Projects

Projects & Plans

Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishes 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 Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

Environmental Appeal Responses

An Environmental Appeal is a formal request to an agency higher authority for review of an environmental planning (NEPA) decision. The public's rights to file an appeal are defined in specific appeal regulations. Usually, all administrative processes must be exhausted before a person can bring a court action (litigation) against with a NEPA decision. This usually includes the filing of a formal appeal. The following links provide access to recent and historical appeal decisions related to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:

 

Pre-Decisional Objection Responses

Objections are written documents submitted by an individual or organization seeking a pre-decisional administrative review of a proposed hazardous fuel reduction project authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA). The public may file objections after an environmental assessment or final environmental impact statement is completed and before a decision document is signed for a project under HFRA. The following link provides access to objection responses related to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests:

Idaho Panhandle National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

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Developing Proposal

Buckskin Saddle Integrated Restoration Project

Vegetation management activities including timber harvest, fuel reduction, road construction, improvement, storage & decommissioning, prescribed burning, trail mtce and improvement, tree planting, and potential travel management for elk security

Homestead

Vegetation management activities, including timber harvest, road construction, prescribed burning and tree planting.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests Fire Recovery Reforestation Project

Implement site preparation where needed and plant rust-resistant white pine, western larch, ponderosa pine, or white bark pine on appropriate sites severely burned in the wildfires of 2015.

Kaniksu Over-snow Vehicle Travel Plan

Designate routes and areas for over-snow vehicle use on the three northern ranger districts (Kaniksu)of the IPNF.

Under Analysis

"Coeur d' Alene" Basin Natural Resource Restoration Plan

Restore, rehabilitate, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of the injured natural resources in the Coeur d'Alene Basin as a result of the release of hazardous mining wastes.

Bog Creek Road Project

Providing safe east-west access across the Selkirk Mtns for U.S. Border Patrol agents by repairing and maintaining portions of the Bog Creek Road (Forest Roads 1013 and 2450).

Boulder Creek Restoration Project

Ecosystem restoration in various forest types. Project purposes include reducing sediment to Boulder Creek and protecting emergency communication equipment on Black Mountain from wildfire.

Brebner Flat

Vegetation management activities including timber harvest, road construction, prescribed burning and tree planting.

Camp Robin

Vegetation treatment to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase resilience to insect or disease infestation; reduce wildfire risk to the local communities and surrounding federal lands; and protect critical infrastructure and primary egress routes.

Green Mountain Exploratory Drilling

Exploratory drilling from a single drill pad

Grouse BMU Compliance Project

This project will manage the road system to bring the Grouse Bear Management Unit into compliance with the Forest Plan and the 2011 Motorized Access Amendment.

Hanna Flats GNA

Activities include forest vegetation management and hazardous fuel reduction, including timber harvest, temporary road construction, road maintenance, prescribed burning, tree planting, pre-commercial thinning, ski trail mtce, aquatic restoration.

Kootenai Fuel Reduction

Treatment of hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed fire. Proposed activities include non-commercial mechanical and hand treatments to thin continuous fuels, limb ladder fuel vegetation, reduce canopy bulk density and increase canopy base height.

Lone Mountain Administrative Site Land Sale

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests proposes to sell approximately 136 acres of undeveloped lands within the Lone Mountain Seed Orchard administrative site, approximately 20 mi. north of Coeur d'Alene, no longer needed for seed orchard development.

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for public lands in Forest Service Regions 1 and Regions 6.

Potter's Wheel

Activities are proposed to establish/maintain stand structure and species composition, improve water quality/aquatic habitats, and provide forest products that contribute to a sustainable supple of timber products from NFS lands.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Outfitting and Guiding Term Permit

Red Horse Properties, LLC (dba Red Horse Mountain Ranch) has purchased a dude ranch, outfitting & guiding business previously owned by Terteling Co., also dba Red Horse Mountain Ranch, through a corporation by the same name. See Other Project Info

Snow Peak Prescribed Burn

Improve browse conditions for big game, improve vegetation conditions to increase resilience to insect and disease, and reduce fuel loading.

Upper St. Joe Aquatic Restoration Project

Improve stream habitat quality for bull trout, a threatened species and to restore aquatic ecosystem function.

Analysis Completed

Deer Creek

The activities associated with this project include timber harvest, timber stand maintenance, fuels treatments, and road maintenance.

Fern Hardy HFRA Project

Fuels reduction and stand improvement in and around the Wildland Urban Interface, possible watershed restoration or wildlife habitat improvement activities. Supplemental analysis of management activities proposed outside of the 1.5 mi interface zone.

Halfway Malin

Vegetation management and watershed improvement including timber harvest, road construction, road storage & decommissioning, prescribed burning, culvert removal, tree planting, and travel management changes to address elk security.

Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion EIS

Proposal by Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area to expand its special use permit to upgrade and develop new lifts, ski terrain, parking, access roads, and guest service facilities.

Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones

Preparation of a Supplemental EIS to amend land and resource management plans for the Idaho Panhandle, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to address motorized access management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones.

On Hold

IPNF Noxious Weed Treatment Project

Management of non-native invasive plant species utilizing herbicides, biological control agents, cultural and mechanical methods for weed control.

Cancelled

Last Rainbow

Exploratory Placer Pit, 25 feet by 35 feet located on National Forest Lands up the Lost Creek Drainage. Excavation will be down to bedrock with the top 7 feet being overburden and 12 inches being pay gravel to be processed and returned.

Last Rainbow

Excavate ~35 sq. ft. panel to bedrock and dredge inside hole

Selkirk Mountain Range Winter Travel Plan

Travel management plan for motorized winter recreation use within the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake Ranger District and Sandpoint Ranger District.

Upper Lochsa Land Exchange

The Forest Service (FS) is considering a land exchange with Western Pacific Timber. The FS would receive approx. 40,000 acres of WPT land in the upper Lochsa River drainage and WPT would recieve an equal value of Forest Service land in north Idaho.

Project Archive

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