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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Paris Creek Stream Restoration
Restore .5 mile(s) of Paris Creek by increasing woody riparian shrub cover, stabilizing eroding stream banks, and rebuilding pool habitat for fish and aquatic species.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.