Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,  Grand Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,  Gunnison Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,  Norwood Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,  Ouray Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,  Paonia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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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:
NOI in Federal Register 04/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@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 - Ashley National Forest All Units, Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, Dawes, Daggett, Uintah. Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska.
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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mount Sopris Rec Riders O/G Permit Proposal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Jonathan Thompson
970-963-2266
jonthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize Mount Sopris Rec Riders to groom and maintain the Sunlight to Powderhorn Snowmobile Trails on the White River and a few additional miles on the GMUG.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, West Zone/Rifle Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Pitkin. Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail System.
Taylor Pass Hut Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/26/2009 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 William Jackson
970-642-4439
wfjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 800 sq. ft., rustic, backcountry, winter use hut is being proposed to be built just south of Taylor Pass on the Gunnison Ranger District. The hut would be similar in scope and scale to the Friends Hut or the Markley Hut on the White River NF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Pitkin. LEGAL - T12S, R84W, SW ? of Section 14. Approximately 1.5 miles south of Taylor Pass.
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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Oil and Gas Leasing Revision
EIS
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Ryan Taylor
970-527-4131
rztaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revise 1993 Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing EIS decision to address changed conditions, revised leasing stipulations, and land availability.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33481
Location: UNIT - Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel. Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.
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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,   Grand Valley Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System (aka Ditch Bill) Easements
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2005 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The GVRD received 170 applications for easements on existing water facilities. Qualifying facilities receive an easement but additional terms can be added to OM Plan to protect resources. Decision/implementation to occur next several months.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=11465
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. Various locations on the Grnd Mesa and northern portion of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
Anderson Pit Development Plan
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27153
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Anderson T12S R96W section 3 & 10. Anderson Land End area.
Decommissing of Grand Mesa Facilities
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2006 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of developed facilities at the Wild Rose Picnic ground and Crag Crest campground on the Grand Mesa. Convert to trailheads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17017
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. Kannah Creek Area & Eggleston Lake Area.
Dominguez Canyon WS Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2011 
Expected:04/2012  07/2012 Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multi faceted project including Cold Spgs. Ranger Station, facilities work, 22 miles trail work.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31210
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. North Uncompahgre NF, Dominguez watershed.
Dominguez Creek Cutthroat Trout Translocation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
07/2012 Matthew Dare
970-874-6651
mdare@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish native cutthroat trout population in 16 miles of Dominguez Creek and 1 tributary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31269
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T15S, R100W, Sections: 19-22 and 26-29. Dominguez Creek is located on the northwest portion of the uncompahgre Plateau, in western Colorado.
Dominguez Ridge Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2012 Julie Grode
970-263-5828
jgrode@fs.fed.us 
Description: Up to 2100 acres of mechanical treatment in big game winter range is proposed in the pinyon-juniper habitats, to increase forage for big game.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31268
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T15S, R100W, Sections: 19-22, 26-29, 32-34. Dominguez Ridge area is on the north west portion of the Uncompahgre plateau.
Eggleston Lake Wind Throw Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Kevin Kyle
970-263-5829
khkyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of trees blown down as a result of wind storm on the Grand Mesa near Eggleston Lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35459
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T12S, R94W, Sections 5,6. Off of Forest Service Road 121, approximately 1.5 miles east of intersection of Forest Service Road 129 an 121.
FLPMA Road Easements/Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/05/2005 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorizing access to private inholdings (ANILCA) via existing roads on Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=13526
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Grand Mesa & Uncompahgre Non-system Route Decommissioning
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Perform decommission work on non-system routes on the Grand Mesa & North Uncompahgre NF area. Decommission work will be on routes that have been identified as non-system through previous travel mgmt plan.Complete rehabilitation of the route(s)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21541
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T11S, R95W & 96W. Grand Mesa, North Uncompahgre NF, Grand Valley Ranger District,.
