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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- R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
- Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Carson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District
- Carson National Forest, Canjilon Ranger District
- Carson National Forest, El Rito Ranger District
- Carson National Forest, Jicarilla Ranger District
- Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District
- Carson National Forest, Tres Piedras Ranger District


R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/21/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2016
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
505-438-5443
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us
Description: A supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project on the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests to disclose, review, and assess additional information.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27249
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units, Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico
Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Carson National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
10/07/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Kevin Naranjo
575-758-6221
carsonplan@fs.fed.us
Description: Revision of the 1986 Carson National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to update plan direction
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carsonforestplan
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Carson National Forest
Forest-wide Outfitter-Guide Permit Issuance
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Amy Simms
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue new and reissue expiring 10-year permits for outfitter-guide services on the Carson National Forest. Permits would be issued based on the need and capacity within individual geographic areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43472
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Carson National Forest
Carson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail- Martinez Canyon and Hopewell Lake Trailheads
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 01/2017 04/2017 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
comments-southwestern-carson-canjilon@fs.fed.us
Description: Develop two trailheads to access the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. One would be located at Martinez Canyon on the Canjilon Ranger District. One would be located at Hopewell Lake on the Tres Piedras Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49014
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District, Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T25N, R4E, Section 14 and T29N, R7E, Section 32 Adjacent to Martinez Canyon on the Canjilon Ranger District, and Hopewell Lake on the Tres Piedras Ranger District.
Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Coriz Driveway Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 05/2017 Paul Schilke
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit issuance for a right of way for a driveway to access private land and for installation of utilities, primarily over existing two-track.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50313
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 22N, R 11E, Section 10, NMPM North of Forest Road 76A (Vallecitos Road), near the community of Vallecitos.
Rio Trampas
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/10/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 12/2016 05/2017 Gabriel Romero
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us
Description: A project to improve forest and watershed health on lands managed by the Camino Real RD. Provide fuelwood and forest products to local communities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45663
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable 15 miles south of Taos, New Mexico.
Sipapu Ski Area 2017 Improvements
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2016
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Paul Schilke
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a new 2,200'-long ski trail, including tree-clearing and grading; improvement and widening of existing 'Wormwood Traverse' trail; and installation of a 30'-diameter children's ski school yurt and associated gas and electric utilities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50320
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 22N, R. 13E, Section 10, NMPM All proposed activities are located within Sipapu Ski Area's existing Special Use Permit boundary, on the south side of NM State Highway 518.
Tri-State Taos to Black Lake Transmission Line Access
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2016
Actual: 11/15/2016
10/2016 Kathryn Furr
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us
Description: Approval of 2010 proposed plan, including access across NFS lands. *This project was previously named "Tri State Transmission Line Vegetation Management Plan". Vegetation management within the transmission line right-of-way has been dropped.*
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31668
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - sections in T 25N R 13E thru T25N R 15E North of US 64, in Taos Canyon
Carson National Forest, Canjilon Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pedro and Lorraine Trujillo Expired SUP
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
comments-southwestern-carson-canjilon@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-issue an expired special use permit for an acequia.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48022
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable 1 mile northeast of Canjilon, NM. South of Forest Road 559.
Carson National Forest, El Rito Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sagebrush Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
comments-southwestern-carson-elrito@fs.fed.us
Description: The El Rito Ranger District is proposing to treat approximately 13,000 acres of sagebrush via mechanical methods and Tebuthiuron, reseed sagebrush treated areas where needed with grasses and forbs, and broadcast burn sagebrush treated areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38104
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple Allotments on the El Rito Ranger District
Carson National Forest, Jicarilla Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2016 New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Habitat Stamp Program Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/01/2015
Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 05/04/2016
07/2017 Patrick Yamnik
505-632-2956
comments-southwestern-carson-jicarilla@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes to construct 4 new, relocate 1, decommission 2, and maintain and implement improvements to 23 existing wildlife water developments. Install stream barbs and riparian enclosures within Carrizo/Compañero Canyon.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47011
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township (T) 27N, Range (R) 4W; T28N, R4W; T29N, R4W; T30N, R4W; T30N, R5W; T31N, R4W; T31N, R5W; T32N, R4W; T32N, R5W. Various locations across Jicarilla Ranger District
La Fragua Canyon Public Access
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management In Progress
Comment Period
11/15/2016
Expected: 02/2017 04/2017 Jon Miller
505-632-2956
comments-southwestern-carson-jicarilla@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service proposes changes to the travel management status of several road segments to address public motorized vehicle access constraints which have arisen from private land road closures in the La Fragua Canyon area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49986
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township 31 North, Range 5 West, Sections 34 and 35. Township 30 North, Range 5 West, Sections 3, 4, 14, 23, 25, 26, and 35. Forest System Roads 309C, 311, 311A, 311E, and 312 in the La Fragua Canyon area.
Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2013
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to approve an application for a special use authorization, submitted by WFC. The special use authorization would allow WFC to operate and maintain an existing natural gas pipeline and associated infrastructure system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41925
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township (T) 27 N, Range (R) 4 W; T28N, R4W; T29N, R4W; T29N, R5W; T30N, R4W; T30N, R5W; T31N, R4W; T31N, R5W; and T32N, R5W Jicarilla Ranger District
Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
14D Mountain Bike Trail
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 10/2017 05/2018 Eric Garner
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of 3.2 miles of flow track mountain bike trail within the special use permit boundary of Taos Ski Valley (TSV).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45908
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - NMPM T27N R14E Section 9 The 14D Mountain Bike Trail would be located within the Taos Ski Valley special use permit area. It would begin at the drop-off of Lift 1 (Al's Run) and continue to northeast of the village core.
