Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2013 to 12/31/2013
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 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 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 09/2013 
Expected:03/2014
 
04/2014 Christopher Wehrli
435-896-1053
clwehrli@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Location: UNIT - 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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 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
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail off of Forest Service roads. Proposed trail location is at or near the actual divide. Up to 3 trail heads will be constructed along the new section of trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31283
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Not Applicable. From Lujan Pass on the east to the LaGarita Wilderness on the west, Rio Grande and GMUG National Forests.
White-Nose Syndrome: Caves and Abandoned Mines
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Minerals and Geology 
Completed  Actual: 03/28/2013
03/27/2013
03/27/2013
03/27/2013
03/27/2013
03/26/2013
03/26/2013
03/26/2013
03/26/2013
03/25/2013 
07/2013 Trey Schillie
303-275-5067
tschillie@fs.fed.us 
Description: The US Forest Service is preparing an environmental analysis for cave and abandoned mine management options for the bat disease commonly known as white-nose syndrome (WNS).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r2/wns
Location: UNIT - Bighorn National Forest All Units, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest All Units, San Juan National Forest All Units, White River National Forest All Units, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units, Shoshone National Forest All Units, Rio Grande National Forest All Units, Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands All Units, Black Hills National Forest All Units, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests All Units. STATE - Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Wyoming. COUNTY - Adams. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bighorn, San Juan, Pike and San Isabel and CC, Medicine Bow and Routt, Shoshone, Black Hills, White River, Rio Grande, Arapaho and Roosevelt and Pawnee.
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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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Qwest Phone Lines
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
02/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32095
Location: UNIT - Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Miguel. Grand Mesa NF, Gunnison NF, Uncompaghre NF.
Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 07/31/2013
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2014 
Expected:02/2015
 
05/2015 Scott Williams
760-382-7371
scottwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 300,000 acres of forest have experienced mortality from insects and disease agents over the past decade. This planning effort will allow us to act adaptively, proactively and efficiently to changing forest health conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42387
Location: UNIT - Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Saguache, San Miguel. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest currently estimates that between 250,000-350,000 acres will be analyzed for both commercial harvest and non-commercial treatments (mechanical and prescribed fire).
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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
Anderson Pit Development Plan
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/06/2012 
Expected:11/2013
 
11/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27153
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Anderson T12S R96W section 3 & 10. Anderson Land End area.
Blanche Park Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/20/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
07/2014 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of short-term special use permit for rehabilitation of existing dam and constructionof access route.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=13530
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Section 35, T. 11 S., R. 94 W., 6th P.M. Approximately 12 miles northeast of Cedaredge, CO. near Park Reservoir.
Cedar Mesa Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2013  09/2013 Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute of Cedar Mesa ATV trail off the dam of Calumet Reservoir to more suitable location.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42071
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Section 31, T. 11 S., R. 93 W., 6th P.M. .
Construction of new trailheads
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us 
Description: New ATV trailheads to be constructed at Owns Creek 'Corrals, Bonham reservoir Kiosk and the Green Mountain trail (2 locations)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42070
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. Green Mountain Trail off NFSR's 125 and 129, Owens Creek Corrals off NFSR 265, Bonham Reservoir Kiosk off NFSR 259.
Decommissing of Grand Mesa Facilities
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31210
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. North Uncompahgre NF, Dominguez watershed.
Grand Mesa & Uncompahgre Non-system Route Decommissioning
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2013 
Expected:11/2013  06/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.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 100
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Modifies existing special use permit to add one additional recreation event, September
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42079
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - Section 11, 15 T. 12 S. R.96 W. 6th P.M. Flowing Park and Lands End on the Grand Mesa National Forest.
Grand Valley RD-Issuance of Temporary Recreation Event Permits.
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/14/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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 Ranger District Burn Blocks
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
04/2014 Julie Grode
970-263-5828
jgrode@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to burn approximately 500-1500 acres of oakbrush and mixd mountain shrub vegetation in important elk and deer habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42025
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. District Wide.
Hunter Reservoir Enlargement
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/26/2005 
Expected:07/2014
 
