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Salmon-Challis National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

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

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.

Big Creek Vegetation

Implementation of prescribed fire by both hand and aerial techniques over some of the 71,203-acre project area.

BTAC Drilling Project

The Operator proposes to disturb up to a total of 230 acres by constructing 24 miles of temporary roads, 300-400 drill sites, up to 4 drill holes per site and staging in phases spread across ten years.

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.

Colson Creek Road Motorized Access and Restoration

Restore access to the Colson Creek Road by constructing a new segment of Forest System Road that would accommodate full-sized vehicles. New segment would replace temporary ATV trail currently in place.

Idaho Public Television and Teton Communications Site at Grouse Peak

Installation of a backup generator and propane tank at an existing communications site located Grouse Peak.

Lower Dredge Acclimation Pond

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

Mill Creek Fence

Construction of approximately 0.84 miles of barbed wire fence along Mill Creek. The fence will run alongside the 250 road for approximately one-half mile then contour to the nearest steep point to tie the fence off.

Roadside Forest Products

Make available 69 acres of roadside products for permitting.

Salmon-Challis Fuels Reduction and Restoration

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

Salmon-Challis Rock Source Project

Expansion of four existing rock source pits and development of five new rock sources (approximately 90 acres) across the forest to facilitate road maintenance needs.

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.


Restore ecosystem diversity and through increasing forest resiliency to insect and disease agents.

Trail Creek Reroute

Reroute of existing trail to move trail off of private land and onto National Forest System land.

Wino Basin Vegetation Project

Proposed Actions include implementing prescribed fire by both hand and aerial over some of the 17,000 acre project area. Desired fire effects will be a patchy mosaic of burned vegetation including trees, shrubs and grasses across the landscape.

Analysis Completed

Rabbit Creek Mineral Exploration Drilling Project

Revival Gold LLC proposes to conduct mineral exploration drilling on 27 sites, accessing the sites with a helicopter and 6 miles of new, temporary road, and drafting water from Napias Creek.

Salmon-Challis Conifer Encroachment

Project would reduce conifers encroaching into sage steppe greater sage-grouse habitat. The project would authorize approx. 199,500 acres and treat roughly 3,000 acres per year. Trees would be hand felled, lopped, and/or piled for burning.

Stub Creek Bathroom

Construction of bathroom facility at recreation site


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.

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 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.

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.