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):
- Rio Grande National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Rio Grande National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Rio Grande National Forest, Conejos Peak Ranger District
- Rio Grande National Forest, Divide Ranger District
- Rio Grande National Forest, Saguache Ranger District


Rio Grande National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rio Grande Forest Plan Revision
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/02/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2018
Expected: 06/2018 09/2018 Erin Minks
719-852-6215
eminks@fs.fed.us
Description: Forest Plan Revision
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46078
Location: UNIT - Rio Grande National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable Rio Grande National Forest in south central CO
Rio Grande National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
DITCH BILL EASEMENTS
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/20/1995
Expected: 12/2013 01/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest has 87 applications for Ditch Bill Easements. The Forest intends to process at least 25 of these applications in FY05. This action involves authorizing historical facilities that qualify under the Ditch Bill.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/projects/
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District, Divide Ranger District, Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa, Conejos, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache. On National Forest Service Land throughout the Rio Grande National Forest.
Rio Grande National Forest, Conejos Peak Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Creek Emergency Egress
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Andrea Jones
719-274-8971
amjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to elevate a gully crossing between Bear Creek and Sheep Creek Subdivision for emergency egress for vehicles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43732
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T38N, R6E, Section 22 On the boundary of Sheep Creek and Bear Creek subdivisions in Conejos Canyon.
CDOT Gravel Storage Area
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/01/2013
Expected: 03/2019 03/2019 Patrick Moran
719-852-6286
patrickjmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: CDOT will be applying for a permit to continue to use an existing storage area on La Manga Pass. The existing site is for gravel and waste rock storage related to maintenance of Highway 17.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37975
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - Not Applicable La Manga Pass
CP District-wide Salvage
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/17/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2018
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Mike Tooley
719-274-6321
mltooley@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage dead and dying Engelmann spruce to recover economic value and reduce fuels adjacent to private land
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48818
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande. LEGAL - All or parts of sections in T32N: R4E, R5E, R6E; T33N: R5E, R6E; T34N: R5E, R6E; T36N: R3E, R4E, R4 1/2E, R5E; T37N: R3E, R4E, R5E Conejos Peak Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest. Located South & west of Monte Vista CO, continuing south to the NM border
CP-7 Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
11/22/2016
Expected: 09/2017 06/2018 Kelly Garcia
719-274-8971
kgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis for grazing reauthorization
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46179
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Conejos Peak RD
Cat Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments EA
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: This is an environmental assessment analyzing seven cattle and horse allotments (Cat Crk, La Jara, Hot Crk, Alamosa, Bancos, Jim Crk and Rough Crk) for the effects of continued livestock grazing and the development of allotment management plans.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34012
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande. These allotments are located in Conejos and Rio Grande counties.
Cat Creek Water Well
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Andrea Jones
719-274-8971
amjones@fs.fed.us
Description: A water well will be drilled in the vicinity of Cat Creek, which is located north of Terrace Reservoir. The water will be pumped into a storage tank with a gravity flow to drinkers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43735
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, NE1/4 SE1/4, Sec.36 Cat Creek near Poison Gulch
Changing Status of FSR 380.6a
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Special area management
Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2016
Actual: 04/28/2016
06/2016 Andrea Jones
719-274-6309
amjones@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to change status from Level I maintenance to Level II maintenance and possibly open the road for public use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43730
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T36N, R3E, Section 11 Conejos Peak Ranger District, T36N, R3E, Section 11
Cline Driveway Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/08/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: It is proposed to authorize the use of a seasonally restricted Forest System Road for the purpose of year-round access to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52436
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - Secs. 1 & 2, T. 35 N., R. 6 E., and Secs. 35 & 36, T. 36 N., R. 6 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado. A forest road special use permit 8,710 feet long and 20 feet wide encompassing 4.0 acres in Secs. 1 & 2, T. 35 N., R. 6 E., and Secs. 35 & 36, T. 36 N., R. 6 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado.