Grand Mesa Winter Ski Trail head Improvements
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/19/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us 
Description: County Line: Relocate trailhead off of Highway 65 to address safety concerns. Installation of new toilet and possible change rooms. Skyway: Enlargement of exising parking area and installation of shelter.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32248
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. Grand Mesa National Forest/Grand Valley Ranger District-County Line TH & Skyway TH.
Grand Valley RD-Issuance of Temporary Recreation Event Permits.
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  05/2011 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Each year the Grand Valley Ranger District receives various requests for short term (less than one year) permits to conduct recreational activities on the National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9943
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa, Montrose. Lands across the entire district. Grand Mesa National Forest and the Northern part of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Grand Valley Spruce Beetle SAD Treatments
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/23/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Kevin Kyle
970/263-5829
khkyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: THIS PROJECT IS GENERALLY DESIGNED TO QUICKLY REACT TO FOREST HEALTH ISSUES SUCH AS INSECT AND DISEASE OUTBREAKS, AND INSTANCES OF WIND THROWN TIMBER.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32168
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON THE GRAND VALLEY RANGER DISTRICT. THE GRAND MESA AND UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU.
Grand Valley Trap Tree Management for Spruce Beetles
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2011 Eric Thompson
970-263-5824
ethompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish between 10-25 groups of trap trees to treat spruce beetle infested areas.
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - N/A , various locations on the entire Grand Valley Ranger District. At various locations in Spruce/Fir dominated stands at the Grand Valley Ranger District.
Grand mesa Christian Camp-MDP Proposal
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grand Mesa Christian Camp operates under authorization of 10-year term special use permit. A proposal has been received to construct a new residential cabin to change or modify the existing operation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32243
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. Grand Mesa Nationa Forest - T12S, R95W, Section1.
Hunter Reservoir Enlargement
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/26/2005 
Expected:01/2012
 
05/2012 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9127
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Section 27, T.11S., R.93W, 6th P.M. Approximately 11 miles south of Vega Reservoir.
Kings Spruce
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011  08/2011 Kevin Kyle
970-263-5829
khkyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sanitation and salvage operations to control spruce beetle infestation in stands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34516
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T12S, R95W section 7. Project area located southwest of the intersection of Hwy 65 and Lands End road 100.
Military Prk Development Plan
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32180
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T11S R96W Section 36. Grand Mesa National Forest/ Military Park Trickle Park area.
North Uncompahgre Trail Links and Construction
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Selected system trails offer limited public access and unsustainable construction across the Northern Unco pahgre NF. Project improves public access and builds sustainable trails beyond scope and decisions of the 2002 Uncompahgre Travel Plan.
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. Various locations on North Uncompahgre National Forest.
Priority Use (10 year) Outfitter-Guide/ Permit Reclassification
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Moves existing outfitter and guide special use permits to priority use(10) year permit authorization. Proposals will not change existing operations; but may require additional scoping/analysis for effects on National Forest System Lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23245
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. Grand Mesa and Northern Uncompahgre National Forest.
Range Improvement projects for Grand Valley Ranger District
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2011 Mike Surber
970-242-8211
msurber@fs.fed.us 
Description: 1.5 miles of fence construction on the Blue Creek Allotment, Uncompahgre National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31256
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T51N, R102W, sections 13,24,19. Blue Creek Allotment, northwest corner of Uncompahgre Plateau.
Special Use Authorizations
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of special use authorizations for new projects and reissuance for existing and previously authorized projects. Also includes operation and maintenance activities and temporary construction permits.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=13530
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. Various locations on Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests.
Special Use Permit Reissuance (Resort, Organiztion Camp, Recreation Residence, Outfitter-Guide
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  05/2011 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grand Valley Ranger District received requests to terminate and transfer applications for existing special use permits that authorized a business to conduct activities on National Forest. The proposals vary with each season.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33212
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. Grand Mesa National Forest & Uncompahgre National Forest, Grand Valley Ranger District.
