Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
- R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Grand Valley Ranger District
- Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Gunnison Ranger District
- Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Norwood Ranger District
- Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Ouray Ranger District
- Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Paonia Ranger District


Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@fs.fed.us
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30630
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Ashley National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Dawes, Daggett, Uintah, Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aspen-Sopris Ranger District Five Year Recreation Event Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/05/2016
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Hillary Santana
970-945-3202
hsantana@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of five year recreation event permits to authorize 11 recreation events to operate on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Events have been authorized in prior years under temporary permits. Events are running, mountain bike, jeep, and ski.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48649
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District, West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Pitkin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Events will occur within the Aspen-Sopris and Gunnison Ranger Districts (see individual event maps).
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Visitor Use Plan
EA
- Special area management Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Martha Moran
970-945-3312
mmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: In response to ongoing resource issues and in conformance with the 2002 Forest Plan, the Visitor Use Management Plan addresses implementation strategies to allocate numbers of overnight groups based on the wilderness areas visitor carrying capacity.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49388
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District, West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Pitkin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado
Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Improvement Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
11/03/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. is proposing to rebuild the existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone 115-kV transmission line to operate at 230-kV. The BLM is the lead agency and the Forest Service is a cooperating agency.
Web Link: http://blm.gov/dvld
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District, Ouray Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Dolores, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing Tri-State transmission corridor on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnsion and San Juan National Forests, Southwestern Distrct Bureau of Land Management and private lands.
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Oil and Gas Leasing Revision
EIS
- Minerals and Geology
- Land management planning
Cancelled N/A N/A Ryan Taylor
970-527-4131
rztaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: Revise 1993 Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing EIS decision to address changed conditions, revised leasing stipulations, and land availability.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33481
Location: UNIT - Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel. Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Qwest Phone Lines
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/15/2012
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Jason Armbruster
970-874-6675
jasonmarmbruster@fs.fed.us
Description: Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32095
Location: UNIT - Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Miguel. LEGAL - Not Applicable Grand Mesa NF, Gunnison NF, Uncompaghre NF.
Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/05/2016
07/2016 Samantha Staley
970-874-6666
samanthajstaley@fs.fed.us
Description: 7/5/16 - Final Decision signed. To stay involved and informed of implementation activities, see the SBEADMR IMPLEMENTATION WEBSITE (currently under construction): http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=fseprd497061
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=fseprd497061
Location: UNIT - Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Miguel. LEGAL - Not Applicable A maximum of 120,000 acres of commercial and noncommercial treatments are proposed within defined Priority Treatment Areas(PTAs); PTAs comprise a maximum of 207,600 acres in the Agency Preferred Alt.
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Grand Valley Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Axia Energy II, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2015
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 10/2016 04/2017 Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us
Description: Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46118
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Sections 16-18, T. 9 S., R. 92 W., and Section 12, T. 9 S., R. 93 W., 6th P.M. Sections 16-18, T. 9 S., R. 92 W., and Section 12, T. 9 S., R. 93 W., 6th P.M.
Bonham Winter Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us
Description: Project involves the improvement and/or possible relocation of the Bonham Winter Trailhead to increase parking, improve traffic flow and address safety concerns.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49067
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T.10S., R.94Wl, Section 31 Project is located on the north side of the Grand Mesa National Forest off of the Trickle Park Road, FDR#121, approximately 1/8 mile above (south) of the Forest Boundary
Cold Springs Ranger Station Improvement
CE
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 06/2017 Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us
Description: Project is to make improvements and repairs on buildings and infrastructure associated with the Cold Springs Ranger Station. Project involves upgrading the water system, installation of a solar system and a variety of maintenance items on cabins.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49062
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T.51N, R.16W., Section 32 Uncompahgre National Forest, Grand Valley Ranger District
Collbran Development, Inc., Sewer Line Special Use Permit
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A William Edwards
520-364-6811
waedwards@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of a special use permit for an existing sewer line crossing the Collbran Job Corps Center lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43510
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Section 34, T. 9 S., R. 95 W., 6th P.M. Collbran Job Corps Center, Collbran, Colorado
Colorado Public Broadcasting Communication Use Lease Amendment
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Service proposed to amend the existing communications use lease held by Colorado Public Broadcasting to allow installation of a propane tank and back up generator at the Mesa Point Communications Site.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48239
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Section 34, T. 13 S., R. 97 W., 6th P.M. Mesa Point Communication Site
Enlargement of Monument No. 1 and Hunter Reservoirs
EIS
- Special use management In Progress
FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/26/2005
Expected: 10/2016 05/2017 Matthew Dare
970-874-6651
mdare@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=9127
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Section 27, T.11S., R.93W, 6th P.M. Approximately 11 miles south of Vega Reservoir
Gateway Canyon Resort-Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us
Description: Gateway Canyons Resort has requested a priority use permit to conduct outfitter and guide trips on specific Forest system roads and trails on the Uncompahgre National Forest. Commercial activities proposed are day hikes, fishing and jeep tours.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49061
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa, Montrose. LEGAL - Sixth M. 15S, R102W, Section 7 Uncompahgre National Forest
Grand Valley Ranger District-Fence Projects
CE
- Grazing management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Monica Klingler
970-487-3535
maklingler@fs.fed.us
Description: 5.25 miles of fence will be constructed in 3 different locations on the Uncompahgre and Grand Mesa to improve grazing management and /or reduce recreational conflicts. Cattle guards will be installed at fence crossings on ATV trails and roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49082
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - #1)Section 19, T51N, R 17W, & Sections 13&24, T51N, R18W. #2)Sections 9&16, T12S, R95W. #3) Section 25, T9S, R92W, Sections 30&31, T9S, R91W, Section 6, T10S, R91W Fence 1-Blue Creek Allotment on the Uncompahgre; Fence 2-Ward Creek Allotment on the Grand Mesa; Fence 3-Buzzard Allotment on the Grand Mesa.