De Herrera Lake Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2016
Expected: 12/2016 05/2017 Mike Tooley
719-274-6321
mltooley@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage dead and dying trees resulting from spruce beetles and replant seedlings, as needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49679
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T33N, R5E, Sections 19-22, NMPM Located off forest road 114 near De Herrera Lake
Hidden Mile Fence Construction
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Grazing management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/10/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 David Topolewski
719-274-6304
davidtopolewski@fs.fed.us
Description: Fence construction up to 1/4 mile near northwestern property line in the project area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49603
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - Township 32N, Range 5E, section 34 Located approximately 3 miles NW of Horca, along FSR 250.
Martinez Driveway Proposal
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/25/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: The reissuance of a private driveway permit to the new owner for a new term.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52435
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - Sec. 8, T. 36 N., R. 4 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado. A private driveway permit 5160 feet in length and 30 feet in width encompassing 1.78 acres in Sec. 8, T. 36 N., R. 4 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado.
McWilliams Driveway Permit Reissuance Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: It is proposed to amend the McWilliams Forest Road Special Use permit to a Private Driveway Special Use Permit for the remainder of the term.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52432
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - Secs. 1 & 2, T. 36 N., R. 6 E., and Secs. 35 & 36, T. 37 N., R. 6 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado. A private driveway permit 2.2 miles long and 12 feet wide encompassing 3.2 acres in Secs. 1 & 2, T. 36 N., R. 6 E., and Secs. 35 & 36, T. 37 N., R. 6 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado.
Mogote - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Fence Construction
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Andrea Jones
719-274-8971
amjones@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will be the construction of about 1.5 miles of fence and two water gaps into the Conejos River within the Mogote Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just south of the community of Fox Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43736
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T33N, R7E, NE1/4 NW1/4, Sec.33 West of Mogote Campground
Ortega Guzzler Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2017
Expected: 09/2017 07/2018 David Topolewski
719-274-6304
davidtopolewski@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to provide water developments for big game species in an area with little available water during the late spring through fall. This will increase the use of the area and provide relief for neighboring private lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52307
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa. LEGAL - Township 37N, Range 6E, sections 35 and 36 and Township 36N, Range 6E, sections 1 and 2. Located approximately 14 miles SW of Monte Vista and 3 miles N of Terrace Reservoir.
Platoro fence extension
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will be the re-construction of ½ mile of fence and the construction of one-quarter mile of new fence construction on the east boundary of the community of Platoro.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43786
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T36N, R4E, NE1/4 SE1/4, Sec.23 East of Platoro community
Rito Hondo - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Corral Construction
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will be the construction of a small horse corral within the Rito Hondo Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just north of the Bighorn Corral on FDR 103.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43787
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T32N, R7E, NE1/4 NW1/4, Sec.10 North of Bighorn Corral on FSR103
Schilling Springs Water Well
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: A water well will be drilled in the vicinity of Schilling Springs, which is located north of Terrace Reservoir. The water will be pumped into a 12,000 gallon storage tank with a gravity flow to drinkers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43790
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T36N, R6E, NW1/4 SE1/4, Sec.15 NW of Terrace Reservoir near Schilling Springs
Schilling Springs water development project
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/12/2013
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Luciano Sandoval
719-274-8971
lpsandoval@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop a water source on the Platoro Cattle & Horse Allotment
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41553
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T.36 N, R6E, Sec. 15 Triangle pasture of the Platoro C&H allotment
Summitville Interchange
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land acquisition
- Land ownership management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 03/2018 04/2018 Thomas Malecek
719-657-6007
tmalecek@fs.fed.us
Description: The Summitville Interchange proposes the conveyance of 31 mineral survey fractions under the Small Tracts Act. The USFS would acquire 3 parcels at approximately 71 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52819
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Wightman Fork to Lookout Roadless Area boundary, located in the Rio Grande National Forest near the Summitville mine and EPA Superfund site.
