Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Rio Grande National Forest

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
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Rio Grande National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Rio Grande National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Rio Grande National Forest,  Conejos Peak Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Rio Grande National Forest,  Divide Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Rio Grande National Forest,  Saguache 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 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
01/2013 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Regionwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Region)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Loveland Ski Area Twist Run Snowmaking Line Addition
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 Deb Ekstrand
303-567-3024
dekstrand@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to approve installation of 1900' of new snow making line on Twist Run.
Location: UNIT - R2 - Rocky Mt. Region All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Clear Creek. LEGAL - T4S, 76W, Section 28. Loveland Ski Area.
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Rio Grande National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fishtail Ranch Recreation Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2009 
Expected:07/2009  09/2009 Sean Noonan
719-655-2547
stnoonan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convert FTR from Temporary Use to Priority Use with a 10-year Special Use Permit
Location: UNIT - Rio Grande National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande, Saguache. Primary Special Use Compartment: Rito Alto, Black Canyon, Rock Creek, Cat Creek, Middle Fork of Conejos.
Recreation Residence Special Use Permit Renewals-Forestwide.
CE
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2007 
Expected:11/2007  01/2009 Ronnie Day
719-657-6026
rday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of permits authorizing 9 recreation residences on the Conejos Peak RD and 41 recreation residences on the Divide RD. All 50 permits are scheduled to expire ao 12/21/2008.
Location: UNIT - Rio Grande National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Hinsdale, Mineral. LEGAL - Tracts have been in place a long time + or - 50 years. Contact Ronnie Day for specific legal land descriptions of individual tracts or maps. Tracts west of Creede. CO (Lost Trail, Rock Ck, Crooked Ck, King), tracts near South Fork, CO (Blue Ck, Spring Gulch, Coller, Lucky 7), tracts west of Antonito, CO (La Manga, McIntyre Peak, Trail Ck).
Watershed Treaments
EA
- Watershed management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2007 
Expected:05/2007  06/2007 John Rawinski
719-852-5941
jrawinski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Purpose is to rehabilitate soil and watershed damages created by illegal motorized uses on the Rio Grande National Forest
Location: UNIT - Rio Grande National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande, Saguache. LEGAL - parts of township T32N, R6E; parts of T33N, R6E; parts of T41N, R5E; parts of T44N, R4E. Fox Creek, Osier Mtn, Old Woman Creek, Fourmile and McIntyre Gulch, Rio grande NF, south central Colorado.
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Rio Grande National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
CDot Permit Renewals - La Manga and Wolf Creek Workshop & Storage Areas
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:10/2012  12/2012 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: CDot will be applying in early 2012 to renew two special use permits: La Manga workshop and storage area; Wolf Creek workshop and storage area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37985
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District, Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Mineral. Highway 17 La Manga Pass; Highway 160 Wolf Creek Pass.
DITCH BILL EASEMENTS
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/20/1995 
Expected:12/2013
 
01/2014 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest has 87 applications for Ditch Bill Easements. The Forest intends to process at least 25 of these applications in FY05. This action involves authorizing historical facilities that qualify under the Ditch Bill.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/projects/
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District, Divide Ranger District, Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa, Conejos, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache. On National Forest Service Land throughout the Rio Grande National Forest.
Proposal to renew 50 special use permits on the Rio Grande NF
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2007 
Expected:07/2007  01/2008 Leon Montoya
719-274-8971
lmontoya01@fs.fed.us 
Description: 50 Recreational Residence Special Use Permits will expire 12/31/2008. All 50 have applied for renewal. The permits have been active and in place since the late 1940's on surveyed lots.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District, Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande. Contact Leon Montoya, 719-274-8971, for summer home locations in Conejos County. Contact Ronnie Day, 719-657-3321, for summer home locations in Rio Grande, Mineral, Hinsdale Counties.
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Rio Grande National Forest,   Conejos Peak 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
Alamaditas/Fox Creek
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2009 
Expected:07/2009
 
09/2009 Paul Minow
719-274-8971
pminow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife and range improvement/hazardous fuels treatment project. Primary treatments will be to re-introduce fire into the ecosystem via prescribed fire. There are portions of the units that will have or have had timber harvest, perscribed fire in
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T34N, R5E, Sec. 23, 27 & 28; T34N, R6E, Sec. 34 & 35; T34N, R7E, Sec. 31; T33N, R6E, Sec. 1-3, 10-12, 13-15; T33N, R7E, Sec. 6-7, 18 &19. Area northeast of Alamaditas Mesa and southwest of Fox Creek along FSR 101, as well as Long Park, southeast of Black Mountain.
Alamosa River Gaging Station Relocation
CE
- Research and Development  Completed  Actual: 11/02/2009  11/2009 Tina Ghormley
719-852-6206
tghormley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Above average streamflow in 2008 in the Alamosa River caused the formation of two separate channels, isolating the gaging equipment and making water quality monitoring data inaccurate. This requires the relocation of the gaging equipment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30336
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T36N, R4E. Alamosa River Wightman Fork.