Thunder Mountain Lodge Development Plan
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grand Valley Ranger District has requested a Master Developement Plan for future operations of Thunder Mountain Lodge, LLC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21343
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T12S, R95W, Section w. Grand Mesa NF, Project is situated on the South side of the Grand Mesa NF in the Ward Lake Area and within the Thunder Mountain Lodge permit boundary.
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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,   Gunnison Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
401 / Trailriders Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate a short portion of trail off of provate land onto the NF
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - R86W, T12S, SEC 28. NW of Mt. Crested Butte.
Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System (aka Ditch Bill) Easements
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2005 
Expected:01/2011
 
01/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Gunnison RD received 80 applications for easements on existing water facilities. Qualifying facilities receive an easement but additional terms can be added to OM Plan to protect resources. Decision/implementation to occur next several months.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy/
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Saguache. Various locations on the Gunnison Ranger District.
Barret
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Gerald Chonka
970-642-4411
gchonka@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to perform timber stand improvement and prescribed burning to improve range and wildlife habitat and reduce natural fuels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34519
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T47 and 48N, R3E, NMPM. Project area is south of Doyleville,CO on National Forest between Big Hill and Lionís Head.
Bill Trampe Ranches Land Exchange
EA
- Land acquisition  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jim Dunn
970-874-6662
jdunn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Upper Gunnison Basin Land Exchange EA completed in 1998; expect to rescope during thee first half of Cy2004
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. Gunnison County.
Black Sage Pass Borrow Pit Expansion
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:11/2011  07/2012 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expansion of existing borrow pit to generate fill material for mine
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28696
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 19 T49N R5E NMPM. Gunnison County - approximately 6 miles southwest of Whitepine, CO on NFSR 887 on Black Sage Pass.
Block & Tackle Trail Alignment
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2010 
Expected:06/2010
 
07/2010 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment of trail to eliminate a steep section of the Block & Tackle trail. (Approx. 750 - 1000 feet) Trail obliteration and restoration of the abandoned section of trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31632
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T13S R 84W Sect 21. National Forest System Trail (NFST #545). The realignment project is within the Cement Creek drainage approx. 1/4 mile above Cement Creek.
Carson SNOTEL
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct SNOTEL site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34463
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Sec 25, T42N, R5W, NMPM. Approximately 12 southwest of Lake City in Wager Gulch near Carson Sitesite.
Cement Creek Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of trail out of wetland. Up to 8700 lineal feet.
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - R84W, T13, SEC 32, 29,28,21, 16. Cement Creek, Gunnison NF, Gunnison RD, Gunnison County, CO.
Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/08/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
06/2012 Matthew Etzenhouser
970-642-4422
metzenhouser@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will provide timber management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31646
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T44N, R2,3&4 E; T45N, R2,3,4E; T46N, R2,3,4E; T47N, R2,3,4E; NMPM. The Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District (Highway 114 corridor).
Denver Lode Donation
CE
- Land acquisition  On Hold  N/A  N/A Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Acquisition of donated maining claim in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness area
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 24 and 25, T12S, R86W, 6th PM. Approximately 3 miles above Gothic in the Copper Creek drainage.
Ditch Reconstruction - Alpine Plateau
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:07/2011  09/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Partial reconstruction of existing irrigation ditch
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30536
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 34, T44N, R3W, NMPM. Approximately 12 miles north of Lake City.
Dix Easement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 300' of driveway on National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34465
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 22, T51N, R1W, NMPM. South of Almont on Colorado Highway 135.
Fish Habitat Improvement in the Cochetopa Creek Watershed
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2008 
Expected:03/2009  08/2009 Pauline Adams
970-240-5422
paulineadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project aims to increase fish habitat availability and stream connectivity in the Cochetopa Watershed by replacing eight culverts that are currently barriers to fish passage.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27347
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Sections 1, 11, 27, 35T 44N, RIE, NMPM. Road crossings on Los Pinos Creek (2 sites), Elk Creek, Pauline Creek, Perfecto Creek, Nutras Creek, and Stewart Creek. Forest Service roads include FSR 788, FSR 794 and FSR 790.1A.
