Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year - January, April, July and October. The SOPA provides project, status, and contact information for proposed projects on the forest.

View Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs SOPA reports in PDF or HTM formats
 

Small NEPA Projects (Categorical Exclusions)       

The Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs uses the term “Small NEPA” to refer to proposed projects that qualify for certain Categorical Exclusion categories (see FS Handbook link below). The Scoping Letter below lists multiple projects in order to more efficiently notify the public, and each project will follow NEPA guidelines with its own signed Decision Memo, if appropriate. To comment on any project, please follow the guidelines within the Scoping Letter. For specifics on individual projects, please contact the project proponent listed with each project.

Forest Service Handbook - Categorical Exclusions

Small NEPA Scoping Letter (06/20/2017)

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 links provide access to objection responses related to the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests:

Objection Responses for the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs
 

Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Bentz Ridge Access

Bennett Industries requesting Special Use Permit for use of FS Trail #340 (3.4 miles; closed to motorized use; open to snowmobiles) to access Bentz Ridge inholding. BI would conduct 0.5 miles of trail reconstruction and annual maintenance of trail.

Dixie-Comstock Community Protection Project

Treat vegetation to reduce wildfire risk to the local communities of Dixie and Comstock, and surrounding federal lands. Create fuel breaks and escape routes using a combination of prescribed burning and mechanical treatments, with temporary roads.

Gold Bug AML (Abandoned Mine Lands) Closure

Permanently close an open shaft at an abandoned mine site to eliminate public safety risks. Closure methods include poly foam plugs, metal bars, drain pipes, and earthen materials. Backhoe or other earthmoving equipment would be used to fill hole.

Red River AML (Abandoned Mine Lands) Closure

Permanently close two shafts and one adit to eliminate public safety risks. Shafts would be closed via expandable foam plug and/or use of fill material from existing sources. One shaft may be closed via a bat gate. Adit may be closed via a bat gate.

Salmon River AML (Abandoned Mine Lands) Closures

Permanently close two hazardous mine adits to eliminate public safety risks. The adits will be closed by constructing bat friendly gates across the portals. The gates will be constructed so as to allow access by mining claimants if needed.

Under Analysis

Baldy Creek Placer Exploration

The Red River District Ranger proposes to allow the claim operators to excavate up to 12 placer test pits in the Baldy Creek drainage.

Baner Group Exploration Drilling

The claimant proposes exploratory drilling on the Red River RD to test for gold values. The project area is in previously disturbed and undisturbed areas of the Baner Creek drainage. The proposal includes 11 drill sites with 2 holes max/site.

Big Creek Bridge Replacement

Replace existing timber bridge with steel girder bridge. Reconstruct 500 ft. of Rd 311 surrounding site to align bridge approaches. Rd 311 closed during bridge removal/replacement. Start summer/fall 2017 or 2018.

Blue Ribbon Test Drilling

Goldski, LLC, proposes to exploratory drill to test for gold values to determine if valuable minerals exist to warrant further development of a mining operation.

Center Star Mining

Reopen/stabilize main portal of Center Star Mine. Work includes hand sampling/mechanized drilling. Second portal may be opened as safety exit. Approx. 2400 ft. of old skid trails/mining roads would be reconditioned. Disturbed areas reclaimed.

Center-Johnson Project

Vegetation treatments to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase resilience to insects and disease infestation; reduce wildfire risk to the local communities and surrounding federal lands. A collaborative process will be used to develop actions.

Cherry Exploration Drilling

The claimant proposes exploratory drilling on the Red River RD to test for gold values. The project area is in previously disturbed and undisturbed areas in the Kirk's Fork drainage. The proposal is for 4 drill sites with a max of 2 drill holes/site.

Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project

The Moose Creek District proposes to use a combination of timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, prescribed fire, reforestation, and road system improvements to achieve desired age class and species distributions and to improve watershed health.

Clearwater National Forest Travel Planning for Recommended Wilderness Areas

This project will analyze motorized and mechanized travel within Recommended Wilderness Areas (Management Area B2) on the Clearwater National Forest.