Comanche Creek Horse Pasture
EA
- Grazing management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Ezequiel Rael
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Establish a horse pasture to improve range management activities, app. 100 acres in size. Pasture fence would be located outside of the riparian and would include a water gap for watering horses. Pasture would include a level pad for parking trailers
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50326
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 29N, R 16E, Sections 6 & 7, NMPM Adjacent to Comanche Creek, near its confluence with La Belle Creek, in the Valle Vidal.
Highway 150 Corridor Wildland Urban Interface
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2016
Expected: 11/2016 04/2017 Raymundo Corral
505-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce hazardous fuel levels and improve forest health on approx. 2,000 acres of National Forest managed land along the corridor of New Mexico State Highway 150, leading to the Village of Taos Ski Valley. There will be no treatments in wilderness.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49016
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T27N, R14E, sections 3-8; T27N, R13E 12-14, 22, 23, 27, and 28. National Forest managed land along the corridor of NM State Hwy 150, southwest of the Village of Taos Ski Valley.
Kiowa-San Cristobal Wildland Urban Interface
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
10/27/2015
Est. Comment Period
12/2016
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 Raymundo Corral
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: A wildland urban interface project that will reduce existing hazardous fuel conditions and improve habitat, range, and resource conditions over approximately 9,000 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45682
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Secs. 1-4, 9-16, 22, & 23 T27N R12E NMPM; Secs. 6-9 & 16-18 T27N R13E NMPM; Secs. 24-27 & 33-36 T28N R12E NMPM; Secs. 30 T28N R13E NMPM National Forest System lands adjacent to San Cristobal and Kiowa Village. Project area is bounded to the west by Hwy. 522, to the north by Lama, and to the south by the Arroyo Hondo Land Grant.
New Mexico Gas Company Authorization
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Lehto
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue to a new owner a special use authorization for existing gas distribution improvements, and analyze the installation of additional pipeline through the National Forest in the Red River area and minor improvements to existing infrastructure.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40354
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple locations across the Questa Ranger District
Red River Ski Area Multi-Season Improvement
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/02/2016
Est. Comment Period
11/2016
Expected: 03/2017 04/2017 Kevin Lehto
928-203-7526
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Ski trail grading and widening; installation of gladed terrain, an interpretive hiking trail, a mountain biking trail, and additional snowmaking infrastructure. Proposed improvements are within the ski area's existing special use permit boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48878
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 28N, R14 E, sections 1 and 2; T. 29N, R. 14E, section 35. Red River Ski Area, located at the Town of Red River.
Rio Costilla Habitat Improvement
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 04/2017 10/2017 Michael Gatlin
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Enhance existing aquatic habitat by replacing non-functional in-stream log structures with bank-stabilizing rocks, rock sills, deeper in-stream pools, gravel bars of native materials, and other habitat improvement structures.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50316
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 30N, R 15E, Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, & 14, NMPM In and along Rio Costilla and Forest Road 1900 in the Valle Vidal, from Comanche Point to the Forest Service boundary to the North.
Taos Ski Valley Gazex Avalanche Mitigation System Installation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/23/2016
Expected: 12/2016 05/2017 Eric Garner
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a fixed, remotely-operated avalanche control system within avalanche prone areas west of Kachina Peak along and below the ridgeline. This system would improve public and ski patrol safety within TSV, Inc.'s existing permit boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49245
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T27N, R14E, section 21 Within the existing special use permit boundary held by Taos Ski Valley, Inc.
Upper Bitter Creek Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Timothy Fruits
575-758-6312
tfruits@fs.fed.us
Description: Project will address forest and watershed health issues, improvements to wildlife habitat, provide traditional use forest products, maintain heathy vegetation characteristics that allow resistance to wildfire, insect and disease outbreaks.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33860
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - R.15E./T.30N. -Sec.31,32,33 and R.15E./T.29N.- Sec.3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,15,16,17,18,20. Headwaters of 3 watersheds, all tributaries of the Red River WS, including Bitter Creek, Cabresto Creek, Mallette Creek, has some common boundary with VV Unit and RCLA
Carson National Forest, Tres Piedras Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Eppie Quintana Private Road Access SUP
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
comments-southwestern-carson-tres-piedras@fs.fed.us
Description: Authorize access to a parcel of private land using an existing route through National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49827
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.30N., R.8E, NE 1/4 of section 9 Off of Forest Development Road 87.
Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
10/22/2015
Est. Comment Period
10/2016
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 Lora Arciniega
575-581-4554
comments-southwestern-carson-tres-piedras@fs.fed.us
Description: The objective is to conserve and restore the Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio landscape in order to increase forest ecosystem sustainability and resiliency to natural disturbances such as drought and climatic variability, insects, disease, fire and wind
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47861
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on the Tres Piedras Ranger District of the Carson National Forest (CNF) and surrounds the community of Tres Piedras in northern New Mexico.
San Antonio Mountain Communication Site Lease Taos County
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 08/15/2016
08/2016 Marshall Alford
575-581-4554
comments-southwestern-carson-tres-piedras@fs.fed.us
Description: Transfer communication site lease for existing facilities from the current lease holder, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, to the government of Taos County.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48123
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T. 30 N, R. 9 E, section 5 Existing communication site at the top of San Antonio Mountain, located approximately 15 miles north of Tres Piedras, NM.
Santos Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Wayne Yonemoto
575-758-8678
comments-southwestern-carson-tres-piedras@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit adjustment of season of use. *Project placed on hold due to comments received during comment period.*
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40136
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 25N, R. 10 E., Sections 2, 3, 4, 9, 10; T. 26N, R 10 E, Sections 19, 20, 26, 27, 29-31, 33-35 Tres Piedras Ranger District, Carson National Forest
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