Proposed watershed improvement, commercial timber harvest, hazardous fuels treatment, fuelbreak construction, reforestation, and associated road management.
IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project
Management of non-native invasive plant species utilizing herbicides, biological control agents, cultural and mechanical methods for weed control.
Vegetation and fuels management to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfires. Maintain and improve aquatic habitat and watershed health.
The St. Joe Ranger District is proposing prescribed burning with some planting on 8500 acres to facilitate fire management; reduce natural fuels; provide protection to values at risk; enhance conditions for regeneration of whitebark pine, western white pine & western larch; enhance fire resiliency; increase forage for big game.
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.
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.
Wylie Creek Bridge Repair
Replace the existing treated timber bridge with a new, longer spill-through design, pre-fabricated bridge.
Bussel 484 Supplemental
Supplement the Bussel 484 EIS. Maintain or improve vegetation resiliency, provide wood products, work toward full support of designated beneficial uses, and manage access. 2012 ROD signed on 1/6/2012.
Legal notice of decision beginning appeal period published 1/27/2012.
Excavate panel 600' x 30' x 10' and haul pay gravel offsite (private) to process for gold. Gravel returned for reclamation.
Wildlife habitat and big game browse improvement. Also, use prescribed fire to reduce fuels.
Marble Creek Splash Dam Fish Passage Project
The St. Joe Ranger District is partnering with the USFWS, Idaho DEQ, Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game, and Avista Corp to breach two historic splash dams on Marble Creek to increase amount of habitat available for bull trout.
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.
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.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.