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, 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
11/2017
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 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
04/2018
Expected: 04/2019 05/2019 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
01/2018
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 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, Camino Real Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
McGaffey Forest and Watershed Restoration
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 08/2019 05/2020 Gabriel Romero
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us
Description: Part of Taos Valley Watershed Coalition's Landscape Restoration Strategy, the project proposes to re-establish fire-adapted forests, reduce the threat of severe effects from wildfire, provide wood products to communities, and improve wildlife habitat
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52579
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T23N R12E sections 1, 11-14, &23-24; T23N R13E sections 2-11, 14-23, & 26-29; T24N R12E sections 13, 24-45, & 36; and T24N R13E sections 8-9 & 16-36; NMPM Located on both side of Highway 518, from the National Forest boundary on the north to US. Hill on the south and from Miranda Arroyo on the west to Bear Wallow Ridge and Maestas Ridge on the east.
Miranda Canyon Public Access
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2018
Expected: 07/2019 07/2019 Daniel O'Toole
575-758-6282
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us
Description: Designation of public access routes which may include roads, motorized trails, and/or nonmotorized trails within the Miranda Canyon parcel of the Camino Real Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50824
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 23N, R 12E, sections 1-3, 10-12, & 14; T 24N, R 12E, sections 12-14, 23-26, & 34-36; T 24N, R 13E, sections 7 & 18, NMPM West and south of Miranda Arroyo, in the Miranda Canyon parcel south of Llano Quemado.
Pueblo Ridge Forest Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 01/2019 05/2019 Gabriel Romero
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation treatments on up to 10,000 acres to restore stand density, forest structure, species composition, and fire hazard to conditions that are more resilient to uncharacteristically severe disturbance.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52575
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T25N R13E sections 13-16 & 23-24; T25N R14E sections 7-9, 11, & 13-30; T25N R15E sections 7, 18-19, & 30; NMPM Project area is north of Highway 64 in Taos Canyon and south of the boundary with Taos Pueblo.
Rio Trampas
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 10/20/2017
05/2018 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
11/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 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.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2018
Actual: 05/04/2016
05/2018 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
Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2013
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A 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.
East Side Valle Vidal Watershed Restoration
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/26/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 George Long
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of native trout stream habitat and watershed conditions. Work includes stream channel stabilization, headcut remediation, restoration of impaired wetlands, and understory vegetation treatments to restore riparian habitats.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50812
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax. LEGAL - T28N R16E 1-4, 9-11, 15-16; R17E: 2-6, 9-11, 14-15; T29N R16E: 1-4, 10-15, 21-29, 32-36; R17E: 1-24, 26-35; R18E: 4-9, 18-19; T30N R16E: 2-3, 9-11, 14-16, 21-28, 33-36; R17E: 19-23, 25-36; R18E: 31-32 Watersheds on the east side of Valle Vidal occurring on National Forest lands in Colfax County.
Highway 150 Corridor Wildland Urban Interface
CE
- Fuels management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/10/2016
Expected: 01/2018 05/2018 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

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2017
Actual: 12/08/2017
05/2018 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
Ponil Creek Watershed Collaborative Landscape Restoration
EA
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 07/2019 09/2019 George Long
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Landscape restoration on up to 64,528 acres in Colfax County, in order to promote conditions that are resilient to uncharacteristic disturbances from wildfire, insects, disease, and climatic variability.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52158
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax. LEGAL - T28N R16E 1-4, 9-11, 15-16; R17E: 2-6, 9-11, 14-15; T29N R16E: 1-4, 10-15, 21-29, 32-36; R17E: 1-24, 26-35; R18E: 4-9, 18-19; T30N R16E: 2-3, 9-11, 14-16, 21-28, 33-36; R17E: 19-23, 25-36; R18E: 31-32 Project would occur on 58,954 acres of NFS lands on the eastern half of the Valle Vidal, and on 5,574 acres of the Elliot Barker Wildlife Area, administered by NM Department of Game & Fish.
Taos Ski Valley Gazex Avalanche Mitigation System Installation
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
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
Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio Landscape Restoration Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2017
Actual: 10/20/2017
03/2018 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.
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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