Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2011 to 06/30/2011
White River 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
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, White River National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  East Zone/Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  East Zone/Eagle Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Aspen Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Blanco Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Rifle Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Sopris 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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/08/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 David Loomis
303-275-5008
dloomis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, Dawes, Daggett, Uintah. Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska.
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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blue River Gore Pass Transmission Line
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Deanna Bartlett
970-887-4122
dkbartlett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Service proposes to issue special use authorization for an existing transmission line including a vegetation management plan.
Location: UNIT - Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Grand, Summit. Williams Ridge, on Grand/Summit County Line.
Chuck Davies Guide Service
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Kyle Grambley
970-625-6852
kgrambley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a one year permit to Paul Moore of Chuck Davies Guide Service
Location: UNIT - Grand Valley Ranger District, West Zone/Rifle Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa. Chuck Davies Guide Service operates on the south side of I-70 in the Rifle, Paonia, and Grand Valley Ranger Districts.
Dakota Bike Tours Temporary O/G Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Jonathan Thompson
970-963-2266
jonthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is for a guided road bicycle trip with a maximum of 16 clients, two staff & one support vehicle. The trip would start in Dillon, travelling to Minturn, Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood and finishing in Dotsero, July 18 - 23, 2011.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Leadville Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin, Summit. Paved roads and trails between Dillon, Minturn, Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Dotsero.
Mount Sopris Rec Riders O/G Permit Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Jonathan Thompson
970-963-2266
jonthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize Mount Sopris Rec Riders to groom and maintain the Sunlight to Powderhorn Snowmobile Trails on the White River and a few additional miles on the GMUG.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, West Zone/Rifle Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Pitkin. Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail System.
Taylor Pass Hut Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/26/2009 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 William Jackson
970-642-4439
wfjackson@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 800 sq. ft., rustic, backcountry, winter use hut is being proposed to be built just south of Taylor Pass on the Gunnison Ranger District. The hut would be similar in scope and scale to the Friends Hut or the Markley Hut on the White River NF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison, Pitkin. LEGAL - T12S, R84W, SW ? of Section 14. Approximately 1.5 miles south of Taylor Pass.
TransRockies Run (Special Event)
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Janie Pardo
970-328-6388
jpardo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for a 6-day trail running stage race from Beaver Creek to Buena Vista. Specific dates will vary annually but will occur in July or August.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34134
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, Leadville Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District, Salida Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Chaffee, Eagle, Lake. NFS and other lands between Beaver Creek Ski Resort and the Town of Buena Vista.
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White River 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
2011 National Speleological Society (NSS) Convention
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 Mike Kenealy
970-945-3207
mkenealy@fs.fed.us 
Description: NSS has applied for a SUP for this event under an exemption clause & consistent with decontamination procedures described in Regional Order # R2-10-01. Planned activities would occur from July 16-July 24, 2011 & include: Cave & Geology Field Trips.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34472
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin. Various locations at targeted caves on Eagle/Holy Cross at Fulford Cave, on the Flattops near Coffee Pot, in the upper Fryingpan near Lime Park. Geology field trips to Camp Hale.
David Steinmann and Cyndi Mosch Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/02/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize the special use permit issued to David Steinmann and Cyndi Mosch for collecting and preserving insects and faunas from caves located on the White River National Forest.
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit. Forestwide.
WRNF Travel Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/07/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Wendy Haskins
970-945-3303
whaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: This document seeks to update the travel management on the WRNF.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=1103
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit. WRNF: Forest-wide.
White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement
EIS
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 06/30/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
02/2012 David Francomb
970-945-3293
dfrancomb@fs.fed.us 
Description: The WRNF Oil & Gas Leasing EIS will revise the existing 1993, Oil & Gas Leasing availability decision for the WRNF. The proposal will make revisions to the availability of certain WRNF lands for lease and to the stipulations on lands available.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29938
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit. Forest Wide.
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White River 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
2011 Emergency Relief for Federally Owned (ERFO) Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/02/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 Erica Borum
970-945-3277
eborum@fs.fed.us 
Description: Due to damage from spring runoff volumes in 2010, the following roads will be repaired under the Federal Highway Administration's ERFO program: Coal Creek Road (591 ft) and East Brush Creek Road (91 ft).