Alamosa River Restoration
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/26/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2010 
Expected:04/2010
 
09/2010 Les Dobson
719-852-6213
ldobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest will treat 5 reaches of the Alamosa River that are causing damage ot, or threatening, Forest investments (Alamosa campground and Forest Road 250). Treatments will include bank stabilization, instream rock structures, etc.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T36N, R6E, Sec. 8, SW (lower end) to T37N, R5E, Sec. 35 (upper end). On the Alamosa River from Alamosa Campground up to the confluence with Wightman Fork.
Archuleta, Wolf Creek, Conejos, Fough Creek, Bancos, Jim Creek C&H Allotments EA
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2008 
Expected:08/2009  01/2010 Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis to update or create allotment management plans for vegetation management and Rescissions Act of 1995 compliance
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta, Conejos. LEGAL - Available on maps at the District Office. Conejos Peak Ranger District.
Bighorn Corral Water Project
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Luciano Sandoval
505-758-8678
lpsandoval@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will entail the redevelopment and expansion of Peeler Spring (W42) just north of the Bighorn Corral. Excavation will be necessary for this phase of the project. Some previous undistrubed land along with some previously disturbed land will
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. Area adjacent to the Bighorn Corral.
Bighorn Mountain/Stateline
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2009 
Expected:11/2009
 
04/2010 Paul Minow
719-274-8971
pminow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife and range improvement/hazardour fuels treatment project. Treatments will include hand thinning of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir plantation with prescribed fire after thinning. Majority of area will re-introduce fire into ecosystem.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T32N, R7E, Sec. 10, 11, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 23. Southeast of FSR 103, north of railroad track and west of Forest boundary. Area includes a portion of the Carson National Forest, Rio Arriba County.
Blanca 14er
CE
- Recreation management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2008 
Expected:11/2008
 
06/2009 Antonio Lucero
719-274-6329
amlucero@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-route climber trails to Blanca Peak for safety of recreationists and protection of resources.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa. LEGAL - T28S, R73W, Sec. 25. Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.
CDOT Gravel Storage Area
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2012 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: CDOT will be applying for a permit to continue to use an existing storage area on La Manga Pass. The existing site is for gravel and waste rock storage related to maintenance of Highway 17.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37975
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. La Manga Pass.
CONEJOS PEAK WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
CE
- Watershed management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2004 
Expected:06/2005
 
06/2005 Amalia Montoya
719-274-8971
amaliamontoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multiple erosion control projects on the Conejos Peak Ranger District in the following areas; Jacobs Hill, Massey Gulch, Red Mountain, Rough Creek, Pinorealosa, E-N Osier, and Wolf Creek. Rehab projects include gully work and sub-soiler work
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/projects/
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. Through out Conejos Peak Ranger District.
Cat Creek Access
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012  02/2012 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aprivate landowner has requested a special use permit to use an existing non-system two-track to access his in-holding.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37144
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T37N, R6E, Sec 36; T36N, R6E, Sec 1. Approx 12 miles southwest of Monte Vista, CO in Conejos County.
Cat Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments EA
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/04/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
01/2012 Kelly Garcia
719-274-6317
kgarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is an environmental assessment analyzing seven cattle and horse allotments (Cat Crk, La Jara, Hot Crk, Alamosa, Bancos, Jim Crk and Rough Crk) for the effects of continued livestock grazing and the development of allotment management plans.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Rio Grande. These allotments are located in Conejos and Rio Grande counties.
Cold Springs Ditch Easement, Pipeline and Mountain Ditch Permits
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2009 
Expected:07/2009  08/2009 Antonio Lucero
719-274-6329
amlucero@fs.fed.us 
Description: Transfer of ownership of one existing ditch easement and the issuance of two new special use permits for existing water transfer facilities.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T32N, R7E, Sec 3,4 and 5. Rito Hondo Creek about 10 miles southwest of Antonito, Colorado.
Conejos Peak Ranger District Travel Management (National Travel Rule Implementation)
EA
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Forest products  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2007 
Expected:08/2007  09/2007 John Capell
719-274-8971
jcapell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Development of a new Motorized Vehicle Use Map for the Conejos Peak Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Rio Grande. LEGAL - District-wide Conejos Peak Ranger District. District-wide, Conejos Peak Ranger District.
Cumbres Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2013 Diana McGinn
719-852-6241
dmcginn@fs.fed.us 
Description: EA proposing to salvage of timber in the Trujillo Meadows and Neff Mountain area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34685
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T32 N, R5E Sec 4-9; T33N, R5E, Sec 31; T32N, R4 E. Sec 1,12; T 33N, R4 E. Sec 25, 36. On top of Cumbres Pass in the Trujillo Meadows and Neff Mountain area.
Cumbres-Bancos Fence
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2010 
Expected:06/2010  07/2010 Luciano Sandoval
505-758-8678
lpsandoval@fs.fed.us 
Description: A fence to aid in the curtailment of Cumbres cattle encraochment into the Bancos Alazon S&G Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. Within the Cumbres allotment southwest of La Jara.
