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

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Developing Proposal

Clarkia Work Center Conveyance

Conveyance of National Forest System land and facilities at the Clarkia Work Center.

Deer Creek

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

Grouse Creek Large Wood Replenishment Project

Replenish large wood for fish habitat enhancement in Grouse Creek. Hand crews will place approximately 350 pieces of large wood in four to five reaches over about six miles in Grouse Creek.

Under Analysis

Adamson Private Access Road Special Use Permit

Landowner is requesting continued use of an existing unimproved road to access private property. The access road is approximately 1,000 feet in length and 15 feet in width before entering private property.

Avery White House Conveyance

Conveyance of a Forest Service facility.

Big Creek Trail 44 Reroute

Reroute approximately 1 1/2 miles of Big Creek Trail 44. The current single-track motorized trail has long, steep grades. It would be relocated, and the existing section of trail would be decommissioned and recontoured.

Bottom Canyon Project

The Bottom Canyon project area is located approximately 10 miles northeast of the city of Coeur d'Alene, ID. The project area is approximately 11,000 acres in size and has high potential for both vegetation and watershed restoration activities.

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.

East-West Access Around Continental Mountain

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

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.

Fun For a Day

Placer Gold Exploration Trench

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.


Vegetation management and fuels reduction.

Inland Empire Sled Dog Association Race

Annual dog sled race on the Hanna Flats/Priest Lake Airstrip

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

IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project

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

Jasper Mountain

The Idaho Panhandle NF is proposing a project in the Jasper Mountain area to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase the resilience to, insect or disease infestation. This project would occur in an area designated under section 602 of HFRA.

Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion Third-Party 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.

Marble Creek Trail 261 Reroute

Relocation of single-track motorized trail and decommission existing section that needs to be replaced because of a sustained, steep grade and erosion.

Monitor Project

Mineral exploration at seven drill sites

St. Joe Travel Management Plan

The St. Joe Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is proposing to designate roads and trails for public motorized use by type of vehicle and time of year. Please visit our general information page for details about this project.

Treasured Landscapes Recreation Projects

Several projects encompassing trail reroute and reconstruction, ATV trail bridge construction, snowmobile warming hut construction, and mountain lake boardwalks.

US Border Patrol Communication Facility Additions

The US Border Patrol is proposing to expand the communication system in and around the north Idaho border to increase surveillance and operate more safely. The additional radio equipment would be installed on Hall, Copper and Saddle Mtn. comm. sites.

Analysis Completed

Beaver Creek

Proposed watershed improvement, commercial timber harvest, hazardous fuels treatment, fuelbreak construction, reforestation, and associated road management.

Kreist Creek

Vegetation and fuels management to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfires. Maintain and improve aquatic habitat and watershed health.

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

The programmatic Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) supplements the 2002 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Forest Plan Amendments for Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.b It proposes to change the Kootenai, Lolo, and Idaho Panhandle National Forests Land and Resource Management Plans (Forest Plans) by amending the objectives, standards, and guidelines that address grizzly bear management within these two Recovery Zones. The FSEIS and ROD are expected to be released in the summer of 2011.

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.

Wooden Spur Resource Management Project

Vegetation management and water quality improvement in the Cat Spur Drainage on the St. Joe Ranger District. This area is designated to provide long-term growth and production of commercially valuable wood products. We are proposing active timeber management to increase the forest health and productivity. We also propose to improve and reduce roads to slow soil erosion to the streams. In order to access treatment units we are proposing to construct about 3.5 miles of new system and temporary road.

On Hold

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.

Selkirk Mountain Range Winter Travel Plan

The winter travel plan will better integrate the social and economic aspects of winter recreation uses with the needs of wildlife and other natural resources in the Selkirk Mountain Range.

Upper Lochsa Land Exchange

The Forest Service has released the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. In the proposed project the Forest Service would acquire approximately 39,371 acres of land from Western Pacific Timber. These lands are located in the upper Lochsa River drainage and are intermingled with the Clearwater National Forest. Lands the Forest Service identified for exchange to Western Pacific Timber are located on the Clearwater, Nez Perce, and Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The DEIS considers five alternatives and the Forest Service has identified Alternative D as the preferred alternative. The public comment period will begin the day the Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register and will run for 90 days. See our project page for background information.


NIC Yurt Special Use Permit

North Idaho College (NIC) is requesting a Special Use Permit to construct a yurt on West Willow Peak to be used for academic and extracurricular programs, such as avalanche education, natural resource management, etc.

Project Archive

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