Projects & Plans

Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

Environmental Appeal Responses

An Environmental Appeal is a formal request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental planning (NEPA) decision. The public's rights to file an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) against with a NEPA decision. This usually includes the filing of a formal appeal. The following links provide access to recent and historical appeal decisions related to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:


Pre-Decisional Objection Responses

Objections are written documents submitted by an individual or organization seeking a pre-decisional administrative review of a proposed hazardous fuel reduction project authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA). The public may file objections after an environmental assessment or final environmental impact statement is completed and before a decision document is signed for a project under HFRA. The following link provides access to objection responses related to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:

Idaho Panhandle National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Developing Proposal


Mineral test pit exploration

Seedy Jane

Exploratory Drilling Project

Vintage Snowmobile Races

Vintage snowmobile races on an oval track.

Under Analysis

Bog Creek Road Project

Providing safe east-west access across the Selkirk Mtns for U.S. Border Patrol agents by repairing and maintaining portions of the Bog Creek Road (Forest Roads 1013 and 2450).

Coeur d'Alene Basin Natural Resource Restoration Plan

Restore, rehabilitate, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of the injured natural resources in the Coeur d'Alene Basin as a result of the release of hazardous mining wastes.

Deer Creek

The activities associated with this project include timber harvest, timber stand maintenance, fuels treatments, and road maintenance.

Fern Hardy HFRA Project

Focus on fuels reduction and stand improvement in and around the Wildland Urban Interface, with possible watershed restoration or wildlife habitat improvement activities.

Fernan Rod & Gun Club Permit Reissuance

To authorize the continued operation and maintenance of a target range. The target range has operated under the special use permit since 1990. Permit may be issued for up to a 20-year term.

Grouse BMU Compliance Project

This project will manage the road system to bring the Grouse Bear Management Unit into compliance with the Forest Plan and the 2011 Motorized Access Amendment.

Halfway Malin

Vegetation management and watershed improvement including timber harvest, road construction, road storage & decommissioning, prescribed burning, culvert removal, log jam removal, tree planting, and travel management changes.

Hughes Meadow Aquatic Restoration Project

Restoring the meadow hydrology, enhancing wetland species and improving fish habitat are the primary goals for this project.

IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project

Management of non-native invasive plant species utilizing herbicides, biological control agents, cultural and mechanical methods for weed control.

Lone Mountain Administrative Site Land Sale

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests proposes to subdivide and sell approximately 136.25 acres of the Lone Mountain Seed Orchard administrative site. The property proposed for subdivision and sale is surplus to the needs of seed orchard operations.

Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion EIS

Proposal by Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area to expand its special use permit to upgrade and develop new lifts, ski terrain, parking, access roads, and guest service facilities.

St. Joe Divide

Improvement of vegetation conditions to increase resilience to insect and disease, provide better browse for ungulate species, and reduce fuel loading

Analysis Completed

Emerald Creek Garnet Area Improvement Project

This project will keep the public sluicing operations at the current location and build a road from 281 Gulch to Garnet Gulch, construct a parking area, improve Road 3781 and implement other improvements for operations.

Grizzly Fire Salvage and Restoration

Provide a safe transportation system free of unstable fire-affected trees; re-establish forested conditions to increase the representation of early seral conifer species; and recover the economic value of forest products.

Interagency Natural Resource Center

Construction of a new interagency office for the IPNF Supervisor's Office, Bureau of Land Management Coeur d'Alene Field Office and US Fish and Wildlife Supervisor's Office on lands located within the Forest Service Coeur d'Alene Nursery

Marble Fire Salvage

Salvage/sanitation harvest on approximately 175 acres of forest that experienced low-, moderate-, and high-fire severity in the 2015 Marble Creek Fire. Approximately 0.5 miles of temporary road would be constructed to facilitate harvest operations.

Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones

Preparation of a Supplemental EIS to amend land and resource management plans for the Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to address motorized access management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.

St. Joe Travel Management Plan

Designating roads and trails for public motorized vehicle use on the St. Joe Ranger District.

Tower Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project

Protect the health and safety of the public by removing hazardous trees, capture the economic value of the dead and dying timber, and reforest areas burned by the Tower Fire.

Twenty Mile Creek

Reduce the risk of sediment entering the drinking water through road improvements, road decommissioning, vegetation and fuels management, and to improve grizzly bear habitat.

On Hold

Selkirk Mountain Range Winter Travel Plan

Travel management plan for motorized winter recreation use within the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake Ranger District and Sandpoint Ranger District.

Upper Lochsa Land Exchange

The Forest Service (FS) is considering a land exchange with Western Pacific Timber. The FS would receive approx. 40,000 acres of WPT land in the upper Lochsa River drainage and WPT would recieve an equal value of Forest Service land in north Idaho.


Last Rainbow

Exploratory Placer Pit, 25 feet by 35 feet located on National Forest Lands up the Lost Creek Drainage. Excavation will be down to bedrock with the top 7 feet being overburden and 12 inches being pay gravel to be processed and returned.

Project Archive

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