Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2021 to 03/31/2021
Salmon-Challis National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R4 - Intermountain Region, 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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 08/02/2019 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 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
- 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.
Salmon-Challis Fuels Reduction and Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/15/2020 
Expected:05/2021
 
06/2021 Christine Droske
208-756-5133
christine.droske@usda.gov 
Description: Forest-wide prescription burning for fuels reduction and habitat restoration.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58813
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest-wide project.
Salmon-Challis Rock Source Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
05/2021 Jeff Hunteman
208-382-7400
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expansion of four existing rock source pits and development of five new rock sources (approximately 90 acres) across the forest to facilitate road maintenance needs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59105
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Challis National Forest All Units. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Butte, Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located across the 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
North Zone Vegetation Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/15/2020 
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 ProjectV2
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/15/2020 
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.
Big Creek Vegetation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Riley Rhoades
208-879-4122
rbrhoades@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implementation of prescribed fire by both hand and aerial techniques over some of the 71,203-acre project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59062
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 26 air miles East of Challis, Idaho.
Cow Camp Forest Products
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Erin Pierson
208-879-4155
erinpierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow public to harvest authorized forest products while reducing the stocking level of trees in the project area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59050
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Approximately 11 miles up Squaw Creek-Treelore and adjacent to the Cow Camp intersection.
GC Silver Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
05/2021 Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
akriwox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommissioning of up to 200 feet of unauthorized user-created access routes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59121
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - T.13N, R.18E, Section 21Boise Meridian. The project area is located in the Merrimac Gulch area approximately seven(7)air miles west of the city of Challis, in Custer County, Idaho.
IV Spring Exclosure Fence (MCPB 4th Spring)
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/14/2017 
Expected:05/2021
 
06/2021 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.
Idaho Public Television and Teton Communications Site at Grouse Peak
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
07/2021 Cassandra Kollenberg
208-756-5166
ckollenberg@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a backup generator and propane tank at an existing communications site located Grouse Peak.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59104
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located on Grouse Peak North. Township 14North, Range 20East,section 10.
Lower Dredge Acclimation Pond
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Bart Gamett
208-588-2224
bgamett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Modification to lower dredge pond to allow the pond to serve as an acclimation area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59074
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. In the Yankee Fork drainage about 28 miles southwest of Challis, Idaho.
Mill Creek Fence
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/19/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Bryce Jones
208/879-4130
bryce.jones@usda.gov 
Description: Construction of approximately 0.84 miles of barbed wire fence along Mill Creek. The fence will run alongside the 250 road for approximately one-half mile then contour to the nearest steep point to tie the fence off.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59093
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along Mill Creek on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District.
Morgan Summit Timber Stand Improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/19/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 David Morris
208-879-4130
dmorris01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-commercial thinning of a 144-acre in eight units comprising 144 acres of lodgepole pine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59063
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Eight-plantation units are located on the divide between Panther Creek and Morgan Creek approximately 23 air miles north of Challis.
Roadside Forest Products
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Jeff Hunteman
208-382-7400
jhunteman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Make available 69 acres of roadside products for permitting.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59064
Location: UNIT - Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Yankee Fork and West Fork Mayfield drainages approximately 11 to 26 miles west of Challis in isolated units.
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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
Copper Queen Exploration Drilling
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
03/2021 Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
amanda.kriwox@usda.gov 
Description: Approve a plan to drill up to two holes per pad on four drill pads, use less than 1 mile of temporary closed user-created routes and less than 0.5 miles of overland travel for drill pad access, and draft water from Agency Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59107
Location: UNIT - Leadore Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lemhi Pass area approximately ten (10) air miles east of Tendoy, in Lemhi County, 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  Completed  Actual: 11/02/2020  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.
Bellas to Broad Connector Trail
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Bart Gamett
208-588-2224
bgamett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a 1.3 mile long trail that connects the Bellas Canyon Trail (Trail # 4060) with the Jarvis Trail (Trail # 4247)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59068
Location: UNIT - Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bellas Canyon and Broad Canyon in the Pioneer Mountains approxiately 42 miles southwest 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:
Comment Period Public Notice 09/19/2019 
Expected:06/2021
 
09/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/15/2020 
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.
Stub Creek Bathroom
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/19/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
02/2021 Celina Moreno
509-522-6277
cmmoreno@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of bathroom facility at recreation site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59049
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Six miles downstream from Corn Creek on the North Fork Ranger District.
Trail Creek Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
06/2021 Lawrence Vogel
928-402-6235
levogel@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute of existing trail to move trail off of private land and onto National Forest System land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59048
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. On the North Fork Ranger District approximately 2 miles from the mouth of Trail Creek, a tributary to Panther Creek.
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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
- 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

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 12/01/2020  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.
Iron Creek Exploration Drilling
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
03/2021 Robert Sherwood
208-756-5279
Robert.Sherwood@usda.gov 
Description: Assess plan to construct four drill pads for mineral exploration activities. Create design features to avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59109
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. About 8 miles northwest of Elk Bend, Idaho.
Panther Creek Habitat Enhancement Phase 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/22/2019 
Expected:05/2021
 
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:12/2020
 
01/2021 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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