The Sawtooth National Forest is seeking public comment on proposed projects for which the Forest is seeking grants from the State of Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).  Each year the State of Idaho provides funding for public land agencies through a grant application process.  These State funds are raised through the sale of a variety of boating, recreation, and off-road vehicle stickers.  Agencies applying for IDPR grants are required to provide matching funds or in-kind contributions.  The Forest Service would appreciate your comments or feedback on the grant proposals listed below.  To be most helpful, comments should be submitted by January 16, 2020.  Please contact the individual listed below to comment on specific projects; the proposed project is listed below by location:

Location: Minidoka Ranger District

Project: Thompson Flat Campground RV Enhancement Project: This grant will be used to replace fence around the Thompson Flat and Twin Lakes Campgrounds. The goal of this project is to exclude livestock from the camping areas to create a more enjoyable camping experience. The current fence has sustained significant damage over several years due to the heavy snow load at high elevation. The design of the fence replacement will feature a three rail steel jack fence which should require less maintenance and have a much longer life expectancy.

Contact: Jace Stott (208)677-8290, via emailat   jace.stott@usda.gov   or by mail to Minidoka Ranger District, 2306 Hiland Avenue, Burley, ID  83318.

 

LOCATION: Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Project:  Off-Road Motor Vehicle Fund: Funds will be requested to assist in the purchase of a Motorcycle. The equipment will be requested and utilized by the Law Enforcement and Investigations branch of the Sawtoooth National Forest. The current equipment is used frequently.   Equipment will be used as part of the general patrol of the Sawtooth National Forest, including education, search and rescue, and enforcement of laws and regulations on the forest. Law Enforcement and Investigations will utilize the equipment to improve the visitor experience while on the forest, mitigate public health and safety hazards as well as assist in emergency and search and rescue situations.

Contact:  Greg Stuart, 208-774-3035 via email at Greg.Stuart@USDA.gov or by mail to Stanley Ranger Station HC 64, Box 9900, Stanley, ID 83278.

 

LOCATION: Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Project: 2021 ORMV Grand Prize Boardwalk and Heavy Maintenance: Motorized Trail Projects (ORMV) funds will be requested to address heavy maintenance needs on 90 miles of motorbike trails located on SNRA. Work will also involve building 25 feet of puncheon boardwalk over a perineal stream on the Grand Prize trail #112. Other work will involve removing trees and other obstructions, brushing, improving drainage, repairing trail tread, signing, and other repairs and improvements tomotorized trails on the SNRA.

Contact: Kent May 208-727-5011, via email at kent.may@usda.govor by mail to Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 5 North Fork Canyon Road, Ketchum, ID 83340.

LOCATION:  Ketchum Ranger District

PROJECT:  Ketchum Ranger District Trail Maintenance 2021- Recreation Trails Program, (RTP Grant).  This project will fund trail maintenance on 173 miles of the 400 miles of motorized and non-motorized trails on the Ketchum Ranger District. Trail work will mitigate resource damage, address safety concerns and enhance trail opportunities.

Contact: Zach Poff zachary.poff@usda.gov (208) 622-0087 or Renee Catherin renee.catherin@usda.gov (208) 622 0096 or by mail to Ketchum Ranger District, P.O. Box 2356, Ketchum, ID 83353.

            

LOCATION:  Ketchum Ranger District

PROJECT:  Rooks Creek Trail Restoration Project - Off Road Motor Vehicle Fund (ORMV). This grant will be used to restore Rooks Creek Trail (#145) that was compromised after exceptionally heavy rain and avalanche events following the Beaver Creek Fire. Once restored, Rooks Creek Trail will reopen a loop option from the Osberg Ridgeline Trail to Warm Springs Road.

Contact: Zach Poff zachary.poff@usda.gov (208) 622-0087 or Renee Catherin renee.catherin@usda.gov (208) 622 0096 or by mail to Ketchum Ranger District, P.O. Box 2356, Ketchum, ID 83353.

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