The Sawtooth National Forest is providing an opportunity to comment on an intended administrative change to the plan monitoring program in the Sawtooth National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Sawtooth Forest Plan).  The intended change will modify the current plan monitoring program to be consistent with the plan monitoring program requirements in the 2012 Planning Rule found in Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(a). As required by Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(c), all forest plan monitoring programs must conform to the requirements of the 2012 planning rule by May 9, 2016.  


Draft of Sawtooth National Forest Monitoring Plan

Monitoring Plan Public Notice & Comment Letter

2016 June 01 – Forest Plan Monitoring Administrative Changes - Decision

2016 June 01 – Forest Plan Implementation Direction

Sawtooth National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Faulkner Group 1 Allotment Analysis

Analysis of domestic sheep grazing on six allotments on the Fairfield Ranger District.

Hadley Small Tracts Act

Disposal of a one acre isolated parcel acquired in December of 1947 for the use of a sheep corral and gathering area under the Administrative Site Act of March 2, 1925. This isolated one acre parcel is no longer needed.

Johnson Creek Aquatic Habitat Project

The proposed action is to reroute Forest Road 60002 to remain on the east side of Johnson Creek, eliminating the 2 stream crossings.

South Fork Boise River Road Relocation

Once adequate funding is obtained, the Fairfield Ranger District proposes to relocate up to 1/2 mile of Forest Road 227 (Ketchum-Featherville Road) out of the floodplain where the road has been washed out by large debris flows.

Stanley Basin, Alpine Way, & Goat Creek Allotments Analysis

Grazing management analysis to update the Allotment Management Plans for Stanley Basin, Alpine Way, and Goat Creek allotments.

Under Analysis

Big Wood Travel Management Plan

To provide a system of roads and trails for public access in the Upper Wood River Valley drainage. To manage unacceptable resource impacts due to use and location of roads and trails. To rehabilitate non-system routes that are impacting resources.

Boise & Sawtooth Forest-wide Invasive Plant Species Treatments

Analyze and disclose the effects of treating invasive and noxious weeds forest-wide on the Boise & Sawtooth National Forests.

Cabin-Harry Neil Springs Restoration Project

Removing water troughs from the Riparian Conservation Areas (RCA's) at Harry Neil Spring and Cabin Springs, fencing the spring sources from livestock and placing troughs away from RCA's.

Cotton Ridge RAWS

The proposed action of the Sawtooth National Forest is to install a Remote Access Weather Station (RAWS) on Cotton Ridge. The RAWS will have an approximate foot print of 15 feet by 15 feet.

Goose Creek Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project

The Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District, is proposing approximately 18,488 acres of hand thinning and 13,816 acres of mechanical treatment of juniper to maintain and improve sage-grouse habitat in the Goose Creek area of the Cassia Div

Greenhorn, Warm Springs, Corral Creek Vault Toilet Replacement and Installation

The District plans to replace the existing vault toilet at the Greenhorn Gulch Trailhead with a new SST and ADA-compliant vault toilet, and install two new vault toilets in Warm Springs Creek and Corral Creek drainages to serve the public.

Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan

Develop Interagency (FS & BLM) Wilderness Management Plan for 2 new Wilderness Areas. Complete Forest Plan Amendment creating a new Management Area (MA) for new Wilderness areas; add direction in the MA, and changes in MPC for the lands affected.

Magic Mountain Boundary Change

This project involves changing the boundary to include previously used areas that are outside of the official map boundary of the ski area, the boundary change is approximately 2.5 acres and replacement of the existing lift.

Minidoka Trail Improvements

This project will remove some one way trails from the designated system in the Cassia, Albion and Sublett Divisions and replace them with trails in these same divisions that create loops and connections.

Over-Snow Vehicle Travel Management in the Northern Portion of the Fairfield Ranger District

Evaluate the revision of access restrictions to the winter backcountry areas of the northern portions of the Fairfield Ranger District.

Pioneer Yurt Summer Use

The Ketchum District proposes to amend a special use permit, which would authorize summer use of the Pioneer Yurt in the Hyndman Basin. Sun Valley Trekking seeks to allow access to the yurt & facilities year round for rental parties.

Redfish Recreation Complex Trail

Develop a 2-mile fully accessible, multi-purpose, non-motorized, public trail from the Redfish entry station to Redfish Lake within the popular Redfish Lake Recreation Complex.

Salt Bowns Vegetation Management Project

Proposal to conduct vegetation management activities to address insect infestations and resulting fuel build-up in the Salt Creek/Bowns Creek and Fleck Summit area

Soldier Mountain Ski Area Storage Building and Mountain Bike Trails

Soldier Mountain Ski Area proposes to construct a storage and maintenance shop and a mountain bike terrain park at its base facilities. The ski area also proposes to construct up to 8.78 miles of mountain bike trails within the ski area boundary.

Stanley to Redfish Lake Trail

Develop a multi-purpose, non-motorized public trail between Stanley, Idaho and Redfish Recreation Complex.

Analysis Completed

Deer Creek Road Realignment Project

Relocate 3200 feet of the Deer Creek road out of the floodplain; Remove 3 bridges crossing Deer Creek; Install one bridge crossing North Fork Creek; Restore 1/2 mile of Deer Creek Road in the floodplain.

Rock Creek Fuels & Vegetation Project

Treat vegetation using prescribed fire and mechanical treatments in order to reduce fuel loads and to create a more desirable fire regime.

On Hold

Champion Fish Screens (2) Special Use Permit

Proposal to issue a 20 year special use permit for continued use of two fish screens with access across National Forest System lands on a total of 0.50 acres.

Eves Gulch - Fox Peak Connector Trail

This project would connect the top of Eve Gulch Tr. 146 to the Osberg Ridgeline Tr. 147 just east of Fox Peak. The proposed singletrack trail would be open to mountain bikes, equestrians and foot traffic only. Closed to all motorized use.

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Road and Trail Access Special Use Permit

Analyze a special use permit for both road and trail access to the ranch.


Boulder Mountain Tour Special Use Permit Issuance

Proposal to issue a 5-year Recreation Event special use permit re-authorizing the annual Boulder Mountain Tour Ski Race for a new term with no changes to the existing permit.

BSM Barite Exploration Project

Exploration for mineralization by constructing 16 drill pads and drilling 22 core and reverse circulation holes on their claims on National Forest during the exploration period. Reconstruction of a collapsed adit.

Commercial Film Permit Issuance

Proposal to issue a 5-year special use permit re-authorizing commercial video and still photography on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Ketchum Ranger District for a new term with no changes to the existing permit.

Recreation Residence Improvement Project Thompson Flat Tract #5

This project has been canceled. No decision will be issued; therefore, the project will be removed from the SOPA.

Project Archive

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