Hot Creek/Piedrosa Wildlife/Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Grazing management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2009 
Expected:09/2009
 
10/2009 Paul Minow
719-274-8971
pminow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat improvement/hazardous fuels treatment project. The goal for the majority of area will be to re-introduce fire into ecosystem via prescribed fire to accomplish the wildlife habitat improvements and reduce fuel loadings.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - T35N, R6E, Sec. 1-4, 8-12, 14-17; T36N, R6E, Sec. 34 & 35. West of Capulin, CO 13 miles along FDR 255 and then southwest along FDR 252.
Issue a 5-Year Recreation event special use permit for Cross-Country skiing and snow competation.
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011  02/2011 Amanda Walker
270-924-2059
amandawalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a Recreation Event special use permit for the Chama Chili Classic competition, which has been occuring on the District with no issues or complaints. During the weekend of the competition the race organizer will provide guided tours and clinics
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - The Cumbres and La Mangapasses areas along Highway 17. The Cumbres and La Mangapasses areas along Highway 17.
Massey Gulch Riparian Improvement Project
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:08/2010  09/2010 Philip Reinholtz
719-852-6216
pnreinholtz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 1/2 mile of new fencing is proposed along a reach of Massey Gulch to reduce impacts of livestock and improve riparian and stream health.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. UTM 384924/4098839; Section 10 T32N R6E.
Platoro Triangle Water Project
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
06/2011 Luciano Sandoval
505-758-8678
lpsandoval@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to take place on the Triangle Pasture of the Platoro Allotment. This will entail the redevelopment of Shilling Spring and running a pipeline awat from the drainage to a water storage tank and associated drinkers.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. Adjacent to the Platoro Allotment, northwest of La Jara.
Recreation event permit for Fly Fishing tournament.
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Amanda Walker
270-924-2059
amandawalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 5 year recreation event permit for the Conejos Superfly, a catch and release fly fishing tournament. The proceeds from the tournament will be donated for habitat improvement projects along the Conejos River.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - In and along the Conejos River in the vicinity of Mogote, Aspen Glade, Spectacle Lake and Conejos campgrounds. In and along the Conejos River in the vicinity of Mogote, Aspen Glade, Spectacle Lake and Conejos campgrounds.
Rio Chama Stream Bank Stabilization Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  01/2011 Philip Reinholtz
719-852-6216
pnreinholtz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two stream bank areas at the dispersed campground on the Rio Chama will be reshaped and the channel stabilized with barb or j-hook structures.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta. The Rio Chama Project is located in the extreme southwest corner of the RGNF near the New Mexico border. The site is approximately 6.0 miless north of FSR 121 off of Highway 17.
Special Use Permit transition from transitional priority to priority
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011  02/2011 Amanda Walker
270-924-2059
amandawalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Transition a fly fishing outfitter and guide permit from transitional priority to priority. The permittee is in good standing.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Archuleta, Conejos. LEGAL - Throughout the Conejos Peak Ranger District. Throughout the Conejos Peak Ranger District.
Trujillo Meadows Campground Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/19/2011  12/2011 Mike Tooley
719-274-6321
mltooley@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to harvest blow down, weakened or hazard trees from the beetle infested trees surrounding the Trujillo Meadows campground.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37149
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos. LEGAL - UTM zone 13S 371183E 4101000N. Located in Conejos County, CO between La Manga and Cumbres passes, approx 38 miles west of Antonito, CO.
U.S. Army Mountaineering Training Near Como Lake
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Army has requested a 3-year permit to conduct maountaineering training near Como Lake. The traiing would be 3 or 4 days, up to 3 time a year and would include 40 people camping in small groups of 3 or 4 people. Access would be on foot, atv.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37147
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa. In Alamosa County, CO in vicinity of Como Lake and Blue Lakes.
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Rio Grande National Forest,   Divide 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
2011 Trails Awareness Symposium
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: This would be a special use rec event for 75+ motorcycle riders. Proposal is to hold a 5-day event from July 31 to August 4 based in South Fork, CO. The riders would be on street legal motorcycles and would ride the roads and motorized trails.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Conejos, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache. Any of the roads and motorized trails identifed on the MVUM.
Amend Mineral County Bulldog/Homestake Comm Site DIV606901 Comm Use Lease
CE
- Special use management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/15/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2008 
Expected:04/2008
 
06/2008 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend existing authorization to replace the existing building with a new building of same dimensions and replace existing guyed 45 feet tower with new 85 feet tall self supporting lattice tower to accomodate Homeland Security 800MHZ DTRS emergency...
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Section 28, T42N, R1W. Mineral County Bulldog/Homestake Communication Site Building & Tower (Approx 0.25 mile northwest of Homestake Office Building @ Creede, CO).
Bachelor Loop Road 503
CE
- Road management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:12/2007  03/2008 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Borcher's Road off County Road 503
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. Private Land access road off county road 503, 3.5 miles north of Creede, Colorado.
