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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.

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Boise National Forest Project Archive

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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.

Avelene Salvage Project

Commercial timber harvest of 200 acres of dead and dying trees resulting from the Avelene Fire. Harvest activities would utilize ground based logging. No new permanent or temporary roads construction/reconstruction would occur with this project.

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.

Beaver Creek Yurt Installation Project

Issuance of a special use permit for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to install a 20-foot diameter backcountry yurt near Beaver Creek Summit.

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.

Big Creek WBP Enhancement Project

Enhance survival of mature and immature whitebark pine on roughly 1,200 acres by eliminating competing conifer species.

Big Springs Cattle and Horse "On-Off" Allotment

Continue to authorize grazing the Big Springs Allotment. The Big Springs allotment has 940 acres (41%) on NFS land.

Bogus Creek Outfitters Special Use Permit

This project would issue a temporary outfitter and guide special use permit to Bogus Creek Outfitters to operate winter dinner sleigh ride and summer dinner hay ride activities on National Forest System Lands.

Boiling Pine TSI Project

Precommercial thin on approximately 2,000 acres of ponderosa pine plantations. Thinning activities would be hand-felling using chainsaws.

Boise Ridge Timber Stand Improvement

This project proposes to conduct about 1,200 acres of thinning, hand piling, and pile burning over a 5-year period.

Bull Creek and Upper Silver Creek Motorized Wheeled Vehicle Travel Management

This project would make modifications to the type of motorized vehicle access, season of use, and implement trail improvements to address trail location and condition issues, as well as soil, water, riparian, and aquatic resource concerns.

Bureau of Reclamation Scott Mountain Communication Site Special Use Permit

This project proposes to 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.

C and 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. This is a locatable minerals project regulated under 36 CFR 228A.

C. C. West

The Proposed Action consists of planting conifers with hoedads on an estimated 8,376 acres that burned at a high or moderate intensity in 2007 where competing vegetation is expected and/or where no seed source is present.

Cat Creek Cattle and Horse On-Off Allotment

Authorize continued livestock grazing on the Cat Creek Cattle and Horse On-Off Allotment.

Clear Prong Project

Implement silvicultural activities on an estimated 2,000 acres; reduce natural fuel loads on approximately 500 acres, and; decommission roughly 4 miles of road.

Crooked Bear Sapling Thinning Project

Precommercial thinning project on about 8,900 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 with slash left on site.

Curtis, Trail, Mormon Creek Fish Passage Restoration Project

The project proposes to replace 6 stream crossings to restore fish passage. The new structures would be a bottomless arch culvert or bridge large enough to provide for 100-year flood event and provide fish passage.

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. This is a locatable minerals project regulated under 36 CFR 228A.

Dawes Creek Cattle and Horse On-Off Grazing Allotment

Authorize continued grazing on the Dawes Creek Cattle and Horse On-Off Grazing Allotment.

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.

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.

Emmett District Waterline Special Use Permit Renewals

Special use renewal for a group water systems on the Emmett Ranger District.

Emmett Ranger District "E" Area Motorized Wheeled Vehicle Travel Management

Travel management plan to allow application of Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Rule (36 CFR261.13) to designate public motorized wheeled vehicle routes.

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

This project proposed to complete restoration reforestation activities in the Feather River Area within the 2012 Trinity Ridge Wildfire boundary.

Geothermal Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The Forest Service was a cooperating agency, assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in that Agency's geothermal leasing analysis and decision. The BLM issued a record of decision on 12/17/2008.

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."

Hanson Range Project

The proposed action would allow a maximum of six head of horses or 34 head months within a permitted grazing area of 409 acres. The allotment would continue to be managed using variable number, variable season provisions in the grazing permit.

Horsethief Project

Reintroduce low to moderate intensity fire to restore desired vegetative conditions and reduce natural fuel loads and ladder fuels on 360 acres.

Idaho City District Motorized VehicleTravel Management Plan

Travel management plan to allow application of Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Rule (36 CFR261.13) by proposing to allow public motorized wheeled vehicle travel on designated routes only.

Idaho City Ranger District Recreation Events Project

5-yr SUP for Enduro 100, a 2-day national motorcycle enduro event in early June on NFS roads & trails around Idaho City, ID. Event would alternate annually between 3 courses. Other high intensity, short-duration rec events may also be analyzed.

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.