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Pitkin. Coal Creek (NFSR 307) at MP 1.4, approx 1.5 mi from Redstone, west of Hwy 133; East Brush Creek (NFSR 415) at MP 2.5, approx 11 mi south of Eagle.
Aspen-Sopris District wildlife habitat improvement project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/16/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Philip Nyland
970-963-2266
pnyland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct prescribed fire and mechanical treatments in identified blocks of forest, shrubland, and grassland vegetation types to improve wildlife browse and foraging habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30089
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District, West Zone/Rifle Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin. Glenwood Canyon, Crystal River Valley, S. Thompson Creek, Roaring Fork Valley, Red Table Mtn., and the Fryingpan River Valley.
Eagle Valley Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/21/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Bill Johnson
970-328-5869
bjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Eagle Valley Land Exchange is proposed as an assembled land exchange involving the Town of Avon, the CO State Land Board, Eagle Co., the Eagle Valley Land Trust & the USFS. Then non-federal party wants to exchange 1,280 acres for 943 FS acres.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Various parcels around Avon and Edwards.
Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District Public Rock Collection
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Olivia Garcia
970-945-3220
ogarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate common use areas for public to collect landscape rocks on the two districts
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Proposed locations include Camp Hale area, No Name Gulch (NFSR 7050), and Hardscrabble Road (NFSR 441).
Lake Creek/Deep Creek Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Jessica Pettee
970-827-5163
jcpettee@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS will be analyzing the impacts of livestock grazing on the Lake Creek/Deep Creek allotment.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield. South of Sweetwater Creek and north of Deep Creek.
Sagebrush Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Lara Duran
970-328-5899
laraduran@fs.fed.us 
Description: 17,000 acres of sagebrush treatments to benefit greater sage-grouse, mule deer, Brewer’s and sage sparrow and reduce fuels by removing juniper, piñon pine, and Douglas-fir manually or mechanically, patch mowing and prescribed fire, seeding, etc.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Routt. Six major areas were identified for possible treatment near Ute Trail, Red Dirt Creek, Berry Creek, Muddy Creek, High Trail Gulch, and Cottonwood Mesa.
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White River National Forest,   East Zone/Dillon 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
Breckenridge Forest Health and Fuels Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 10/30/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Brett Crary
970-827-5182
bcrary@fs.fed.us 
Description: 5,000 acres of proposed treatments for forest health and fuels reduction in the WUI in Breckenridge
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30036
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Swan Valley, Boreas Pass, and Hoosier Pass areas of Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Peak 6 Development Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 01/18/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Roger Poirier
970-945-3212
rpoirier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes developing new ski terrain and constructing a new lift and associated infrastructure on Peak 6 within the resort's Special Use Permit boundary.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Dillon - Robinson Electric Transmission Line
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2009 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Paul Semmer
970-262-3448
psemmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project involves reissuance of the special use permit to Xcel Energy/Public Service Company of Colorado for the existing 115 electric power transmission lines from the Dillon Substation to the Climax Mine area.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Sec 30, T5S, R77W; Sec 25, 26, 33, 34 and 35, T5S, R78W: and Sec 4, 5, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29 and 32, T6S, R78W; 6th P.M. Summit County, CO. The project includes approximately 11.48 miles of an existing 115 overhead electric transmission line from the Dillon Substation (east of the Town of Dillon) to the Robinson Substation.
Dillon-Malta 230 kV Electric Transmission Line
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2009 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Paul Semmer
970-262-3448
psemmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of special use permit to Xcel Energy for the existing 230kV electric transmission line from Dillon Substation, to the Malta Substation. The permit was originally issued in 1978, reissued in 1983, and expired in 2008.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - NF lands on the WR and Pike/San Isabel National Forests in Townships 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 South, all in Range 77 West of the 6th PM and in Township 10 South Range 78 West of the 6th PM., CO. The project includes approximately 20 miles of an existing 230kV overhead electric transmission line from the Dillon Substation (near the Summit County Landfill), to the Malta Substation.
Keystone Frontside Improvements
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Shelly Grail
970-468-5400
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Keystone proposes a variety of frontside improvements including snowmaking installations, trail widening and grading, relocation and replacement of the Summit House Restaurant, new mountain bike trails, etc.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Keystone Ski Resort.