Homestake SAD CE
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011  05/2012 Matthew Etzenhouser
970-642-4422
metzenhouser@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will use silvicultural treatments (coppice) to regenerate vulnerable and declining aspen stands adjacent to the Homestake mine road (NFSR 243.2A & 243.3K). Treatments are proposed on approximately 165 acres.
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T48N, R06E, sections, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, NMPM. This project is located on the Gunnison Ranger District of the Gunnison National Forest in aspen stands adjacent to NFSR 243.2A & .3K.
Jack's Cabin Cutoff County Road 813, Road Relocation
CE
- Road management
- Land ownership management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Janice Chapman
970-642-4405
jlchapman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of the East segment of County Road 813 to be accomplished with Gunnison County and the Federal Highway Administration to improve site distance, turning radius and drainage. The original alignment will be re-coutoured and reclaimed.
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T 15S, R 84W, 6th Principal Meridian, Sec. 29. Gunnison County.
Lake Irwin Campground Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/05/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2012 William Jackson
970-642-4439
wfjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Gunnison Ranger District has an opportunity to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Lake Irwin recreation area through funding from the Forest Service Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34637
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. The Lake Irwin Recreation Area is located approximately 7.5 miles from Crested Butte at Lake Irwin.
Lily Lake Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct short segment of trail to link trail between Ohio Pass Road #730 and Splains Gulch
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - R87W, T14S, SEC 14. Southwest of Crested Butte near Ohio Pass, Gunnison RD, Gunnison County, CO.
Long Lake Trail
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: New trail construction
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Hinsdale, Saguache. Gunnison Ranger District.
Meridian and Snodgrass Rangeland Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mark Hatcher
970-642-4410
mchatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will analzye weather to graze on not graze the Snodgrass and meridian Allotments. If grazing is selected how that grazing will be carried out. The proposed alternative includes placing the Snodgrass Allotment into the Gothic Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30751
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T. 13S., R. 86W., Secs. 14,15,23. The allotments are located immediately adjacen and west of the town of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado.
Mt. Emmons Baseline Study Plan of Operations
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Jeff Burch
970-874-6649
jburch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct analysis for baseline studies (geology, geotechnical stabilty and hydrology) to determine feasibility of Mt. Emmons moly mine
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33468
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. Carbon Creek, Splains Gulch and Mt .Emmons areas, Gunnison National Forest.
Poole Road Easement
EA
- Road management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private road access
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. Gunnison County.
Reissuance of Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:09/2011  12/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorizing to access private land on existing road
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28698
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 8,9 T49N R4W NMPM. Approximately 20 miles west of Gunnison, Co near Soap Creek Road (721).
Reissuance of expiring Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:09/2011  12/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road access to private land at Soap Creek, Special Use Permit for spring development & waterline at Gothic, Special Use Permit for an existing irrigation ditch near Spring Creek Pass
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30535
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 9, T49N, R4W, NMPM: Sec 3, T13S, R86W, 6thPM: Sec 35 & 36, T43N, R3W, NMPM. Forest boundary at Soap Creek, Gothic Townsite, Spring Creek Road.
San Luis Peak Trail Construction/Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 William Jackson
970-642-4439
wfjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Perform heavy trail maintenance, trail realignment, and new trail construction, including restoration of existing sections of existing user route(s) used to climb San Luis Peak, a 14,000 foot peak ing the LaGarita Wilderness
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31053
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T43, R1W, Sections 6, 7, 12, 13 NMPM. Stewart Creek Trail and San Luis Peak, LaGarita Wilderness, Saguache County, CO.
Thomas Roach No 2 Ditch Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:09/2010  11/2010 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Heavy maintenance and reconstruction of existing irrigation ditch
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28686
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 3 T45N R4W NMPM. Approximately 12 miles north of Lake City, CO near the Alpine Plateau Road (868).
