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Quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Forest Service has established a national database for ease in accessing each Forest's Quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions. Follow the link to access the main database and from there select the Payette National Forest. Links to both a PDF file and an HTML version are available.

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Payette National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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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.

Kamp Claims 1-3 Bulk Sampling Project

This is a new bulk sampling project on the Kamp 1-3 Lode Claims. Three areas would be excavated for sampling, processed off site, and then the site would be reclaimed. Existing and temporary roads would be used. Project duration is about 3 months.

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.

Lapaglia Water System Special Use Authorization Reissuance

The Forest Service is considering issuing a new special use authorization for a 20 year term to replace the expiring special use authorization for the Lapaglia domestic water system.

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.

Midvale Telephone extension

Amend an existing Special Use Permit to Midvale Telephone Exchange to add an additional 2,291 feet of copper telephone line that will be buried along the Centerline of Burgdorf Hot Springs Road, FS Road #50480 to an existing Recreation Residence.

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.

Stan Quimby Private Road Access

Issue a new authorization to replace an existing authorization for private road access across National Forest Service System land to private property owned by Stan Quimby. No upgrades or changes to the road are proposed.

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.

Weasel Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

Treat 24,000 acres within the project area with noncommercial thinning and prescribed fire to move vegetation toward conditions that more closely represent historic distribution, structure, and function, thereby improving wildlife forage and habitat.

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.

Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Project

The Proposed Action would implement a range of restoration activities, including route decommissioning/rehabilitation, route designation and improvements, stream crossing improvement, educational improvements, and a Forest Plan Amendment.

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.

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 Salvage and Reforestation Project

The Mesa fire burned 16,560 acres of USFS managed lands. High burn severity was observed primarily within the Cottonwood Creek drainage. Salvage harvest is proposed on 236 acres, including 20 acres of harvest proposed within the outer half of RCAs.

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.