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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- Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
- R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- San Juan National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- San Juan National Forest , Columbine Ranger District
- San Juan National Forest , Mancos/Dolores Ranger District
- San Juan National Forest , Pagosa 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 In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
09/27/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
02/2014
Expected: 03/2014 04/2014 Christopher Wehrli
435-896-1053
clwehrli@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.
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
Wilson Peak Land Exchange
EA
- Land acquisition In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
11/22/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
10/2014
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us
Description: Non-federal Parties propose to convey five separate parcels of non-federal land containing a total of approximately 681 acres to the United States in exchange for four federal properties containing a total of approximately 303 acres of equal value.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43154
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Dolores, Gunnison, Saguache, San Miguel. LEGAL - Non-federal: T41N, R10W, sec 4-5; T42N, R10W, sec 31-33; T43N, R1E, sec 1-2 ; T41N, R9W, sec 3&10 ; T42N, R9W, sec 15, 21, 22 & 28 Federal: T42N, R9W, sec. 17, 20-22, 28; T42 N, R10, sec 18 Non-federal parcels: Upper Silver Pick Basin,Elk Creek Basin, Cochetopa Creek, Yellow Mountain, and Alta Lakes. Federal parcels: near State Highway 145, Alta Lakes and Wilson Mesa.
San Juan 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
Special Uses - Ditch Bill Easements - Group #10
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders On Hold N/A N/A Dave Gerhardt
970-385-1266
dgerhardt@fs.fed.us
Description: Approximately 2 agricultural water facilities may be authorized under Public Law 99-545 ("Colorado Ditch Bill").
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36958
Location: UNIT - San Juan National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande, San Juan. LEGAL - Variable Forestwide
San Juan National Forest , Columbine Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abandoned Mine Lands - Bullion King Mine Waste Access and Cover
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2013
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Cathleen Zillich
970-385-1239
czillich@blm.gov
Description: Use and maintenance of Forest Road #822, including correction of outsloped grade on rocky narrow portion of the road. Also allow use and rehabilitation of approximatley 400 feet of non-system two-track road to reach a second private waste rock pile.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42277
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Juan. LEGAL - T42N, R8W, sections 21, 22, 23 Porphyry Gulch Road # 822 from Highway 550 to Bullion King Mine, and Forest Service land in the vicinity of the Bullion King Mine. Approximately 7 miles NW of Silverton, CO.
Forest Health - Fosset Gulch/Northern HDs Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/30/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 09/2014 06/2015 Craig Sullivan
970-884-1422
cksullivan@fs.fed.us
Description: Thin approximately 3300 acres to alter vegetation to maintain condition classes that support desirable fire behavior, and increase forest and ecosystem diversity and resilience to disturbance. Use prescribed fire on 13,000 acres for some purpose
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43000
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta, La Plata. LEGAL - T34-35N, R5-6W Mechanical Treatements in the Fosset Gulch area west of Bayfield. Prescribed fire treatments in much of the HD Mountains area, including Sauls Creek, Armstrong Canyon, and Fosset Gulch areas.
Minerals - Goose Creek Gas Wells
EA
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Walter Brown
970-385-1372
wabrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct analysis to determine approval for Elm Ridge Resources to construct two wells pads, drill two wells, upgrade 1.6 miles of road and construct water and gas pipelines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35602
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - T.34N., R.5W Sections 28 and 34, South of the Ute Line Goose Creek Area of the HD mountains in Archuleta county
Range - Weminuche Landscape Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/21/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 11/2014 06/2015 Jared Whitmer
970-884-1416
jwhitmer@fs.fed.us
Description: Analyze grazing, including domestic sheep, on 13 active or vacant allotments in the Weminuche Landscape: TankCrk, CanyonCrk, BurntTimber, E.SilverMesa, VirginiaGulch, SpringCrk, FallCrk, JohnsonCrk, Leviathan, RockCrk, Cave Basin, FlintCrk, & Pine R.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37578
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, La Plata, San Juan. LEGAL - T36-40N, R4-9W. From northern Missionary Ridge east through the southern Weminuche Wilderness to Pine River.
Recreation - Hermosa Landscape Recreation Facilities and Travel Management
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Facility management
On Hold N/A N/A Camela Hooley
970-884-1414
chooley@fs.fed.us
Description: Planning for developed recreation facilities like campgrounds and trailheads. Designate roads and trails for type of use allowed and seasonal restrictions. Define minimum administrative road system. Specify where dispersed camping is or isn't allowed
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43010
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - La Plata, San Juan. LEGAL - T 36-40 N; R 9-11 W Hermosa Landscape including Lower Hermosa, Hermosa Park, Hermosa drainage, Bolam Pass, Cascade Creek, and the Chris Park/Haviland areas.
