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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.

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Developing Proposal

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.

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

Alder Creek Fence

Installation of cattle guard and fence to improve livestock distribution on a grazing allotment.

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 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 Drilling

Minimize adverse environmental impact to surface resources by regulating the functions, work, and activities connected with the operators plan to explore locatable minerals on National Forest System lands.

Bonanza Flat Timber Stand Improvement

Precommercial thinning of lodgepole pine as part of continued rotational activities to keep the stand on track to reach culmination.

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.

Breccia Project

The Breccia Project proposes a gold drilling and exploration operation.

Gilmore Water Tank

Install a 10,000 gallon water holding tank along the Gilmore pipeline near the water trough. Tank would be buried adjacent to the road above the trough.

IV Spring Exclosure Fence (MCPB 4th Spring)

The Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District is proposing to construct an exclosure fence approximately 4.5 acres in size around Fourth Spring within Unit 1 of the Morgan Creek-Prairie Basin Allotment

Panther Creek Habitat Enhancement Phase 2

Phase II of a multi-phased project to address limiting factors for fish habitat in a low-gradient meandering stretch of Panther Creek. Installation of in-stream structures to improve habitat and hydraulics and collection of trees for restoration work

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.

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.

Wet Creek Bull Trout Protection Project

Install small barrier in Wet Creek to prevent invasive brook trout from moving upstream into bull trout habitat.

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

Retrack Placer Project

Doloughan Construction LLC proposes to placer up to 29 acres for gold in the Napias Creek area of the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District on National Forest System (NFS) lands under open to mineral entry the 1872 Mining Law, as amended.

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.

South Big Lost River Restoration

Use prescribed burn to restore historic timber stand structure characteristics to increase resiliency to disturbances such as insect infestations, disease, and fire.


Bonanza Exploration Drilling

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

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 totalling 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.

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.