Devine (Pioneer) Exploration

The Red River District proposes to approve the use of ATVs for overland travel for access to prospect for mineral values.

Dispersed Campsite Riparian Protection Project

The project would install barriers to restrict vehicle access to sensitive riparian areas at dispersed campsites on both the Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts.

East Saddle Integrated Restoration Project

East Saddle Integrated Restoration project proposes commercial timber harvest, fuels reduction treatment, and wildlife habitat improvement

Four Corners Corral

The Four Corners Corral project proposes to install a corral for livestock management.

Gold Dust Mines

Claimants to test lodes by drilling 10 core holes/site (4 sites) w/ portable drill. Each hole reclaimed upon completion. Drilling water brought in. Claimants to remove excess wood, metal debris, etc. from three previous operations. No rd. construct.

Gospel-Hump Wilderness Invasive Plant Management Project

Invasive plant management strategy for Gospel-Hump Wilderness to prevent the establishment of new invasive species and reduce impacts of established invasive species on the native plant community desired by the Wilderness Act and Forest Plan.

Heritage #2 Placer Exploration

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Tim Hoskins’ proposal to excavate 17 placer test pits in the Newsome Creek drainage area.

Heritage Gulch Placer Exploration

The Red River District Ranger proposes to allow the claim operator to conduct placer testing in the Newsome Creek drainage by digging 12-15, 10' x 10' or 10' x 12' test pits.

Hungry Ridge Restoration Project

Utilize commercial harvest and prescribed fire to restore historic structure, species mix, reduce fuel loadings and improve wildlife habitat. Watershed improvements include; culvert replacements, road decommissioning and road improvement projects.

Little Boulder

Little Boulder is a vegetation, fuels, and watershed management project, located in the Little Boulder and Hog Meadows watersheds; all headwaters of the Potlatch River.

Lost Bench Placer Exploration

This proposal is for the excavation of 10 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values.

Max #2 Exploration

The Salmon River District proposes to approve the removal of placer samples from 10 test pits for the purpose of testing for mineral values.

Mill Creek Bridge #1 Replacement

Replace existing timber bridge crossing Mill Creek (milepost 0.90) with concrete bridge. Reconstruct 310 ft. of Rd. 309 surrounding site to align bridge approaches. Rd. 309 closed during bridge removal/replacement. Start in summer/fall 2017 or 18.

Moose Creek Project

Project would include timber harvest on approximately 1,600 acres, fuels reduction, and associated road work in the West Fork Potlatch River subwatershed.

Newsome Placer Exploration

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Press Thomas’ proposal to excavate up to 12 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values in the Newsome Creek drainage area.

Nez Perce National Forest Travel Management

Develop a travel management plan and map to comply with the National Travel Management Rule. This project would designate motor vehicle use on roads, trails or areas on the Nez Perce National Forest, and does not include over-the-snow vehicles.

Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Forest Plan Revision

The Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests are proposing to revise their two, individual forest plans as a single forest plan for the administratively combined Forests using the 2012 National Forest System Land Management Planning regulations.

North Fork Aspen Regeneration

The Forest Service is proposing to regenerate aspen clones in the Birch Ridge area on the North Fork RD. FS crews, using chainsaws, would cut-and-fell approx. 150 acres (6 stands) of aspen and competing conifers within and adjacent to mature clones.

North Side Powell Project

The NorthSide Powell Project proposes forest management and watershed improvement activities in the Wendover Creek drainage on the Powell District.

Orogrande Summit Road Project

The road surface is currently rutted and difficult to drive, and several culverts are degraded.

Pioneer Gulch Placer Exploration

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve David Tisch’s proposal to excavate up to 22 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values in the Ozark Creek drainage.

Pre-commercial Thinning - Lochsa-Powell

Thin approximately 2381 acres (128 stands). Work done by hand using chainsaws; no mechanical harvesting equipment. Trees felled/left in place. Retained species favor western white pine, larch and ponderosa pine. No burning. Access on existing rds.

