Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
Idaho Panhandle 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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R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Avery Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Bonners Ferry Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Fernan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  Sandpoint Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R1 - Northern Region, Idaho Panhandle National Forest,  St. Maries Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2019 
Expected:11/2020
 
12/2020 Matthew McGrath
503-808-2405
mtmcgrath@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52259
Location: UNIT - Glacier View Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Fortine Ranger District, Three Rivers Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District, Rexford Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Flathead, Glacier, Lincoln. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The trail begins at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and travels 1,200 miles through 7 National Forests, 3 National Parks, BLM, state, tribal, municipal and private lands in MT, ID, WA.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Karl Dekome
208-765-7479
kdekome@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management of non-native invasive plant species utilizing herbicides, biological control agents, cultural and mechanical methods for weed control.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=36183
Location: UNIT - Idaho Panhandle National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, Lincoln, Sanders, Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations across the forest.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Grouse BMU Compliance Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 08/13/2019  10/2019 Brett Lyndaker
208-267-6723
blyndaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will manage the road system to bring the Grouse Bear Management Unit into compliance with the Forest Plan and the 2011 Motorized Access Amendment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47308
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Grouse Bear Management Unit is located northeast of Sandpoint, Idaho. It is surrounded by the Kootenai River Valley to the north, US Highway 95 to the west, and the Cabinet Mountains to the east.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests Fire Recovery Reforestation Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Elisa Stamm
208-765-7418
elisastamm@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implement site preparation where needed and plant rust-resistant white pine, western larch, ponderosa pine, or white bark pine on appropriate sites severely burned in the wildfires of 2015.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51252
Location: UNIT - Wallace Ranger District, Fernan Ranger District, St. Maries Ranger District, Sandpoint Ranger District, Avery Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Tower, Grizzly, Marble and Scotchman's Peak fire perimeters.
Kaniksu Over-snow Vehicle Travel Plan
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2020 
Expected:07/2021  09/2021 Lynette Myhre
208-449-8067
lmyhre@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate routes and areas for over-snow vehicle use on the three northern ranger districts (Kaniksu)of the IPNF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53091
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Priest Lake Ranger District. STATE - Idaho, Montana, Washington. COUNTY - Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Lincoln, Sanders, Pend Oreille. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and Priest Lake Ranger Districts on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Avery Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Brebner Flat
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/01/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
10/2019 Mary Reinhart
208-245-6034
mreinhart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management activities including timber harvest, road construction, prescribed burning and tree planting.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53048
Location: UNIT - Avery Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T45N, R5E, Sec 13, 14, 16, 22, 24, 26, 28, 34, 35, 36 BM. T44N, R5E Sec 1, 2, 11, 12, BM. T17N, R32W, Sec 30 and 31, PM. The project area lies directly south of Avery, Idaho and includes the Theriault Creek, Kelly Creek, Williams, Creek, and Siwash Creek drainages.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Bonners Ferry Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bog Creek Road Project
EIS
- Road management  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 02/15/2019 
Expected:11/2019
 