08/2014 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
Internal Revenue Service Permit Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use permit to replace an expiring permit for a building tower and electronic equipment on Lot L, Mesa Pint Communication site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42066
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Section 34, T. 12 S., R. 97 W., 6th P.M. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Leon Creek ATV Bridge
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2013  09/2013 Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a new ATV bridge across Leon Creek along the Kenney Creek Road (NFSR 260)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42067
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Section 9, T. 11S., R. 93 W., 6th P.M. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Mesa Point Road Users Association Permit Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new FLPMA private road special use permit to replace an expiring permit for an access road to the Mesa Pint Communications site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42064
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Section 34, T. 12 S., R. 97 W, 6th P.M. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Mika Ag FLPMA Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/05/2012 
Expected:11/2013
 
11/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize landowner use of existing driveways accessing private land on Uncompahgre Plateau.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=13526
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Secs. 22, 23, 25, 27 & 36, T.50N, R. 16 W., and Sec. 1, T. 52 N., R 16 W., NMPM. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Military Prk Development Plan
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/06/2012 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 Development
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Grand Valley Ranger District has received a proposal, including a map of proposed routes, from the Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle club to add trail routes on the North End of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40778
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. Project location will be on the Northern part of the Uncompahgre National Forest, Grand Valley Ranger District.
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.
Pine Mountain Fence
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/20/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
03/2014 Mike Surber
970-242-8211
msurber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pine Mountain Fence: Proposes to authorize construction of 1.0 miles of range fence for livestock management purposes on the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31256
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T51N, R102W, Sections 19 and 24, New Mexico PM. Uncompahgre National Forest.
Powderhorn Mountain Bike Trails
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/20/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 Loren Paulson
970-242-8211- X4112
lpaulson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Powderhorn Mountain Resort has proposed a 15 mile mountain bike trail system to be constructed within their permit area located on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Construction would occur in 3 phases with phase 1 involving approx. 5 miles of trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40767
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T 11S, R96W, Sections 29, 30, 31 & 32. The project is located on the North side of the Grand Mesa National Forest within the Powderhorn Ski Resort permit boundary.
Recreation Event Authorization- Surface Creek Women's Saddle Club
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2013  09/2013 Ryan Fricke
970-263-5809
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: New Temporary Recreation Event to Authorize an equestrian endurance ride on the Mesa top Trail in the central portion of the Grand Mesa National Forest. 75 Participants on September 14, 2013
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42662
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - Section 11, 15 T., 12 S, R96W., 6th Principle Meridian. Grand Mesa National Forest (Mesa Top).
Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Pipeline Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/06/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of new permit for existing Collbran to read Natural Gas Pipeline
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41338
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - Portions of T. 11 S., R. 94 W., T. 12 S., R. 94 W., and T. 12 S., R. 95 W., 6th P.M. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Sale of the Coon Creek Administrative Site
EA
- Land ownership management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 09/25/2013
05/09/2008 
09/2008 Corey Wong
970-874-6668
cwong@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to sell the 160-acre Coon Creek administrative site, Grand Mesa National Forest, Mesa County, Colorado. The site is no longer needed for Forest Service purposes. Revenues will be used by the agency for other facilities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17114
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - NE1/4, Sec 16, T. 11 S., R. 96 W., 6th PM. Coon Creek Administrative Site, 34 miles east of the City of Grand Junction, within Mesa County, Colorado.
Surface Creek Trail Decommissioning
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Chris Foreman
970-263-5835
cforeman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommissioning of user-created trail not authorized under Grand Mesa Travel Plan in Surface Creek area. The trail generally follows where a telephone line used to be located.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42069
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Sections 1,2 and 12, T.12 S., R. 93 W., 6th P.M. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Trickel Park Road Improvement Project
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/15/2002 
Expected:12/2013
 