Pre-commercial Thinning - Moose Creek

Thin approximately 175 acres (9 stands). Work done by hand using chainsaws; no mechanical harvesting equipment. Trees felled/left in place. Retained species favor western white pine, larch and ponderosa pine. No burning. Access on existing rds.

Pre-commercial Thinning - North Fork

Thin approx. 397 ac. (24 stands). Work by hand using chainsaws; no mechanical harvesting equipment. Trees felled/left in place. Retained sp. favor w. white pine, larch & ponderosa pine. Pile/burn slash 3 stands; no other burning. Access existing rds.

Pre-commercial Thinning - Palouse

Thin approximately 881 acres (34 stands). Work done by hand using chainsaws; no mechanical harvesting equipment. Trees felled/left in place. Retained species favor western white pine, larch and ponderosa pine. No burning. Access on existing rds.

Pre-commercial Thinning - Red River

Thin approximately 364 acres (24 stands). Work done by hand using chainsaws; no mechanical harvesting equipment. Trees felled/left in place. Retained species favor western white pine, larch and ponderosa pine. No burning. Access on existing rds.

Pre-commercial Thinning - Salmon River

Thin approximately 351 acres (16 stands). Work done by hand using chainsaws; no mechanical harvesting equipment. Trees felled/left in place. Retained species favor western white pine, larch and ponderosa pine. No burning. Access on existing rds.

Rebel/Beat Street Placer Exploration

Exploratory drill to test for gold values on unpatented mining claim to determine if valuable minerals exist to warrant further development of a mining operation.

Rex Placer Exploration

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve Robert Martin’s proposal to excavate 17 placer test pits in the Gold Lake Creek and Ozark Creek drainages.

Sally Exploration Drilling

The claimant proposes exploratory drilling on the Red River RD to test for gold values. The project area is in previously disturbed and undisturbed areas in the Kirk's Fork drainage. The proposal is for 19 drill sites with a max of 2 drill hole/site.

Silver Lode Exploration

The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate seven to ten test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values.

Sing Lee Bridge #2 Replacement

Replace existing timber bridge with timber or steel bridge. Reconstruct 100 ft. of Rd 440A surrounding site to align bridge approaches. Rd 440A closed during bridge removal/replacement. Start in summer/fall 2017 or 18.

Windy-Shingle Project

Vegetation treatments to reduce the risk or extent of, or increase resilience to insects and disease infestation; reduce wildfire risk to the local communities and surrounding federal lands. A collaborative process will be used to develop actions.

Analysis Completed

Brushy Fork Face Road Decommissioning

Reclaim approx. 10 miles of legacy roads. Work includes clearing rds. of veg., decompacting & recontouring roads; plant native veg. on slopes; remove culverts, reestablish stream grade, construct grade control structures, where nec. Summer 2017.

Dutch Oven Vegetation Management Project

The Dutch Oven Project proposes fuel reduction and vegetation management activities on approximately 2000 acres approximately 4 air miles northwest of Elk City, Idaho.

East Fork Potlatch Meadow Restoration

45 acres of meadow and wetlands restoration. Installation of instream habitat structures along 2 miles of stream.

French Larch Project

The French Larch project proposes vegetation and watershed improvement activities in the upper Orogrande drainage on the North Fork District of the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest

Johnson Bar Fire Salvage

The Moose Creek District is proposing to harvest dead timber that was burned in the 2014 Johnson Bar Fire.

Lower and East Sand Creek Placer Exploration

The Salmon River Ranger District proposes to approve Kent Powell’s proposal to excavate up to 18 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values in the Sand Creek drainage area.

Nez Perce-Clearwater NF's Roadside, Recreation Site and Administrative Site Maintenance Project

This proposal would provide for public and employee safety by performing maintenance and reducing the hazard from fire-damaged trees along high priority roads, administrative sites, and recreation developments.

