Projects

Projects & Plans

Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishers 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 Boise National Forest.

2014 July, August and September Sopa - Cover Letter and SOPA - A quarterly statement of all proposed projects on the Forest.

Boise National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Ola Hill Range Project (formerly the Ola A and Ola Hill Range Project)

This project proposes to authorize continued grazing on the Ola Hill Cattle and Horse Allotment. The Final Environmental Assessment and Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact are provided here for your review. Those who submitted comments during the scoping period or the notice and comment period are eligible to file an objection under 36 CFR 218. The 45-day objection filing period is anticipated to begin on May 14, 2014.

2014 Trinity Ridge Whitebark Pine Restoration Project

On July 11, 2014, Ranger Church signed the Decision Memo for this project. The project will plant about 150 acres of whitebark pine in order to reestablish whitebark pine, a candidate species under the Endangered Species Act, where it sustained high levels of mortality as a result of the 2012 Trinity Ridge Wildfire.

579 Roadside Hazard Project

This project proposes to commericially harvest all dead and imminently dead large trees greater than or equal to 7 inches dbh within 160 feet of National Forest System (NFS) road 579 on about 249 acres. Additionally, all trees less than 5 inches dbh would be felled and burned.

Assessment to Address Valley County's Request for Additional Snowmobile Grooming Routes

Assessment to Address Valley County's Request for Additional Snowmobile Grooming Routes and modification to existing cost share agreement. The proposal consists of an additional 15.6 miles of groomed snowmobile routes on the Cascade Ranger District.

Bearskin Creek Culvert Replacement Project

Replace existing fish barrier culverts at 563 and 500 Rd crossing on Bearskin Creek with an aquatic organism passage structure. This will re-establish fish passage to all age classes of fish species and restore the hydrologic function of the stream. The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on this project. Comments will be most useful if recieved by July 11, 2014.

Becker Integrated Resource Project (Formerly the Becker Vegetation Management Project)

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on the proposed Becker Integrated Restoration Project. A notice regarding the project and invitation to comment was published in the Idaho Statesman (newspaper of record) on May 7th. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by June 9th, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives. Public meetings will be held on May 20 in Idaho City and May 21 in Boise. Please see Public Meeting Flyer for information.

Belshazzar Plan of Operation

The proponent would remove roughly 20,000 cubic yards of mineral material from three waste dumps and process material to extract precious metals. The waste dumps were left from the old Belshazzar Mine and will be processed on nearby private lands.

C & W Placer Exploration

The proponent would utilize a Skid Steer to extract sand and gravel and process it through a high banker (sluice box) to extract precious metals

Clear Creek Integrated Project

The Lowman Ranger District has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Clear Creek Integrated Project and it is now ready for review. The EA analyzes in detail a no action alternative and two action alternatives, including the proposed action. To meet the Purpose and Need, the Proposed Action proposes to implement a variety of activities related to vegetation, transportation, and recreation management. The District has encouraged extensive public involvement throughout the planning process leading to this document. The Project area was the focus of a collaborative partnership between the Forest Service and the Boise Forest Coalition beginning in September 2010. In August 2011 the Coalition provided the Agency with their recommendations for management in the Clear Creek Project area. These recommendations were considered by the Responsible Official in development of the proposed action for this Project.

Crooked Bear Sapling Thinning Project

Precommercial thinning project on about 8900 acres of young overstocked plantation and naturally regenerated timber stands within the 1993 Rabbit Creek Burn Area. Thinned trees would generally be less than 15 feet tall and slash would be left on site.

Cumo Exploration Project (previously listed as Cumo 2007 Project)

On February 11, 2011 the Decision Notice & FONSI was signed for the CuMo Project. On July 27, 2011 a lawsuit was filed. On August 29, 2012 the US District Court for the District of Idaho issued its Decision which found in favor of the Forest Service on all points except their finding of no significant impact to groundwater, remanding this matter back to the Forest Service to undertake further groundwater analysis. Thus, a supplemental EA (SEA) was initiated. The 2013 SEA has now been prepared and issued for 30-day notice and comment. The legal notice initiating the comment period was published on August 19, 2013 in the Idaho Statesman. Individuals and organizations who would like to comment on this project and be eligible to object must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. Three public meetings will be held; September 3, 4 and 5. Please refer to the legal notice for detail concerning location and times.

Daltons Delight Placer Exploration

The proponent would utilize a mini-excavator to extract sand and gravel and process it through a trommel to extract precious metals

Deadwood Outfitters Special Use Permit Renewal

This project would renew the special use permit issued to Deadwood Outfitters for a new term of 20 years. There are no changes to the authorized facilities or increases in authorized activities proprosed. The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on this project. Comments will be most useful if recieved by July 11, 2014.

Elk Post-Fire Restoration Reforestation Project

The Mountain Home RD is seeking scoping comments on the Elk Post-Fire Restoration Reforestation Project. This project would restore low elevation forested vegetation and associated wildlife habitat in the 2013 Elk Complex Wildfire Area. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by June 13th, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives.