07/2014 Cindi Range
970-242-8211
crange@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-condition the surface of Trickel Park Road # 121 from Alexander Lake Lodge to the North Forest Boundary. Includes one mile of new pavement from the intersection with FDR #123 to East Crag Crest Trailhead
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=8628
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. Grand Mesa National Forest. Trickel Park Road # 121 from GM Visitor Center to North Forest Boundary near the town of Collbran.
Western Area Power Adminstration Commumnication Site Lease
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/06/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Linda Bledsoe
970-263-5802
lbledsoe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of communication site lease for existing facilities at the Island Lake communication site.Lease will replace original MOU with Bureau of Reclamation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41347
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Section 33, T. 11 S., R. 95 W., 6th P.M. Grand Mesa National Forest.
Western Colorado Hunting Retriever Club Dog Trials
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
06/2013 Ryan Fricke
970-242-8211
rfricke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of short term permit to conduct dog trials on various reservoirs on Grand Mesa National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42078
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Mesa. LEGAL - Section 11 & 15, T. 12 S. R.96 W. 6th P.M. Carson lake, Anderson reservoirs and Cobbett Lake on the Grand Mesa National Forest.
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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
Alvarez Easement
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2014 
Expected:09/2014  09/2014 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land near Sargents, CO
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38594
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec.10, T48N, R5E, NMPM. Near Sargents, CO.
Barret
CE
- Fuels management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2014 
Expected:09/2014  10/2014 Pat Medina
970-641-0471
pmedina@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/nepa_project_exp.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 Lion’s Head.
Brush Creek Powerline Extension
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/12/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 4,000' extension of the existing underground power line located approximately 10' from the Brush Creek Rd
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Section 13, T13S, R85W, 6th PM. Brush Creek Drainage approximately 5 miles east of Crested Butte.
CBMR Mountain Bike Skills Park
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/30/2013  10/2013 Tambi Gustafson
970-642-4417
tkgustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: At the Top of Red Lift, in an area previously analyzed for the Red Lady Lodge, a mountain bike skills park would be constructed for beginner and intermediate mountain bike riders.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42193
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Within CBMR permit boundary. Within CBMR permit boundary.
CBMR Mountain Bike Trail Construction
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/30/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
05/2014 Tambi Gustafson
970-642-4417
tkgustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A beginner mountain bike trail in the Smith Hill Area, a down hill trail in the Uley's Cabin Area, and an extension of Pyscho Rocks Trail would be constructed with the use of a rubber tracked machine and hand construction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42195
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Within CBMR permit boundary. Within CBMR permit Boundary.
CBMR Teocalli 2 Egress
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/30/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 Tambi Gustafson
970-642-4417
tkgustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 20 ft wide winter route would be developed by removing trees to allow for egress from Teocalli 2 Bowl.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42194
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Within the CBMR permit boundary. Within CBMR permit boundary.
CBMR Yurt Installation
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/30/2013  10/2013 Tambi Gustafson
970-642-4417
tkgustafson@fs.fed.us 
Description: At the Top of Painter Boy Lift, a 35 foot diameter yurt would be constructed to house the terrain park staff and ski patrol.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42192
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Within CBMR permit boundary. Within CBMR permit boundary.
Cement Creek Ditches Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/23/2013  10/2013 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue special use permit for two existing ditches: Jones Highline and Adams Cement Creek
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42395
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sections 22 and 23 T14S R85W 6th PM. Cement Creek.
Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/08/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 Art Haines
970-641-0471
ahaines@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will provide forest 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/nepa_project_exp.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).
Ender Mill Site Restoration
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/10/2013  09/2013 Ben Stratton
970-641-0471
