Quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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 Payette National Forest.  

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Payette National Forest Project Spotlights

All Current and Recent Projects

Developing Proposal

  • Big Creek Water Systems Upgrades

    The PNF is proposing to upgrade water system infrastructure at the Big Creek Work Center including irrigation systems, water tanks, and stream flow measuring flumes. These upgrades will improve irrigation and provide potable water.

Under Analysis

  • Big Creek Airstrip Maintenance Building Replacement/Upgrade

    The State of Idaho, Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics is requesting to replace a decaying shed at the Big Creek Airstrip.

  • East Branch Weiser River Tributary Culvert Replacement

    Removal of a 3-foot round culvert on FS 50577 on an unnamed tributary of the East Branch of the Weiser River and replacement with a 12-foot wide open-bottomed, concrete box structure to provide aquatic organism passage and fish habitat connectivity.

  • East Fork South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan

    This project will define the minimum necessary road system and provide motorized vehicle use and dispersed recreation opportunities; and update the Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map accordingly.

  • Five Corners Restroom Accessible Ramp and Runoff Management

    Construct an accessible concrete ramp to a restroom and add drainage features to control intermittent water infiltration around concrete structures of the facility.

  • Garnet Creek Exploration Drilling

    Advance Metals proposes to complete drilling exploration core holes at 10 sites along open roads and on several existing closed routes.

  • Granite Goose Landscape Restoration Project

    The Granite Goose Landscape Restoration Project is a landscape scale effort to improve conditions across multiple resource areas including vegetation, watersheds, roads, and recreation.

  • Halls Gulch Road Decommissioning

    Decommissioning of approximately 1 mile of the unauthorized road (#503701010 and #503701012) that extends beyond the private land near the Lucky Ben Mine

  • Limestone Range Improvements

    Maintenance or re-construction of three existing range improvement projects in the Limestone C&H Allotment to provide a clean and reliable water source and to aid in livestock distribution.

  • Mann Creek Corridor Small Campground Restroom Replacement

    Replace restroom facilities at Kiwanis and Justrite-Paradise campgrounds.

  • Middle Fork Weiser River Range Improvements

    Maintenance or re-construction of fourteen existing spring developments within the Council Mountain and Indian Mountain C&H allotments.

  • Morgan Road Access

    Issuance of a special use permit for an existing road for private land access.

  • Payette National Forest Resilience and Fuels Reduction Prescribed Fire Project

    The proposed project would authorize prescribed burns across the Forest every year to restore health and resiliency to vegetation communities on the Payette National Forest.

  • Pony Creek Water Diversions Permits

    Issuance of three special use permits for existing water diversions on Pony Creek.

  • Profile Creek Culvert Replacement

    Replace a culvert at Profile Creek on Profile Gap Road NFSR # 340 with a 90' bridge for aquatic organism passage through an agreement with Valley County.

  • Railroad Saddle Forest Restoration Project

    Project aims to move vegetation and soil/water/riparian/aquatic resources towards desired conditions in the forest plan, as well as provide forest timber products.

  • Secesh Private Road Access

    Short single lane access road of about 12 feet in length from FH-21 (Warren Wagon Road) across NFS land to Private property.

  • 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.

  • Stibnite Gold Project 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.

  • West Pine Brownlee Range Improvements

    Maintenance or re-construction of 25 existing range improvement projects in the West Pine/Brownlee C&H Allotment to provide a clean and reliable water source and to aid in livestock distribution.

Analysis Completed

  • Cold July Forest Restoration Project

    Improve the health of forest stands to increase insect & disease resiliency; reduce tree densities & fuel loadings to result in less intense fire behavior & facilitate effective wildland fire response; enhance NIDGS & white-headed woodpecker habitat.

  • 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.

  • New Meadows Ranger District Campgrounds Deferred Maintenance

    Complete deferred maintenance tasks on constructed features at the Cold Springs, Grouse, Hazard Lake and Last Chance campgrounds. Constructed features include picnic tables, fire rings, site marker posts, fee tubes, signs, vault toilets, and kiosks.

  • Rapid River Travel Management

    We propose this project to review the designated use of sections of National Forest System trails 177, 183, 184, 187, 188, and 362 within and immediately adjacent to the Rapid River Wild River corridor and to update the forest's MVUM accordingly.

  • St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations

    Respond to a 10-yr plan to mine 37,000 CY of ultrapotassic rock from 5 acres of unpatented mining claims on NFS lands and determine need for any reasonable changes or additions to meet requirements of 36 CFR 228A, prior to approval.

On Hold

  • Evergreen Pond

    Install a pipe in an existing pond that will be used to fill a water tank and build a let down fence to around the pond to exclude livestock.

  • Price Valley Work Center Operations Building Construction and Site Upgrades

    Construct a new operations building, remove three existing buildings, construct RV pads, and pave the entrance road.


  • Aquatic Organism Passage Management Project

    The New Meadows District on the Payette National Forest proposes to replace 13 road-stream crossings that have been identified in the Lost Creek and Upper West Fork Weiser River subwatersheds.

  • 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.

  • Forrey Water Diversion

    Authorization to install, use & maintain a diversion from Fritser Creek & 1,300 /- feet of gravity-fed piping to convey water under an existing State water right for domestic use, irrigation & stockwatering on private lands.

  • Goose Creek Water System

    Bury a 250 foot section of waterline to support a special use permit.

  • Granite Meadows

    This is the fifth project within the forest's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The project includes vegetation, watershed, transportation, and recreation management activities.

  • Indian Creek Water System

    The proposal includes a request for a permit for a water system and access to the water system by a two-track road. The proposal also includes maintenance as needed to the water system and access road.

  • Lost Ant Recreation Management Project

    We propose this project to enhance recreation opportunities in the Boulder Creek watershed and in the vicinity of Lost Valley Reservoir with an emphasis on improving current trails and trailhead parking and developing new trail opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Pollock Mountain Lookout Foundation Replacement

    Replace the existing foundation on the lookout in order to preserve the building.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Project Archive

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