Emmett District Waterline Special Use Permit Renewals

Special use renewal for a group water systems on the Emmett Ranger District. The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on this project. Please submit comments by July 11, 2014.

FAA Shed Fuel Reduction

Timber stand improvement and elimination of wildfire hazard on roughly 10 acres.

Fall Creek Placer Exploration

The proponent will utilize an excavator to remove sand and gravel and utilize a trommel to extract precious metals

Feather River Post-Fire Restoration Reforestation Project

The Forest Service is requesting scoping comments for the proposed Feather River Post-Fire Restoration Project on the Mountain Home Ranger District. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by June 23, 2014, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives.

Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment

On December 18, 2013, District Ranger withdrew the decision on the Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment Project in order to complete additional analysis.

Henry Clay Mineral Project

The proponent proposes to conduct minerals exploration activities to acquire detailed geologic data within the Henry Clay mineral claims group to determine the extent of the mineral resources. The Henry Clay Exploration Project area is located about 7 miles north of Featherville, Idaho in Elmore County. The project area encompasses approximately 200 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands. The public is invited to submit scoping comments on the Henry Clay Exploration Minerals Project. These comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives. A notice regarding the project and invitation to comment is anticipated to be published in the Idaho Statesman (newspaper of record) on July 16, 2013. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by August 15, 2013, and make your comments as specific as possible.

Korell Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit Amendment

This proposal would amend Korell Outfitters special use permit to include Fish & Game hunting units 32 and 32A. This area located on the Emmett Ranger District would be used to hunt mountain lion and bear with dogs.

Ola A Range Project

This project proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing on the Ola A Cattle and Horse Allotment. The public is invited to submit scoping comments on the Ola A Range Project. These comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives. A notice regarding the project and invitation to comment is anticipated to be published in the Emmett Messenger Index (newspaper of record) on July 17, 2013. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by August 12, 2013, and make your comments as specific as possible.

Old China Placer Exploration

The proponent will utilize a mini-excavator to extract sand and gravel and process it through a trommel to extract precious metals

Pyle-Anderson Thinning Project

The Pyle-Anderson Thinning Project would treat about 1,626 acres of ponderosa pine plantations on the Emmett Ranger District. Plantations would be thinned into groups and clumps by handcrews using chainsaws followed by fuels abatement activities. Activity fuels treatments may include lop and scatter, pile and burn, and broadcast burn. Collectively, these treatments are designed to increase forest resiliency to natural disturbances and resistance to uncharacteristic disturbance events, while putting these plantations on a trajectory toward the desired vegetation conditions as outlined in the 2010 Forest Plan. The Decision Memo was signed for this project on June 6, 2014.

Scriver Creek Integrated Restoration Project

On January 17, 2013, Forest Supervisor Cecilia R Seesholtz decided to implement Alternative C as described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Scriver Creek Integrated Restoration Project. The Record of Decision (ROD) documents Forest Supervisor Seesholtz's decision to select Alternative C. This decision is subject to administrative appeal pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. Individuals/organizations who submitted comments during the DEIS or SDEIS comment period specified at 36 CFR 215.6 may appeal this decision. Appeals, including attachments, must be filed within 45 days from the publication date the legal notice in the Idaho Statesman, the newspaper of record. The legal notice was published on January 26, 2013. Publication of the notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal. Those wishing to appeal this decision should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

South Fork Boise River Corridor Post-Fire Restoration Project

The USDA Forest Service (FS) is proposing a shrubland and riparian restoration project in the Elk Complex and Pony Complex wildfire areas. The project area covers approximately 50,593 acres with proposed treatment units of approximately 7,000 acres of upland planting and 1,500 acres riparian planting. The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the environmental analysis for the proposed project. A notice regarding the project and invitation to comment is expected to be published in the Idaho Statesman on February 7, 2014. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by March 7, 2010, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives.

Spruce Creek Project

Implement silvicultural activities on approximately 1,200 acres in order to move affected stands toward desired vegetative conditions described in Appendix A of the Forest Plan.

Wapiti Blue Stewardship Project

4,600 ac of treatments designed for veg. restoration and fuel reduction (including defensible space around Wapiti, Bear & Camp Cr summer homes and Hanging Valley) and 6 mi of unclass. rd decom

Wilderness Awareness School Special Use Permit Renewal

This project would renew the Special Use Permit for Wilderness Awareness School for a new term of 10 years. No changes to the special use permit are proposed. The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on this project. Comments will be most useful if recieved by July 11, 2014.

Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment)

On July 1, 2010, Forest Supervisor Cecilia R. Seesholtz decided to amend the 2003 Boise National Forest Plan, by selecting Alternative B (Proposed Action). Alternative B and its environmental effects are described in the FEIS for Phase 1 of the Wildlife Conservation Strategy (WCS). The decision is documented in a Record of Decision (ROD) accompanying the FEIS. The FEIS evaluates management strategies and priorities for terrestrial wildlife species. To aid in downloading, the documents are divided into chapters and/or sections. The entire Volume 1 is included as a single file (16 MB) at the bottom of this page. Contact Randy Hayman at 208-373-4157 to obtain a CD or hard copy of the documents.

Project Archive

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