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

Outfitter and Guide Program Management

The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the type, amount, location, and timing of outfitter/guide services needed on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and how that need supports agency objectives and management plans.

Under Analysis

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.

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 Hills Habitat Restoration Project

The Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District is proposing a 12,927 acre prescribed fire project to restore mountain brush communities, aspen stands and mixed conifer communities.

Cave Canyon Fuelwood

To allow removal of standing and down dead trees in the Cave Canyon Fire area to provide public fuelwood. The proposed areas for public fuelwood removal are located outside of the current allowable personal use fuelwood gathering areas.

CenturyLink Fiber Optic

CenturyLink has an installation request for a residential customer approximately 7.5 miles west of the city limits of Ketchum, Idaho. If the installation occurs, other individuals along Warm Springs Rd would have the option to upgrade to fiber optic.

Faulkner Group 1 Allotment Analysis

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

Grandjean Vegetation Management Project

Use a mix of silvicultural methods and prescribed fire to restore and maintain Ponderosa pine communities. Reduce fuel loading and potential for uncharacteristic fire behavior. Provide for sustainable recreation opportunities in the Grandjean area.

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.

Pettit Lake Creek Weir

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall have requested authorization from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to construct a weir fish trap to replace the existing, inadequate weir that was build in 1995, along with a 20 year special use permit.

Pioneer Yurt Summer Use

The Ketchum District proposes to amend a special use permit, which would authorize summer use of the Pioneer Yurt in the Hyndman Basin. Sun Valley Trekking seeks to allow access to the yurt & facilities year round for rental parties.

Raft River Riparian and Meadow Restoration Project

The Sawtooth National Forest, Minidoka Ranger District (MRD), is proposing multiple range water developments and fencing projects to improve aspen stands and improve riparian conditions.

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.

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.

South Fork Boise River Road Relocation

Relocate or rebuild Forest Road 227 at the large Bowns Washout in order to reconnect the road between Big Smoky and Featherville.

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.

Warm Springs Creek Trail Relocations and Trailhead Construction

Proposal to construct a small trailhead facility at the north terminus of the Warm Springs Creek Trail on the Robinson Bar Ranch Road, as well as several short trail relocations in Warm Springs Meadow and along Warm Springs Creek.

Analysis Completed

Boise & Sawtooth Forest-wide Invasive Plant Species Treatments

Analyze and disclose the effects of treating invasive and noxious weeds forest-wide on the Boise & Sawtooth National Forests.


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.

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.

Stanley Basin, Alpine Way, & Goat Creek Allotments Analysis

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

Project Archive

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