Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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.
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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.
Mount Sopris Rec Riders O/G Permit Proposal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
02/2013 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.
Special Uses - US Pro Cycle Race
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 Gary Shellhorn
970-874-6666
gshellhorn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed special use authorization is for the bicycle race organizers to make temporary use of NFS lands on seven National Forests within Colorado for ancillary facilities such as portable toilets, signs, barricades, message boards.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39464
Location: UNIT - San Juan National Forest All Units, White River National Forest All Units, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units, Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands All Units, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Boulder, Chaffee, Denver, Eagle, Gunnison, Jefferson, Lake, La Plata, Montrose, Ouray, Park, San Juan, Summit. NFS lands adjacent to or along state highways that comprise the Pro Cycling Challenge bicycle race.
TransRockies Run (Special Event)
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
08/2013 Paula Peterson
970-827-5159
pkpeterson@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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Urban Front Country Order - Reissuance
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/27/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Tom Healy
(719) 477-4204
thealy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue the Urban Front Country Order with regulations pertaining to the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, and White River National Forest.
Location: UNIT - San Carlos Ranger District, South Park Ranger District, South Platte Ranger District, 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, Salida Ranger District, Pikes Peak Ranger District, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Boulder, Clear Creek, Custer, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jefferson, Larimer, Las Animas, Park, Pitkin, Summit, Teller, Weld. LEGAL - Various legal descriptions. Various locations on the Pike & San Isabel NF's, Arapaho & Roosevelt NF's & Pawnee NG, and White River NF.
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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
David Steinmann and Cyndi Mosch Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Qwest Telephone Line Reauthorization
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 Carole Huey
970-945-3219
clhuey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorization of existing telephone lines (copper and fiber optic) across the White River NF
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, Summit. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Lines are located across the entire White River NF.
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 07/2012 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Eagle Valley Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
06/2013 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 07/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
03/2013 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 
Completed  Actual: 05/24/2012  09/2012 Lara Duran
970-328-5899
laraduran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove up to 1,400 acres of pinon-juniper, burn up to 1,650 acres of sagebrush, and mow up to 770 acres of sagebrush to benefit greater sage-grouse, mule deer, Brewer’s and sage sparrow and reduce fuels. Seed and replant the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34491
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Routt. Seven areas identified for possible treatment: Berry Creek, Muddy Creek, High Trail Gulch, Cottonwood Mesa, Pipe Creek, Gypsum Creek, and Sunnyside.
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/17/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
11/2012 Natasha Goedert
970-878-4039
ngoedert@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action involves harvesting one tree that will travel to Washington D.C. to decorate the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in December 2012. The tree is expected to be between 60 and 70 feet tall, and needs to be found near a main Forest Road.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. The Capitol Tree will be selected outside of Meeker, CO, no more than ˝ mile (and likely much less) from one of the following roads: Cty Rd 8, Cty Rd 10, FSR 12, FSR 205, FSR 250, or FSR 245.
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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
Arapahoe Basin 2012 Summer Construction Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Shelly Grail
970-262-3484
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project includes the replacement of a culvert.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
Breckenridge 2012 Summer Construction Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Shelly Grail
970-262-3484
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Projects include the construction of a hiking trail and an overflow ditch at the MidConnect.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Peak 6 Development Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/10/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
06/2013 Joe Foreman
970-262-3443
jgforeman@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=23387
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Competitive or direct sale/exchange of the Dillon Work Compound Parcel
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public, or direct sale or exchange to a governmental org, an admin. site (Dillon Work Compound) comprising approx. 11 acres. This sale/exchange is being proposed under the authority of the FSFREA of 2005.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - T. 5 S., R. 77 W., Section 8, 6th P.M. Within the boundaries of the Town of Dillon, Colorado. The parcel is located adjacent to County Rd 51, approximately 1.5 miles from Interstate 70 on US-6.