Keystone Ski Area Forest Health Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Cynthia Keller
970-262-3495
cpkeller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to remove hazard trees and regenerate lodgepole in selected areas across the ski area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30934
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Keystone Ski Area.
Ophir Mountain Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
06/2012 Brett Crary
970-827-5182
bcrary@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage forest products and reduce future fuel accumulations in forested stands affected by mountain pine beetle mortality.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31598
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Sections 1-3 and 10-15 located in T6S, R78W, 6th P.M. Ophir Mountain area west of State Highway 9 near Frisco from Miners Creek to North Barton Gulch.
Rec Path Realignment from Copper Mountain Conoco to Highway 91
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/17/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Shelly Grail
970-262-3484
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment of the recreation path from the Copper Mountain Conoco Station to the Corn Lot/Highway 91 stoplight.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Copper Mountain Conoco Station.
Snowmobile Rental, Ten Year Outfitter/Guide Permit EA
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:10/2011  11/2011 Ken Waugh
970-262-3446
kwaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: To analyze and document the effects of a snowmobile rental operation near Breckenridge, CO. The outfitter has applied for a long-term priority Special Use permit.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Dillon Ranger District.
Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System EA
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:10/2011  11/2011 Ken Waugh
970-262-3446
kwaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Dillon Ranger District proposes to establish a 30+ mile motorcycle trail system in the Frey Gulch and Tenderfoot Mountain areas. There would be about 15 miles of new construction and 15 miles of reconstruction of existing trails proposed.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. The project area is east of the town of Dillon, CO and west of the town of Keystone, CO.
Xcel (Public Service Company of Colorado) - Electric Distribution Master Permits
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/22/2007 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Paul Semmer
970-262-3448
psemmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project involves reissuance of the special use permits to Xcel Energy/PSCO for the existing electric distribution power lines in the Upper Blue River, Lower Blue River, Straight Creek/Snake River and Tenmile Creek drainages of the Dillon RD.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Through out the Dillon Ranger District, including the Upper and Lower Blue River, Snake River/Straight Creek and Tenmile Creek drainages in Summit County, CO. The project includes approx. 73 miles of existing buried and overhead electric distribution lines in the Upper Blue River, Lower Blue River, Straight Creek/Snake River and Tenmile Creek drainages.
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White River National Forest,   East Zone/Eagle 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
Competitive or direct sale of four administrative parcels in Eagle
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2008 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Randall Parker
970-945-3202
rjparker@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public or direct sale to Eagle County 4 administrative use parcels totalling 8.48 acres and associated improvements located in Eagle, CO under the authority of the FS Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Sec. 5 of T5S, R84W of the 6th P.M., warranty deed recorded Feb. 9, 1950 in Bk 135 on Pg 85 (Parent Parcel); Bk 0114, Pg 0506; Bk 135, Pg 85 (Parent Parcel); recorded Jan. 6, 1967 in Bk 0203, Pg 0047. Within the Township of Eagle.
Fulford Cave Outfitter/Guide Capacity
EA
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Kerry Pitt
970-827-5154
kpitt@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project is to establish a capacity for guided trips into Fulford Cave.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - The project is located in Section 36 of Township 6 South, Range 83 West, 6th P.M., Eagle County, Colorado. The project area is Fulford Cave approximately twelve air miles southeast of Eagle, Colorado.
Gypsum Creek C&H Allotment Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/16/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Jessica Pettee
970-827-5163
jcpettee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to continue grazing authorization for 592 cattle between June 16 and October 16 annually (3,204 AUMs), construct several range improvements to improve livestock distribution and management.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30687
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. The allotment is located just south of Eagle, CO. The main access points onto the allotment are via the Valley road in Gypsum, the Hardscrabble road (#413), and the Brush/Gypsum road (#414).
Middle Derby Drift Fence
EA
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jessica Pettee
970-827-5163
jcpettee@fs.fed.us 
Description: USFS proposes to build less than one mile of drift fence south of Middle Derby Creek in order to better control livestock distribution.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. Derby Creek C&H allotment in the Middle Derby Creek drainage west of Burns, CO.