Whitepine Powerline Re-route
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-route of electric poerline to remove the line from the Akron Mine reclaimation project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30533
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 34, T50N, R81W, NMPM. Southeast of the WHitepine Townsite.
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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,   Norwood Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System (aka Ditch Bill) Easements
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2005 
Expected:10/2007
 
10/2007 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Norwood RD received 30 applications for easements for existing water facilities. Qualifying facilities receive an easement but additional terms can be added to OM Plan to protect resources. Decision/implementation to occur next several months.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy/
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, San Miguel. Various locations on the Norwood Ranger District.
Carr and Waddle Ditch
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:05/2011  08/2011 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue Special Use Permit
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T.43N., R.9W., Sec. 18, 19, and 30. This ditch diverts water out of the East Fork of Deep Creek.
Clay Creek Travel Implementation
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011  06/2011 Robert McKeever
970-327-4261 X4351
rmckeever@fs.fed.us 
Description: Implementation of 2002 travel management.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34044
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, San Miguel. LEGAL - T45N, R11W, R12W. An area between McKenzie creek drainage on the South and Forest service Road 530 on the North.
Fall Creek and Woods Lake Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Reclammation Project
EA
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2008 
Expected:06/2008  08/2008 Christopher James
970-240-5421
cjjames@fs.fed.us 
Description: GMUG NF is considering a proposal from the Colorado Division of Wildlife to chemically treat Woods Lake and its tributaries to restore Native Colorado River Cutthrout Trout to the upper Fall Creek Watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22853
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. Project area located near Woods Lake SRA, approximately 9 air miles south of Placerville, CO.
Ironhorse Analysis Area
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:03/2008  04/2008 John Moore
(970) 874-6696
jmoore06@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a vegetation management strategy and subsequent NEPA decision(s) for a suite of vegetation treatments for National Forest System lands located on the Uncompahgre Plateau south of Horsefly Canyon. BLM lands near project may be included.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9047
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, San Miguel. LEGAL - Portions of: T46N R13W, T46N R12W, T46N R11W, T45N R12W, T45N R11W, T44N R12W, T44N R11W. Horsefly and Beaver/ McKensie Creeks 5th HUC Watersheds.
Naturita Fuels Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2013 Glenn Webb
970-327-4261 x4353
gwebb@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a wildland urban Interface Fire Hazard reduction and Fire Landscape Restoration Project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34879
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, San Miguel. LEGAL - T43 and 44N and R13 and 14W. Southwest of Norwood, CO.
Oxbow Mining, LLC, Methane Drainage Wells
CE
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/05/2007 
Expected:07/2007
Actual: 07/09/2007 
07/2007 Ryan Taylor
970-527-4131
rztaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS is proposing to authorize Oxbow to construct 3 drill pads, drilling and operating 7 methane drainage wells, and constructing approximately 5,450 feet of new temporary road in T. 12 S., R. 91 W., Section 36; of Delta County, CO
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=21262
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T12S R91W S36 Delta County CO. Approximately 3 miles northwest of the town of Somerset, CO, north of State Hwy 133.
Priest Lake Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:10/2010  08/2011 Katherine Peckham
970-327-4261
kpeckham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of recreation facilities at Priest Lake
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31809
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - T41N R9W Sec. 8 NE1/4. Located approx. 15 miles south of telluride CO. along Forest Service Road # 628.
Sanborn Park Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2007 
Expected:04/2008  09/2008 John Moore
(970) 874-6696
jmoore06@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management for ecological health, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and hazardous fuels treatment, wildlife habitat improvement, and powerlinr corridor ROW treatments.
Web Link:  http://www.upproject.org
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, San Miguel. LEGAL - Portions of: T46N, R13W; T46N, R12W; T46N, R11W; T45N, R12W; T45N, R11W; T44N, R12W; T44N, R11W. This projecct is located on the Norwood RD near the small community of Sanborn Park six air miles northeast of norwood, CO.