Copper Mountain 2012 Summer Construction Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Shelly Grail
970-262-3484
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Projects include grading and timber removal at the bottom of the Sierra Lift and the construction of a deck on the T-Rex Grill.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
Dillon District AML Safety Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/11/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Paul Semmer
970-262-3448
psemmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action is part of the WRNF Abandoned Mine Land program objective of eliminating or reducing public health and safety hazards related to abandoned structures and mine features in the Upper Blue River area.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - South 1/2 T6S, R77W; Section 20, T6S, R76W; Section 2, T8S, R78W; and Section 36, T7S, R78W, 6th PM. east of Breckenridge between the Swan River and French Creek known as the Golden Horseshoe, Middle Fork of the Swan River, and south of Breckenridge near Monte Cristo Gulch.
Dillon Ranger District Outfitter Guides Additional Use EA
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 Ken Waugh
970-262-3446
kwaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Several priority use O/G permit holders have requested additional use. The use is available as determined by the District O/G Capacity Analysis. Proposed uses include hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, & mountaineering.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. District-wide, primarily on system roads and trails.
Dillon-Malta 230 kV Electric Transmission Line
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/25/2009 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 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.
Golden Horseshoe Trails Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 Ken Waugh
970-262-3446
kwaugh@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 5 miles of non-motorized single-track trail is proposed for reconstruction, and approximately 5 miles of motorized single-track trail is proposed for construction. Both would be included in the District trail system. .
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - T6S, R77W, Sections 16-35. Golden Horseshoe Area, East of Breckenridge.
Keystone 2012 Summer Construction Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Shelly Grail
970-262-3484
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Projects include the removal of approximately 1 acre of timber in three locations across the mountain and the construction of bike trail pull-outs.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Keystone Ski Resort.
Keystone Dercum Mountain Improvements
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Shelly Grail
970-262-3484
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Keystone proposes a variety of frontside improvements including relocation and replacement of the Summit House Restaurant, new mountain bike trails, ski school trail construction, etc.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33608
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Keystone Ski Resort.
Lake Hill Work Compound Development Project
EA
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will include design and construction of a work compound including, warehouse, storage buildings, and employee quarters facilities on Forest Service land northwest of Heaton Bay Campground.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - T. 5 S., R. 78 W., Section 24, 6th P.M. Northwest of Dillon Dam Road across from Heaton Bay Campground, in Summit County, Colorado.
Summit Huts - new hut construction and associated access trail and parking lot
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/24/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Shelly Grail
970-468-5400
sgrail@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed hut to be located in the Weber Gulch drainage above French Gulch Road (between Weber Gulch and Black Gulch). Parking lot would be constructed on French Gulch Road across from the Sallie Barber Trailhead.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. Weber Gulch drainage above French Gulch Road (between Weber Gulch and Black Gulch).
Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/11/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
06/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34502
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.
Ver Ploeg Private Drive
CE
- Land ownership management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/11/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 Paul Semmer
970-262-3448
psemmer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Request to approve issuance of a new Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) Private Road Easement to replace the original 1961 authorization and allow for minor realignment of the road on NFS lands to meet Summit County road standards.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - SW1/4 Sec. 6, T6S, R77W, 6th P.M. approximately 4 miles south of the Town of Frisco, East of CO State Hwy 9 on the East side of Blue River.
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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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@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.
Gypsum Creek C&H Allotment Grazing Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/16/2011 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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).
Sweetwater Lake Land Exchange
EA
- Land acquisition  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bill Johnson
970-328-5869
bjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: SCC Partners Group, LLC, owns the 488 acre Sweetwater Lake property in Garfield County, CO. SCC proposes to convey 4 parcels of non-Federal land to the U.S. totaling approx 155 acres in exchange for 5 parcels of NFS lands totaling approx 114 acres.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Sections 5, 8, 9, & 16, T. 3 S., R. 87 W., 6th P.M. Approximately 20 miles NE of Glenwood Springs, CO.
Town of Gypsum - LEDE Reservoir Enlargement
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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 Improvements
EIS
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/03/2012  07/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33695
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.
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.