bstratton@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is restoring the native vegetation where an old saw mill once worked. The area has not completely revegetated and will not without action. Part of the action will be to implement existing travel management decisions to this area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41740
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T.14S., R87W., Sec. 10, SWSW, 6thPM. 0.5 miles south of the junction of the Ohios Pass and Kebler Pass roads.
Flat Top Mountain Riparian Restoration - Gunnison Sage-Grouse Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 07/22/2013  08/2013 Matthew Vasquez
970-642-4401
mgvasquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration work to address cut banks, head-cutting, and incised gulleys w/in Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat. This project will strive to improve Sage-Grouse brood-rearing habitat. Restoration work was completed on adjacent private land fall 2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40704
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T. 51N, R.1W, Sections 10, 11, 14, 15; NMPM. Flat Top Mountain approximately 8 miles north/northwest of Gunnison, CO, within the Ohio Creek valley.
Fossil Ridge I Land Exchange
EA
- Special area management
- Minerals and Geology
- Land ownership management 
Completed  Actual: 09/20/2013  06/2014 John Almy
970-874-6644
jmalmy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange approximately 700 acres of lands on the Gunnison National Forest in Saguache County for approximately 945 acres of privately owned lands in Gunnison County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41302
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Saguache. LEGAL - T48N, R6E, Sections 15,16, 21, and 22 and T50N, R2W, Sections 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11, NMPM. Exchange FS land in Saguache County with private land in Gunnison County.
Iron Fen Ditch Restoration Project
CE
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2013  10/2013 John Murphy
719-852-6221
jrmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore groundwater hydrologic regime of portion of the Iron Fen that is impaired by a ditch. Install flow control structure in current ditch and manage flow through wetland recapturing the flow once it reaches an old road alignment downslope.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39056
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. N.M.P.M T 14S R86W Section 6: NW¼SE¼.
LaGarita Beetle Response
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 06/13/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
07/2014 Art Haines
970-641-0471
ahaines@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is desinged to capture economic opportunities and reduce public safety hazards through the cutting and/or harvest of beetle infested spruce trees resulting form the large spruce bark beetle epidemic within the planning area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40463
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T42N R3W& 4W; T43N R1W, 1E, 2W, 2E, 3W, 4W; T44N R1W, 1E, 2W, 2E, 3W, 4W; T45N R1W, 1E, 2E, 4W; T46N R1E & 1W; NMPM. This project is located within the spruce/fir forest cover types on National Forest and BLM lands in the upper portions of the Cebolla Creek and Cochetopa Creek watersheds.
Lake Irwin Campground Improvement Project
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Rossman
970-642-4435
rrossman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Gunnison Ranger District seeks to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Lake Irwin recreation area through funding from the Forest Service Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Currently this is not a top priority on the CIP schedule.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34637
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Lake Irwin Recreation Area is located approximately 7.5 miles from Crested Butte at Lake Irwin.
Lujan Precommercial Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  08/2013 Art Haines
970-641-0471
ahaines@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercial thinning of 30 acres of young lodgepole pine stand to maintain acceptable growth rates and forest health. Site is accessible on an existing road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41869
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - SW 1/4 of Section 8, T.46N, R.4E, NMPM, Saguache County, Colorado. Site on the ridgeline at the head of Lujan Creek, three miles north of North Pass (Colo Hwy 114).
Lujan Precommercial Thinning
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/11/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
07/2014 Art Haines
970-642-4423
ahaines@fs.fed.us 
Description: Precommercial thinning of 30 acres of young lodgepole pine stand to maintain acceptable growth rates and forest health. Site is accessible on an existing road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41870
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - SW 1/4 of Section 8, T.46N, R.4E, NMPM, Saguache County, Colorado. Site on the ridgeline at the head of Lujan Creek, three miles north of North Pass (Colo Hwy 114).
Meridian and Snodgrass Rangeland Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 02/2014 
Expected:11/2014  07/2015 Mark Hatcher
970-642-4410
mchatcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will analyze whether 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/nepa_project_exp.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 adjacent and west of the town of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado.
Milk Creek Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2014 
Expected:04/2014
 