Triangle Earth Dams
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us
Description: Four earth dams for water collection will be constructed in the area known as the Triangle, just north of Terrace Reservoir. Construction is an earthen dug-out area with a dam and a spillway treated with salt to seal the bottom.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43794
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T36N, R6E, SE1/4 NW1/4, Sec.13 West of Chiquita Peak
Rio Grande National Forest, Divide Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
*Gravel pits for USFS administrative use
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2017
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Patrick Moran
719-852-6286
patrickjmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to designate three new gravel pits for USFS administrative use
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51641
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Three: Del Norte Peak road, south of South Fork CO; FSR 329, south of Del Norte, CO; and Black Mountain, north of Creede, CO
*North Lime Spruce Beetle Salvage
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2017
Expected: 09/2017 01/2018 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to salvage harvest up to 250 acres of dead Engelmann spruce in order to recover economic value in Forest Plan Management Area Prescription 5.13, Forest Products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51709
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable West of Spar City, Mineral County Colorado
*Spruce Lakes dead tree mitigation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/15/2016
Expected: 06/2017 08/2017 Martha Williamson
719-657-3321
mawilliamson@fs.fed.us
Description: Use certified blasters to fell dead trees within 3/4 of a tree length around the Spruce Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness to mitigate the potential for the spillways to clog and minimize the threat of the dams overtopping and failing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50478
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Spruce Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness, 7 miles north of Wolf Creek Pass.
Bristol head roadside salvage
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: Recover commercial economic value and provide fuelwood or sawlog material for small commercial operators from no more than 250 acres. The projects are designed to include only those areas that are within 300 feet of 3 existing gated roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49357
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable 8 miles west of Creede, CO.
CDoT Remediation Wells
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/12/2013
Expected: 10/2013 11/2013 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: CDoT will be applying for a permit for existing groundwater monitoring & remediation wells, and drill possibly more wells,on Wolf Creek Pass. The wells are to remediate an existing dissolved-phase petroleum hydrocarbon plume related to their facility
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37987
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - NMPM, T. 37N., R2E., NE1/4 sec. 8. Wolf Creek Pass
CE- Pass Creek winter non-motorized area
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/07/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Martha Williamson
7196573321
mawilliamson@fs.fed.us
Description: Create a winter non-motorized area around Pass Creek Yurt to improve public safety and reduce user conflicts
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52468
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pass Creek, around FSR 390.1C, southwest of South Fork, CO.
Continental Dam & Santa Maria Canal Rehabilitation Project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2013
Expected: 10/2013 05/2014 Thomas Malecek
719-657-6007
tmalecek@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair existing dam, spillway, and canal
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41429
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral. LEGAL - T 41 N, R 3 W, Sec. 1: T 41 N, R 2 W, Sec 7 and 8 Located approximately 25 miles northwest of Creede, CO
Del Norte Peak Spruce Beetle Salvage
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
10/10/2017
Expected: 09/2018 10/2018 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 4,100 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees in the Del Norte Peak area. Approximately 48,750 hundred cubic feet (CCF) of Engelmann spruce sawtimber may be salvaged with this project
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52671
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T.39 N.,R.4 E., sec. 19,20,27-34; T.39 N.,R.3 E. sec. 24,25,36; T.38 N.,R.3 E.,sec. 12-14, 23-26,35,36; T.38 N.,R.4 E., sec.3-10,16-19,30,31; T.37 N., R.4 E.,sec. 6; and T.37 N., R.3 E sec. 1,NM PM Project area located about 6 miles southeast of South Fork, Colorado
Divide District Trails System Maintenance
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 Jody Fairchild
719-658-0390
jfairchild@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to provide maintenance and minor reconstruction to the Divide District recreational trails system, both motorized and non-motorized.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43781
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan. LEGAL - Not Applicable The existing designated motorized and non-motorized trails within the Infra Data Base, travel management system, for the Divide Ranger District.