Piney Valley Ranches Ditches
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/04/2011  03/2011 Jonathan Freeman
970-945-3219
jlfreeman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Piney Valley Ranches has applied for "Ditch Bill" Easements and Special Use Permits for six irrigation ditches that provide water to their private land.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Sections 10, 15, 23, 25, and 36, T3S, R82W. Along the Piney River north of Edwards.
Town of Gypsum - LEDE Reservoir Enlargement
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
11/2011 Bill Johnson
970-328-5869
bjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Town of Gypsum has submitted an application to enlarge L.E.D.E. Reservoir by raising the dam an additional 4 feet. The reservoir is currently under Special Use Permit and this would involve an amendment to the permit.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Section 9, T7S, R84W. South of the Town of Gypsum on Gypsum Creek.
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White River National Forest,   East Zone/Holy Cross 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
Beaver Creek Mountain Chair 4, Rose Bowl Lift Upgrade
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/04/2011  05/2011 Don Dressler
970-827-5715
drdressler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing Chair 4, Rose Bowl lift, with a detachable quad chair in the same alignment within the Beaver Creek Mountain Special Use Permit area
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T5S, R81W, Sections 30 and 31. Chair 4, Rose Bowl Lift, is located within Rose Bowl, on the eastern edge of the ski resort.
Beaver Creek Mountain Improvements
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/14/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
04/2012 Don Dressler
970-827-5715
drdressler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Beaver Creek Ski Resort is proposing to add a women's downhill racecourse next to the existing men's course with related snowmaking & safety infrastructure. Finish area reconstruction will include upgrades to Red Tail Camp & race building facilities
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33695
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Beaver Creek Ski Resort.
Beaver Creek Ski Area Forest Health Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Cynthia Keller
970-262-3495
cpkeller@fs.fed.us 
Description: proposal to remove hazard trees and regenerate lodgepole in selected areas across the ski area
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30933
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Beaver Creek Ski Resort.
Berlaimont Estates, LLC ANILCA Road Easement
EIS
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bill Johnson
970-328-6388
bjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Berlaimont Estates, LLC has proposed construction of a Paved two-lane 26 wide road, along with utilities in the roadbed, to service private property within the White River NF. The owners of the 680-acre inholding plan to develop it into 19 lots.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27470
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Township 4, South, Range 82 West, Sections 28, 29, 32 & 33 north of the town of Edwards, Colorado.
Holy Cross City Abandoned Mine Land Safety Closures
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/21/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
08/2011 Olivia Garcia
970-945-3220
ogarcia@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remediation of physical safety hazards (open adits/shafts) to protect the general public in the vicinity of Holy Cross City and Fancy Lake (wilderness).
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T7S, R81W, Section 34. Holy Cross City.
Homestake Creek Restoration and Habitat Enhancement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 01/26/2011  10/2011 Matthew Grove
970-827-5166
magrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: To improve habitat conditions for desired native and non-native fish species from the FSR 703 bridge crossing to Gold Park Campground in the Homestake Creek drainage. This project will benefit both instream and riparian habitat.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T. 7 S., R. 81 W., Sections 12, 13, 22, 23, 27 and T. 7 S., R. 80 W., Sections 6 and 7. The project would be located along Homestake Creek, a tributary to the Eagle River, south of Red Cliff, and north-east of Homestake Reservoir.
Sale of Minturn, CO Residential Administrative Site
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/20/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
02/2012 Randall Parker
970-945-3202 ext 3202
rjparker@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public or direct sale or exchange to the township of Minturn 4 admin use parcels totaling 36.65 acres and assoc. improvements located in Minturn, CO, under the authority of the FS FRE Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-54)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25143
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T5S, R81W Section 35, 11.147 acres; T5S, R81W Section 36, Lot 17. Within the Township of Minturn.
Tucker Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bill Johnson
970-328-6388
bjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Robert and Betty Tucker were issued a Special Use Permit for road access to a private inholding in 1985 and expired in 1996 and they have applied to have that access renewed as a private road easement.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Section 35, T7S, R80W, 6th P.M. North of Camp Hale on Taylor Hill.
Vail Ski Area Forest Health Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Cynthia Keller
970-262-3495
cpkeller@fs.fed.us 
Description: proposal to remove hazard trees and regenerate lodgepole in selected areas across the ski area
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30932
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Vail Ski Resort.
