The Sawtooth National Forest is providing an opportunity to comment on an intended administrative change to the plan monitoring program in the Sawtooth National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Sawtooth Forest Plan).  The intended change will modify the current plan monitoring program to be consistent with the plan monitoring program requirements in the 2012 Planning Rule found in Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(a). As required by Title 36 CFR Section 219.12(c), all forest plan monitoring programs must conform to the requirements of the 2012 planning rule by May 9, 2016.  


Draft of Sawtooth National Forest Monitoring Plan

Monitoring Plan Public Notice & Comment Letter

2016 June 01 – Forest Plan Monitoring Administrative Changes - Decision

2016 June 01 – Forest Plan Implementation Direction

Sawtooth National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Robber Gulch Exploration

Ridgeline Exploration Services Inc. is submitting a Plan of Operations to conduct minerals exploration drilling activities for a period of up to one year after disturbance is initiated, resulting in up to 1.3 acres of surface disturbance.

Under Analysis

Alturas-Pettit Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project

Project designed to reduce risk of wildfire to improvements and infrastructure, to improve forest health, and increase the ability of forest and sagebrush meadow ecosystems to resist and recover from disturbance like wildfire and insect outbreaks.

Amendments to Land Management Plans Regarding Sage-grouse Conservation

The Forest Service is considering amending its land management plans to address new and evolving issues arising since implementing sage-grouse plans in 2015. This project is in cooperation with the USDI Bureau of Land Management.

Badger Fire Post Fire Management Programmatic EA

programmatic EA for management actions requiring NEPA analysis post fire.

Outfitter and Guide Management Plan

The Sawtooth NRA is developing a unit-wide, land-based outfitter and guide management plan as a means to streamline the processing of outfitter and guide proposals and provide consistent administration of outfitter and guide permits.

Prescribed Fire for Restoration and Hazardous Fuels Project

The proposed project would authorize multiple prescribed burns across the Forest every year (from 10 to 10,000 acres each), as well as associated actions, to restore health and resiliency to vegetation communities on the Sawtooth National Forest.

Redfish Recreation Complex Trails and Trailheads

Develop a 2-mile fully accessible, multi-purpose, non-motorized, public trail from the Redfish entry station to Redfish Lake within the popular Redfish Lake Recreation Complex.

South Hills (Cassia Division) Seasonal Closure Project

This project is to remove the Winecup seasonal closures and replace them with other routes that would be seasonally closed. Routes selected for the new seasonal closures would be selected after public scoping and outreach.

Analysis Completed

Bald Mountain Stewardship

The Forest Service is proposing treatments on Bald Mtn. Ski Area to remove dead and infected trees, thin stands to promote forest health and plant trees in areas where there are insufficient natural seed sources.

Black Pine Exploration Drilling Expansion

The Sawtooth National Forest (Forest Service) has received a proposal from Pilot Gold (USA)(Pilot) to expand mineral exploration drilling operations within their project area at the former Black Pine mine site.

Faulkner Group 1 Allotment Analysis

Analysis of domestic sheep grazing on six allotments on the Fairfield Ranger District.


Boulder Mountain Tour Special Use Permit Issuance

Proposal to issue a 5-year Recreation Event special use permit re-authorizing the annual Boulder Mountain Tour Ski Race for a new term with no changes to the existing permit.

BSM Barite Exploration Project

Exploration for mineralization by constructing 16 drill pads and drilling 22 core and reverse circulation holes on their claims on National Forest during the exploration period. Reconstruction of a collapsed adit.

Champion Fish Screens (2) Special Use Permit

Proposal to issue a 20 year special use permit for continued use of two fish screens with access across National Forest System lands on a total of 0.50 acres.

Commercial Film Permit Issuance

Proposal to issue a 5-year special use permit re-authorizing commercial video and still photography on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Ketchum Ranger District for a new term with no changes to the existing permit.

Eves Gulch - Fox Peak Connector Trail

This project would connect the top of Eve Gulch Tr. 146 to the Osberg Ridgeline Tr. 147 just east of Fox Peak. The proposed singletrack trail would be open to mountain bikes, equestrians and foot traffic only. Closed to all motorized use.

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Road and Trail Access Special Use Permit

This project is being canceled due to workload capacity. Analyze a special use permit for both road and trail access to the ranch.

Magic Mountain Boundary Change

This project involves changing the boundary to include previously used areas that are outside of the official map boundary of the ski area, the boundary change is approximately 2.5 acres and replacement of the existing lift.

Outfitting and Guiding Special Use Permit for Predator Hunting

Issue a special use permit to outfit and guide bear and cougar hunting, bear and cougar photography and dog training.

Recreation Residence Improvement Project Thompson Flat Tract #5

No decision will be issued for this project; therefore, the project will be removed from the SOPA.

Shake Creek Mineral Exploration

Plan of operations for one season (July to November 2018) of hand and bulk sampling of mineralized material from an existing underground adit on an unpatented mining claim. Previous sampling occurred at the site in 2012.

Soldier Creek Recreation Improvements

Trailhead improvements (parking area, toilet, etc.) at Free Gold and North/South Forks Soldier Creek Trailheads. Expansion of the Couch Summit Snowmobile Parking area, new trail connecting it with Soldier Creek trailhead, and construct a warming hut.

Stanley Basin, Alpine Way, & Goat Creek Allotments Analysis

This project is canceled and will no longer appear on the SOPA.

Project Archive

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