Bear Creek Dispersed Camping Repair and Maintenance
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
05/2012 Vaughn Thacker
719-852-5941
vjthacker@fs.fed.us 
Description: A small tributary stream will be re-aligned to divert water from running down the road. The stream crossing will be hardened and boulders placed at an associated crossing of a larger stream to prevent streambank damage and erosion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37141
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T40N, R3E, Sec 15. The site is accessed via FSR614 located along a paved road north of the town of South Fork, CO. It is designated as a 4-wheel drive road.
Bear Creek Perscribed Burn
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2009 
Expected:07/2009  09/2009 Randy Chappell
605-343-1567
rrchappell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management ignited controlled burn will be used to treat natural fuels and improve existing vegetation. The project will improve habitat in Deer and Elk winter range and reduce hazardous fuels in the WUI. The treatment will also help stimulate and
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T40N, R3E, Sections 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Project located in the Bear Creek Drainage 3 miles Northeast of South Fork, Colorado.
Bear Creek Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/05/2009 
Expected:12/2009
 
05/2010 Randy Chappell
605-343-1567
rrchappell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management ignited controlled burn will be used to treat natural fuels and improve existing vegetation. The project will improve habitatin Deer and Elk winter range and reduce hazardous fuels in the WUI. The treatment will also stimulate and enhanc
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T40N, R3E, Sections 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Project located in the Bear Creek Drainage 3 miles Northeast of South Fork, Colorado.
Beaver Creek Reservoir Toilet Replacement
CE
- Recreation management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:11/2007  11/2007 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Beaver Creek Reservoir Toilet Replacement Project consists of replacing aging toilet with new, state-of-the-art toilet that is environmentally-friendly, safe and accessible to all visitors. The new toilet will be in the same general location.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - Section 34, T39N, R3e. Replace Beaver Creek Reservoir Toilet, which located on the south side of Beaver Creek Reservoir Parking Lot. 6.0 miles south of South Fork, Colorado.
Beaver Park Pass Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/05/2009 
Expected:02/2010
 
09/2010 Randy Chappell
605-343-1567
rrchappell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical treatment using chainsaws will be utilized to create a fuel break lcated south of highway 160 along Beaver Creek Rd (FSR 360), Park Creek Rd (FSR 380) and Pass Creek Rd (FSR 390). Canopy will be thinned, limbed and piled for winter burn.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral, Rio Grande. Project is located south of highway 160 along Beaver Creek Rd (FSR 360), Park Cr Rd (FSR 380) and Pass Cr Rd (FSR 390).
Black Mesa Vegetation Management Project
EIS
- Forest products  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/20/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Diana McGinn
719-852-6241
dmcginn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Meet desired conditions and objectives of the Forest Plan by treating bettle killed and infested stands of timber for economic value and to regenerate the forest and habitats lost to spruce beetle infestation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34667
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral. LEGAL - See Other Project Information. Bordered by FSR 520 and Hiway 149, FSR 513 and FSR 516.
Brewster Park Road Relocation
CE
- Watershed management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2009 
Expected:04/2009  07/2010 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocated 1.0 mile section of FDR 520 (level 2) away from the riparian & wet areas and decommission user created roads where multiple routes exist from braiding.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Section 34 & 35, T41N, R5W, NMPM. This project is within the Upper Rio Grande Watershed know as Brewster Park.
CDoT Remediation Wells
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2012 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: CDoT will be applying for a permit for existing groundwater monitoring & remediation wells, and drill possibly more wells,on Wolf Creek Pass. The wells are to remediate an existing dissolved-phase petroleum hydrocarbon plume related to their facility
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37987
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - NMPM, T. 37N., R2E., NE1/4 sec. 8. Wolf Creek Pass.
CDot Storage Area Permit - South Fork
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:10/2012  12/2012 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: CDoT will be applying for a permit to continue to use a storage area not currently under permit in the South Fork area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37986
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. Near the town of South Fork, Colorado.
Chumley Wedding
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Chumley wedding party has applied for a Special Use Permit authorizing a wedding ceremony for 100 people at Alberta Lake near Wolf Creek Ski Area. This would be a non-commercial group use permit application and proposed authorization.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Section 9, Township 37 North, Range 2 East NMPM. North shore of Alberta Lake along FSR 391.
City of Creede Water System Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: The City of Creede has applied for the reissuance of an expired special use permit that has authorized their domestic water system. The system consists of water storage tank, buried pipeline/electrical line, and access road.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Southwest 1/4 of Section 25, Township 42 North, Range 1 West, NMPM. On a mesa at the northwest edge of Creede, Colorado. Located at an elevation of 9200 feet.
City of Creede, Water System Permit Re-Issuance
CE
- Special area management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: The city of Creede has applied for the re-issuance of an expired special use permit that has authorized their domestic water system. The system consists of a water storage tank, buried pipeline/electrical line, and access road, all presently located
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T42N, R1W section 25, NW 1/4. Nortwest of City of Creede, Colorado.
Coal Mine Park South Rock Placement
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 Vaughn Thacker
719-852-5941
vjthacker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Currently dispersed camping in Coal Mine Park and Kelly Park is encroaching on the edge of Park Creek creating erosion and sedimentation problems. Placing rocks which limit vehicle access to the streambank to reduce current erosion.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. Located 7 miles SW of South Fork, CO, and 4.5 miles east of FSR380.