Recreation - Logchutes Downhill Mountain Bike Zone.
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 Jed Botsford
970-884-1436
jedbotsford@fs.fed.us
Description: Designation of a downhill mountain bike zone in the Logchutes area, approximately 3.5 miles in length and 400 feet wide, for single-use single-direction bike travel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39041
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - La Plata. LEGAL - T36N R10W Logchutes Trail System on the Junction Creek Road.
Special Uses - Tri-State Powerline Cascade-to-Silverton, permit transfer & fiber optic installation
CE
- Special use management In Progress

03/05/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Lynn Wodell
970-884-1433
lynnjwodell@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue the permit for an existing powerline to new owner, Tri-State. Amend permit to authorize installation of fiber optics on existing poles. May involve use of a helicopter and several work areas within the powerline corridor
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41432
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - La Plata, San Juan. Powerline parallels Highway 550 between Cascade substation near Durango Mountain Resort ski area and the town of Silverton.
Special Uses - Zink Driveway and Utility Corridor
EA
- Special use management
- Land ownership management
On Hold N/A N/A Lynn Wodell
970-884-1433
lynnjwodell@fs.fed.us
Description: Application for private road and utility corridors to access a single family dwelling building site on private land adjacent to the Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32849
Location: UNIT - Columbine Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - La Plata. LEGAL - Township 36 North, Range 9 West, Section 28 Road is located in the Falls Creek area north of Durango.
San Juan National Forest , Mancos/Dolores Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Facilities - McPhee Recreation Area Wastewater Disposal System
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/03/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Mary Blanchard
970-385-1319
mjblanchard@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install a wastewater trench absorption system to replace the existing system at the McPhee Recreation Area which services the group campground loop. This system will consist of two (2) 1,500 gallon septic tanks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43414
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montezuma. LEGAL - SE 1/4, NE 1/4, Section 1, T37N, R108W McPhee Campground north of Dolores, Colorado
Forest Health - Burnt Ridge Aspen Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/04/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 06/2015 Matthew Rathbone
970-882-6814
mrathbone@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve aspen age class distribution and provide commercial aspen wood product with clearcut treatments in various treatment units that total approximately 300 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40959
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montezuma. LEGAL - Portions of T36N, R12W, Sections 2-4 and 37N, R12W Sections 22-28, 33-36 Approximately 9 miles northeast of Mancos, Colorado in the Burnt Ridge vicinity
Forest Health - Lake Canyon Forest Health and Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
02/07/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Mark Krabath
970-882-6830
mkrabath@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to use timber harvest, thinning, mastication and prescribed fire to improve forest health and resistance to a bark beetle outbreak and to reduce fire fuels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43415
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Dolores. LEGAL - Portions of T40N, R16W SEC 6,7. T40N, R17W SEC 1,2,3,10,11,12,13,14,15. T41N, R16W SEC 29,31,32. T41N,R17W SEC 25,35,36. Lake Canyon area east of Dolores River Canyon on National Forest land north of Dolores, Colorado
Minerals - Compass Exploration Inc. RAD Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology On Hold N/A N/A Patrick McCoy
970-882-6821
pmccoy@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to drill 2 exploratory wells. Wells to be located on existing roads and log landings whenever possible. Each hole would be 2000 feet deep and have a sump area 18x30x3 feet deep. Proposal is for exploration only.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33976
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montezuma. LEGAL - T36NR12W Sec. 10, 11 Horse Creek area, northeast of Mancos, Colorado
Range - Glade Landscape Rangeland Management Analysis
EIS
- Grazing management In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/28/2014
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2014
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 Heather Musclow
435-636-3365
hmusclow@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to revise allotment management plans for 8 cattle allotments to implement adaptive management that will maintain healthy rangeland conditions of grasses, forbs and shrbus for cattle use, wildlife habitat, and watershed health.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43416
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Dolores. LEGAL - Not Applicable National Forest lands north of Dolores, Colorado and east of Dove Creek, Colorado including the Mair, Brumley, Lone Mesa, Salter, Glade, Sage Hen, Long Park and Calf Allotments.
Range - North Mancos EA Project
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Heather Musclow
970-882-6818
hmusclow@fs.fed.us
Description: Analysis of grazing management practices on five allotments: Canyon, Jersey Jim, Little Bauer, Spring Creek, Turkey Creek. Analysis area is approximately 40,000 acres.