West Lionshead Chairlift Realignment
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2012 Don Dressler
970-827-5715
drdressler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realign and extend previously approved West Lionshead Chairlift to replace the Pride Express (Chair 26)
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T. 5 S., R. 80 W., Sec. 7 and 18, 6th P.M. Vail Mountain Ski Area.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Aspen 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
Apex Road Permit Renewal
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/14/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Long-term renewal of road Special Use Permit for road off of Express Creek Road, south of Aspen. Accesses Rice property near Markley Ski Hut from Braun Hut system.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - NE1/2 sec. 5, T. 12 S., R. 84 W., 6th P.M. South of Aspen on Castle Creek Road, L-Express Creek Road, about 2 1/4 miles, turn right at Markey Hut turn-off.
Aspen Administrative Site Redevelopment Project
EA
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/19/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
10/2012 Randall Parker
970-945-3202 ext 3202
rjparker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project consists of demolition and redevelopment of the Aspen Administrative facilities on the current site. The project would provide an administrative facility for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District on government owned land in Aspen.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T10S, R85W, Section 12. This is a 3.03 acre (approximately) parcel in the City of Aspen, CO. It is located adjacent to State Hwy 82 at the beginning of the Aspen downtown district.
Aspen SkiCo Ski Areas Forest Health Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
04/2012 Skye Sieber
970-625-6864
ssieber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to remove hazard trees and regenerate lodgepole and aspen in selected areas across the four SkiCo ski areas (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30908
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass Ski Resorts.
Aspen Summer Recreation Events
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011  06/2011 Jonathan Thompson
970-963-2266
jonthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Six recreation events are being proposed for the Aspen area trails and roads this summer.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. Various roads and trails around Aspen.
Dahl spring-box, tank, and pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue an authorization for an existing spring, cistern, tank, and pipeline in place since the 1970.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. T. 11 S., R. 85 W., Sect. 1.
Diedrich Driveway Modification
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lessen pitch on road, extend and widen existing driveway easement 25 feet south
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T. 11 S., R. 84 W., Sect 18. 7200 Castle Creek Road.
Driveway Alignment and Construction to Ivanhoe Millsite
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: New road construction from Castle Creek Road to Ivanhoe Millsite Parcel south of Ashcroft. Two options are present for crossing the River Trail. The preferred option re-aligns the river trail to cross in front of the bridge.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Sec. 32, T. 11 S., R 84 W., 6th P.M. Immediately South of the ghost town of Ashcroft.
Driveway Easement to Montezuma Mill Parcel, Castle Creek
CE
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 12/02/2010  12/2010 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of an existing driveway 100 feet long - no new disturbance
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Sec. 6, T. 12 S., R. 84 W., 6th P.M. Immediately South of the Pine Creek Cookhouse, and West of Castle Creek Road.
East Aspen Metro District Mosquito Control
EA
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mosquito control using a natural bacterial byproduct, "Bti" on areas east of Aspen near Wildwood School & Difficult CG. Less than 5 acres of wetland areas to be controlled on an as-needed basis. Treatment is by hand, after assessment is completed.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - 6th P.M., T. 10 S., R. 84 W., Sections 28, 33, and 34. Scattered patches of FS lands east of Aspen along the roaring Fork River.
Maroon Bells Fourteener (14'er) Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 01/05/2011  06/2011 Jonathan Thompson
970-963-2266
jonthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build and make sustainable climbing route trails on both North and South Maroon Peaks. Work will be completed in conjunction with CO 14'ers Initiative group and will follow precedents set by approach work completed on both Pyramid Peak and Capitol Pk
Web Link:  http://www.14ers.org
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - North Maroon Peak  Sections 15 and 22 of Township 11 South, Range 83 West; South Maroon Peak  Sections 26 and 27 of Township 11 South, Range 83 West. Base of S Maroon Pk & N Maroon Pk, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wild. Climbing routes beginning at terminus with the W Maroon Tr 1970 & Maroon-Snowmass Trl 1975 & for a distance of approx 1/2 mile on each tr.
Mitchell Driveway Improvement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Widen driveway 8 feet to meet county codes and move existing easement south
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T. 10 S., R. 84 W., Sect. 26. 786 Midnight Mine Road.
