Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- 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


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
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
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/21/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 05/2015 Julie Bain
505-438-5443
comments-southwestern-santafe@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
Forest-wide Outfitter-Guide Permit Issuance
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort Pedro's Park Lift
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/14/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Amy Simms
575-758-6310
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a new chairlift that would leave the base area and access existing beginner terrain. The proposal would require approximately 1.6 acres of clearing. The proposed project is within the special use permit boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44298
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 22N, R. 13E, section 10 Within the special use permit boundary of Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, located approximately 8 miles east of Penasco, NM.
Tri-State Taos to Black Lake Transmission Line Access
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/29/2011
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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
Canjilon Water Association
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: reissue expired permit
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.26N., R.5E., Section 9, T. 27N., R6E., Section 30, T.27N., R.5E. Section 36, T.26N., R.5E., Section 2 pipelines, PRVs. spring development, and water tanks are located northeast from the community of Canjilon
Cebolla Water Association
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: reissue expired special use permit
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.26N., R.4E., Section 2 and T.27N., R.4E., Section 35 pipeline west of U.S. Highway 84 south of village of Cebolla
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail-Martinez Canyon and Mesa de Las Viejas
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/16/2012
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us
Description: Complete the re-route analysis for the last two segments of the CDT on the Canjilon Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable Canjilon Ranger District
Carson National Forest, El Rito Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abeyta-Trujillo Acequia SUP Phase 2
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2014
Expected: 12/2014 12/2014 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us
Description: Install a 36 inch pipeline underground and associated improvements/maintenance.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable El Rito Ranger District
Ancones Mutual Domestic Water and Waste Water Consumers Association Tank
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2014
Expected: 09/2014 12/2014 Marshall Alford
575-581-4554
malford@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation and use of one 40,000 gal (18 ft dia, 20 ft tall) welded steel storage tank, including 490 ft of 3 in inlet and 6in outlet underground piping, re-enforced concrete foundation, and 15 ft access on either side of water line trench
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.25N,R.8E, Section 2 State Highway 111, just north of the community of Ancones, NM.
El Rito Canyon Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
08/01/2013
Expected: 12/2014 02/2015 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us
Description: Reduce fire hazard in the lower El Rito Canyon, improve watershed conditions within the El Rito Creek watershed, improve timber stands, and overall ecosytem habitat improvement. Provide protection to the community of El Rito, NM from wildlfires
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36969
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable El Rito Canyon
El Rito Regional Water Association Well
CE
- Special use management
- Special area management
On Hold N/A N/A Marshall Alford
575-581-4554
malford@fs.fed.us
Description: Drilling of a water supply well, waterline, and pumphouse
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.25N., R.7E., Section 19 El Rito Ranger District
Gerald Chacon Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Marshall Alford
575-581-4554
malford@fs.fed.us
Description: The El Rito Ranger District received an application from Gerald Chacon to obtain a permit for a private road.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.25N., R.9 E., Section proposed road is located north of US Highwy 285 and east of Forest Road 97
Ojito Prevatt Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Marshall Alford
575-581-4554
malford@fs.fed.us
Description: Private road special use permit for an existing road
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.24N., R.7E., section 14 Southeast of El Rito, NM
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
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposing to use prescribed burning, mechanical treatments, and herbicide as methods of treatment in sagebrush habitat.
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
Energen Resources Corporation Oil and Gas Production Facility Special Use Authorization
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/08/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2014
Expected: 12/2014 04/2015 Michael Davis
505-632-2956
michaeldavis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to issue a special use permit to Energen Resources Corporation (Energen)for the purpose of occupying National Forest System lands to drill four off lease natural gas wells by expanding an existing Energen well pad.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44934
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Section 10, Township 32 North, Range 5 West, NMPM Section 10, Township 32 North, Range 5 West, Carracas Mesa
Laguna Seca, Valencia, and Vaqueros Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management In Progress
Comment Period
04/25/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Sean Kelly
505-632-2956
sdkelly@fs.fed.us
Description: Grazing management and re-authorization of term grazing permits.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43413
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T. 27N, R 4W T. 29N, R 4W T. 29N, R 5W T. 28N, R 4W T. 30N, R 5W T. 30N, R 4W Jicarilla Ranger District: Laguna Seca, Valencia and Vaqueros Grazing Allotments.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Habitat Stamp Program 2015 Proposed Maintenance.
