Projects

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

Location Summary

Montpelier District, CTNF - northern most corridor designated in the Caribou NF Plan, Doulgas Distict MBRNF northern most corridor designated in the MBR Plan.

Forests: Douglas and Thunder Basin Ranger District, Montpelier Ranger District

 

Project Documents

 

 

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Developing Proposal

Black Canyon CDT (Continental Divide Trail)

Reroute approx 7 miles of the Continental Divide Trail. Currently the CDT trail is using the Black Canyon Rd #066 and a portion of the Railroad Grade Trail #001. The new trail would be constructed from Reas Pass to the RNA on the Black Canyon Rd.

Dry Ridge Exploration

The plan of opperations, submitted by Fertoz USA, Inc. in April 2014, proposes exploration drilling and trenching on Dry Ridge lease I-07238 with limited off-lease disturbance. Proposal for:51 drill pads, 25 trenches, and 8.5 miles of temporary roads

East Smoky Panel Mine EIS

Analyse a proposed phosphate mine expansion plan and associated projects and infrastructure at the existing J.R. Simplot Company's Smokey Canyon Mine on leases I-26843, I-012890, and I-015259. 656 acres of disturbance on lease, 191 off.

Freeman Ridge/Husky 2 Exploration Plan

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.

Idaho Power SUP Reissuance

Renewal of their existing electrical transmission line special use permit that includes replacing exciting poles, routine maintenance on the existing utility access road and corridor clearing to 50-feet each side of centerline.

Toponce Habitat Restoration Project

This project would treat a mountain brush community (mountain big sage, bitterbrush, snowberry) using fire to diversify the age structure and improve conditions for wildlife as well as reduce fuel loading.

Under Analysis

Bird Canyon Fuels Reduction Project

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.

Burns Canyon Resource Protection Fence

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.

Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine

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.

Deep Creek Watershed Improvement Project

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.

Eastside Trailhead Improvements

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.

Gibson Jack Trailhead Relocation

The project will move the Gibson Jack trailhead approximately west to provide parking for 15 vehicles and a trailer turn-around. The project will also relocate portions of trails 014 and 015 and replace the trail bridge over Gibson Jack Creek.

Hooper Springs Transmission Line

Analyze alternatives to issue a special use permit to BPA to build a new double circuit 115-KV powerline partially on National Forest System lands between Soda Springs and the existing powerline in Lanes Creek.

Husky 1 - North Dry Ridge Mine

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.

Island Park Office Conveyance

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.

Kilgore, North Area

Mineral exploration project expansion. Approximately 4500 ft of new access road construction is planned. Reclamation would commence at the project's conclusion.

North Island Park WUI

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.

Outfitted Mountain Bike Tours

Medicine Lodge Outfitters has requested mountain biking on existing trails & roads in Idaho Hunting Units 59 & 59A be added to their existing Outfitter and Guide Permit

Panels F and G Lease and Mine Plan Modification Project at Smoky Canyon Mine

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 170 acres, all of which would occur on National Forest System lands.

Pebble Creek Diversion Project

Consolidate up to 9 diversion points on Pebble Creek into one existing diversion. Upgrade the one diversion to handle allocated water right amount and screen it to protect the critical population of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle Grazing Reauthorization

Reauthorize grazing on the Pocatello, Michaud, and Midnight Cattle allotments.

Rainey Creek Vegetation Restoration Project

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.

Rasmussen Valley Mine

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

South Soda Sheep Allotments

Livestock grazing and permit re-administration for multiple allotments on the Soda Springs Ranger District.

Stoddard Creek Recreation Plan

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.

Strawberry Aspen Treatment

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.

Targhee Forest Plan Lynx Amendment

Utilize existing protocols and data to establish Lynx Analysis Units (LAUs) on the Targhee portion of the Forest. The LAUs and identified lynx habitat will be subject to the Northern Rockies Lynx Management Direction.

Teton Canyon Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

Reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property, the town of Alta, the Alta municipal water supply, the Treasure Mountain Boy Scout Camp, Teton and Reunion Flats Campgrounds. Improve access along Teton Canyon Road for public safety.

Thomas Draw Road 637 Bypass

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

West Pine Creek Stream Restoration

Restore a section of West Pine Creek to the orginial channel, in conjuction with brige replacement on US Hwy 31

Analysis Completed

Black Mountain Communication Site modification

Applicants propose modifications to existing site plan for additional building and taller tower(s).

Emigration Summit Parking Lot

Provide an additional 2 acres (approximately) of paved vehicle parking capacity near the summit of Highway 36 for both summer and winter recreation activities.

Gateway West 230/500 kv Transmission Line Project

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

Island Park OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Trails Project

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

On Hold

Bilk Creek Placer Mining Proposal

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.

Hoffman Area Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Tree Removal Project

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.

Proposed Targhee Revised Forest Plan Amendment

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.

Telegraph Hollow WUI

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.

Cancelled

Red Ridge Trail Repair and Maintenance

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.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.

Key Contacts

Doug Herzog, Forest Planner

Primary Phone #:   208-557-5763