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montezuma. Approximately 15 miles north of the Town of Mancos
Range - Tenderfoot C&H Allotment
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
08/14/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 06/2015 Heather Musclow
970-882-6818
hmusclow@fs.fed.us
Description: Term Grazing Permit renewal and allotment analysis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26453
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Dolores, Montezuma. Approximately 24 miles NE of Dolores, CO. Drainages include Section House, School House, Tenderfoot, Estes Draw, Wildcat, and Burnette Creek
Special Uses - Dolores District Special Use and Recreation Event Permit Renewals
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Tom Kelly
970-882-6813
tjkelly@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to renew four existing special use authorizations for commercial Outfitter and Guide businesses. The Dolores District is also reviewing applications for special use events for the 2014 season.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43417
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montezuma. LEGAL - Not Applicable Dolores District near McPhee Lake, Boggy Draw trails, Madden Peak, Transfer Campground or Rico areas.
Special Uses - Donald G. Busson Private Road Easement
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2012
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Patrick McCoy
970-882-7296
pmccoy@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed private road easement is to authorize, reconstruct, and maintain an existing native surface roadway that crosses a 1.50 mile section of National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37953
Location: UNIT - Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montezuma. LEGAL - T36N, R12W, Sec. 7 and 8 Proposed long-term easement follows the alignment of National Forest System Road (NFSR) #213 for approximately 1.1 miles from its junction with a private land parcel adjacent to Montezuma County Road
San Juan National Forest , Pagosa Ranger District R2 - Rocky Mountain Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chimney Rock National Monument Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
12/02/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2014
Expected: 01/2015 02/2015 Sara Brinton
970-264-1532
sbrinton@fs.fed.us
Description: Produce a management plan for the Chimney Rock National Monument
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42952
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - Not Applicable Chimney Rock National Monument southwest of Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Forest Health - Laughlin Jackson project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/26/2014
Expected: 09/2014 06/2015 Steven Hartvigsen
970-264-1513
sbhartvigsen@fs.fed.us
Description: Thinning to improve forest stand health in mixed conifer stands and/or aspen with conifer stands
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44108
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - Not Applicable Area surrounding Laughlin Park off of NFSR 037 and nearby lands
Forest Products - Wolf Creek Spruce Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress

03/06/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Gretchen Fitzgerald
970-884-1435
gfitzgerald@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage dead Engelmann spruce that can be accessed from existing roads in the Wolf Creek Pass area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41615
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T37N, R1W, Sections 11, 12, and 14 Off of Wolf Creek Road on Wolf Creek Pass
Fuels - Deep Canyon Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress

03/06/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Fred Ellis
970-264-1541
fellis@fs.fed.us
Description: Fuels treatment on approximately 290 acres in the Deep Canyon and Cabezon Canyon area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42866
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - Not Applicable In the Deep Canyon and Cabezon Canyon areas
Recreation - East Fork Dispersed Camping
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 11/2014 05/2015 Paul Blackman
307-745-2363
plblackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Assessment of recreation opportunities and impacts along the first 5 miles of the East Fork Road where it parallels the East Fork San Juan River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42336
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta, Mineral. LEGAL - Not Applicable First 5 miles of the East Fork Road (667).
Special Uses - CenturyTel Communications Site Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2013
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Rebecca Smith
970-264-1521
rsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit reissuance for CenturyTel Communications Site
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41613
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. Oakbrush Hill Communications Site
Special Uses - LPEA Lake Capote Reconductoring Project (PR 161)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Rebecca Smith
970-264-1521
rsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit to LPEA for reconductoring an existing power line on NFS lands near Capote Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42848
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - Not Applicable east of Capote Lake along Highway 160
Watershed - Rito Blanco Dispersed Camping Site Improvement
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/25/2014
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Ivan Geroy
970-264-1534
ijgeroy@fs.fed.us
Description: Stream bank revegetation along approximately 100 feet of the Rito Blanco to treat impacts of dispersed camping
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44074
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - T35N R1E Section 17 NMPM East side of Pagosa Ranger District, on northwest bank of the Rito Blanco downstream of NFSR 024 road crossing.
Watershed - Rito Blanco Willow Planting
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Ivan Geroy
970-264-1534
ijgeroy@fs.fed.us
Description: Planting native cottonwoods and shrubs to provide stream bank and floodplain stability on a short reach of the Rito Blanco.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43517
Location: UNIT - Pagosa Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. LEGAL - T35N R1E Section 30 NMPM Southeast corner of the Pagosa Ranger District on the Rito Blanco
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.