Telephone Draw Rollerchop
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/14/2008 
Expected:05/2008
 
08/2008 Craig Grother
970-327-4261 X4344
cgrother@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action includes roller chopping and seeding up to 1,000 acres of previously chained pinon and juniper woodland to improve forage conditions on big game winter range.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=24184
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - T46N, R13W, sections 4, 5, 6, and 9, and T45N, R13W, sections 20, 29, 31, 32, and 33. The project area is located in the Telephone Draw area of the Uncompahgre Plateau. It is located north of old Highway 90, approximately 12 miles east of Nucla, Colorado in Montrose County.
Thunder Road Trails EA
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:10/2010  06/2011 Katherine Peckham
970-327-4261
kpeckham@fs.fed.us 
Description: To analyze, design and construct 26 miles of motorized single track trails in the Thunder Road area south of the Town of Norwood. The purpose and need for this project is sto provide single track opportunities for the community of Norwood.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31861
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. The project area consists of the Thunder Road pod and the east Naturita pod. The project will occur on National Forest Srvice lands administered by the Norwood Ranger District, GMUG NF.
Uncompahgre Pine Maintenance 2010
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/03/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Glenn Webb
970-874-6621
gwebb@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is an underburn reentry of the Glencoe, Copper King, and Hanks Valley prescribed burns.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33365
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - (1) T47N, R14W, s 1-12 and 17; T47N, R15W, s 1 and 2; T48 N, R15W, s 31-35; (2) T48N, R14W, s 13-16, 19-24; (3) T46N, R12W, s 2-5, 8-11, and 15-17. (1) Glencoe (2) Copper King (3) Hank's Valley.
Uncompahgre Plateau Travel Management Norwood RD 2010
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/20/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2010 
Expected:06/2010
 
06/2010 Robert McKeever
970-327-4261 X4351
rmckeever@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommissioning non system routes on the Uncompahgre Plateau Norwood Ranger Distrcit for Timber and wildfire habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32521
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, San Miguel. LEGAL - South end of Plateau. South Divide Uncompahgre Plateau.
Von Hagen Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue private road easement.
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T.42N., R.11W., Sec. 10 and 11. Private road off the Fall Creek road.
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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,   Ouray Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Columbine Gravel Pit Development Plan
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decision tiers off Columbine OHV Recreation Area decision and adopts a pit develepment plan.
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - T48N, R14W, Sec. 11. Columbine Pass.
Crystal Lake Dam Repairs
CE
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/21/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
08/2011 Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rebuild embankments that exhibit significant leakage. Repair or replace non-functioning outlet works and spillway. Install toe drains. Install riprap on the dam. Clear woody vegetation growing on the dam.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35443
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Crystal Lake, approximately 4 miles south of Ouray, CO along HWY 550.
FLPMA Road Easements/Permits
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:02/2012  02/2012 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize access to private inholdings on the Uncompahgre National Forest. Strole-existing Trail # 149 provides historic access to private land on the Uncompahgre Plateau.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34540
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - Sec13, T47N, R12W. Montrose County.
FLPMA Road Easements/Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/01/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorizing access to private inholdings via existing roads on the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31506
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, Ouray. LEGAL - Uncompahgre Plateau: T46N, R11W, Sec 4; T47N, R10W, Sec. 32; Mountain Division: T44N, R8W, Sec 21; T44N, R7W, Sec. 18 & 19. Uncompahgre National Forest, Plateau & Mountain Division.
Fader Salvage
CE
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Matthew Tuten
970-240-5417
mtuten@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage harvest of dead and dying beetle killed Douglas Fir and Engelmann Spruce trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35503
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - T48N, R14W, Sec. 6 and T49N, R14W, Sec.32. Timber located within 2000 ft. Northeast of NFSR 402 (Divide) Road, 4.1 miles Northwest of Junction with NFSR 503 (Delta-Nucla).
