Nationwide Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) site-- The Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) is published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. It contains a list of proposed actions that will soon begin or are currently undergoing environmental analysis and documentation on the Forest. It provides information so that you can become aware of and indicate your interest in specific proposals. We encourage your early and ongoing involvement in any proposals of interest to you.

Salmon-Challis National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

Developing Proposal

  • Lone Pine Exploration III Project

    Proposal to exploratory drill at 29 drill sites on National Forest System lands near UP & Burlington Patented inholding west of Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

  • Salmon-Challis Forest Plan Revision

    The Salmon-Challis National Forest is revising and updating the 1987 Challis and the 1988 Salmon Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)

Under Analysis

  • Agency Post and Pole

    The Forest proposes to remove live and dead trees on up to 70 acres on the Leadore Ranger District to provide post and pole products while reducing stocking levels in lodgepole pine stands.

  • 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.

  • Bayhorse ProjectV2

    A variety of hazardous fuels reduction treatments over approximately 9,000 acres. Treatment types may include prescribed fire, hand thinning, and may also include commercial and non-commercial forest products.

  • Bia Po'i Naokwaide Aquatic Organism Passage Improvement Project

    Replace two undersized corrugated metal culverts on Bia Po%u2019i Naokwaide with bridges to improve passage for aquatic organisms.

  • Big A Vegetation

    Mechanical and hand treatments to reduce stocking levels, basal area, overstory tree spacing, and stand structure to increase stand resiliency to insects and disease.

  • Brocchini Farms Small Tracts Act

    Convey a 3.5-acre parcel of NFS land that is entirely within a block of private land to the owners under the Small Tracts Act

  • Cabin Cash Road Reroute

    The Forest Service proposes to reroute 600 feet of the Cabin Cash Road to restore road functionality, reduce further erosion, and improve recreational user experience.

  • Copper Wood Post and Pole

    The Forest Proposes to remove live and dead tress on up to 70 acres on the Salmon-Cobalt RD to provide post and pole products while reducing stocking levels in lodgepole pine stand.

  • Darling Creek Vegetation Project

    Implement prescribed fire by both hand and aerial ignition over areas of the 6,210-acre project area

  • Fourth of July Creek Vegetation Management

    Manual and mechanical removal of trees to promote stand health and resiliency to insects and disease

  • Iron Creek Exploration Drilling

    The project proposes exploration drilling from roughly 92 drill pads over a 10 year period.

  • Keystone Boundary Fence

    Construct the Keystone Fence to provide a boundary between the FS and BLM allotments to prevent unauthorized livestock drift between permitted areas

  • Lone Pine Exploration Drilling

    Ounces High Exploration proposes to construct 29 drill sites and less than one mile of temporary road near Bob Moore drainage.

  • Moyer Creek Bridge Installation

    Installation of a bridge on Moyer Creek for stream channel restoration. The existing crossing is degrading designated critical habitat for ESA-listed bull trout, Chinook salmon, and steelhead.

  • Nez Perce National Historic Trail Visitor Use Capacity Analysis

    This analysis identifies the visitor use capacity on National Forest System lands only, on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail to assist in the protection and management of trail resources.

  • Purcell Diversion Special Use Authorization

    Issue a special use permit for a water diversion onto private property. Will include fencing springs and ditch management.

  • Ramey Creek Road Reroute

    Reroute a section of the Ramey Creek Road onto National Forest System Lands to facilitate access to the Ramey Creek Trail

  • Ranch Creek Water Transmission System

    Replace an above-ground 3500-foot pipeline by rerouting to a location that allows for burial of the pipeline. Will take place in two phases over five years.

  • Sawmill Canyon Access and Restoration Project

    Reroute trails away from streams; install three trail bridges on the North Fork of Big Creek to reduce sedimentation; reroute trails or place obstacles and barriers to discourage illegal motorized use; convert non-motorized trail to motorized trail

  • Sheep Creek Vegetation Improvement Project

    Use prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction to improve timber stand health, vigor, and resiliency, as well as improve wildlife habitat.

  • Spring Gulch Prescribed Burn

    1,554-acre prescribed burn to improve forest stand health, riparian aspen expansion, wildlife habitat, and range forage

  • Swan Basin Water Development and Fence Project

    Improve livestock distribution and protect riparian areas with the construction of an off-site water source and modification to existing fences.

