Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2020 to 12/31/2020
Salmon-Challis 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 Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Leadore Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Lost River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  North Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R4 - Intermountain Region, Salmon-Challis National Forest,  Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Nancy Rusho
202-731-9196
nancy.rusho@usda.gov 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/02/2019 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 John Shivik
801-625-5667
johnashivik@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.
Web Link:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/home/?cid=stelprd3843381
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Boise National Forest All Units, Bridger-Teton National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, Dixie National Forest All Units, Fishlake National Forest All Units, Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units, Sawtooth National Forest All Units, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest All Units, Manti-La Sal National Forest All Units, Caribou-Targhee National Forest All Units, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache All Units. STATE - Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. COUNTY - Jackson, Moffat, Routt, Adams, Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Elmore, Fremont, Madison, Churchill, Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine, Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber, Platte, Sublette, Teton, Weston, Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sagebrush lands in National Forests of Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, southwest Montana, southwest & south-central Wyoming and northern Colorado.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Salmon-Challis Forest Plan Revision
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 06/2021 
Expected:12/2025  12/2025 Joshua Milligan
208-756-5560
jmilligan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Salmon-Challis National Forest is revising and updating the 1987 Challis and the 1988 Salmon Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49464
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Blaine, Butte, Clark, Custer, Idaho, Lemhi, Valley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Salmon-Challis National Forest.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Crystal Springs Hatchery Program Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Karryl Krieger
208-756-5102
kkrieger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed permanent facilities include chinook salmon trapping, holding and acclimation facilities including weirs at Pole Flat Campground site on the Yankee Fork River and at the Cobalt Ranger Station on Panther Creek. In cooperation with BPA.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44200
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Pole Flat Campground area on the Yankee Fork River and Cobalt Ranger Station on Panther Creek.
North Zone Vegetation Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:05/2021  06/2021 Wade Mcphetridge
(208) 865-2733
wmcphetridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct a variety of vegetation enhancement treatments across the North Zone of Forest including whitebark and aspen restoration, fuels reduction, and prescribed fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56749
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District, North Fork Ranger District, Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Activities would be conducted across the North Zone of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bayhorse Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A David Morris
208-879-4130
dmorris01@fs.fed.us 
Description: A variety of hazardous fuels reduction treatments over approximately 9,000 acres. Treatment types may include prescribed fire, hand thinning, and pile burning and may also include non-commercial and non-commercial forest products.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56996
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bayhorse Watershed, near Challis, Idaho.
Bayhorse ProjectV2
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:06/2021  08/2021 David Morris
208-879-4130
dmorris01@fs.fed.us 
Description: A variety of hazardous fuels reduction treatments over approximately 9,000 acres. Treatment types may include prescribed fire, hand thinning, and may also include commercial and non-commercial forest products.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58881
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bayhorse Watershed, near Challis, Idaho.
Bonanza Flat Timber Stand Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 08/19/2020  09/2020 Erin Pierson
208-879-4155
erin.pierson@usda.gov 
Description: Precommercial thinning of lodgepole pine as part of continued rotational activities to keep the stand on track to reach culmination.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57142
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Hand thinning of lodgepole stand to achieve 170 desirable trees per acre.
IV Spring Exclosure Fence (MCPB 4th Spring)
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/14/2017 
Expected:11/2020
 
11/2020 Barry Dopp
208-879-4161
bdopp@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District is proposing to construct an exclosure fence approximately 4.5 acres in size around Fourth Spring within Unit 1 of the Morgan Creek-Prairie Basin Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51173
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T16N, R18E, SE ? of the NW ? of the SE ? of Sec. 36, Boise Meridian. The project is located about 15 air miles northwest of Challis, Idaho in Custer County.
Wino Basin Vegetation Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Riley Rhoades
208-879-4122
rbrhoades@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed Actions include implementing prescribed fire by both hand and aerial over some of the 17,000 acre project area. Desired fire effects will be a patchy mosaic of burned vegetation including trees, shrubs and grasses across the landscape.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55128
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Wino Basin Vegetation Project is located approximately 16 air miles Southeast of Challis, Idaho on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Leadore Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gilmore Water Tank
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management  Completed  Actual: 08/19/2020  08/2020 Ingrid Fulstone
208-768-2516
ifulstone@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a 10,000 gallon water holding tank along the Gilmore pipeline near the water trough. Tank would be buried adjacent to the road above the trough.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58256
Location: UNIT - Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South of Leadore off Hwy 28, near Gilmore Summit on FS road #60251.
Soapstone Springs Exclosure Expansion
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Ingrid Drieling
208-768-2516
idrieling@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will expand the exclosure around a developed headbox at Soapstone Springs on the Grizzly Hill C&H Allotment, protecting the spring source.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43474
Location: UNIT - Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - NW 1/4, SE 1/4, Sec. 36, T. 17N, R. 26E. The project is located on the Grizzly Hill C&H Allotment, approximately 6 miles northwest of Leadore, Idaho.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Lost River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alder Creek Fence
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/22/2019 
Expected:12/2020
 