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/21/2014
Expected: 08/2014 01/2015 Cynthia Campbell
505-632-2956
cicampbell@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct maintenance and replacement activities on seven established water sources,decommission four established water sources, burn the area in and around an aspen clone, and conduct maintenance on seven previously burned units.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44420
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable Jicarilla Ranger District-District Wide
San Juan 27-4 Unit #51N Natural Gas Well and Ancillary Facilities
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/24/2014
08/2014 Michael Davis
505-632-2956
michaeldavis@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will review, process pursuant to applicable laws, and add any necessary Conditions of Approval (COA) to a Surface Use Plan of Operations (SUPO) submitted by Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, LP.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44906
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located in the southwest corner of the Jicarilla Ranger District.
WPX Energy Production, LLC Water Pipeline and Buried Electrical System
CE
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
02/25/2013
Expected: 12/2014 04/2015 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to authorize WPX Energy Production, LLC (WPX) to construct, operate, and maintain a salt water disposal pipeline and buried electrical transmission system.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41311
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township 31 North, Range 4 and 5 West, NMPM Laguna Seca Mesa, Cabresto Canyon
Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2013
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 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
2014 Red River Ski Area Summer Operations
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/11/2014
07/2014 Kevin Lehto
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us
Description: Renovate and enlarge the ski school building and construct a ropes course and zip-line near the ski school. This project would provide new summer recreational opportunities for visitors. Activities would occur within the existing SUP boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43412
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 29N, R. 14E, Section 35 Approximately 0.1 miles south of the Town of Red River.
Lama Communication Site 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 authorizations for existing facilities including re-issuing expired authorizations and analyzing and potentially authorizing improvements installed without prior authorization. Site is designated for these uses in the Carson Forest Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40359
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T28N, R12E, Section 14 Lama Communications Site
New Mexico Gas Company Authorization
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Kevin Lehto
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@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 Fish Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/20/2013
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 George Long
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore national conditions and increase the quality and quantity of habitat in two sections of the Red River. Increase access to the Red River and opportunities for recreational fishing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42981
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 29N, R. 13E, Section 32 and T. 28N, R. 12E The project focuses on two sections of the Red River: at and upstream of Eagle Rock Lake, and uupstream and downstream of the Red River State Fish Hatchery.
San Cristobal Treatment Center Guiding 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 a prioirty use permit to an existing guiding business currently operating under a temporary use permit. The service consists of day and overnight backpacking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing trips.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40411
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable Questa Ranger District, Carson National Forest (entire district)
Upper Bitter Creek Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
10/20/2011
Expected: 11/2014
Actual: 06/28/2012
12/2014 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
Valle Vidal Forest Plan Amendment
EA
- Land management planning On Hold N/A N/A Audrey Kuykendall
575-758-6200
akuykendall@fs.fed.us
Description: Amendment to the Forest Plan to include the Valle Vidal Unit. The EA is estimated to be out for comment in early 2012.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/planning
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Taos. LEGAL - T 29,30 N, R 15,16,17 E, NMPM Valle Vidal Unit, Carson National Forest between Costilla and Cimarron, New Mexico
Carson National Forest, Tres Piedras Ranger District R3 - Southwestern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Horn Mountain / Stateline
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2013
Expected: 09/2014 11/2014 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us
Description: Thin trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, and use prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels on approx. 600 acres. This is a joint project with the Rio Grande National Forest which will issue a decision for the remaining 3,100 acre
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T. 32N, R. 7E, Sections 20-23, 28 The 600 acre New Mexico section is within the northeast portion of the district, north of Forest Road 75
Santos Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management On Hold N/A N/A Wayne Yonemoto
505-758-8678
wyonemoto@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
Tio Gordito Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/06/2014
Est. Comment Period
10/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve resiliancy and restore desired conditions in ponderosa pine forests using mechanical treatments and prescribed burning.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38406
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable Red Mesa, Dry Lakes, and Tres Piedras areas
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.