Boise National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

B and M Plan of Operations

The purpose of the proposed project is to provide approval of a Plan of Operations to explore for locatable minerals, per Federal mining regulations 36 CFR 228, subpart A. Three test pits would be excavated to test for gold and reclaimed.

Bald Mountain Repeater Site

The project proposes to establish a new repeater site at Bald Mountain within the Smoky Mountains Idaho Roadless Area to improve radio coverage to the Atlanta area. Radio equipment, shelter with antenna and prefab concrete pads would be installed.

Carlin Mineral Exploration Project

The proposal is to drill/blast a quartz vein and remove approximately 30-40 tons of mineral material to determine if enough gold is present to further develop the project. This is a locatable minerals project regulated under 36 CFR 228A.

Daniels Creek - Dry Creek Trail Additions

This project proposes to add about 3 miles of existing trails to the NFS Trail system associated with the Ridges to Rivers Trail System. Land easements have recently been acquired allowing these trails to be incorporated into the trail system.

Idaho Power South Fork Powerline Relocation Special Use Permit Amendment

Amend an existing special use permit to allow Idaho Power to relocate approximately 1922 feet (ten spans) of existing 34.5 kv overhead distribution powerline from its cross-country alignment to a new location immediately adjacent to an existing road.

Idaho Pride Plan of Operations

This project is for a proposed Plan of Operations for locatable minerals, as allowed by federal mining regulations (36 CFR 228A). The proposal is to dig 4 prospect pits next to Mores Creek and process with a highbanker and small trommel.

Keller Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit

Issuance of a 10-yr special use permit to outfit and guide predator hunting for wolf, cougar and bear. Keller Outfitter and Guides have purchased a portion of Allred Adventures Outfitter and Guide area and a new special use permit is required.

Swanholm Repeater Site

The project proposes to establish a new repeater site at Swanholm Mountain within the Ten Mile/Black Warrior IRA to improve radio coverage on the Idaho City RD. Radio equipment, shelter with antenna and prefab concrete pads would be installed.

Under Analysis

Allred Adventures special use permit renewal

Reissue a special use permit authorizing hunting (deer, elk, bear and cougar), fishing, trail rides and pack trips.

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.

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

This project is an integrated resources project on about 15,000 acres. The project proposes restoration activities for vegetation, soil, water, riparian, aquatics and wildlife, as well as transportation and recreation management activities.

Cumo Exploration Project (previously listed as Cumo 2007 Project)

Locatable minerals exploration. Proposal to drill 256 new exploratory holes to retrieve core samples. Project will involve construction of about 13.3 miles of new temporary road and use of about 4.7 miles existing unauthorized road as temporary road.

High Valley Integrated Restoration Project

Manage forest to accelerate development of large, ponderosa pine to support wildlife habitat, increase resilience to un-natural disturbance, reduce hazardous fuels, improve watershed function, and provide wood products to support local economies.

Juniper Mountain Outfitters - O&G Permit Renewal

Renew existing special use permit for horse camp, trail rides, fishing, and big game hunting outfitter and guide operations.

South Fork Fish Weir SUP Project

Issue new 30-year special use permit to US Fish and Wildlife Service for the operation and maintenance of a fish weir and holding facility to replace existing SUP and construct additional pond in a disturbed area within the existing permit boundary.

Table Mountain Outfitters Special Use Permit Renewal

Re-issue a new Special Use Permit to Table Mountain Outfitters for hunting outfitting and guide services on National Forest Lands for the period of 2015-2024. This is an existing operator and there are no changes to services or locations proposed

Williams Creek Project

This project would use a combination of commercial and non-commercial thinning and fuel reduction activities to improve forest resiliency from insect and disease disturbance, while promoting large, early-seral tree species and wildlife habitat.

Analysis Completed

Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment)

Short- and long-term management strategies and priorities for maintaining and restoring habitats associated with terrestrial wildlife species.

Project Archive

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