Schiweck Access

Issue a Special Use Permit to allow Mr. Schiweck to construct and maintain an access road (driveway) to his private property across NFS lands. The driveway would be approx. 500 ft. long by 20 ft. wide, and connect to Forest Service Road 222D.

Waw'aalamnima Creek Large Wood Placement

Waw'aalamnima Creek has about half of the total wood compared to the reference conditions within the analysis area. In the creek, 64% of the log weirs were noted to provide a full or partial passage barrier to resident species.

Woodrat Salvage

The Woodrat Salvage project proposes to harvest and/or reforest approximately 536 acres of dead and dying trees within the 2015 Woodrat fire perimeter.

On Hold

Allison Creek Dam / Pond Improvements

The earthen fill at the blown out dam and outlets from the dam and ponds are failing, and the stream's flow is seeping through eroding existing material.

Eastside Allotment Management Planning Project

Continue to permit livestock grazing by incorporating adaptive management strategies on 8 active allotments within the project area, and close 7 allotments.

Hazard Tree Removal

Several decades of accumulated MPB mortality and disease have created serious fuels and public safety concerns. Roads identified for treatment are major arterials are major arterials in the event of emergency or natural disaster.

Lolo Insect & Disease

The Lolo Insect & Disease project proposes forest management and watershed improvement activities within the Lolo Creek wateshed, located approximately 16 air miles northeast from Kamiah, Idaho.

Lowell WUI

Regeneration Harvest on about 330 acres of WUI around the town of Lowell Idaho, to reduce risk or extent of insect and disease infestation and reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to private land, allowing firefighters to better engage wildfire.

Peasley Creek Stream Restoration

Proposed activities would primarily focus on instream habitat below the culvert and substrate conditions in the culvert. Work would include increasing the pool depth directly below the culvert.

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.

Cancelled

Bagley Creek Placer Exploration

The Red River District Ranger proposes to allow the claim operator to excavate approximately 40-45 test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values.

Bear Track Placer Exploration

The Salmon River District Ranger proposes to allow the claim operator to excavate 8-10 placer test pits for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values.

Fish Lake Airstrip Maintenance

Project involves repairs and maintenance to the Fish Lake Airstrip.

Holy Grail Placer Exploration

The Red River District Ranger proposes to allow the claim operator to excavate a series of three to four narrow sample channels in each of five individual areas for the purpose of testing placer gravels for mineral values.

Hungry Ridge Riparian Area Restoration

USFS & Nez Perce Tribe to construct beaver dam analogs in Merton, Mill, and American Creeks. Stream reaches over-steepened or have head-cuts selected. BDAs constructed using hand tools. Access on existing FS Roads & Trails. Conducted over 3-10 yrs.

Last Chance #1 Lode Exploration

The North Fork Ranger District proposes to approve the claimant’s proposal to excavate three test pits to expose vein material to test for mineral values on the North Fork Ranger District, Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

Lone Pine Lode Exploration

The Red River Ranger District proposes to approve Donald Alm's proposal to open an existing adit for the purpose of exploring for gold values.

Pass WUI

A fuels reduction treatment around Lolo Pass Visitor's Center (approx. 200 acres).

Road 111 Decommissioning Project

This project proposes to decommission the last 5.45 miles of Road 111 to reduce watershed and aquatic impacts. This section of road bisects the North Fork of Spruce/White Sands Roadless Area.

Shearer Guard Station Fuels Reduction

The purpose of the project is to reduce fuel loadings in the stands surrounding Shearer Guard Station. Treating the area surrounding the guard station would reduce the costs and resource needs to protect the historic structures from wildfires.

Sweet 50 Exploration

The purpose of the proposed action is to test for gold values on unpatented mining claims. The need is to determine if sufficient quantities of valuable minerals exist to warrant further exploration or development.

Upper Lolo Salvage

The Upper Lolo project proposes to harvest approximately 1,600 acres of dead and dying trees within the 2015 Musselshell, Yoosa, Four Bit, Lost Hat, Snowy Summit and Mystery fire perimeters. An ESD request was submitted but has been withdrawn.

Project Archive

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