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

Sawtooth National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

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.

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.

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.

Coal Pit Boundary Fence

Construct approximately 2.5 miles of wire fence to aid in livestock control and distribution. This fence is proposed because the natural boundary burned in the 2012 Cave Canyon Fire and is no longer controlling livestock.

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.

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.

Howdyville Wetland Restoration

Restore approximately 2 acres of wetlands in the immediate vicinity of the 2.2 acre acquired Howdyville Log Mill parcel near Valley Creek.

Lynn Bench Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project

The USFS proposes 1,156 acres of hand treatment of juniper and 806 acres of juniper mastication to improve habitat conditions for Greater sage-grouse and mule deer in the Raft River division.

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.

Pole Creek Meadow Historic Channel Reconnect

Proposal to return about 1,500 ft of Pole Creek to its historic natural channel rather than have it remain confined within the walls of an eroding gully as it is currently & has been for decades. The change would address a chronic resource impact.

Recreation Residence Improvement Project Thompson Flat Tract #5

The Forest Service, Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District is proposing to authorize improvements which will include repair/installing a septic system, and adding a bathroom to the cabin.

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

Silver King Mine Road Access Special Use Permit

Proposal to issue a special use permit authorizing 0.1 miles of existing non-system road and 15 feet of new road construction to access privately owned Silver King Mine. In addition, 0.1 miles of existing road will be restored. Permit term - 20-yrs.

Stanley to Redfish Lake Trail

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

Analysis Completed

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.

Sun Valley Super Enduro & Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race

Proposal to issue a Recreation Event Special-Use Permit to Mountain Sports International for a 4-stage mountain bike race to be held June 25-26, 2016.

Warm Springs Placer Mining Plan of Operations

Plan of Operations for placer mining on an unpatented mining claim within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Custer County, Idaho

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.

Project Archive

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