06/2015 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of approx. ½ mile of new trail to relocate trail off of private land and to ford Marshall Creek in order to avoid an unsafe bridge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38998
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T47, 48N, R 5E, Sections 1, 36. Near Marshall Creek and Milk Creek approx.. 4 miles southeast, east of Sargents, CO. on the Gunnison National Forest.
Reissuance of Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:01/2014
 
01/2014 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road access to private lands District wide
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30535
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - District Wide. District Wide.
Replacement and addition of public toilets on National Forest System lands
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 06/14/2013  07/2013 Ray Rossman
970-642-4435
rrossman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to install permanent vault toilets near Emerald Lake, Gothic Campground Judd Falls and Taylor River Slot Access in Gunnison County and near Eddiesville, Longbranch, McDonough Reservoir and Needle Reservoir in Saguache County
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38994
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Saguache. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Near Gothic, Judd Falls, Emerald Lake, Eddiesville trailhead, Needle Creek Reservoir, McDonough Reservoir, Longbranch Trailhead and Taylor River Slot Access.
Replacement of Spring Creek Pass public toilet on National Forest System lands
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2014 
Expected:06/2014  09/2014 Ray Rossman
970-642-4435
rrossman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing vault toilet at Spring Creek Pass Day Use Area
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42517
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - SE1/4 Section 35, T.43N., R.3W., NMPM. Spring Creek Pass on SH149.
Road Easements/Special Use Road Permits
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of access authorizations on existing roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38595
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. District Wide.
Samora Tree Planting
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/11/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
06/2014 Art Haines
970-642-4423
ahaines@fs.fed.us 
Description: Tree planting of 19 acres in two units with Douglas-fir to bring tree stocking up to Forest Plan standards. Sites are accessible on existing roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41871
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - NE 1/4 of Section 23, T.46N, R.3E, NMPM, Saguache Cty, CO and SW 1/4 of SEction 11, T.46N, R.3E, NMPM, Saguache Cty, CO. Samora unit is 15-acre stand at head of Samora Creek north of Colo. Hwy 114; Wolverine unit is 4-acre stand at head of Wolverine Gulch north of Colo. Hwy 114.
Spring Creek Reservoir Flume And/Or Gauging Station
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of flume and/or gauging station downstream from the dam.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38628
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Section 6, T14S, R83W, 6th PM. Spring Creek Reservoir.
Stratman Driveway
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/02/2013 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 400' driveway
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38601
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 3, T14S, R87W, 6th PM. Near Irwin Townsite.
Taylor Park Gravel Pit Fence
CE
- Recreation management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 06/03/2013  09/2014 Janice Chapman
970-642-4405
jlchapman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a barbed wire fence around the Taylor Park Gravel Pit (aka Murdie Pit) to implement the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan on the Gunnison Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39005
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T. 14 S., R. 82 W., Sec. 15,16,17,20,and 21. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Gunnison Ranger District is implementing the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Decision (TMP) on a portion of National Fore.
Thomas Roach No 2 Ditch Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/05/2012  11/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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).
Town of Crested Butte Water Diversion
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/18/2013  10/2013 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of existing water diversion in Coal Creek and reissuance of expiring special use permit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42196
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Section 5, T14S, R86W, 6th Principal Meridian. Approx. 2 miles west of Crested Butte on Coal Creek.
Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/05/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
02/2014 Liz Mauch
970-242-8211
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42492
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T51N R1E Sec 20, 21, 29, 30 and 31. Crested Butte.
Tule River Hydropower Vegetation Control Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Not an existing project. Data error. Appears to belong to another forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42496
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - SE1/4 Section 35, T.43N., R.3W., NMPM. Spring Creek Pass on SH149.
West Double Top Trail Relocation and Restoration
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 07/02/2013  08/2013 Greg Austin
970-642-4402
gpaustin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocation of the western end of NFST 405 between trails 409 and 409.5A. Restoration and decommission of the current fall light alignment that is unusable and a natural resource concern. 1.25 miles of trail relocation and .75 miles of decommissioning
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41345
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - R 85W, T 14S, Sections 10, 11, 14, 15. West end of Double Top Trail 405. Cement Creek, Farris Creek area. Segment is between trails 409 and 409.5A.
Whitepine Powerline Re-route
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/15/2013  10/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30533
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Sec 34, T50N, R81W, NMPM. Southeast of the WHitepine Townsite.
Whitepine-Salida Powerline Reconstruction
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/23/2013  10/2013 Catherine Mask
970-641-0471
cmask@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace poles and line on the existing permitted alignment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38630
Location: UNIT - Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. Whitepine townsite west to Salida Ranger District.
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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
Blixt Road Reciprocal ROW project.
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/25/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
01/2014 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reciprocal right-of-way project on the Blixt Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41326
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T.42N., R.9W., Sec. 36 ..... N.M.P.M., T.42N., R.8W., Sec. 30. Blixt Road (NEST 508.1A) located northeast of the town of Ophir. Blixt Road leaves the Ophir Pass Road.
Bucktail Creek Rx
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Curtis Keetch
208-374-5422
ckeetch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn in the vicinity of the 2002 Bucktail Wildfire to break up age class of gambel oak and enhance other vegetation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39404
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. Along Delta-Nucla Road #503 up to current Glencoe Rx burn boundary. Along motorized trail #659 along Bucktail Drainage.
Carr and Waddle Ditch
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2013 
Expected:01/2014  01/2014 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue Special Use Permit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35269
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.
Hotchkiss Reservoir Land Exchange
EA
- Land acquisition  Completed  Actual: 09/26/2013  01/2014 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exchange approximatley 726 acres of private land for 794 acres of National Forest System land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39348
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel. Various parcels on the Uncompahgre Plateau, Norwood and Ouray Ranger Districts.
Naturita Fuels Management Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2014 
Expected:06/2014
 