Greenwood Trail Re-route
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/02/2015
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail construction & repair. Due to high water existing trail has become difficult to negotiate; ATV users have become stuck and have attempted to find a different route. Vegetated areas have suffered damage and denuded areas have caused water issues
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48930
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Lat 38deg 59' 30" N Long 108deg 03' 46" W Grand Mesa National Forest, re-route is along the Greenwood trail between Little Battlement Lake and the intersection of Greenwood trail and the north end of the Bull & Brown trail.
La Fair Habitat Improvement, Fuels Reduction, and Timber Enhancement Project
CE
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Eric Freels
970-263-5828
erickfreels@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will treat vegetation with machine mastication and prescribed fire. This will improve wildlife habitat and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48398
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T 50N, 51N, R 100W and 101W Sections 36, 31, 32, 33, 34, 11, 12, 7, 8, 10, 15, 14, 13, 17, 16, 19, 20, 21 The project is located on the North Uncompahgre Plateau, on the Grand Valley Ranger District, GMUG National Forest.
North Uncompahgre Trail Development
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Grand Valley Ranger District has received a proposal, including a map of proposed routes, from the Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle club to add trail routes on the North End of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40778
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. Project location will be on the Northern part of the Uncompahgre National Forest, Grand Valley Ranger District.
Pine Mountain Fence
CE
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Mike Surber
970-242-8211
msurber@fs.fed.us
Description: Pine Mountain Fence: Proposes to authorize construction of 1.0 miles of range fence for livestock management purposes on the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31256
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T51N, R102W, Sections 19 and 24, New Mexico PM Uncompahgre National Forest
Western Anglers - Outfitter and Guide Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to offer summer commercial outfitter and guide services on the Grand Mesa National Forest. The proponent has identified summer fly-fishing trips on specific lakes and streams (Bull Creek, Granby Reservoirs, Young's Lake, Leon Creek)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49454
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - 6th Principle Meridian, T 12S, R 95W, Section 20 Grand Mesa National Forest - Bull Creek ?Reservoir, Granby Reservoir, Young's Creek reservoir, Leon Creek
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Gunnison Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baxter Gulch Trail #565
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/08/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is part of a Public Lands/Private Lands partnership to reconstruct the old Baxter Gulch trail from near the town of Crested Butte to an intersection with the Carbon Trail #436.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48747
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 15, 21, and 22, T14S R86W Approximately two miles south of Crested Butte, Colorado.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements
EIS
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/05/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 11/2017 06/2018 Aaron Drendel
719-657-6019
adrendel@fs.fed.us
Description: CBMR has formally requested site-specific review and analysis under NEPA procedures for elements of the Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Forest Service in 2013. See item 23 for more information.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46904
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T13S, R86W, Sec 29, 30, 31, 25, 36 Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Cunningham Ditch Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2016
Expected: 11/2016 05/2017 Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruction of Cunningham Ditch will consist of relocating the ditch's head gate, reestablishing flow through a slightly altered ditch location, piping through spots to allow continuous flow and cleaning and clearing existing ditch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44841
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - NW 1/4, Sec 11, T51N, R2W, NMPM Approx 12 miles northwest of Gunnison off NFSR 727
Divide Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/30/2015
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Drew Stroberg
970-642-4445
dstroberg@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48086
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Section 12, Township 44 North, Range 2 East, and Section 7, Township 44 North, Range 3 East, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Saguache County, Colorado. Project is located along Forest Road 787 just north of the Continental Divide approximately 34 air miles south of Gunnison, Colorado.
