2014 Trinity Ridge Whitebark Pine Restoration Project
This project proposes to 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. The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the environmental analysis for the proposed project. A notice regarding the project and invitation to comment was published in the Idaho Statesman on March 8, 2014. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by April 7, 2010, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, identify preliminary issues, and interested and affected persons.
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.
GRAIP to WINe
Recontour approximately 40 miles of non-Forest System routes in the South Fork Salmon River Watershed and rehabilitate approximately 41 stream crossings. Restore drainage on approximately 4.5 miles of the "Old South Fork Road."
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.
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 public is invited to submit comments on the Review Environmental Assessment (Review EA) for this project. Please click on 'Comment on Project' under 'Get Connected' on the right hand side of this page.
Belshazzar Plan of Operation
The proponent would remove roughly 30,000 cubic yards of mineral material from five 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
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.
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 combined scoping and 30-day Notice and Comment period will begin following the publication of a Solicitation for Public Comment Legal Notice in the Messenger Index (newspaper of record). The legal notice is anticipated to be published on June 20, 2012. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period.
Rewards Placer Exploration
On Jaunary 9, 2014, District Ranger Peterson signed the Decision Memo for the Rewards Placer Exploration. The legal notice of decision was published on 1/17/2014 in the Idaho Statesman. The operator will use a mini-excavator or similar size equipment to excavate sand and gravel and process it in a self-contained unit to extract precious metals.
Bureau of Reclamation Scott Mountain Communication Site Special Use Permit
The Decision Memo is now available for the Scott Mountain Communication Site Project. Forest Supervisor Seesholtz signed the Decision Memo on September 18, 2013. This project will amend the special use permit (SUP) for the BOR Scott Mountain Communication Site for proposed upgrades to the facilities including a new tower, microwave dishes, and solar array. In addition, the Scott Mountain Communication Site was designated for governmental uses only. This decision is subject to administrative appeal pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. Individuals or organizations who submitted comments during 30-day Notice and Comment period specified at 215.6 may appeal this decision. Appeals, including attachments, must be filed within 45 days from the publication date of a notice in the Idaho Statesman, the newspaper of record, Boise, Idaho. The legal notice for the DN/FONSI was published on September 21, 2013.
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.
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.
Idaho Power Company Line 328 Project
The special use permit for Line 328 would be renewed for another 20-year term. The renewed permit, including those portions of Line 328 on the Emmett and Cascade Ranger Districts only, would also address access to the power line and its structures. Forest Supervisor Seesholtz issued a Decision Notice & FONSI for this project on 4/15/2013. A legal notice announcing the decision was published on 4/19/2013 in the Idaho Statesman (Newspaper of Record).
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.
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.
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.
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
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