Fox Mountain roadside salvage
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: Recover commercial economic value and provide fuelwood or sawlog material for small commercial operators from no more than 250 acres. The projects are designed to include only those areas that are within 300 feet of 6 existing gated roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49358
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable 11 miles southwest of South Fork, CO.
Groundhog Park Spruce Beetle Salvage
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
10/10/2017
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage dead and dying spruce from up to 1,951 acres in the Groundhog Park area, located about 16 miles northwest of Del Norte, Colorado. This could produce 21,200 cubic feet of sawtimber.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52670
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T.43 N., R.4 E., sec. 31, 32; T.42 N., R.4 E. sec. 5-8, 16-21, 28-33; T.42 N., R.3 E., sec. 12, 13, 23-25, 36; and T.41 N., R.3 E., sec. 4-6, New Mexico P.M. Located about 16 miles northwest of Del Norte, CO
Meadow lift and associated infrastructure, Wolf Creek Ski Area
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 11/2017
Actual: 11/06/2017
03/2018 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us
Description: Wolf Creek Ski Area (WCSA) has proposed a project to construct the Meadow Lift, a multi-use facility at the top of the lift, ski trails, and provide access via a pedestrian bridge (magic carpet conveyance).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50115
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Sections 8, 9 and 16, Township 37 North, Range 2 East, New Mexico Principal Meridian. Wolf Creek Ski Area, 19 miles south of South Fork, CO.
RIO GRANDE WATERSHED EMERGENCY ACTION COORDINATION TEAM (RWEACT) RESEARCH
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us
Description: PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW RWEACT TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND MONITORING ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND THE WEST FORK FIRE COMPLEX BURN AREA. THE ACTIVITIES WOULD BE AUTHORIZED OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43776
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable WEST FORK FIRE INFLUENCE AREA
RUTH BROWN PIPELINE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL
CE
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: CURRENT PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REAUTHORIZE AN EXISTING BURIED WATER PIPELINE THAT MOVES WATER FROM A DIVERSION DAM ON THE ROARING FORK OF GOOSE CREEK, ACROSS FOREST SERVICE LANDS TO HAY PRESS LAKE, LOCATED ON PRIVATE LANDS.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43774
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - SECTIONS 33, 28, TOWNSHIP 40 N, RANGE 1 E, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN SECTIONS 33, 28, TOWNSHIP 40 N, RANGE 1 E, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN
Rebel Mine plan of operations extension
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Patrick Moran
719-852-6286
patrickjmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action to authorize the Rebel Mine plan of operations for one year. The plan includes no additional surface disturbance and maintains existing mitigations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49324
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Not Applicable Nine miles north of US Highway 160, between Del Norte and South Fork, CO.
Recreation event permit: horse and ATV fun rides
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 05/2016 08/2016 Devon Cotsamire
719-657-3321
dcotsamire@fs.fed.us
Description: Mineral County Fair Board is proposing one-day ATV and a horse fun rides on National Forest System Roads north of Creede, CO. The proposed action is to issue five-year permits for these events.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49356
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Creede, CO.
Recreation special use permit reissuance
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us
Description: A permit would be reissued to Payne Outfitting for outfitting and guiding. Permits to groom snowmobile trails would be reissued to the South Fork Powder Busters, Silverthread Outdoor Recreation, and the Snow Country Explorers.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49353
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Payne outfitting operates west of Creede, CO. Groomed snowmobile trails are near South Fork and Creede, CO.
Rio Grande Pasture Cabins, LLC Small Tracts Act
CE

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- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/22/2016
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: A small tracts act sale of 1.0 acres pursuant to the resolution of an encroaching cabin.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52438
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Rio Grande Pastures Subdivision located in Sec. 36, T. 41 N., R. 5 W., NMPM, Hinsdale County, Colorado.