Henkel Trust - Access Road (from CR 763)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/04/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Application for access to private land over existing driveway connecting to CR 763.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48726
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - A tract of land adjoining the Kimberly Placer, U.S. Mineral Survey No. 8170 A.M. and being also within the W1/2 of Section 16, Township 50 North, Range 4 East, N.M.P.M., Gunnison County, Colorado. W1/2 Section 16, T50N, R4E, N.M.P.M., Gunnison County, Colorado.
Iron Fen Restoration / Kebler Pass Road Repair
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Beth Anderson
970-874-6656
bethaanderson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will work to restore the ground-water and surface flow hydrology and native vegetation of a portion of the Mt. Emmons Iron Fen that has been impaired by reopening and extending a ditch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48440
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - NW1/4 SE1/4 of Sec 6 T14S R86W, 6thPM The project is located on the Gunnison Ranger District in Gunnsion County, Colorado. The site is 4 miles above the town of Crested Butte on Kebler Pass Road.
Jobe Road Easement Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue expired Private Road Easement to Hutch Jobe, son of prior easement holder John Jobe.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48075
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T51N. R4E. NMPM N 1/2 SE 1/4 Cumberland Pass, CO Quad Near Cumberland Pass
Lang - Road SUP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/06/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Bennie South
970-642-4412
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit for use of existing Forest Service roads for access to private land. Approximately 1170 feet in length and 30 feet wide on NFSR 765 and 765.3G.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49874
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T50N, R4E, NMPM, Sec. 10:NE 1/4 NFSR 765 and NFSR 765.3G at legal location named above.
Mt. Emmons Mining Company Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/16/2015
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize use of an existing roadway on National Forest System lands for access to ranch facilities on private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47419
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado, T. 15 S., R. 85 W., sec. 21. Existing road between the upper and lower portions of the Alkali Creek Ranch, approximately 10 miles north of Gunnison.
North Butte Allotment Fence Construction
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/30/2015
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Daniel Perez
970-641-0471 x4410
dlperez@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action entails constructing 0.85 miles of fence within the North Butte Allotment, tentatively during the summer of 2016. The fence will be a laydown structure in conjunction with following wildlife friendly specifications.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48378
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 19, T13S, R85W Roughly 25 miles north of Gunnison, CO directly to the east of Crested Butte.
Ohio City - Pitkin Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Pat Medina
970-641-0471
pmedina@fs.fed.us
Description: The addition of a 31 acre unit to a previous Ohio City - Pitkin Fuels Reduction analysis--creating a fuel break. Treatment of the unit will include: thin ladder fuels below 6 ft., remove trees under 8 in. in diameter, and pile/burn all cut material.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48917
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 6, T50N, R4E Approximately 30 miles northeast of Gunnison, Colorado.
Pearson (Dennis) - Existing Road NFSR 764
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/18/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Application for access over existing two-track road. NFSR 764.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48725
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T15S, R82W, sections 3 and 4. T15S, R82W, sections 3 and 4.
Pitkin Travel Proposal
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
12/10/2015
Expected: 02/2017 06/2017 John Murphy
719-852-6221
jrmurphy@fs.fed.us
Description: Pitkin Trail Advocates have submitted a proposal to revisit 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management decision regarding specific routes near Pitkin, Colorado.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47149
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T 50 N, R 4 and 5 E and T 49 N, R 3 E, NMPM Pitkin Colorado Area
Porter Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing a spring development and approximately 453 feet of water transmission line. The waterline delivers domestic water to the permittee's private property along Tomichi Creek near Whitepine.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46627
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - NE1/4, SW1/4 Sec 26, T50N, R5E, NMPM Approximately 1 mile NE of Whitepine.
Taylor Park Silvicultural CE
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
05/01/2015
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Pamela King
970-642-4401
prking@fs.fed.us
Description: Precommercial and commercial thinning, and sanitation of dwarf mistletoe infested lodgepole pine stands to maintain acceptable growth rates and stand health on up to 250 acres. Project is in Taylor Park between Cottonwood Pass Road and Willow Crk.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46714
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sections 11-14, 23-24 of T.14S, R82W, and Sections 18 and 19 of T.14S, R81W, 6th PM, Gunnison County, Colorado. Taylor Park
Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/05/2013
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Bennie South
970-641-0471
bsouth@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42492
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T51N R1E Sec 20, 21, 29, 30 and 31 Crested Butte
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Norwood Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ilium Valley Power Line Upgrade
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will bury 4 of the existing overhead 24.9kV distribution wires which will connect the Sunshine and Telluride substations. The buried power line will provide a redundant source of electricity to the surrounding communities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49703
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T42N, R9W, Secs. 19, 18 & 6 and T43N, R9W, Secs. 31 & 32. Ilium Valley located southwest of Telluride, CO.