  • Upper Canyon Creek Aquatic Organism Passage and Habitat Improvement

    Conduct habitat and aquatic passage enhancement activities, including process-based restoration across six miles and habitat enhancement at three stream crossings

  • West Lemhi Aquatic Organism Passage and Habitat Enhancement

    Conduct habitat improvement actions and address fish passage. Habitat modifications associated with process-based restoration actions will occur in the form of beaver dam analogs, large wood augmentation and post-assisted log structures.

Analysis Completed

  • Breccia Beta Exploration Drilling

    Exploration drilling for locatable minerals on a series of Breccia Gold mining claims.

  • Colson Cobalt-Copper 3

    This project proposes to conduct hard rock, exploration drilling to determine mineral potential adjacent to Long Tom and Colson Creek of the North Fork Ranger District, on National Forest System (NFS) lands open to mineral entry.

  • Gilmore Drilling

    Upon approval of proposed operating plan, authorize Kennecott Exploration Drilling Company (the Operator) to conduct mineral exploration for locatable minerals on the Operator's claims in the project area.

  • Salmon-Challis Fuels Reduction and Restoration

    Forest-wide prescription burning for fuels reduction and habitat restoration.

On Hold

  • Lower Dredge Acclimation Pond

    Modification to lower dredge pond to allow the pond to serve as an acclimation area.


  • Bayhorse Project

    A variety of hazardous fuels reduction treatments over approximately 9,000 acres. Treatment types may include prescribed fire, hand thinning, and pile burning and may also include non-commercial and non-commercial forest products.

  • Bonanza Exploration Drilling

    Exploration drilling of nine holes. Anticipated surface disturbance of less than 1 acre. Water drafting from Big Deer Creek

  • Bonneville Power Administration Windy Devil Annex Communication Site

    Construction of new 80-foot self-supporting tower/structure and attached whip-style antenna, 20X50-foot building, and two 3,000 gallon propane tanks.

  • Hawley Creek- Horseshoe Spring

    The Salmon-Challis National Forest proposes to develop an upland spring source and divert the spring water to a water trough and construct a fence around the spring source in the Big Bear unit of the Hawley Creek allotment.

  • Hoodoo Airstrip Special Use Permit

    The Salmon-Challis National Forest (Salmon-Challis) proposes to issue a special use permit to Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to maintain the Hoodoo Meadows Airstrip and by making other repairs to make the Airstrip functional.

  • Lee to Cove

    The USDA Forest Service is proposing to authorize livestock grazing through issuance of a ten year term grazing permit on six allotments.

  • Lost River Small Batch Fences

    Project proposes to construct three segments of fence totaling 0.9 miles and installing three cattleguards on Forest roads to better manage livestock in the North Fork of the Big Lost River on the Wildhorse C&H Allotment.

  • Lower Cabin Creek-Mine Canyon Fence

    Install 2 sections, approximately 1 mile, of 3 strand electric fence along Cabin Creek on the Copper Basin Allotment. Adding these fences will create a small riparian pasture that will be used on a limited basis.

  • Moyer Administrative Site SUP

    Application received for Formation Capital Corporation, U.S. to use the Moyer Administrative Site in support of the Idaho Cobalt Project.

  • Moyer Special Use Permit

    Formation Capital Corporation U.S. (FCC), Salmon, Idaho submitted a Special Use Application to the Salmon-Challis National Forest for the use of the Moyer Administrative Site (Moyer) for employee housing.

  • North Zone Planting and Wildfire Restoration Project

    Natural regeneration and hand planting across 34,509 acres that experienced stand-replacing fire.

  • North Zone Vegetation Improvement

    Conduct a variety of vegetation enhancement treatments across the North Zone of Forest including whitebark and aspen restoration, fuels reduction, and prescribed fire.

  • Road/Ramey Fence Relocation

    Relocate 0.1 miles of fence on the Boone Creek C&H grazing allotment, between the Road Creek and Ramey Creek units.The need for this project is to improve the distribution of livestock use in the Road Creek unit.

  • Stormy

    Restore ecosystem diversity through increasing forest resiliency to insect and disease agents. Using a combination of manual and mechanical treatments and prescribed fire designed to reduce stand densities.

  • Sweet Repose Drilling Exploration Project

    Utah Mineral Resources, LLC proposes conduct hard rock, drilling of up to 10 drill sites and reopening 1> mile of previously reclaimed exploration road.

  • Twelvemile Allotment Spring Developments

    The Salmon-Challis National Forest proposes to develop two upland spring sources on the Twelvemile allotment and divert the spring water to two troughs.

Project Archive

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