Coller Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2010 
Expected:04/2010  04/2010 Randy Chappell
605-343-1567
rrchappell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The CDOW in cooperation with th RGNF is proposing to treat 245 acres of State Land within Coller State Wildlife Area and an additional 97 acres of adjacent FS land by perscribed fire.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. The project area is located approximately 4 miles north of South Fork along Highway 149.
Crooked Creek Subdivision Road
CE
- Road management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:11/2007  01/2008 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Widen Crooked Creek Subdivision Road, to allow for subdivision traffic and Box Canyon Summer Home.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Section 24, T41N, R3W. Crooked Creek, 15-16 miles west of Creede, Colorado.
Divide Fuels Breaks 07
CE
- Fuels management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2007 
Expected:06/2008  12/2008 Guy Blackwolf
719-657-6032
geblackwolf@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical treatment using chainsaws will be utilized to create a fuel break adjacent to the community of Sout Fork and the ingress/egress and high use areas of two campgrounds. Canopy will be thinned, limbed and piled for winter burning.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral, Rio Grande. LEGAL - Divide District. Divide District.
Divide Fuels Maintenance 08
CE
- Fuels management  Completed  Actual: 02/11/2011  03/2011 Sidney Hall
719-852-6205
shall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical treatment using chainsaws will be utilized to create a fuel break adjacent to the community of South Fork and treat ingress/egress roads to two high use areas. The campgrounds at Cathedral and Big Meadows. Canopy will be thinned, limbed,
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral, Rio Grande. Divide Ranger District.
Divide Fuels Management 2008
CE
- Fuels management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2007 
Expected:04/2008  06/2008 Randy Chappell
605-343-1567
rrchappell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical treatment using chainsaws will be utilized to create a fuel break adjacent to the community of South Fork and treat ingres/egress roads to two high use areas. The campgrounds of Cathedral and Big Meadows.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral, Rio Grande. Divide Ranger District.
Divide Highcountry Sheep and Goat Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:10/2011  11/2011 Tristram Post
719-657-6010
tpost@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis for livestock grazing on the Fisher/Ivy/Goose, Miners/Snow Mesa/Table, Middle Pole, West Pole and Stoney Sheep and Goat Allotments.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral, San Juan. LEGAL - Includes portions of the following: T39N - T40N, R1W; T42N - T43N, R1W - R2W; T40N - T41N, R5W - R6W. Includes the following drainages; Fisher, Ivy and Goose Crks; Miners, Willow and Mesa Crks,; Middle Pole, Deep and Quartzite Crks.
Embargo Creek Dispersed Camping Boulder Placement
EA
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:01/2012  02/2012 Vaughn Thacker
719-852-5941
vjthacker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Place rocks upstream and downstream from a dispersed camping site to eliminate lateral vehicle access along the stream to protect soil and water resources
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. On Embargo Creek road adjacent to Embargo Creek adjacent to the campground.
Granger Pasture Water Developments
CE
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Tristram Post
719-657-6010
tpost@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is to develop two spring sources and drill one stock water well in the Granger pasture of the Embago allotment allotment and pipe the water to stock tanks for livestock and wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T40N, R4E, Sec 5; T40N, R4E, Sec 8. Granger Pasture, Embargo allotment.
Herb Story Access Roads
CE
- Special area management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2008 
Expected:12/2008  02/2009 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private land access road off Park Corral Road FDR 772.A 7 and Middle Creek County Road FDR 523.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Parks Corral; Sec 13, T40N, R2W, Middle Creek County Road; Sec 30, T40N, R1W. Long Ridge or Park Corral 10 miles west of Creede Colorado , FDR 772 & Middle Creek County Road FDR 523 12 miles west of Creede Colorado.
Little Squaw Resort Permit Reissuance
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:12/2011  04/2012 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: Industrial Building Corp has applied for the reissuance of a special use permit expiring 12/2011 that has authorized their recreational resort system. The system consists of 9 cabins, a caretakers cabin, water system, outbuildings and access road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37186
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - T40N, R3W, NE1/4 of Sec 18. Along FSR520 across the river from River Hill Campground, 30 miles west of the town of Creede, CO.
Marshall Park Campground Access
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  09/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to relocate approx 1500 feet of road that connects to State Highway 149 with the Marshall Park campground.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T41N, R1W, Sec 21. Marshall Park campground on CO State Highway 149 located 7 miles west of Creede, CO.
Million Reservoir Diversion Structure
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2009 
Expected:06/2009  08/2009 Dale Gomez
719-657-6024
dgomez04@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Million Reservoir outside of South Fork, Colorado is a popular area for fishing. The structure used to divert water into the reservoir from Mill Creek was damaged during the Million fire. Since the Million Fire, a diversion curtain (tarp) has
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T39N R3E within Section 16. The Million Reservoir is located 4 miles southwest of South Fork, Colorado off of County Road 20 (Beaver Creek Road).