12/2020 Mayson Southwick
3411
msouthwick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of cattle guard and fence to improve livestock distribution on a grazing allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57150
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Off of Alder Creek Road, approximately 6.5 air miles south of Mackay, Idaho.
Bonneville Power Administration Windy Devil Annex Communication Site
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Cassandra Kollenberg
208-756-5166
ckollenberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of new 80-foot self-supporting tower/structure and attached whip-style antenna, 20X50-foot building, and two 3,000 gallon propane tanks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55772
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Windy Devil Communication Site, 2.5 miles northeast of Mackay, Idaho.
South Big Lost River Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 07/27/2020  09/2020 Jason Dungan
907-772-5917
jdungan02@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed burn to restore historic timber stand structure characteristics to increase resiliency to disturbances such as insect infestations, disease, and fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57139
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area is 112,214 acres on the Lost River Mountain Range south of the Pass Creek Road (Forest System Road 40122), east of Mackay, Idaho and northeast of Arco, Idaho.
Wet Creek Bull Trout Protection Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/08/2020  09/2020 Bart Gamett
208-588-2224
bgamett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install small barrier in Wet Creek to prevent invasive brook trout from moving upstream into bull trout habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57136
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is in the Little Lost River basin approximately 11 miles northeast of Mackay, Idaho.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   North Fork Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sheep Creek Vegetation Improvement Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/17/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2020 
Expected:11/2020
 
11/2020 Wade Mcphetridge
(208) 865-2733
wmcphetridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction to improve timber stand health, vigor, and resiliency, as well as improve wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55181
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project area comprises 41,931 acres adjacent to and east of the community of North Fork, Idaho.
Stormy
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2020 
Expected:06/2021  07/2021 Nathan Meyer
406-821-4259
nmeyer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore ecosystem diversity and through increasing forest resiliency to insect and disease agents.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58729
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Northeast of Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest,   Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R4 - Intermountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bonanza Drilling
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/18/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
02/2021 Glenwood Brittain
208-756-5169
gbrittain@fs.fed.us 
Description: Minimize adverse environmental impact to surface resources by regulating the functions, work, and activities connected with the operators plan to explore locatable minerals on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57796
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bonanza Flat area.
Breccia Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/23/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
12/2020 Glenwood Brittain
208-756-5169
glenwood.brittain@usda.gov 
Description: The Breccia Project proposes a gold drilling and exploration operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57489
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Southwest of Salmon, Idaho in the Moyer Basin near Musgrove and Porphyry Creek.
Panther Creek Habitat Enhancement Phase 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/22/2019 
Expected:11/2020
 
06/2021 Kelly Schade
208-756-5229
kellyschade@fs.fed.us 
Description: Phase II of a multi-phased project to address limiting factors for fish habitat in a low-gradient meandering stretch of Panther Creek. Installation of in-stream structures to improve habitat and hydraulics and collection of trees for restoration work
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57166
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Panther Creek below Musgrove and Moyer Creeks.
Rabbit Creek Mineral Exploration Drilling Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/20/2020 
Expected:10/2020
 
11/2020 Deanna Stever
208-756-5283
dstever@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revival Gold LLC proposes to conduct mineral exploration drilling on 27 sites, accessing the sites with a helicopter and 6 miles of new, temporary road, and drafting water from Napias Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55063
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T22N R20E sections 20, 21, 28, 29 and 32 and T21N R20E sections 5 and 6 Boise Prime Meridian.
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