07/2020 Kim Pierson
208-765-7220
kpierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Providing safe east-west access across the Selkirk Mtns for U.S. Border Patrol agents by repairing and maintaining portions of the Bog Creek Road (Forest Roads 1013 and 2450).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41296
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - T65N, R4W, Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19 and T65N, R5W, Section 24, B.M. Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho within 2 miles of the Canadian border.
Westside Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2019 
Expected:11/2020  04/2021 Jennifer Anderson
208-267-6758
jlanderson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management activities including timber harvest, road construction, prescribed burning, tree planting and recreation improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56888
Location: UNIT - Bonners Ferry Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Boundary. LEGAL - Numerous Sections in T62N, R1W and T62N, R2W; also T61N, R1W Sections 2-11, 14 and 15; T61N, R2W Sections 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 14-16 and 22; and T60N, R2W Sections 2, 11, 12, 13 and 24 B.M. Includes the Cascade, Myrtle, Snow, and Caribou Creek drainages from Burton Peak to Roman Nose, as well as lands in the vicinity of Dodge Peak and White Mountain.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Fernan Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T Communications Facility Installation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2019  08/2019 Joseph Holzinger
208-765-7279
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: AT&T is proposing to install a new telecommunications facility at the Killarney Mountain Communication Site. The proposed facility meets AT&T's coverage objectives for its commercial and FirstNet network customers within an area not presently served.
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - Sections 13 and 14, T. 49 N., R. 2 W., Boise Meridian. Killarney Mountain Communication Site.
Crown Point Access
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 07/20/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
10/2019 Courtney Priddy
208-765-7207
courtney.priddy@usda.gov 
Description: New Jersey Mining Company is proposing to utilize Forest Service roads and trails administered by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in order to access privately held mining claims over a five year period.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55550
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Section 1 and 2, T49N, R4E, BM. Near Kings Pass in Shoshone County, Idaho; within the Osburn 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle.
English Point Forest Health Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/04/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
10/2019 Kyla Berendzen
208-769-3027
kberendzen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercial and non-commercial timber harvest, fuels reduction, tree planting, and trail maintenance/repair activities would occur to restore sustainable forest conditions and improve trail conditions in the English Point Recreation Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56148
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - T51N, R3W, Section 9, Boise Meridian. English Point Recreation Area, 8 miles northeast of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Honey Badger Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2020 
Expected:09/2020  09/2020 Kerry Arneson
208-769-3021
karneson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will be designed to improve ecological/social conditions, including but not limited to improved forest health, reduced potential for high-intensity wildfires, improved watershed conditions, and sustainable recreation opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56220
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is situated in the frontage country east of the Highway 95 corridor through Kootenai County, from northeast of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to just southeast of Bayview, Idaho.
Lone Mountain Administrative Site Land Sale
EA
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joseph Holzinger
661-296-9710
jholzinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Idaho Panhandle National Forests proposes to sell approximately 136 acres of undeveloped lands within the Lone Mountain Seed Orchard administrative site, approximately 20 mi. north of Coeur d'Alene, no longer needed for seed orchard development.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47431
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai. LEGAL - E1/2NE1/4 and E1/2W1/2NE1/4 Section 27, T. 53 N., R. 4 W., Boise Meridian. Lone Mountain Seed Orchard.
Potter's Wheel
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/02/2019  07/2019 Kerry Arneson
208-769-3021
kerry.arneson@usda.gov 
Description: Activities are proposed to establish/maintain resilient forests, improve water quality/aquatic habitats, improve big-game wildlife conditions, reduce high-intensity wildfire potential, and contribute economic benefits to the public.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52130
Location: UNIT - Fernan Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Kootenai, Shoshone. LEGAL - T52N R1W Sec.31,36; T51N R1W Sec.6,7,18,19,30,31; T51N R1E Sec. 5,8,17,18,20,24-28,29,32-34; T52N R1E Sec. 21-24,28,32,33; T51N R2E Sec. 19,4; T52N R2E Sec. 20-22,27,33; Boise Meridian. Project area is located approx. 35 mi. NE of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, running north-south from Magee Historic Site to Skull Saddle and east-west from Grassy Mountain to Cascade Spur.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   Sandpoint Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Buckskin Saddle Integrated Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/05/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2020 
Expected:07/2020
 
11/2020 Douglas Nishek
208-267-6765
dnishek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management activities including timber harvest, fuel reduction, road construction, improvement, storage & decommissioning, prescribed burning, trail mtce and improvement, tree planting, and potential travel management for elk security
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52563
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T54N R3E Sec: 3-6, 7-10 and 16-18. T55N R3E Sec: 31-32. T54N R2E Sec: 1-4 and 9-14. T55N R2E Sec: 6-8, 15-23 and 25-36. T55N R1E Sec: 1 and 7-36. T54N R1E Sec: 1-11 and 15-16. T55N R1W Sec: 13, 23-26 and 34-36. T54N R1W Sec: 1-3. The following tributaries to the Clark Fork River: Dry Cr., Twin Cr., Derr Cr. and Johnson Creek. The Green Monarch Mountain area and the Granite Creek drainage.
Scattered Old House
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 09/30/2019  10/2019 Sara Sink
208-443-6834
sarassink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property/residences in the Wildland Urban Interface by removing storm damaged and insect prone trees and thin remaining trees to improve stand health.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54223
Location: UNIT - Sandpoint Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Bonner. LEGAL - T54N, R9W, Sec. 26 E1/2 of SE1/4, B.M. Approximately 3 miles northeast of Athol, Idaho along the Old House Road.
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest,   St. Maries Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R1 - Northern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Emerald
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/28/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
10/2020 Chandra Neils
208-765-7248
cneils@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and hazardous fuels management project to include: timber harvest, fuels reduction, watershed improvements, and roads management.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54817
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Latah, Shoshone. LEGAL - All or part of Sections 1, 2, 10-15, 22-24 in Township ID T42N R1W and Sections 4-10, 16-21, 29, and 30 in Township ID T42N R1E, Boise Meridian. The project area is located within Latah County, but extends slightly into Shoshone County west of Clarkia, ID.
Homestead
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/19/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2020 
Expected:08/2020
 
10/2021 Mary Reinhart
208-245-6034
mreinhart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management activities, including timber harvest, road construction, prescribed burning and tree planting.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53049
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - T44N, R3E, Sec 9, 13-16, 20-24, 25-29 BM. T44N, R4E, Sec 17-20, 28-33 BM. The project area lies south of the St. Joe River in the Marble Creek drainage around Marble Mountain. The project area includes Little Daveggio Creek, Shearer Creek, Davies Creek, and Homestead Creek.
Upper St. Joe Aquatic Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 09/26/2019  06/2020 Lisa Hawdon
208-245-6045
lhawdon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve stream habitat quality for bull trout, a threatened species and to restore aquatic ecosystem function.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52041
Location: UNIT - St. Maries Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Shoshone. LEGAL - Not Applicable. St. Joe watershed upstream from the confluence of Simmons Creek and the St. Joe River, including Simmons Creek. The project area drains over 205 square miles and is completely within Shoshone County.
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