Snowmass Mountain Bike Trails
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/04/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
05/2011 Jim Stark
970-925-3445
jstark@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyzing a proposal submitted by the Aspen Skiing Company to construct three new mountain bike trails at the Snowmass Ski Area which are intended to enhance summer lift-assisted biking opportunities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34245
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. Snowmass Ski Area.
Snowmass Water and Sanitation District Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/02/2009 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of existing permit for 8,000-foot pipeline, spring box, intake structure, and access road for Snowmass Village water supply. Existing permit expired December 2008.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Portions of sections 3,10,15,15,12,1, T. 10 S., R. 86 W., 6th PM. Pipeline A runs from the campground area to the top of.
Starwood/Four Corners Fuels Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/22/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Travis Bruch
970-625-6849
tbruch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of approximately 3,000 dead or infested trees in Trentaz and Gavin Gulches
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34262
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T9S, R85W, Sections 25 and 36, 6th P.M. 3 miles north of Aspen on 251 acres in Trentaz and Gavin Gulches, west of Red Mountain, adjacent to the community of Starwood.
Town of Aspen Road Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2009 
Expected:05/2011
 
05/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of existing road permit, which expires December 2008.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. ASP 44 near Aspen, Colorado.
Ute, Newfoundland, and Benedict Trails Permit Renewal
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2009 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: The city of Aspen has been maintaining 3 trails under an FS permit since September 1999. The FS and city of Aspen would like to extend this authorization for a 30-year period. No changes to the existing trails or management uses are proposed.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Portions of Lot 6, sect. 18, T10S, R84W. The Ute trail is located directly west of the Aspen ski area, south of Aspen, CO.
Warmington's Road Improvements
CE
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Easement to existing road will be widened to allow road widening and maintenance
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - 6th P.M., T. 10 S., R. 84 W., SW1/4 sec 21, NW1/4 sec 28. East of Aspen on Hwy. 82, 44481 Hwy 82, Aspen, CO.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Blanco 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
Aldrich Lakes Mechanical Treatments
CE
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/05/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
07/2011 Toni Toelle
970-878-6011
ttoelle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposed project includes a combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the private lands to the North of the project boundary and improve big game wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T2N, R92W, Sec's 1-4, 10-17, and 24. T3N, R92W, Sec's 25, 26, 34, 35, 36. T3N, R91W, Sec's 33-35. T2N, R91W, Sec's 1, 3-10, 12, 13, 15-25, and 27-29. This proposed project is located on the Northern boundary of the Blanco RD.
Lost Creek Trail Re-location
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Kasey Cox
970-878-4039
kcox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-routing of .5 mile of Lost Creek Trail #1808 & subsequent closure of .7 mile of the old trail. Trail will be moved from its present setting to a more suitable location. Existing trail is wet, boggy, & partially submerged due to beaver activity.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T. 1 N., R. 90 W., Section 14. Re-routing trail starting at approximately 1/4 mile north from Long Lost Trailhead.
Lower Fawn and Moeller Creek/Lost Park C&H Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 01/12/2011  07/2011 Mary Cunningham
970-878-6015
mlcunningham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze domestic cattle grazing on the Lower Fawn and Lost Park/Moeller C&H grazing allotments in conformance with the Rescission Bill (1995) schedule and requirements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30931
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T1N, R91W portions of sections 7,8,11-14, 17-19, 23, 24, 26; T1N, R90W portions of sections 2-5, 7-10, 15-19; T2N, R90W portions of sections 21, 22, 26-28, 33-35. The Lost Park/Moeller and Lower Fawn C&H allotments are located on the north side of the Blanco Ranger District, accessible by Forest Road 280 (Fawn Creek Road) and/or Forest Trail 1805.
Milk Creek Ranch's John Rescorla Ditch Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/23/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize a special use permit for the John Rescorla Ditch across National Forest lands for the purpose of irrigating private lands.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. approximately 17 miles northeast of Meeker, CO.
