Quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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Payette National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Payette Lakes Ski Club Little Ski Hill Improvements

The Forest Service is considering a permit modification for PLSC to replace the existing T-Bar lift and area lighting at Little Ski Hill. The new equipment would be quieter, safer, more efficient, and will be installed in the same footprints.

Payette Powder Guides Outfitter and Guide Permit Reissuance

The Forest Service is considering a permit reissuance for Payette Powder Guides to continue to offer winter backcountry ski and showshoe trips and operate their Lick Creek Summit yurts plus summer/fall mountain bike trips on existing roads/trails.

South Fork - Main Salmon Private Land Access

The Forest proposes to issue special use permits or long term easements for motorized access to private property owners near the confluence of the Main Salmon-South Fork Salmon Rivers with reciprocal easements to the USFS for public access.

Under Analysis

Big Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction

Community protection for Edwardsburg/Big Creek area using commercial and noncommercial treatments and Rx fire to reduce hazardous fuels. Treatments are on USFS lands along public roads and adjacent to private property, outside of wilderness.

Cuprum Water Diversion

Issuance of a new special use permit to Cuprum Benevolent Preservation Society for use of 120 feet of metal corrugated pipe that diverts water from Indian Creek to the concrete water diversion for irrigation, domestic, and fire protection use.

Doug Smith Private Road Access

The Forest Service is responding to a request for the issuance of a new special use permit to Doug Smith for private road access via Forest Service roads 50523 and 501056000.

Granite Meadows

This is the fifth project within the Payette National Forest's Weiser River - Little Salmon Headwaters Project area and part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project

This is the forth project within the Payette National Forest's Weiser River - Little Salmon Headwaters Project area and part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The Project area is approx. 67,000 acres on the Council RD.

Sisters River Ranches Company Water System Special Use Authorization

The US Forest Service is proposing to issue a 20 year Special Use Permit (SUP) to Sisters River Ranches Company (Company) for an existing private water system, including spring box, settling box, and approximately 1500 feet of gravity-fed piping.

South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan

This project will address both restoration and public and private access needs to determine the minimum road system, improve watershed condition, provide ATV and motorcycle trail opportunities, and provide dispersed camping and parking opportunities.

Stibnite Gold Plan of Operations EIS

The Forest is processing a plan of operations for open pit mining, processing, new road construction, utility upgrades, reclamation, and restoration at the Stibnite mine site.

Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forest Plan Amendment) [101]

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

Analysis Completed

Big Bar to Cuprum Underground Distribution Line Replacement Project

The Forest Service is responding to a request for an amendment to the Idaho Power Company(IPC) permits to replace and abandon underground power line from Big Bar, in Hells Canyon on the Snake River, to Silver King Mine near Cuprum Idaho.

East Fork French Creek Road Rehabilitation

This project will address resource impacts by mitigating unauthorized motorized use occurring adjacent to FS 260, including user created routes and dispersed camping issues at three sites.

Golden Meadows Exploration Project

The proposed action would conduct exploration drilling in 24 drill areas within NFS land. Roughly 128 drill pads would be used to conduct drilling activities. Associated activities include access road construction and authorization and rock source.

Krassel Ranger District Developed & Dispersed Site Improvement Project

This project is a phased replacement in kind of site furniture at existing recreation sites. Work will focus on replacement of fire pits, pedestal grills, interpretive kiosks, fee tubes, and vault toilets with new and improved versions.

Lost Cr/Boulder Cr Landscape Restoration Project

Move forest vegetation, fuels / fire conditions toward historical range of variability to reduce wildland fire risk, improve wildlife habitat / watershed conditions, meet Forest Plan direction, by mechanical thinning / harvest and prescribed burning.

Mesa Fire Hazard Tree Abatement

The Mesa Fire burned 16560 acres of NFS lands along 53 miles of open FS roads. Danger trees will be felled to reduce risk to the public. These trees may be utilized as timber products where feasible and management direction allows.

Middle Fork Weiser River Landscape Restoration Project

This project is approximately 50,000 acres and is in the Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Restoration Project area. Opportunities for forest and watershed restoration will be assessed.

Mill Creek - Council Mountain [24]

The project area is approximately 50,000 acres. Vegetation treatments include mechanical, hand, and prescribed burning. Watershed improvements include existing road improvement and road decommissioning. Recreational improvements are also included.

On Hold

Morgan Ridge Exploratory Drilling Plan of Operations

A Plan of Operations is being considered to conduct exploratory drilling for locatable minerals from four drill pads, including six 1500-ft core holes and the use/repair of 3.1 miles of existing routes as temporary road for motorized vehicle access.

Rapid River Trails

Change trail use designation in and crossing Rapid R Wild River Corridor to non-motorized / -mechanized; investigate joining trails designated 2-wheel motorized to the W and E of the Corridor; and 2-wheel motorized access to Lick Cr Lookout.


Buckhorn Slope and Trail Stabilization

Stabilize eroding slopes & trail tread adjacent to Buckhorn Creek that were impacted by the 2010 flood that continues to destabilize sections of old F R404 / Trail #096 and adjacent slopes. 5/9: project cancelled, will focus on trail maintenance only

Commercial Firewood Project

The proposal would harvest approximately 47 acres of trees in the Upper Elkhorn Creek drainage, 52 acres in the Upper Payette river drainage (Cloochman Saddle Area), and 78 acres in the Lake Creek drainage (Nethker Area) of dead trees.

Silver Run Bulk Sampling Project

The proposed action would conduct bulk sampling of a silver deposit in order to evaluate feasibility of long term mining.

Surdam On/Off Range Allotment Management Planning

The purpose of this analysis will determine whether grazing cattle is an acceptable use on this allotment and if so authorize cattle grazing on the allotment.

Project Archive

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