Miner Creek Trail No. 803
CE
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruct/Mantenances of 8-9 miles of motorized trail to 50 inches wide trail within the Miners Creek Drainage.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Miners Creek drainages: sec. 5, 6, 8, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, T42N, R1W, and sec. 1, T42N, R2W, Sec27, 28, 35, 36, T43N, R2W. 3 miles west of Creede, Colorado.
Mineral County Agricultural Fire Well Access Road
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  01/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mineral County has approached the Forest Service proposing to install a fire well off Highway 149 approx 2900 ft west of MP28. This would require a special use road permit from the Stat of CO and some above ground pipe structure to fill trucks.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - In the SW quarter of Section 21, T41N R1W, NMPM. Located on the 7.5 Minute Series USGS Quad Topographic Map know as CREEDE, CO.
North Clear Creek Road to Trail Realignment
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to convert an existing closed road bed into an ATV trail that would be open to the public. This would include realigning the trail where necessary to avoid wetlands and narrowing the width of the travel corridor to a 50 inch tread.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34126
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Sections 10, 15, 16, 17 of T41N, R4W NMPM. The proposal is located along N Clear Creek near the source of the drainage.
Outfitter/Guide Authorization Re-Issunace
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2010 
Expected:04/2010  06/2010 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issunace of special use authorization up to 10 years
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral. Various locations throughout district.
Park Creek Watershed Improvement Project
CE
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2009 
Expected:06/2009  07/2009 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multiple erosion from dispersed/camping uses along the north side of Park Creek from cross country motorized uses.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. Section 7, T39N, R3E, NMPM.
Pool Table Salvage
CE
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/09/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
06/2012 Kirby Self
719-657-3321
kself@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Pool Table Salvage Project proposes to salvage economic value of beetle-killed Englemann spruce, provide opportunity to local forest products industry and ensure adequate stocking of trees following harvest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37143
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T41N, R2E, Sec. 10, 11, 14, 15, 22, 23. Located approx 10 miles northwest of South Fork, CO.
Quinlaven Ditch
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2007 
Expected:11/2007  01/2008 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reestablish the use of Quinlaven Ditch, retrench ditch and replace headgate, approx. 3 miles on public lands.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Section 24, T41N, R3W. Crooked Creek 15-16 mile west of Creede, Colorado.
Re-Issuance of 2 Special Use Permits issued to local snowmobile grooming clubs.
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2010 
Expected:06/2010  07/2010 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: South Fork Powder Busters and Silverthreaders Outdoor Recreation Club. The proposal is to re-issue 2 existing special use permits that expire in April, 2010. The permits autorize the the grooming of 100 miles and 60 miles repectively.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Alamosa, Rio Grande. Forest Service roads 410, 430, 390, 380, 381, 359, 360, 332, 340, 350, 350.2b, 330, 600, 610, 330, 329, 611, 612, 613, 615, 630.
Re-Issuance of Recreation Special Use Authorizations
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2009 
Expected:05/2009  06/2009 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: Various special use authorizations currently authorized, such as outfitter/guide permits, will require new permits as they are scheduled to expire in 2009. Additionally, request for minor recreation authorizations tend to be requested through-out th
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan. Various locations as outlined in the permits.
Rock Creek Ranger Station Demolition
CE
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2010 
Expected:05/2010  06/2010 Angie Krall
719-852-6242
akrall@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Divide Ranger District proposes to remove the collapsed debris of the former Rock Creek Ranger Station. The debris is a safety hazard in direct proximity to the Rock Creek Group Picnic Site. Consultation with COSHPO will be required.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T37N R6E, Section 9 (UTM13; 382570mE, 4147930mN). Proximate to the Rock Creek Recreation Area approximately 14 miles southwest of Monte Vista, CO on FR28, just over a mile from the Forest boundary.
Rock Creek Road Access - Cutter private property.
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Ronnie Day
719-657-6026
rday@fs.fed.us 
Description: A private landowner on the FS/BLM property boundary, accessed by FSR 28 (Rock Cr Rd), would like a driveway permit across NFS lands to access hi private property. A minimum standard road woule be needed across approx 400 ft of public land.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. Private inholding between BLM and FS along Rock Creek Road.
Seitz Fuels Reduction/Winter Range Improvement Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2007 
Expected:04/2008  06/2008 Randy Chappell
605-343-1567
rrchappell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical treatment using Hydroaxe will be used for fuels reduction and habitat improvement in Deer and Elk Winter Range. The treatment will also help stimulate and enhance growth of Mountain Mahogany and otehr plant life suitable for wildlife hab.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T41N, R4E, Sections 16, 17, 21, 22, 27. West of FR650 in Baughman Creek. 9 miles northwest of Del Norte, Colorado.
Shallow Cattle and Horse Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/27/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
10/2012 Guy Blackwolf
719-657-6032
geblackwolf@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit renewal for this allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37187
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. The analysis area lies within Mineral County, Colorado approx 5 miles southwest of the community of Creede, CO.