Priest Lake Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Matthew Dare
970-874-6651
mdare@fs.fed.us
Description: Priest Lake Dam Reconstruction
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31809
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - T41N R9W Sec. 8 NE1/4 Located approximately 15 miles south of Telluride, CO along Forest Service Road # 628
Swamp Canyon Road Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue Special Use road permit for motorized access on an exiting road and trail in Swamp Canyon
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38510
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - NMPM, T.42N., R.9W., Sec. 36/T.41N., R.9W., Sec.1 Swamp Canyon road south of the Town of Ophir
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Ouray Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Amend existing special use permit for City's Domestic Water System in Canyon Creek to remove facilities no longer in existence and to add new facilities
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40669
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Not Applicable Canyon Creek area, southwest of Ouray.
East Fork Spring Creek Private Road Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use road permit to a road users association for use of closed NFSR 536.2A to access private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48499
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - T46N R10W Sec 5 & 8, NMPM, East Fork Spring Creek Ease Fork Spring Creek
High Mesa Trail
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Kris Wist
970-240-5414
kwist@fs.fed.us
Description: Conversion of FS Administrative Rd. 869 to ATV Trail. Proposed trail would end at intersection of FS Trail 225. Seasonal closure restrictions.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38587
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T46N, R6W, sec. 14, 23, 24 High Mesa.
Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/15/2012
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40668
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Blowout Road north of Ouray.
Manzo Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/01/2014
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue private road easement for existing two track road to private inholding off Spring Creek Rim Road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44044
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - T47N, R10W, Sec 32 Ouray County.
Ouray Perimeter Trail Extension (Box Canyon Connector)
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Kris Wist
970-240-5414
kwist@fs.fed.us
Description: Extend the Perimeter Trail to include Box Canyon Trail connector
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49576
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ouray Perimeter Trail, Ouray, Colorado
Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/20/2016
08/2016 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40664
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Not Applicable Owl Creek Pass Road #858 approximately 1.5 miles east of forest boundary.
Source Gas Special Use Permit Re-issuance.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/30/2014
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue existing permit to new owner for 528 ft. long, 4 inch natural gas distribution pipeline located within Oak Creek Rd.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43624
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Lot 11, Sec 24, T44N, R8W, NMPM Oak Creek Road.
Special use permit for spring development - Clarkson
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2015
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit to Clarkson for spring and pipeline west of Highway 550, north of Red Mountain Pass.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45995
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Sec. 1, T 42 N., R 8 W., NMPM See Project Area Map
Thistledown Property Private Road Easement transfer and bridge alignment change
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us
Description: Transfer a private road easement to Rockbiter Corp and amend the easement for a change in bridge alignment over Canyon Creek. Beginning a possible Small Tracts Act exchange on land the road is located.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40672
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Not Applicable Canyon Creek Road, southwest of Ouray
Thistledown Small Tracts Act Land Exchange
EA
- Land acquisition
- Land ownership management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 John Almy
970-874-6644
jmalmy@fs.fed.us
Description: Rockbiter Corporation has made an application to exchange lands with the United States Forest Service under the authority of the Small Tracts Act. The exchange contains approximately 25 acres of National Forest for 125 acres of private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47785
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Federal parcels: Sec. 12 and 13, T. 43 N., R. 8 W., NMPM; Non-federal; Sec. 13 and 24, T. 43 N., R. 8 W. and Sec. 18 and 19, T. 43N., R. 7W.; NMPM Federal parcels: Sec. 12 and 13, T. 43 N., R. 8 W., NMPM; Non-federal parcels: Sec. 13 and 24, T. 43 N., R. 8 W. and Sec. 18 and 19, T. 43N., R. 7W. NMPM
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Paonia Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232
EIS
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
04/25/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2016
Expected: 02/2017
Actual: 08/02/2012
04/2017 Niccole Mortenson
406-329-3163
nmortenson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLand’s existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32459
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sections 10, 11, 13, 14, 22, 23 of T.14S., R. 90W., 6th PM Coal in the existing leases is mined by Mountain Coal Company (MCC) from their West Elk Mine near Somerset in Gunnison County, Colorado.
Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental
EIS
- Land management planning
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
11/20/2015
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Kenneth Tu
303-275-5156
CRR_Admin@fs.fed.us
Description: Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/roadmain/roadless/coloradoroadlessrules
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - Not Applicable Gunnison County, Colorado
Special Use Permits/Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning In Progress
Scoping Start
12/15/2004
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us
Description: No physical changes: Crawford Mesa Water Assoc., Danielson and Spears, Mad Dog Ranch, Cisler, Carter, DMJ Marcellina, Berry, West Beckwith Domestic Water
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=9296
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - Within Paonia Ranger District. Separate decisions. Ongoing. Analysis in progress. CE Delta, Gunnison and Montrose Counties
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