Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishers a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October.  To view our Schedule of Proposed Actions, please visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Fleming Canyon Trail (#4079) Reroute

The proposed action would utilize an old sheep herder trail that is already on a fairly sustainable grade and would take minimal work to bring it up to Forest Service standard for a trail class 3 single track motorized trail.

Lake Canyon Trail (FS#206) Project

Reroute approx. 3/10 of a mile at head of canyon putting it on a grade of 5 to 10%. Close and rehab old segment to eliminate eroding section of trail. Reroute 2/10 of a mile at mid trail to eliminate rock hazards.

Under Analysis

Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation

The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.

Ashton/Island Park Eight Allotment Range Grazing Analysis

Analyze and disclose the effects of livestock grazing activities on the Fogg Butte, Ripley Butte, Bootjack, Grandview, Gerritt Meadows, West Lake, Antelope Park and Fall River Cattle and Horse (C&H) Allotments.

Big Flat Communication

Special Use permits for communications facilities at the Big Flat Communication sites have expired and need to be renewed. The new permits will be issued for a period of 30 years.

Bridge Creek Forest Management Project

Proposing to treat approximately 11,000 acres with a combination of harvest, mechanical and prescribed fire treatments. To facilitate removal of timber existing roads would be improved and temporary roads constructed.

Caribou Basin Small-Scale Placer Mining Project

This proposed action was developed in coordination with the cooperating agencies (IDWR, IDEQ, IDFG, and IDL) as well as with early outreach to local mining associations. The proposed action would allow for the approval of small-scale placer mining.

Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Curlew National Grassland Integrated Weed Management Analysis

Update the existing weed management strategy using an Integrated Weed Management(IWM)approach.

Crestline Trailhead Relocation

The proposed action is to obliterate the current Crestline Trailhead and quarter mile access road, Forest Road 333. The trailhead would be re-constructed in a new location immediately adjacent to Forest Road 001 (Scout Mountain Road.

Grand Targhee 2018 Master Development Plan Projects

Adjust SUP/operational boundaries; install, replace, and realign lifts; glade, grade, and develop terrain; construct, improve and reclaim roads; expand snowmaking; build guest service facilities, construct trails; build recreation activity zones

Kelly Canyon-Indian Creek Grazing Analysis

The purpose of this analysis is to reauthorize livestock grazing and to ensure management is conducted in a manner that maintains and/or moves the natural resources of the project area toward desired conditions and Revised Forest Plan objectives

South Valley Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

The Teton Basin Ranger District proposes to use a combination of mechanical fuel removal techniques and prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels on approximately 3,000 acres of National Forest System Lands.

Strawberry Forest Management Project

The purpose of the project is to improve the overall health and resilience of forests in the landscape by reducing tree density and accumulated fuels, while shifting species composition and age-class structure toward desired conditions.

Targhee National Forest Lynx Analysis Units

Utilize existing protocols and data to establish Lynx Analysis Units (LAUs) on the Targhee portion of the Forest. The LAUs and identified lynx habitat will be subject to the Northern Rockies Lynx Management Direction.

Analysis Completed

Bear Creek Trail Repair

Build four trail reroutes equaling 1 mile and two trail bridges on Forest Service trail #273 in order to eliminate six current trail creek crossings. There will not be a net change in miles of trail with one mile of reroutes and one mile removed.

Crow Creek Pipeline Project Lower Valley Energy

Construct a fifty mile, eight inch natural gas pipeline between Bear Lake County and Afton, Wyoming. Approximately 20 miles of this pipeline would be on Forest Service lands.

Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine

Analyze a proposed new phosphate mine plan and associated projects and infrastructure on existing lease I-28115 and I-0258, encompassing approximately 1,672 acres on lease and approximately 1058 acres off lease. Considers land exchange proposal.

East Smoky Panel Mine EIS

Analyse a proposed phosphate mine expansion plan and associated projects and infrastructure at the existing J.R. Simplot Company's Smoky Canyon Mine on leases I-26843, I-012890, and I-015259. 527 acres of disturbance on forest, 322 off forest.

Flatiron Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project

Use prescribed fire to treat 1533 acres to improve the declining aspen population and decadent brush species to create a diversity of age classes for wildlife and critical summer range for big game species as well as for public safety.

John Wood Forest Management Project

The Forest Service proposes to conduct forest vegetation management activities (mechanical timber harvest and pre-commercial thinning) and road work (temporary and permanent).

Middle Henry's Fork Aspen Enhancement

The purpose of this project is to increase aspen regeneration across the Middle Henry's Fork Watershed by decreasing their competition with conifer species. Treatments may include timber harvest and prescribed burning.

Seasonal Closure of Forest Service Road #423

Seasonally close Forest Service Rd 423 from the junction of Rd 059 to the junction of Rd 482. Road 423 would be closed June 1 to Sept 30 by installing a gate at each end to comply with DEQ regulations to maintain 300 ft from active sewer spray fields

Warm River Platform

Replace existing handicap accessible fishing platform with a similar platform to improve recreation user accessibility, fishing access, and protection of the riparian resources along Warm River.

On Hold

Diamond Creek Reconnect Project

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) is seeking comments on a proposal to improve 0.8 miles of Diamond Creek below Stewart Canyon. Project is roughly 20 miles due east of Soda Springs Idaho.

Eastside Trailhead Improvements

Relocate trailheads or perform heavy maintenance at the Bear Gulch, Coal Mine, Pete Creek & Trail Creek trailheads to improve safety and reduce erosion/ sediment loading to streams. Expand surface area and add barriers if needed.

Freeman Ridge/Husky 2 Exploration Plan

Exploration Drilling of 967 holes to gather information about phosphate reserves on portions of two Federal Phosphate Leases and three off lease areas. Overall disturbance is 168.0 acres.

Montpelier Aspen Retention Project

A variety of low impact vegetation treatments (such as hand thinning) designed to remove sub-dominate conifers in existing aspen stands. Goal is to improve aspen stands by stimulating regeneration and subsequently improve wildlife habitat.

Proposed Targhee Revised Forest Plan Amendment

Proposes to amend the 1997 Revised Forest Plan for the Targhee portion of the Forest to address direction for "old-growth" and "late-seral" forested vegetation, snags and wildlife habitat for select cavity-nesting species.

Rainey Creek Vegetation Restoration Project

Use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning to improve the vegetative/brush diversity and resilience within juniper and mountain mahogany. Reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private property and along the Rainey Creek road for public safety.

Snake River Allotment Corral and Fence Changes

Build a corral on the Flat Iron Unit of the Snake River Cattle Allotment, move one fence line to a better location and add a new fence to keep cattle off of BLM land adjacent to the allotment.

Soda Springs Aspen Retention Project

A variety of low impact vegetation treatments (such as hand thinning) designed to remove sub-dominate conifers in existing aspen stands. Goal is to improve aspen stands by stimulating regeneration and subsequently improve wildlife habitat.


Buffalo TSI

The project would precommercially thin ~3900 acs to reduce/prolong the overall susceptibility to mountain pine beetle attacks & crown fires in previously harvested areas. The project would also provide for a variety of products now & in the future.

Island Park Office Conveyance

Dispose of the Island Park office with approximately 2 acrs of land as outlined in the Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005. Also dispose of all housing, associated garages, outbuildings, and an abandoned sewage lagoon.

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

Doug Herzog, Forest Planner

Primary Phone #:   208-557-5763