Special Uses Permit Reissuances. Expired Existing Permits
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2007 
Expected:12/2007  01/2008 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of a variety of existing Special Use Permits that have expired on the Divide Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest within the last year.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande. Divide Ranger District, Rio Grande County, Mineral County, and Hinsdale County, Colorado.
Taylor Wedding
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2009 
Expected:04/2009  07/2009 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: 2 hour wedding ceremony to be held on the National Forest at the Big Meadows Campground Amphitheater on July 11, 2009 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - SW 1/4 of Section 17, T38N, R2E, NMPM. Big Meadows Campground Interpretive Amphitheater.
Trailhead Entrance Gates - Divide District
CE
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2008 
Expected:07/2008  08/2008 Ronnie Day
719-657-6026
rday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to install 50 gate openings at motorized (ATV) trails with good signing to prevent conventional vehicles from accidently entering upon these trails. The project would consist of 2 sturdy posts set 50 incles apart, some log rail wing...
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - Section 1 and 36, T41N, R5W, New Mexico Principle Meridian. Both ends of Forest Service Trail 821 (Lost Trail).
Ute Cup Trials Event
CE
- Special area management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2009 
Expected:06/2009  08/2009 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project consists of motorized trails bike competition on and near motorized trails in the La Garita Creek area on the Divide Range District.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande, Saguache. The 2-day event in August would be located on and near motorized trails in the La Garita Creek, Embargo Creek area.
Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal
EIS
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/19/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Thomas Malecek
719-657-6007
tmalecek@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Rio Grande National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the effects of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek land exchange.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35945
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - T37N, R2E, Sections 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and part of 37; NMPM. The federal and non-federal parcels to be considered are entirely within Mineral County, Colorado.
Watkins Summer Home Outside Deck Proposal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: R. Watkins has a current/valid special use permit for a recreation residence in the Lost Trail summer home group. Watkins has proposed to add a wood deck to the front of the existing summer home. Presently there is a degraded rock and concrete porc
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Hinsdale. LEGAL - T41N, R4W sec 41, NE 1/4. This recreation residence is located in the Lsot Traol summer home group on lot G.
Watkins Summer Home Upgrade
CE
- Special area management
- Recreation management  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2009 
Expected:07/2009  08/2009 Gilbert Becenti
719-657-6019
gbecenti@fs.fed.us 
Description: Robert Watkins has a special use permit for a summer home in the Lost Trail summer home group and has applied to replace his existing septic tank with a new system and to add a deck to the front of the existing cabin.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - Section 31, T41N, R4W, NMPM. Lot G on the Lost Trail summer home group on Forest Service road 535.
West San Francisco Trail #850 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Jody Fairchild
719-658-2556
jfairchild@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute approx 1 mile of an eroded trail tread on the south end of West San Francisico Trail 850 just before it intersects trail 893. The existing trail tread is currently eroded each spring during spring snowmelt runoff.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Grande. LEGAL - T38N, R5E sections 28 and 33. T38N, R5E sections 28 and 33.
Wolf Creek Backcountry Yurt
CE
- Special use management   Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2008 
Expected:06/2008  08/2008 Stephen Brigham
719-657-6014
sbrigham@fs.fed.us 
Description: The term special use permit expires in 2009. The special use permit would be reauthorized for another 10 year period or more. Constructing, operating and maintaining a winter and summer yurt. The yurts are available for rent by the public.
Location: UNIT - Divide Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mineral. LEGAL - SE1/4, SW1/4, Section 2, T37N, R2E, NMPM and NE1/4, SW1/4, Section 13, T37N, R2E, NMPM. Yurts are located behind locked gates in the Pass Creek area. Ther permit allows two yurts.
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Rio Grande National Forest,   Saguache 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
ANTELOPE FUELS REDUCTION
CE
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kent Smith
719-655-6131
kentsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Variety of treatments to reduce natural and activity fuels and treat insect/disease infestation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/projects/
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T45N, R5E, Sec.16, 20. Antelope Creek drainage located west of Saguache, Colorado.
Allen Creek Riparian Exclosure
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:07/2010  08/2010 Philip Reinholtz
719-852-6216
pnreinholtz@fs.fed.us 
Description: A small livestock exclosure fence is proposed on a short reach of Allen Creek to document long-term vegetative potential and potential recovery of compacted soils.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. UTM 362841/4208316; Section 32 T44N R4E.
Buffalo Pass Timber Stand Improvement and Fuels Reduction
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2007 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Sidney Hall
719-852-6205
shall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin understory trees and prescribe burn to reduce natural and activity fuels and improve forest health. Note: THIS PROJECT WAS FORMERLY TITLED BUFFALO PASS FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT, BUT HAS BEEN RE-NAMED TO BETTER REFLECT PROJECT OBJECTIVES.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/projects/
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T45N, R4E, Sec. 2,3,4,9,10,11,14,15,16,21,22,23; T.46 N, R 4 E., Sec 33, 34. West of Saguache, Colorado, near the Buffalo Pass Campground area.
