment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/23/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2014 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
05/2014 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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Nathan Haynes
208-542-5812
nhaynes@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
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 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
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Tracy Hollingshead
208-523-1412
thollingshead@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize construction of a groomer storage shed, latrine, parking area for winter recreation in the gravel pit area below the Palisades Dam to be used by Bonneville County. Due to closure of access across Palisades Dam.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T1S R44E Section 17. North of Palisades Dam west of Riverside Park Campground.
Rainey Creek Vegetation Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 12/2013 
Expected:12/2014  05/2015 Deborah Flowers
208-354-6630
dmflowers@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning to improve the vegetative/brush diversity and resilience within juniper and mountain mahogany. Reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property and along the Rainey Creek road for public safety.
Location: UNIT - Palisades Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township: 2N Range: 44E Sections: 14, 15, 20 - 29 This project is located 2 miles east of Swan Valley.
Red Ridge Trail Repair and Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 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.
West Pine Creek Stream Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
07/2014 Tracy Hollingshead
208-523-1412
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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/12/2013 
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.
Black Mountain Communication Site modification
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/01/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:02/2014
 
07/2014 Glenn Lackey
208-547-1105
glackey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Applicants propose modifications to existing site plan for additional building and taller tower(s).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42217
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonneville. LEGAL - T. 4 S., R. 45 E., section 1. Black Mountain, 7 miles SW of Alpine Junction, WY.
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:06/2016
 
07/2016 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.
Freeman Ridge/Husky 2 Exploration Plan
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 10/2013 
Expected:12/2014  06/2015 Matthew Wilson
208-478-6352
mmwilson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration Drilling of 967 holes to gather information about phosphate reserves on portions of two Federal Phosphate Leases and three off lease areas. Overall disturbance is 168.0 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42793
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 20 miles north East of Soda Springs, Idaho on portions of Federal Phosphate Leases I-08194 (Freeman Ridge) and I-07942 (Husky Unit 2), as well as off-lease areas near these leases.
Hooper Springs Transmission Line
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/08/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2014 
Expected:05/2014
 
07/2014 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:01/2017
 
07/2017 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.
Panels F and G Lease and Mine Plan Modification Project at Smoky Canyon Mine
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/24/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2014 
Expected:10/2014
 
11/2014 Diane Wheeler
208-547-1121
dkwheeler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The J.R. Simplot Company has proposed lease and mine plan modifications to Panels F and G at the Smoky Canyon Mine. The total proposed new disturbance is approximately 160 acres, all of which would occur on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/ctnf/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Soda Springs Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Caribou. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Smoky Canyon Mine is located approximately ten air miles west of Afton, Wyoming; and approximately eight miles west of the Idaho Wyoming border.
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.
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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
Kirkham Hollow Conifer Thinning and Aspen Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  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.
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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:07/2014
 
09/2014 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 11/2013 
Expected:04/2014  06/2014 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  09/2014 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 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/02/2008 
Expected:07/2014
Actual: 01/07/2010 
09/2014 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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