Rio Grande Silver Corridor Extension
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 10/10/2017
03/2018 Patrick Moran
719-852-6286
patrickjmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: Exploration corridor extension along FS Road 505 totaling 9/10 of a mile.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48118
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable T 43 N R 1 W Sec 15 along FS Road 505
SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY CABIN PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Debra Mollet
719-852-6234
dmollet@fs.fed.us
Description: THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE THE PERMIT AUTHORIZING THE VERY SAME EXISTING CABIN TO REMAIN ON PUBLIC LANDS. THIS CABIN IS USED FOR MAINTAINING THE CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM AND ADJACENT IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43797
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - SECTION 21, TOWNSHIP 42 N RANGE 3 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN SECTION 21, TOWNSHIP 42 N RANGE 3 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN
SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY, CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM ACCESS ROAD PERMIT REISSUANCE.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: THE PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE SAME 1/4 OF A MILE LONG, ACCESS ROAD ACROSS NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. THIS IS A ROAD THE RESERVOIR COMPANY USES TO ACCESS THE WORKINGS OF THE CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43778
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - SECTION 21, TOWNSHIP 42 N, RANGE 3 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN FROM THE BOAT RAMP ROAD TO THE TOP OF CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM.
SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR GRAVEL PIT PERMIT REISSUANCE
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Debra Mollet
520-388-8415
dmollet@fs.fed.us
Description: THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE THIS PERMIT TO AUTHORIZE THE SAME EXISTING GRAVEL PIT LOCATED ON NATIONAL FOREST LAND AND USED BY THE SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY TO STORE MINERAL MATERIALS.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43777
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 41 N, RANGE 2 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 41 N, RANGE 2 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN
Snow Mesa-Wishbone S&G Allotments Analysis
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
01/10/2014
Expected: 12/2017 06/2018 Tanner Dutton
719-657-6010
tmdutton@fs.fed.us
Description: Environmental Analysis for domestic sheep grazing on four domestic sheep and goat allotments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42886
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Snow Mesa Allotments are approximately 22,711 acres and includes portions of Townships 42-43 N, Ranges 1 and 2 West within Hinsdale and Mineral Counties, Colorado.
Tewksberry trail reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to reroute 3 sections of the Tewksberry ATV trail for a total of 1 mile. The reroutes would be constructed to ATV trail specifications with tread no wider than 50", and would reduce resource damage and soil erosion.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49352
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Approximately seven miles south-southwest of South Fork, CO.
US MILITARY HELICOPTER TRAINING MANEUVERS
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us
Description: PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW THE US ARMY TO CONDUCT HIGH ELEVATION HELICOPTER TRAINING (takeoffs/landings) IN THE SNOW MESA AREA OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED WILDERNESS. THE TRAINING WOULD BE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43782
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral. LEGAL - Sections 1 through 36, Township 42 N Range 2 W SNOW MESA (south of La Garita Wilderness)
Upper Rio Grande boat ramp improvements
CE
- Facility management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 Martha Williamson
719.657.3321
mawilliamson@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to harden the boat ramps and install rock deflector structures that extend into the channel and provide protection to the stream bank and create a low-velocity area at four existing put-ins on the upper Rio Grande river.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49323
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable Four put-ins along the upper Rio Grande: Palisade campground, Wagon Wheel Gap, Rio Grande campground, and Box Canyon. All are between South Fork, CO and Road Canyon Reservoir (north of Creede, CO).
