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.

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- 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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CDot Permit Renewals - La Manga and Wolf Creek Workshop & Storage Areas
EA
- Special area management In Progress
Comment Period
07/10/2013
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: CDot will be applying in early 2012 to renew two special use permits: La Manga workshop and storage area; Wolf Creek workshop and storage area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37985
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District, Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Mineral. Highway 17 La Manga Pass; Highway 160 Wolf Creek Pass
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 Pit at La Manga Pass
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Patrick Moran
719-852-6286
patrickjmoran@fs.fed.us
Description: he Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) is planning to evaluate the environmental impacts of a mineral materials free use permit for the Colorado Department of Transportation at the site that they are illegally occupying along La Manga Pass.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43856
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - Not Applicable West of Antonito, Colorado along La Manga Pass
CDOT Gravel Storage Area
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/01/2013
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@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. La Manga Pass
CP District-wide Salvage
EIS
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
03/01/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/2017
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
02/05/2015
Expected: 09/2016 06/2017 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
- Road management
- Special area management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 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
Cow Camp Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
06/27/2016
Expected: 09/2016 04/2017 Mike Tooley
719-274-6321
mltooley@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage dead and dying trees resulting from spruce beetles and replant the area as needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49677
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T 5N, R33 E, Sec. 23 and 26, NMPM Project is located off Highway 17 near La Manga Pass
De Herrera Lake Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 09/2016 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
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed 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.
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
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
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: 10/2013 03/2014 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
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
BRISTOL ELECTRONIC SITE TECHNOLOGIES, PERMIT REISSUANCE
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us
Description: PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A NEW SPECIAL USE PERMIT AT THE SAME ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SITE FOR THE SAME INFRASTRUCTURE ALREADY IN PLACE, PLUS 2 NEW (1,000 GALLON) PROPANE TANKS (ON CONCRETE BLOCKS) AND 1 NEW SOLAR PANEL PEDESTAL.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43742
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 41 N RANGE 2 W, NEW MEXICO PRINCIPLE MERIDIAN. AT THE TERMINAL END OF FOREST SERVICE ROAD 532 ON TOP OF BRISTOL HEAD ROAD.
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
Castor Beetle Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/05/2016
01/2017 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 250 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees on Beaver Mountain, southeast of South Fork, Colorado. Approximately 2.5 million board feet (5,000 CCF) of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48107
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T39 N, R3 E, Sec. 24, 25 and 36 NMPM The project area is located 5 miles southeast of South Fork, Colorado, Rio Grande County. The project analysis area encompasses 760 acres.
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
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.
East Sheep Beetle Salvage Project
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
11/12/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 250 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees in the South Rock Creek drainage, southwest of Monte Vista, CO. Approximately 1.75 MBF (3,500 CCF) of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48110
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located 16 miles southwest of Monte Vista, Colorado, Rio Grande County. The project analysis area encompasses 1,361 acres.
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.
Full Curl Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
11/12/2015
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The Divide Ranger District is proposing to implement vegetation management activities on up to 115 acres in mixed conifer stands to improve habitat for bighorn sheep.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48124
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Legal description: T41 N, R3 E, Sec. 24, 25, and 26; T41 N, R2 E, Se The project area is located 8 miles southeast of Creede, Colorado, Mineral County. The project analysis area encompasses 262 acres.
Million Dam spillway improvements
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 06/2016 05/2017 Margaret Sullivan
719-852-6246
margaretsullivan@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to replace the Million Dam earthen spillway approach section with concrete and then to stabilize the rip rap in the spillway channel
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49314
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Million Reservoir, approximately 3.5 miles southwest of South Fork, CO.
North Pool Spruce Beetle Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
11/12/2015
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Kevin Duda
719-657-6022
kduda@fs.fed.us
Description: The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage approximately 1,000 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees near Hanson's Mill, east of Creede, Colorado. Approximately eight million board feet of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48098
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T42 N, R3 E, Sec. 31; T41 N, R3 E, Sec. 6; T42 N, R2 E, Sec. 35-36; T42N, R2 E, Sec. 35-36; and T41 N, R2 E, Sec. 1-3, 10-12, NMPM. The project area is located 11 miles east of Creede, Colorado, Mineral County. The project analysis area encompasses 2,479 acres.
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
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
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: 2-day motorcycle enduro event on motorized trails
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2016
Expected: 05/2016 07/2016 Devon Cotsamire
719-657-3321
dcotsamire@fs.fed.us
Description: SFRP LLC is proposing a two-day motorcycle enduro event on existing motorized trails with untimed segments on National Forest System Roads south of Del Norte. The event base area would be on NFS land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49354
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande. LEGAL - Not Applicable Existing motorized trails and NFSRs south and east of US Highway 160, between Del Norte and South Fork, CO. Event base would be 4 miles east of South Fork, CO.
Recreation event permit: horse and ATV fun rides
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation 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
- Recreation management
- Special use 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 Silver Corridor Extension
EA
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Comment Period
01/29/2016
Expected: 12/2016 02/2017 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 S&G Allotments Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
01/10/2014
Expected: 12/2015 06/2016 Tristram Post
719-657-6010
tpost@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
- 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 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
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Facility 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
Cottonwood Trail to Liberty Trailhead
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 James Pitts
505-257-4095
jamespitts@fs.fed.us
Description: To eliminate inadequate parking and reduce or eliminate private property access issues, the Saguache Ranger District would like to move the trailhead to the more adequate facility at the Liberty Road Trailhead.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43744
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Not Applicable Liberty TH to Cottonwood Trail, Baca Mountain Tract
East Pass Creek Road Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2014
Expected: 06/2015 08/2015 David Hosack
719-655-6122
dhosack@fs.fed.us
Description: The Rio Grande National Forest proposes to change the maintenance and use level of approximately 1 mile segment of Forest Road 781 from open to public motor vehicle use maintenance level 2, to maintenance level 1, closed to motor vehicle use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44894
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Township 46 N; Range 4 E; Section 33 Forest Road 781 is located on the Saguache Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest west of Saguache Colorado within Saguache County. Access to Forest Road 781 is from State Highway 114.
Findley Gulch Small Tracts Act
CE
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 James Pitts
505-257-4095
jamespitts@fs.fed.us
Description: Complete one interchange of approximately 3.1 acres to resolve one encroachment of private residence and compete a sale of approximately 1.32 acres to resolve the second encroachment of a private residence.
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
Full Tilt Beetle Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
11/19/2015
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Robert Mathis
719-655-6113
roberthmathis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Saguache Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 1101 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees northwest of Saguache, Colorado. Approximately six million board feet of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48126
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located 18 miles northwest of Saguache, Colorado, Saguache County. The project analysis area encompasses 3,996 acres.
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
10/17/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 02/2017 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
Saguache Park Prescribed Burn Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Dwight Irwin
719-655-6110
dirwin@fs.fed.us
Description: The Saguache District proposes to burn 132 acres of spruce bark beetle killed Engelmann spruce within Saguache Park to regenerate aspen.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46397
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T44N R2E Sections 32 & 33 Approximately 30 miles West of Saguache.
Saguache Park Wells
CE
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/13/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 Dayle Funka
719-655-2547
daylesfunka@fs.fed.us
Description: Contruct two wells for livestock water improvements in the Saguache Park Allotment to provide reliable water for livestock and wildlife.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43768
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Proposed Well #1- Continental Divide Well (T44N R1E S20); Proposed Well #2- Salthouse Well (T45N R2E S11) In and around Saguache Park
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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