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

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.

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

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.

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.

Black Mountain Communication Site modification

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

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.

Ching Creek Reconstruction - CDT (Continental Divide Trail)

Project will reconstruct approximately 4 miles of the Continental Divide Trail from Aldous Lake, west to Salamander Lake. The trail requires significant rock and tread work to re-establish an identifiable trail route.

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.

Harriman Fish Pond

This project seeks to rehabilitate the dispersed recreation site, improve access roads, define parking areas and close approximately 250 feet of road in a wetland.

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.

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

Lake Canyon Trail Repair and Maintenance

The proposed Lake Canyon Trail project will consist of rerouting short segments of the existing trail to eliminate rock hazards, and improve drainage and grade.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Darby Canyon Trailhead Relocation

Relocate trailhead .25 miles west to a location away from Darby Creek to protect water quality, fisheries and reduce trailhead congestion. Rehabilitate the road beyond new trailhead and convert to a nonmotorized trail. Replace main trail bridge.

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

Squaw Creek Watershed Improvement Project

The purpose of this project is to restore proper hydrological function and improve aquatic habitat within the upper Squaw Creek watershed, and to best provide safe and sustainable recreational access to non-motorized trails #456 and #454.

On Hold

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

Cache Roads Hazardous Fuels Treatment

Treat 3900 acres of hazardous fuels 300 feet off of open forest roads. Smaller diameter conifer and dead and down fuels will be cut, piled and burned to reduce hazardous fuels.

Head of Buffalo River Road Realignment Project

This project is cancelled from SOPA. Scoping and project analysis did not raise any issues; therefore the project falls under the Category of Actions for which a project or case file and decision memo are not required. No decision Memo will be wrote.

Horseshoe Lake, Sheep Falls, Harriman Fish Pond, and Coffee Pot

This project seeks to rehabilitate dispersed recreation sites, imporve access roads, rebuild trails, and define parking areas at various locations on the Ashton/Island Park District.

Island Park Horse Pasture

This project is being cancelled. The Island Park office is scheduled to close. There will no longer be a need for this pasture.

Kirkham Hollow Conifer Thinning and Aspen Enhancement Project

Enhance aspen on 125 acres. Patches/clones/groups of aspen dominated by sapling/suckers will be identified and all conifer trees <6.0 inch DBH within their boundary will be cut. Conifer outside the aspen patches will be thinned to 11x11 (360 tr/ac)

Main Canyon Vegetation Management Project

Use prescribed fire and timber harvest to change species composition and structure on 3600 acres in several different vegetation cover types in the Main Canyon area.

Spring Creek Bench Prescribed Burn Project

Wildlife winter-range improvement project. The proposed project would use fire to treat approximately 2,600 acres (1,300 acres burned in a 50:50 mosaic) of wildlife transitional winter-range.

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

Megan Bogle, Forest Planner

Primary Phone #:  208-354-6613

Idaho Falls Phone #:  208-557-5837