08/2014 Corey Robinson
970-327-4261
cdrobinson@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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Pickens Forest Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/15/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
01/2014 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Road Easement to access private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41310
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T.46N., R.11W., Sections 22, 23, & 27, Montrose County, Colorado. Forest Road Easement issued off of the Hanks Valley Road.
Priest Lake Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew Dare
970-874-6651
mdare@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of recreation facilities at Priest Lake
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31809
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - T41N R9W Sec. 8 NE1/4. Located approximately 15 miles south of Telluride, CO along Forest Service Road # 628.
Special Order - Telluride Camping
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:11/2013  05/2014 Katherine Peckham
970-327-4261
kpeckham@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Special Order for camping restrictions in the Telluride area to be extended for another three years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42124
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - T43N, R9W. See attached Exhibits - A through G.
Swamp Canyon Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/29/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
01/2014 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue Special Use road permit for motorized access on an exiting road and trail in Swamp Canyon
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38510
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - NMPM, T.42N., R.9W., Sec. 36/T.41N., R.9W., Sec.1. Swamp Canyon road south of the Town of Ophir.
Telluride Airport Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 8" water pipeline to convey subsurface water away from an active landslide.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38720
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T.43N., R.9W., Sec. 32, N.W.1/4. Isolated parcel of NFS land located south of the Telluride Regional Airport. Hwy 145 crosses this parcel.
Telluride Ski Area: Upper Village Bypass Snowmaking Improvements CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/07/2013  10/2013 Scott Spielman
970-327-4261
sspielman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would entail excavating a 4 to 5 foot wide trench at a depth of 4 feet for installation of two 8 inch air and water pipes on the south side of Telluride Ski Area Upper Village Bypass ski trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42589
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Telluride Ski Area Upper Village Bypass Ski Trail Southside.
Ute Cemetery STA
CE
- Land acquisition  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/16/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
11/2013 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Interchange of 4.32 acres under the STA encroachments category.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38025
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - N.M.P.M. T.46N., R.13W., Sec. 2 & 3 Montrose, County. Cottonwood Road (NFSR 650).
Wales Private Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
01/2014 Dee Closson
970-327-4261 X4341
daclosson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue private road easement on an existing road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38513
Location: UNIT - Norwood Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - San Miguel. LEGAL - N.M.P.M., T.43N., R.13W., Sec. 23: S1/2SE1/4. Private road off of the Lone Cone Road, (County Road 44Z).
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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
Bureau of Reclamation Weather Station permit re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
01/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue permit for 4 existing weather stations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37824
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cutler Ck, Ironton Park, Governor Basin, WFK and EFK Dallas Ck.
Canyon Creek Avalanche Control
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue Special Use Permit for one year to Silver Star Mining Operations LLC for avalanche control along Canyon Creek Road, NFSR 853 up to the Revenue Mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40665
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. Canyon Creek Road southwest of Ouray.
City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:12/2014
 
02/2015 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use permit for spring development, pipelines, two water tanks, treatment building.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40669
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Canyon Creek area, southwest of Ouray.
Ditch Bill Easement Transfers
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/15/2012 
Expected:10/2013
 
10/2013 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Tranfer ditch easement for Pug White Ditch, Everlasting Ditch, Hawkins Ditch and Twin Lakes Reservoir to KNK Land & Cattle LLC.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40673
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. Cottonwood Creek, Uncompahgre Plateau.
FLPMA Road Easements/Permits
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/20/2013  12/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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 & 24. Uncompahgre National Forest, Plateau & Mountain Division.
FLPMA Road Easements/Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:02/2014
 