WILLIAM BIEBER BRIDGE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE ANOTHER SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR THE SAME EXISTING BRIDGE THAT CROSSES RED MOUNTAIN CREEK TO ACCESS THE WILLIAM BIEBER PRIVATE LAND HOLDINGS AT THE END OF FOREST SERVICE ROAD 526
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43739
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 40 N, RANGE 1 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES RED MOUNTAIN CREEK TO ACCESS THE WILLIAM BIEBER PRIVATE LAND HOLDINGS AT THE END OF FOREST SERVICE ROAD 526
WOLF CREEK CENTURY-TEL PERMIT REISSUANCE
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO CENTURY-TEL AUTHORIZING THEIR EXISTING BURIED FIBER-OPTIC LINE. THIS LINE FOLLOWS US HIGHWAY 160 FROM THE PASS CREEK TUNNEL TO THE WOLF CREEK SKI AREA
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43743
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T38N, R2E, Secs. 9,16,21,28,33,34; T37N, R2E, Secs. 3,4; T37N, R1E, Secs. 5,8 BURIED CONDUIT IS ON THE SOUTH AND EAST SHOULDERS OF US HIGHWAY 160 FROM THE PASS CREEK TUNNEL TO THE WOLF CREEK SKI AREA
Rio Grande National Forest, Saguache Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Findley Gulch Small Tract Acts
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: An interchange of 3.42 acres to resolve an encroachment, a sale of 1.32 acres to resolve an encroachment, and sales of 0.1, 0.48, 1.33, 6.98 and 12.56 acres to relieve the U. S. of mineral fractions and provide a more manageable boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43765
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T46N R7E Sec34 T46N R7E Sec34
King Driveway Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/28/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: It is proposed to authorize a private driveway in the South Rock Creek drainage northeast of Villa Grove, Colorado.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52433
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Secs. 27 & 28, T. 48 N., R. 9 E., NMPM, Saguache County, Colorado. A private driveway permit 6,072 feet in length and 20 feet in width encompassing 2.79 acres in Secs. 27 & 28, T. 48 N., R. 9 E., NMPM, Saguache County, Colorado.
La Garita Creek Fish Barrier
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Barry Wiley
719-852-6228
bgwiley@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a fish migration barrier approximately 100 feet wide and 5 feet tall utilizing boulders and/or concrete.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T41N, R6E, Section 6. Project is located approximately 7 miles southwest of La Garita, CO
La Garita Hills Restoration Project
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 10/11/2017
10/2017 Diana McGinn
719-852-6241
dmcginn@fs.fed.us
Description: Management activities needed to promote forest health and resiliency, improve wildlife habitat, salvage spruce beetle killed trees, remove trees hazardous to infrastructure or public safety, manage WUI fuels, and improve watersheds
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42001
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T42N, R3E, Sec. 2, 3, 10; T42N, R 4 E. Sec. 1-4, 9–16; T42N, R5E, Sec. 1-26; T42N, R6E, Sec. 1–9, 18, 19, 30; T43N, R3E, Sec.1-5, 8–16, 21-28, 33-36, T.43N, R4E, Sec. 1-30, 32-36; T43N. R5E, Sec. 1-36 One mile west of Saguache, CO, south and west along District boundary
Luders Lodgepole
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A James Pitts
505-257-4095
jamespitts@fs.fed.us
Description: Treat by using salvage harvest, bark beetle infested lodgepole pine trees in and adjacent to the Luders Campground.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43766
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T45N, R3E, sections 1 and 12, NMPM In and around Luder%u2019s Campground
Molini Driveway Project
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/26/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: It is proposed to authorized the Molini private driveway for the purpose of accessing private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52437
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Secs. 29 & 32, T. 46 N., R. 8 E., NMPM, Saguache County, Colorado. A private driveway permit 6,305 feet long and 12 feet wide encompassing 1.74 acres in Secs. 29 & 32, T. 46 N., R. 8 E., NMPM, Saguache County, Colorado.
New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) Communications Site Lease Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2016
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Andrew Peterson
719-852-6206
ahpeterson@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis to reissue AT&T's existing communications site lease for a new 30 year term with no changes to the previously authorized use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50726
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Sec. 7, T. 45 N., R. 8 E., NMPM, Conejos County, Colorado. Approximately five miles north of Saguache, CO.
Sangre de Cristo AML
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Patrick Moran
719-852-6286
patrickjmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: For public health and safety we will locate and identify abandoned mine portals for closure. Evaluation will include wildlife surveys primarily for bat use, botanical surveys and historical evaluation prior to any closure work being initiated.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43771
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Not Applicable Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, north of the community of Crestone, in and around Pole Creek, Major Creek, Burnt Gulch.
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