Camp Hale Eagle River Habitat Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 06/11/2012  07/2012 Matthew Grove
970-827-5166
magrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: To improve pool and riparian habitat for trout for approximately 3 miles within the existing stream channel in the upper Eagle River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38670
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T7S, R80W, Sections 4, 9, 10, 15, and 22. the Eagle River in Camp Hale, S. of Red Cliff, and N. of Tennessee Pass. Areas proposed for treatment would include the existing stream channel and corridor from Rule Gulch to McAllister Gulch.
Competitive or direct sale/exchange of the Minturn Equipment Yard parcel
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/24/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale an administrative site (Minturn Equipment Yard) comprising approx. 4.39 acres, under the Forest Service Facilities Realignment & Enhancement Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-54).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37155
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Sec. 36, T. 5 S., R. 81 W. at the south end of the Town of Minturn adjacent (to the northwest) to HWY 24.
East Meadow/Meadow Creek Fish Barrier
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/21/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Matthew Grove
970-827-5166
magrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 1 - 2 in-stream migration barriers out of native materials to prevent the upstream migration of non-native trout species from the Piney River to protect native cutthroat trout populations and improve habitat conditions.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T4S, R81W, Sections 9 and 10, 6th P.M. North of Vail.
Holy Cross City Abandoned Mine Land Safety Closures
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/03/2012 
Expected:05/2013
Actual: 06/21/2012 
07/2013 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.
Piney River Project (2012)
EA
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  10/2013 Shelby Limberis
970-827-5161
slimberis@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approximately 1,200 acres of vegetation treatment and forest product removal. Associated activities would include road maintenance on system roads and temporary road use (construction, use and obliteration).
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T4S, R81W, sections 8, 9, 16-23, 26-28, and 33-35. Northwest of Vail, Colorado.
Sale of Minturn Residential Administrative Site
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/24/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
12/2012 Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public or direct sale to local gov an 18.3 acre admin site and associated improvements located in Minturn, CO, under the authority of the FS Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-54).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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.
Two Elk Fish Barrier
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Matthew Grove
970-827-5166
magrove@fs.fed.us 
Description: to construct a permanent fish barrier that would eliminate upstream migration of non-native fish into Two Elk Creek from the Eagle River. The current population of fish would be chemically removed and replaced with native cutthroat trout.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36187
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Sec. 1, T. 6 S., R. 81 W., 6th P.M. Two Elk Creek, southeast of Minturn.
Vail Mountain 2012 Summer Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/07/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Don Dressler
970-827-5715
drdressler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vail Ski Area proposes to relocate the halfpipe platform and add summer tubing, aerial challenge courses, a 4-line zipline, a zip adventure course, and climbing wall and freestanding climbing features within the Adventure Ridge area.
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. Vail Mountain Ski Area: Adventure Ridge at Eagles Nest and Golden Peak.
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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
Aspen Administrative Site Redevelopment Project
CE
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@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.
Competitive or direct sale/exchange of the Aspen Ranger District Administrative Site
CE
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/28/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@fs.fed.us 
Description: To offer for competitive sale to the public, or direct sale or exchange to a governmental org., a portion of the Aspen RD Admin Site comprising approximately 1 acre. This sale/exchange is being proposed under the authority of the FSFREA of 2005.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T10S, R85W, Section 12. Within the boundaries of the City of Aspen, Colorado. The parcel is located near HWY 82, and the corner of West Smuggler Street and 8th Street.
Dahl spring-box, tank, and pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/30/2010 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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.
East Aspen Metro District Mosquito Control
EA
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Little Annie's Combined Road Easements
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization of existing roads with minimal or no disturbance to existing isolated parcels in an area south of Aspen.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T10S, R84W; T11S, R84W; T10S, R85W. Various inholdings in the Little Annie's, Midnight Mine, and Richmond Ridge areas just south of Aspen.
Mitchell Driveway Improvement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/30/2010 
Expected:07/2012
 
10/2012 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 Water and Sanitation District Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/02/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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.