Joe's Creek Trail Improvement Project

This project would re-route about 1 mile of the Joe's Creek Trail (NFS Trail #137) to address trail conditions, resource concerns, and improve manageability of the trail.

Johnson Creek Rock Source

Removal of approximately 3,000 cubic yards from a scree slope previously used as a rock source. Material would be removed using an excavator.

Johnson Creek Watershed Improvement Project

Improve road and trail infastructure by reducing the impacts to watershed processes. Proposed activities include road designations, trail re-routes, road decommissioning, meadow enhancement, and/or unauthorized route rehabilitation.

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.

Korell Outfitters Special Use Permit Amendment

This project proposes to increase the area under special use authorization for Korell Outfitter and Guides.

Little Ophir Hazardous Fuels Reduction

The Forest Service has been enjoined from using CE category #10 and this project will be re-analyzed and documented in an EA. The intent of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels accumulations on about 4,600 acres near the town of Placerville, ID

Lockman Gulch Cattle and Horse On-Off Grazing Allotment

Authorize continued grazing on the Lockman Gulch Cattle and Horse On-Off Grazing Allotment.

Lower Johnson Project

Treat vegetation on an estimated 137 acres in the WUI along the lower reaches of Johnson Creek.

Lowman Fish Ponds Improvement Project

Improve the intake and diversion from Richards Creek to the Lowman Nature Fish Ponds to increase flow going into the ponds and reduce the sediment build-up within the diversion pipe. A new intake will be installed.

Moores Creek Cattle and Horse "On-Off" Allotment

Continue to authorize grazing ont eh Moores Creek Allotment. The Moores Creek Allotment has about 2,300 acres (29%) on NFS land.

Moores Flat Cattle and Horse "On-Off" Allotment

Continue to authorize grazing on the Moores Flat Allotment. The Moores Flat encompasses about 4,900 acres of NFS land.

North Shore Lodge Septic System Replacement Project

This project would replace a failing sewage system at the North Shore Lodge. A new drain field would be installed outside the current permit area. The permit would be amended to reflect this additional area. Work would meet CDHD requirement.

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.

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. This is a locatable minerals project regulated under 36 CFR 228A.

Oro Mountain Whitebark Pine Enhancement Project

Enhance whitebark pine by felling competing conifers (e.g. lodgepole pine & subalpine fir) 3 feet tall to 5 inches dbh, and girdling competing conifers greater than 5 inches dbh and less than 20 inches dbh.

Poorman Maintenance Underburn

The project is designed to provide a maintenance prescribed fire underburn on approximately 3,900 acres. This area was previously treated with prescribed fire in April 1997.

Porter-Crumley Range Project

The USDA Forest Service is proposing to authorize livestock grazing through a 10-year term grazing permit on the Crumley Gulch C&H and Porter Creek C&H Allotments on the Idaho City Ranger District of the Boise National Forest.

Pyle-Anderson Thinning Project

The purpose of this project is to restore vegetation conditions on about 1,626 acres of ponderosa pine plantations on the Emmett Ranger District. Plantations would be thinned using chainsaws followed by activity fuels treatments.

Rewards Placer Exploration

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.

Roadside Hazard Tree Removal

The project proposes to remove hazard trees along (0 to 160 ft from) open roads in the Bear Valley and Bull Trout areas. Hazard trees are those that have been killed by fire or beetles or those that will die (from beetle attacks) soon.

Rocky Canyon Prescribed Fire Project

This project proposes vegetation restoration utilizing prescribed fire on approximately 8,200 acres in the Rocky Canyon Subwatershed in the Middle Fork Payette River subbasin.

Sagehen Nature Trail Bridge Replacement

This project would replace two bridges, install interpretive signs, and benches along a one-mile nature trail near Sagehen Reservoir.

Sams-Pine Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burning on approximately 20,700 acres to restore fire's natural role using low to moderate intensity fire. Reduce fuel loading across the landscape to limit the spread and intensity of a high severity wildfire. Timeframe is approx. 2-7 yr

SFSR Recreation Access Management

Implement a variety of treatments to promote wildfire recovery including road decommissioning/closures, restrictions on trail uses, closing/establishing dispersed campsites, and rehabilitating disturbed areas.

SFSR Subbasin Noxious Weed Management Plan [80]

Use a variety of treatment methods to control and contain noxious and invasive weeds within the South Fork Salmon River Subbasin. Separate decisions will be issued for the Payette (May 2007) and Boise National Forests (February 2010).

