Boise National Forest All Units
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.
Cascade Ranger District
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).
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.
Emmett Ranger District
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 scoping comments on this project. These comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by April 6, 2013, and make your comments as specific as possible. A legal notice seeking public comment on the Ola Hill Range Project is anticipated to be published in the Messenger Index on March 6, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Idaho City Ranger District
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
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.
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
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.
Lowman Ranger District
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.
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.
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
Mountain Home Ranger District
Featherville Sheep and Goat Allotment
The Decision Notice (DN)/FONSI and EA are now available for the Featherville S&G Allotment Project. District Ranger Church documented her decision to select Alternative 2 (Proposed Action) in the DN/FONSI. The Proposed Action will authorize continued domestic sheep grazing on the 142,800 acres of suitable NFS lands in the Featherville S&G Allotment. 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 20, 2013.
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.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.