CALIFORNIA GULCH SOIL AND WATER PROJECT
EA
- Watershed management   In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2004 
Expected:07/2005
 
08/2005 Kristi Murphy
(719)655-2547
kkmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Minor stream/road culvert repair and relocating and minor road/stream-crossing relocation. Project designed to reduce sediment going in streams and realign to natural stream course.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/projects/
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. Located West of Saguache, Colorado.
Calesa Stewardship
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Mary Nelson
719-655-2547
mnelson02@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is being proposed to create a mosaic of age and size class diversity across the analysis area, recucing existing fuel loading, maintain the overall health and vifor of these mixed conifer stands and to effectively close existing user cre
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - In all or part of sections 22, 23, 26, 27, 34, 35 & 36, T46N, R4E, NMPM. This project area is located north of Highway 114 to Forest Road 781.4A and west to Forest Road 810 approximately one mile to the base of the cliff area.
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition
EA
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Mary Nelson
719-655-2547
mnelson02@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. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. From Windy Point on the east to the LaGarita Wilderness on the west, Rio Grande and GMUG National Forests.
Deadman Creek Abandoned Mine Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology   In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/17/2008 
Expected:07/2009
 
10/2009 Nicolas Sandoval
719-657-3321
nasandoval@fs.fed.us 
Description: Close 17 mining-related features on Forest-administered surface land in the Deadman Creek area within the Baca Mountain Tract. These features represent significant safety hazards to the public.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - snsurveyed, part of the Luis Maria Baca No. 4. Deadman Creek area, Baca Mountain Tract.
Dugan Access to private land
CE
- Land ownership management  Completed  Actual: 02/21/2008  07/2007 Kristi Murphy
719-655-2547
kkmurphy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use an existing closed road to gain access to private property for the purpose of facility improvements
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T43N, R5E, Sections 11, 14, 23. Dugan inholding on N. Carnero Creek.
Hayden Pass SNOTEL Installation
CE
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 06/06/2008  09/2007 Les Dobson
719-852-6213
ldobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Saguache District proposes to install a new SNOTEL weather station near the head of Hayden Pass. SNOTEL sites record snow water equivalence and data can be accessed remotely for quick determination of snow pack conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19953
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T47N, R10E, Sec. 27, SWSE. Next to the Hayden Pass road, just below the pass on the Rio Grande side.
Kerber Creek Reclamation Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2007 
Expected:08/2007  10/2007 Diann Gese
719-657-6025
dianngese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Past mining activities have degraded the Kerber Creek watershed.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - Sections 7, 8, 17, 18, 20, and 28, T47N, R7E, NMPM. 5 miles downstream of repository along both sides of Kerber Creek.
La Garita Creek Fish Barrier
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants   On Hold  N/A  N/A Barry Wiley
719-852-6228
bgwiley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a fish migration barrier approximately 100 feet wide and 5 feet tall utilizing boulders and/or concrete.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T41N, R6E, Section 6. Project is located approximately 7 miles southwest of La Garita, CO.
La Garita Outfitters Recreation Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2010 
Expected:09/2010  09/2010 Sean Noonan
719-655-2547
stnoonan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Convert LGO from Temporary Use to Priority Use with a 10-year Special Use Permit
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. Special Use Compartment: 130100040103, Middle Fork, Saguache.
Long Park Mountain Prescribed Burn
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:09/2011  04/2012 Dwight Irwin
719-655-2547
dirwin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Saguache District proposes to burn approx 300 acres of partially beetle killed mature mixed conifer habitat in the Long Park area to create early seral habitat and increase plant age diversity.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T44N, R5E, Sec 19 and 20. South of Lower South Park and northwest of Long Park.
Luders Creek Culvert Riprap Project
EA
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Vaughn Thacker
719-852-5941
vjthacker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rip rap will be installed below an eroding culvert on FSR750 to prevent erosion of the slope and road, to prevent further erosion.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37142
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T45N, R4E, Sec 17. The project site is accessed along Hwy 114 approx 22 miles west of the town of Saguache, CO.
Major Creek Trail Improvement Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2010 
Expected:10/2010  06/2011 Sean Noonan
719-655-2547
stnoonan@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to reroute and improve 6 short sections of a livestock/hiking trail out of the riparian area for safety and watershed improvement.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T45N, R11E, Sec. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9. Major Creek Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Road decommissioning in the Ute Pass Inventoried Roadless Area
EA
- Special area management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2010 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Sean Noonan
719-655-2547
stnoonan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Obilterate 15.3 miles of non-system routes within the Ute Pass Inventoried Roadless Area.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. LEGAL - T46N, R8E, Sec. 33 & 34; T45N, R8E, Sec. 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 17 & 17. Ute Pass Inventoried Roadless Area.
San Juan Maez Wetland Enclosure
CE
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:08/2010  09/2010 Philip Reinholtz
719-852-6216
pnreinholtz@fs.fed.us 
Description: An exclosure fence is proposed for a 1 acres sensitive wetland of the San Juan Maez grazing allotment in the San Juan Creek drainage.
Location: UNIT - Saguache Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Saguache. UTM 386256/4206533; Section 3 T43N R6E.
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