Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2021 to 12/31/2021
Salmon-Challis National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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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,  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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
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: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

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2021 
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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 10/15/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 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)  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Sawmill Canyon Access and Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/27/2021 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 Joshua Milligan
970-295-6761
jmilligan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute trails away from streams; install three trail bridges on the North Fork of Big Creek to reduce sedimentation; reroute trails or place obstacles and barriers to discourage illegal motorized use; convert non-motorized trail to motorized trail
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59907
Location: UNIT - Leadore Ranger District, Lost River Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Custer, Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This area is located within Custer and Lemhi counties in the southern end of the Lemhi mountains.
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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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/23/2021 
Expected:11/2021
 
11/2021 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
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
06/2022 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

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 06/01/2021  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.
Idaho Public Television and Teton Communications Site at Grouse Peak
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/19/2020 
Expected:08/2021
 
08/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 08/09/2021  08/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:09/2021
 
09/2021 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.
Wino Basin Vegetation Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/30/2018 
Expected:08/2021
 
08/2021 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,   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
Colson Creek Road Motorized Access and Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
04/2022 April Barron
760-924-5532
april.barron@usda.gov 
Description: Restore access to the Colson Creek Road by constructing a new segment of Forest System Road that would accommodate full-sized vehicles. New segment would replace temporary ATV trail currently in place.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60172
Location: UNIT - North Fork Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. four miles west of North Fork, Idaho. Colson Creek Road intersects with the Salmon River Road about three miles south of the confluence of the north and middle forks of the Salmon River.
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:12/2021
 
12/2021 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:11/2021
 
12/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/01/2021  09/2021 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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2020 
Expected:10/2021
 
10/2021 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
BTAC Drilling Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/08/2021 
Expected:05/2022
 
06/2022 Deanna Stever
208-768-7619
deanna.stever@usda.gov 
Description: The Operator proposes to disturb up to a total of 230 acres by constructing 24 miles of temporary roads, 300-400 drill sites, up to 4 drill holes per site and staging in phases spread across ten years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59635
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sections 5, 8, 9, 10, 16, 20, 21, 28, 29, and 32 of Township 22 North, Range 20 East (T22N, R20E), Sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24, of T22N, R19E, Section 5 and 6 of T21N, R20E, Boise Prime.
Colson Cobalt-Copper 3
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/18/2021 
Expected:11/2021
 
12/2021 Amanda Kriwox
208-879-4153
akriwox@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to conduct hard rock, exploration drilling to determine mineral potential adjacent to Long Tom and Colson Creek of the North Fork Ranger District, on National Forest System (NFS) lands open to mineral entry.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58778
Location: UNIT - Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District. STATE - Idaho. COUNTY - Lemhi. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T23N, R16E %u2013 sections 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, and 36; T22N, R16E %u2013 sections 1, 2, and 3; and T23E R17E %u2013sections 18, 19, 30, and 31; Boise Meridian in Lemhi County, Idado.
Panther Creek Habitat Enhancement Phase 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 08/09/2021  08/2021 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.
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