Sugarbowl Trail Reconstruction
CE
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Jonathan Thompson
970-963-2266
jonthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment in the form of short 500-2000’ length reroutes, utilizing benches in the topography for climbing turns and switchbacks, and construction of waterbars and grade reversals to ensure adequate drainage and sustainability.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. 5 miles Southwest of Aspen.
Sunegga Cabin Use Approval for Ashcroft Ski Touring LLC
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Sunegga Cabin has local historic (but not formal) significance & is located on an acquired parcel of land now belonging to the USFS. The proposal is to allow it to remain in location as a ski warming hut for AST LLC & be included in their permit.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - SE1/4 Sec. 31, T11S, R84W, 6th P.M. Approximately 13 miles south of Aspen within the permit area for Ashcroft Ski Touring, LLC, just off of Cathedral Lake Road.
Town of Aspen Road Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/02/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 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.
Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company - New Building at Grizzly Reservoir (ASPI)
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: The permit for Grizzly Reservoir is up for renewal. In addition, a new building is proposed for heavy equipment storage. It will be located adjacent to existing buildings and partially buried for avalanche reasons.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Aspen Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Sec. 24, T. 11 S., R. 83 W., 6th P.M. Grizzly Reservoir is approximately 20 miles SE of Aspen.
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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
Ditch Bill Easement for Campbell Creek Ditch
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize operation and maintenance of an existing irrigation ditch under the Colorado Ditch Bill
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T. 1 N., R. 90 W., Sections 28 & 33; T. 1 S., R. 90 W., Section 3, 6th P.M. approximately 23 miles east of Meeker, CO.
Marvine Communication Site Upgrade
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/13/2012  08/2012 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize use of an existing road crossing National Forest Lands to access the Rio Blanco County Marvine Communication Site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39696
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T1N, R90W, Sec 19, 6th P.M. approximately 21 miles East of Meeker.
Milk Creek Ranch's John Rescorla Ditch Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/23/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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  Completed  Actual: 06/20/2012  08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
North Elk, Inc. road use authorization
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/22/2012  08/2012 Richard Haskins
970-625-6843
rhaskins@fs.fed.us 
Description: authorize use of an existing road crossing National Forest lands to North Elk, Inc. for access to private property
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - T. 2 S., R. 92 W., Section 1, 6th P.M. approximately 15 miles southeast of Meeker.
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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
Buford/New Castle Motorized Trail
EA
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/13/2012  07/2012 Kyle Grambley
970-625-6852
kgrambley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct trail open to unlicensed OHVs parallel to the Buford/New Castle road (NFSR 245) between the West Elk (Winter) Trailhead and Triangle Park.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=27413
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - T4S, R91W, Sec. 6; T3S, R91W, Secs. 8, 17-19, 30, 31;. Proposed route parallels the Buford/New Castle (BNC) Road starting approx. at mile marker 17 to Triangle Park and NFSR 211.
Hunter Creek and Wallace Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/22/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Lydia LaBelle de Rios
970-625-2371
llabellederios@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Rifle Ranger District proposes to reauthorize domestic livestock grazing on Hunter & Wallace allotments. Includes construction of range improvements to aid in livestock distribution and management.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37881
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield, Mesa. LEGAL - Hunter T.7.S, R.93.W and Wallace T.8.S., R.95.W. Hunter is approximately 6 miles southwest of town of Rifle; access via CR 317. Wallace is approximately 7 miles northwest of town of Collbran; access via the Kimball Creek Rd.
Lava Boulder Creek Exploratory Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
07/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28966
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 Rock 1-19 Exploratory Well
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 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 (Formerly called Little Beaver 2-20)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34801
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.
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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
Avalanche Campground Healthy Forest Campsite Relocation
EA
- Recreation management
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/24/2011 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Martha Moran
970-925-3445 extension 3312
mmoran@fs.fed.us 
Description: Avalanche CG has reached a new level for action for public safety needs due to hazard trees falling on the campsites. To ensure visitor safety and promote a healthy forest the proposal is to close & relocate the 10 sites located in the hazard zone.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36392
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - UTM NAD83 309759E 4346558N. The site can be accessed from Carbondale by traveling approx. 10 miles south on Hwy 133, then 3 miles east along Forest Road 310 (Avalanche Creek Road).
