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.
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 will prepare an EIS to disclose the environmental consequences the alternatives considered for the Becker Integrated Resource Project. Project scoping was initiated with publication of a legal notice in the Idaho Statesman on May 7th and ended on June 9th. Following review of comments received and additional review with the interdisciplinary team, the Responsible Official has decided to proceed with preparation of an EIS. As a result, additional comments concerning the scope of the analysis will be accepted. Comments must be received by September 8th.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
GRAIP to WINe
On June 24, 2014, Ranger Faurot signed the Decision Memo for this project. Ranger Mary Faurot, determined that this action falls within categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(20). The GRAIP to WINe Project was reviewed in accordance with the categorical exclusion guidelines at FSH 1909.15(30), as updated on May 28, 2014. Following review of the resource conditions identified at 36 CFR 220.6(b), District Ranger Faurot determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist. In addition, the Interdisciplinary Team?s analysis did not identify any other unusual circumstances or uncertainties about environmental effects associated with the action that would preclude use of a categorical exclusion.
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.
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.
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Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.