Missouri Creek S&G Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/24/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Mary Cunningham
970-878-4039
mlcunningham@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze domestic sheep grazing on the Missouri Creek S&G grazing allotmen. Resource management options developed will strive to move existing resource conditions towards desired conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33718
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T 1 N, R 89 W, portions of Sections 3-11; T 1 N, R 90 W, portions of Sections 12 & 13; T 2 N, R89 W, portions of Sections 28, 32-34. The Missouri Creek S&G grazing allotment is located on the north side of the Blanco Ranger District, accessible by FSR 230.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Rifle 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
Cache Creek Phase II Master Development Plan for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Jason Gross
970-876-9046
jrgross@fs.fed.us 
Description: Noble Energy proposal for 8 new well pads & up to 150 gas wells, some federal. BLM has authority to approve the wells and well pads. Reconstruction and access of roads & burial of pipelines (approx. 0.5 miles) across NF lands is under FS authority.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Sect. 20, T.7 S., R. 94 W., 6th P.M. Approximately 5 miles south of the I-70 Rulison exit and 8 miles east of Parachute.
Canyon Rim Outfitters
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/29/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Kyle Grambley
970-625-6852
kgrambley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Outfitter and Guide permit renewal
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. North of Glenwood Springs and East of New Castle on general Forest land South of the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Rifle Campus Special Use Proposal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/17/2011  03/2011 Kyle Grambley
970-625-6852
kgrambley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Rifle Campus has applied for a 5 year special use permit to have hands on approach to learning art and humanities and natural resource studies with the intent to educate students on the Rifle Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. Throughout the Rifle Ranger District, concentrating near and on developed recreation sites, i.e. Cayton Guard Station, Spruce Day Use Area, Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, and along System Trails and Routes.
Coulter Mesa Mechanical Treatment
CE
- Fuels management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Toni Toelle
970-878-6011
ttoelle@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposed project includes a combination of mechanical treatments and prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to Coulter Lake Lodge and improve big game wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T3S, R93W, Sec's 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 36. T3S, R92W, Sec's 8-12 and 14-36. T3S, R91W, Sec's 12, 25, 30, 31. This proposed project is located adjacent to Coulter Lake Lodge on the Rifle RD.
Divide Creek Unit Master Development Plan
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Gross
970-876-9046
jrgross@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate EnCana Oil & Gas Inc. proposal to drill up to 7 gas wells from 1 new and 5 existing pads; 4 saltwater disposal wells; 0.5 mi. of new road to access Federal minerals in the Divide Creek Unit.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield, Mesa. LEGAL - T8S, R91W, Sects 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25  27, 36 and T9S, R91W, Sect 1. North and east of Flatiron Mountain, approx. 15 mi. south-southeast of Silt, CO.
East Divide and West Divide Range Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
07/2011 Lydia LaBelle de Rios
970-625-2371
llabellederios@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental process to analyze grazing on two NF allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30923
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield, Mesa. LEGAL - T8-10S, R90-93W. Two NF grazing allotments covering approximately 77,000 acres, 15 - 20 miles south of Silt, CO.
Lava Boulder Creek Exploratory Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Gross
970-876-9046
jrgross@fs.fed.us 
Description: Antero Resources is requesting to construct 1 well pad and to drill up to 2 wells on Federal lease #COC-66708.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T8S, R90W, Section 17. East Divide Creek, approximately 20 miles southeast of Silt, CO.
Little Beaver 2-20 Exploratory Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Gross
970-876-9046
jrgross@fs.fed.us 
Description: Willsource Enterprises is proposing to construct 1 well pad, access road, and pipelines; and to drill 1 exploratory well in Federal lease COC 058835
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - NW Sec 20 T8S R91W. Approximately 21 miles south of New Castle, CO; 0.5 miles SE of Haystack Mountain.
Mesa County V Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/22/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize issuance of a public road easement to Mesa County for operation and maintenance of the portion of NFSR 274 (Mesa County V Road) that crosses the White River National Forest.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 96 W., Section 7, 6th P.M. Approximately 4 miles southeast of De Beque.
Reauthorization of Special Use Permit: John and Nancy Kelly - irrigation ditch
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/28/2009 
Expected:04/2011
 
04/2011 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: To re-issue the special use permit to John and Nancy Kelly for operation and maintenance of a headgate and buried pipe supplying water for irrigation to private lands.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Sec. 31, T. 4 S., R. 90 W., 6th P.M. Six miles North of New Castle on NF lands.