Bowles Ditch and Pipeline Authorization
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
05/2013 Steven Goodson
970-625-6849
sgoodson@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/nepa_project_exp.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 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 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.
Coal Basin Alluvial Fan Reconstructions
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:01/2013  05/2013 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of alluvial fans to prevent future sedimentation into Coal Creek and the Crystal River. Project will import approximately 2000 cubic yards of roadside debris into a pattern that can mimic the actions of natural alluvial fans.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - NW1/4 Sec. 13, T10S, R89W, 6th PM. Braderich Creek is located approximately 4 miles west of Redstone on FDR 307. This road is near the coke ovens.
Coal Basin Watershed Restoration Project
EA
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  05/2013 Mark Lacy
970-963-2266 ext 3131
mlacy@fs.fed.us 
Description: The FS proposes to use a multitude of restoration techniques in the Coal Basin sub-watershed to improve upland and riparian/aquatic habitats. Some of the restoration activities may occur on private land using the Wyden Amendment where appropriate.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T 9 S R 89 W Sections 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36; T 10 S R 89 W Sections 1-18 and 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24; T 10 S R 88 W Sections 17, 18, 19, 20. Crystal River watershed which is located approximately 18 miles upstream from Carbondale along Hwy 133. Coal Creek enters the Crystal River at the town of Redstone.
Competitive or direct sale of El Jebel "Tree Farm" administrative property
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 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  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kevin Warner
970-945-3205
kwarner@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 Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/29/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Roaring Fork Fuel Reduction, Unit A
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/28/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Philip Nyland
970-963-2266
pnyland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning on a 162-acre project area near Basalt Mountain in Eagle County, Colorado, for the purpose of wildlife habitat improvement and reduction of fuel quantities. Area is comprised of mountain shrubs and aspen.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39611
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Township 7S, Range 87W, Sections 12 and 13. Basalt Mountain, off FSR 524.
Seven Castles Road Easement
CE
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorization and permanent use of an emergency road cut across NFS land and State of Colorado lands in the Seven Castles area, up the Fryingpan drainage
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - SW1/4 section 2, T8S, R86W, 6th P.M. Approximately 4 miles East of Basalt, up the Fryingpan road, North side of road. This is the site of a massive mudslide 3 years ago.
Source Gas Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement (Wells 5 to 71)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/28/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Karla Mobley
970-876-9066
kkmobley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Source Gas will replace approximately 1 mile of an existing 4-inch buried natural gas pipeline located along NFSR 321 (Twin Peaks Road). In conjunction, Source Gass will replace culverts & resurface the road.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Sect. 36, T8S, R90W and Sec. 1, T9S, R90W. Located approximately 11 miles SW of Carbondale in the Twin Peaks area.
State of Colorado - McClure Pass Power Source and Communication Site
EIS
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 09/2012 
Expected:07/2013  10/2013 James Kirschvink
970-945-3313
jkirschvink@fs.fed.us 
Description: to install a power-source, likely a powerline, south of Horseshoe Bend on CSH 133 to provide power to a communications site located on the Gunnison NF to provide emergency communications in that area
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Gunnison. LEGAL - NW1/4 of section 18, T. 11 S., R. 88 W.; N1/2 of section 13, T. 11 S., R. 89 W., 6th P.M. (Chair Mountain Quad). about 20 miles south of Carbondale on CSH 133.
Wolf Creek Hazard Tree Removal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/19/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Corbin Shipp
970-625-6845
cshipp@fs.fed.us 
Description: White River NF proposes to remove hazard trees around Wolf Creek well pads on the Sopris Ranger District to prevent wildfire, injury, and equipment damage.
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - T8S, R90W, Sections 23, 26, 35, 36, and T9S, R90W Sections 1 and 2. Approximately 23 miles south of Glenwood Springs.
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