Fort Peabody
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kris Wist
970-240-5414
kwist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 1/2 mile of new trail from the parking area near Imogene Pass to the historical Fort Peabody site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32266
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Approximately 1/20 of a mile above Imogene Pass on FS Road 869.
Greyhound Mine Exploratory Drilling
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2011  07/2011 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 8 core holes near Greyhound Mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32093
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - T43N, R8W, Sec. 36. On National Forest Lands near Greyhound Mine.
Love Mesa Project
EA
- Forest products   On Hold  N/A  N/A Monica Ruiz-Diaz
970-240-5406
mruizdiaz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Ponderosa Pine commercial thinning.
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T49N, R15W, Secs 12-14, 23-24; T49N, R14W, Secs 4-9, 16-19. Uncompahgre Plateau between East Fork and Middle Fork of Escalante Creek.
Ouray Ice Park Townsite Act Sale & Ouray Watertank Pipeline Project
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2006 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed for City of Ouray to purchase NFS land within the Ice Park, south of city limits.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34534
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Sec 31, T44N, R7W & Sec 6, T43N, R7W. Uncompahgre River Gorge, south of City of Ouray.
Parallel Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2010 
Expected:09/2010  06/2011 Kris Wist
970-240-5414
kwist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trail construction on the Uncompahgre Plateau.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32268
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, Ouray. From Columbine cmpgrd it parallels Divide Rd on the N. for approx 10 mi w/in a 1/2 mi bndry of Divide. At FS Rd. 40287 it crosses to the S. of Divide for 2 mi & crosses 90 to connect w/existing trail.
Qwest Phone Lines
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/15/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue new permit to Qwest for existing phone lines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32095
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Canyon Creek Road, Highway 550, North of Ouray.
Special Use Authorizations
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:02/2012  02/2012 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use permit to Silver Jack HOA for spring development. Issue permit for Red Mountain Ditch. All are existing facilities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34532
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Ouray. LEGAL - Sec 6, T46N, R6W (Silver Jack spring development); Sec 14, T42N, R8W (Red Mtn Ditch). Gunnison & Ouray Counties.
Special Use Authorizations
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/28/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of special use permit for Skyrocket Creek diversion. / Reissuance of special use permits for Springbox (Mountain Division) and Cabin (Plateau Division).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32096
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, Ouray. LEGAL - Ouray County: T44N, R7W, Sec. 30 and T44N, R8W, Sec. 12; Montrose County: T48N, R13W, Sec. 4. Ouray and Montrose Counties.
Uncompahgre Plateau Travel Management Ouray RD 2010
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/20/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2010 
Expected:06/2010
 
06/2010 Robert McKeever
970-327-4261 X4351
rmckeever@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommissioning non system routes on the Uncompahgre Plateau Ouray Districts for Timber and Wildlife habitate.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32520
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa, Montrose. LEGAL - South end Uncompahgre Plateau. South Divide Uncompahgre Plateau.
Upper Mountain Top Mine Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  06/2011 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize access and surface use of NFS land in Governor Basin.
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - T43N, R8W, Sec. 20. On NFS lands.
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Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests,   Paonia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Modification (#5) to Federal Coal Lease COC-61357
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:03/2011  06/2011 Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Oxbow Mining LLC has applied to modify lease COC-61357 by adding 157 acres to prevent bypass of federal coal reserves both within existing lease and in the modification area. Forest must decide whether or not to consent to BLM leasing this land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34307
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sections 32 and 33 of T.12S, R. 90W, 6th PM, in Gunnison County. Approximately 2 miles north of Somerset, Colorado.
Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System (aka Ditch Bill) Easements
CE
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2005 
Expected:04/2007
 
05/2007 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Paonia RD received 53 ditch bill applications on existing water facilities. 19 easements completed/11 applications denied thus far in the process. Decision/implementation to occur over the next few months.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison. Various locations on the Gunnison National Forest.