04/2014 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34540
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - Sec13, T47N, R12W. Montrose County.
Hettinger Road Easement Transfer
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/26/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
05/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Transfer existing Road Easement along Dave Wood Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42904
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. LEGAL - T47N, R10W, NE1/4, NE1/4, Section 33, NMPM. T47N, R10W, NE1/4 NE1/4, Sec 33, NMPM.
High Mesa Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2014 
Expected:08/2014  09/2014 Kris Wist
970-240-5414
kwist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conversion of FS Administrative Rd. 869 to ATV Trail. Proposed trail would end at intersection of FS Trail 225. Seasonal closure restrictions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38587
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - T46N, R6W, sec. 14, 23, 24. High Mesa.
Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:12/2013
 
03/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40668
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Blowout Road north of Ouray.
Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:06/2014
 
07/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40664
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Owl Creek Pass Road #858 approximately 1.5 miles east of forest boundary.
Permit Re-Issuance
CE
- Special area management  Completed  Actual: 07/29/2013  08/2013 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Horse Fly HOA Spring Development permit re-issuance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38615
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Montrose. LEGAL - T46N, R10W, sec. 18-19. Uncompahgre Plateau.
Sawtooth Ranch Spring Development
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/29/2013  08/2013 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use permit for an existing spring development and pipeline to Sawtooth Ranch.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40667
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. West of Cimarron Ridge, north of Owl Creek Pass Road.
Silver Jack inactive mine closure and trail rehabilitation.
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:01/2014
 
06/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Physical safety mitigation on mining related features adjacent to Silver Jack lode claim and related trail reconstruction along East Fork Trail # 228 in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Work to be completed in 2013 and 2014.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40653
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Hinsdale. Uncompahgre Wilderness, East Fork Cimarron.
Sky Rocket Creek Small Tracts Act (STA)
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:12/2014
 
02/2015 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convey to City of Ouray mineral fractions at Sky Rocket Creek and adjacent to city property near the City Hotsprings Pool.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40674
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Adjacent to east boundary of City of Ouray near Hotsprings Pool.
Thistledown Property Private Road Easement transfer and bridge alignment change
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/15/2012 
Expected:02/2014
 
02/2014 Liz Mauch
970-240-5405
lmauch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Transfer a private road easement to Rockbiter Corp and amend the easement for a change in bridge alignment over Canyon Creek.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40672
Location: UNIT - Ouray Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Ouray. Canyon Creek Road, southwest of Ouray.
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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
Spruce Stomp Federal Lease-by-Application (COC-75916)
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2013  02/2014 Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bowie Resources has submitted a lease-by-application for approximately 1,813 acres. The lease contains lands managed by the Paonia Ranger District of the GMUG NF, Uncompahgre Field Office of the BLM, as well as other split estate lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sprucestomp
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Portions of T12S, R91W, Sec 31, 32; T12S, R92W., Sec 36; T13S, R92W, Sec 1; T13S, R91W, Sec 5. Delta County, Colorado.
Black Mesa Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2013 
Expected:06/2014  09/2014 Kevin Kyle
970-263-5829
khkyle@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed treatments would regenerate certain aspen stands which are in decline or affected by Sudden Aspen Decline (SAD)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39921
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Montrose. The project is located off Crystal Creek Road (J82/ FSR 713) on FSR 716 in the Black Mesa area on the Paonia Ranger District.
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.
Oxbow Mining, Federal Coal Lease Modification COC-70615
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 04/03/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
03/2014 Levi Broyles
970-527-4131
lbroyles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Oxbow Mining LLC (Oxbow) has applied to modify existing federal coal lease COC-70615 by adding approx. 364 acres of federal coal reserves. Coal in the existing lease is mined by Oxbow from their Elk Creek Mine near Somerset in Gunnison County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41525
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - Portions of sections 32 and 33; T.12S., R.90W., 6thPM; Gunnison County, Colorado. Near Buck Mesa; Elk Creek Mine near Somerset in Gunnison County, Colorado.
SG Interests, Federal 11-90-9 #3 Application for Permit to Drill
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/04/2013
03/13/2013 
09/2013 Niccole Mortenson
970-874-6616
nmortenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Paonia Ranger District proposes to authorize SG Interests to exercise lease rights and conduct surface operations associated with accessing, drilling, testing, and completing a multiple-well drill pad on the Gunnison National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39890
Location: UNIT - Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Township 11 South, Range 90 West, Section 9, 6th PM. Near Little Henderson Creek, off NFSR 851. Paonia Ranger District, Gunnison County Colorado.
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/Reissuance
CE
- Land management planning  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
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