Quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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Payette National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Burgdorf Guard Station Septic Replacement

Remove existing septic, replace with a new tank and drain field adjacent to existing system within the boundaries of the administrative site.

Council Mountain and Indian Mountain C & H Allotments Range Improvements

The proposed action for this project is the maintenance or re-construction of eleven existing spring developments and seven existing ponds within the Council Mountain and Indian Mountain Cattle & Horse Allotments on the Council Ranger District.

Midvale Telephone Fiber Optic Cable Installation

Fiber optic cable would replace approximately 12 miles (6.6 miles on NFS lands) of copper line from Burgdorf to Secesh Meadows in a designated utility corridor and road right of way.

Rugged Ridge Outfitter Assigned Camps

Amend an existing outfitted hunting permit to revise existing campsite designations and authorize additional sites and temporary camps.

St. Helens Mine Plan of Operations

Respond to a plan to mine 35,000 CY of volcanic rock/clay from appx 2.6 acres on unpatented mining claims on NFS lands and determine need for reasonable changes/additions to meet requirements of 36 CFR 228A, prior to approval.

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.

Brush Mountain Ecosystem Maintenance Burn

Project is proposed to enhance wildlife habitat and forest stand structure and resiliency in portions of the Lower Little Salmon River, Middle Little Salmon River, Upper Little Salmon River, and Beaver Creek-Weiser River watersheds.

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.

McCall Ranger District 2021 Trail Reroutes

Improve Willow Basket Creek Trail #142 & Bear Pete Trail #142 to reduce impacts to hydrologic resources by constructing a total of appx. 1.1 mile of new, more stable, trail & obliterating 0.5 miles of existing, saturated & oversteep, trail.

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 Ecosystem Maintenance Burn

To improve or maintain wildlife habitat and move forest stands toward desired conditions described in the forest plan through prescribed fire and thinning.

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.

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.

South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan

This project will address both restoration and public & 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 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.

Analysis Completed

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.

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.

On Hold

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.


Brundage Lookout Erosion Rehabilitation

Installation of barriers to motorized travel off designated roads and trails, decompaction, recontouring, and revegetation of impacted areas.

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.

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.

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.