DRY FORK ALLOTMENT PLAN REVISION
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Dave Bradford
970-527-4131.
dbradford@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revise Dry Fork Allotment Plan to meet Forest Plan Standards
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - T.13S., R90W., Sections 13, 14, 22, - 29, ,32, - 36, and T.13S., R.91W., Sections 16-21 and 28-33. DRY FORK ALLOTMENT.
Dr. Thomas Beach
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/29/2006 
Expected:08/2007
 
09/2007 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Right-Of-Way Application - Existing and New Road
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=19161
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison. LEGAL - T.13S., R.88W., Section 6. Gunnison County.
Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/21/2010 
Expected:06/2010
 
02/2011 Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLandís existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32459
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sections 10, 11, 13, 14, 22, 23 of T.14S., R. 90W., 6th PM. Coal in the existing leases is mined by Mountain Coal Company (MCC) from their West Elk Mine near Somerset in Gunnison County, Colorado.
Florista/Briscoe
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2006 
Expected:04/2008
Actual: 03/25/2010 
05/2008 Albert Borkowski
702-515-5411
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Right-Of-Way Application - Existing Roads
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17717
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison. LEGAL - Gunnison County. Gunnison County, T.14S.m R.87W., Section 8, 9, and 10.
Lost Lake Campground Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2009 
Expected:09/2010
Actual: 09/18/2009 
10/2010 Albert Borkowski
702-515-5411
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lost Lake Campground/Horse Ranch Park trailhead Capitol Improvement Project. Activity selection should be "Facility rehabilitation", but chose "Facility Improvements" as closest choice.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9227
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Kebler Pass. Gunnison County.
Oil Well Recreation Route Designation
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Albert Borkowski
702-515-5411
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate routes for motorized recreational use. On hold awaiting travel management.
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - 22 Miles north of Paonia, CO. Delta County.
Sheep Mountain Recreation Route Designation
EA
- Land management planning   On Hold  N/A  N/A Nancy Schwieger
970-527-4131
nschwieger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate routes for motorized recreational use. On hold awaiting Travel Management.
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - 16 Miles North of Paonia, CO. Delta County.
Special Use Permits
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2006 
Expected:02/2007
 
03/2007 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: General Permits, Bartlett Access, Overland Enlargement, Hughes, Zanin, M.Hughes, Lee, Iron Rose Ranch Access, Knight and Durmas access, Smith Fork Ranch Water System, Gunnison County/McClure Pass Comm Site Upgrade.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9292
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - Delta, Gunnison & Montrose Counties. Delta, Gunnison & Montrose Counties.
Special Use Permits-Outfitter/Guide
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/20/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal: J.R. Enos, Western Colorado Outfitters
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9294
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - Delta, Gunnison & Montrose Counties. Delta, Gunnison & Montrose Counties.
Special Use Permits/Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/15/2006 
Expected:07/2007
 
08/2007 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: No physical changes: Zimmerman,Crawford Mesa Water Assoc,Charles Masner, Beach/Chapman, Sims, Slyzuik, West Elk Ranch,
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9296
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - Within Paonia Ranger District. Separate decisions. Ongoing. Analysis in progress. CE or EA. Delta, Gunnison and Montrose Counties.
WAPA Power Line Fuels/Vegetation Treatments/Prescription & Mechanical
EA
- Fuels management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 03/04/2008 
Expected:06/2008
Actual: 06/27/2008 
07/2008 Albert Borkowski
970-527-4131
aborkowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: WAPA ( Western Area Power Administration) Power Line Fuels & Vegetation Treatments/Prescription & Mechanical treatments outside of ROW. Pre-scoping.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=9302
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Montrose. LEGAL - Montrose, Gunnison & Delta Counties/Curecanti-Rifle 230KV Line. Montrose, Gunnison & Delta Counties/Curecanti-Rifle 230KV Line.
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