Silver Creek Campground Renovation Project

Renovate the Silver Creek Plunge Campground to bring it up to Forest Service standards. Project activities include designation of individual campsites and access routes, installation of toilet facilities and a new water system.

Skunk TSI Project

Thinning of sub-merchantable trees and competing hardwoods within 23 different plantations totaling approximately 317 acres.

Snowmobile Trail Grooming in Valley, Gem, and Boise Counties

The Proposed Action would consist of authorizing a cost-share agreement between the Forest Service, Valley County, and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation allowing Valley County to groom roughly 243 miles of snowmobile trails.

South Fork Boise River Corridor Post-Fire Restoration Project

This proposal includes upland planting of sage brush and bitterbrush on approximately 10,000 acres and riparian planting on 1,500 acres in the SF Boise River Corridor burned by the 2013 Elk and Pony Complex Wildfires.

South Fork Fish Weir SUP Project

Authorize the US Fish and Wildlife Service to construct an additional pond in a disturbed area within the existing permit boundary at the South Fork Salmon River Fish Weir. Decision Memo issued on June 3, 2015.

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.

Star Gulch Wildfire Pre-Commercial Thinning -- 2010

Thinning of dense areas of ponderosa pine saplings that established naturally following the 1994 Star Gulch Wildfire. Potentially, 300 to 1,000 acres would be treated in the Cottonwood and Minneha drainages.

Stolle Priority Watershed Reforestation

Plant conifers on approximately 6,500 acres consumed by wildfire.

Trinity Ridge Roadside Salvage Project

This project proposes to complete roadside salvage of dead and dying trees adjacent to high use roads within the 2012 Trinity Ridge Wildfire Area.

Tripod and Pine Creek Range Allotments

This project will evaluate current livestock management on the Tripod and Pine Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments and proposes to authorize continued livestock grazing.

Upper South Fork Salmon River Resource Management Project

Improve road and trail infrastructure and reduce related impacts to watershed resources by improving and/or decommissioning roads and/or trails.

Virginia Tech Small Seismometer Line Project

Placement of small seismometers every 100-500 meters along the sides of existing roads and trails. To be placed for 2 to 8 days in areas previously disturbed by rd construct. or within 18 in of travel surface. Holes will be 6" wide, 6" deep, 18" long

Voice of Idaho Amateur Radio Club Communications Facility - Special Use Authorization Renewal

Renew the Special Use Authorization issued to Voice of Idaho Amateur Radio Club for the purpose of operating and maintaining a communciations facility on National Forest System lands.

Warm Lake Facilities Beetle Mortality Project

Remove dead and dying trees in campgrounds and administrative sites near Warm Lake, and use anti-aggregant phermones to deter beetle infestation of additional host trees.

Water Systems Special Use Permit Renewal - Group 2

Special use permit renewal for 8 water systems on the Lowman Ranger District within the SF Payette River Corridor including systems on Richards Creek, Kirkham Creek, Wapiti Creek, Long Creek, 2 systems on Dustman Creek and 2 systems on Fence Cr.

Westside Range Project

The proposed action for both the Stringer Pasture C&H and the Van Wyck Holding S&G Allotment is to continue to authorize livestock grazing at current permitted numbers and seasons of use.

Westside Restoration Project

Enhance aspen on approximately 150 acres from near Campbell Creek north to Gibson Creek on the west side of Cascade Reservoir, and; treat vegetation on an estimated 90 acres in the WUI near French Creek and Campbell Creek.

White Flat Resource Management Project

This project contributes to the NFP. Restores healthy, diverse, and resilient ecosystem to minimize uncharacteristic fire and reduces hazardous fuels. 420 acres commercial thin; 244 acres precommercial thin; 720 acres prescribed burning.

Whitehawk Communications Site Special Use Permit

Proposal includes installation of a communications building near Whitehawk Lookout to improve emergency radio frequencies for Valley Co. The building is 8 ' x 8 ' set on 2' x 2' concrete pads.

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.

Windy Gap Cattle and Horse On-Off Grazing Allotment

Authorize continued grazing on the Windy Gap Cattle and Horse On-Off Grazing Allotment.

Wood Creek Cattle and Horse "On-Off" Allotment

Continue to authorize grazing on the Wood Creek Allotments. The Wood Creek allotment encompasses about 7,540 acres of NFS land.


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