Reauthorization of a Special Use Permit: Terral Anderson
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/24/2011  03/2011 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: To re-issue a special use permit to Terral Anderson for operation and maintenance of a spring development, water line, and pumphouse, 15 miles north of Silt on National Forest lands.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Sec. 30, T. 3 S., R. 91 W., 6th P.M. 15 miles north of Silt.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Sopris 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
Bowles Ditch and Pipeline Authorization
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: An existing ditch of 2,500 ft. & 2-inch pipeline belonging to Connell Development Co. needs an authorization. No improvements other than normal maintenance are planned. This ditch has been in use for over 70 years, but does not qualify for a DBE.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - 6th P.M., T. 8 S., R. 83 W., Sections 23 & 24. Fryingpan road.
Burnt Mountain Timber Sale
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of larger lodgepole pine to follow direction for sustained yield even flow timber harvest, and to reduce mountain pine beetle risk and fuels in the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29966
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Pitkin. LEGAL - T83W, R7S, Sec. 33-35 and T83W, R8S, Sec. 2-4, 9-17. Approximately 23 miles south of Eagle, Colorado following forest system roads 400 and 506.
CDOT Highway 133 Debris Dump Site and Placita Roadside Landscaping
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/27/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: CDOT is proposing to permanently store natural road debris inside the bottom switchback east of McClure Pass on Hwy 133. Project will fill in a 16.1-acre depression from original road construction. Includes revegetation of the old Placita fill site.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - NW 1/4 of Section 18, T11S, R88W, 6th P.M. The switchback is located approximately 5 1/2 miles south of Redstone, CO on Hwy 133. The fill will be inside the switchback.
Carbondale Administrative Site Redevelopment Project
EA
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Randall Parker
970-945-3202 ext 3202
rjparker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project consists of demolition and redevelopment of the Carbondale Admin facilities. The project would improve and continue to provide an accessible government-owned office facility for the Aspen/Sopris RD on government-owned land in Carbondale.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T7S, R88W, Section 34. The facilities are currently located approximately 0.5 miles west of State Highway 133 on an approximate 1.2 acre parcel in downtown Carbondale.
Competitive or direct sale of El Jebel "Tree Farm" administrative property
EA
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:05/2012  08/2012 Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public or direct sale to a governmental organization 30-90 acres of land and associated improvements. This action will be carried out under the authority of the FS FRE Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-54).
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - N1/2 of Sec. 3, NE1/4 NE1/4 of Sec. 4, T. 8 S., R. 87 W., 6th P.M. to the west of Crown Mountain Park, to the south of Valley Road, and to the north of the Roaring Fork river in El Jebel.
Competitive or direct sale/exchange of the Sopris Pasture Parcel
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/24/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Randall Parker
970-945-3202
rjparker@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public or direct sale or exchange an admin/ use parcel comprising 11.38 acres located in unincorp. Garfield County, under the authority of the FS Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-54).
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Lot 11 of Section 35, T7S, R88W of the 6th P.M., containing 11.38 acres. Located in unincorporated Garfield County, East of the Township of Carbondale.
North Thompson/Fourmile and Coal Basin Grazing Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Wayne Ives
970-963-2266
wives@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analyze domestic livestock grazing on the North Thompson/Fourmile and Coal Basin Grazing Allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30088
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield, Pitkin. North Thompson/Fourmile and Coal Basin Grazing Allotments, on the west side of the Sopris RD, west of State Hwy 133.
Sunlight Inc. - FSR 300 Easement
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: A reciprocal road easement to be issued to Sunlight Inc. for using 8,810 feet of Forest Service Road 300 to access private land. No new disturbance is planned at this time.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - 6th P.M., T. 7 S., R. 89 W., Sections 32 & 33, USFS Cattle Creek Quad. FSR 300.
White Banks Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/03/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Skye Sieber
970-625-6864
ssieber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Evaluate the proposed Plan of Operations submitted by Elbram Stone Company, LLC to continue alabaster mining operations at the White Banks Quarry.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34869
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T9S, R88W, Section 28. Avalanche Creek drainage, approximately 9 miles south of Carbondale in the Crystal River Valley, Access via Forest Service Road 310.
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