Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
Carson National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Camino Real Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Canjilon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  El Rito Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Jicarilla Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Questa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Tres Piedras Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2012 
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.
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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/01/2000
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
05/2013 John Phillips
575-638-5526
jcphillips@fs.fed.us 
Description: A supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project on the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests to disclose, review, and assess additional information.
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units, Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos. Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico.
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Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) Fiber-optic Proposal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/14/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
09/2012 Troy Waskey
575-758-6200
twaskey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to authorize KCEC to construct new fiber-optic network on existing KCEC electrical system & within existing rights-of-way. Would include approx 166 mi existing aerial lines & 13 mi of existing buried lines.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39387
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Maps will be displayed on Carson NF website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/carson. Existing powerline corridors across the Carson National Forest, excluding the Jicarilla Ranger District.
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Carson National Forest,   Camino Real Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012 Sipapu Ski Area Summer Operations Projects
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/05/2012  10/2012 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve building at base lift 1; loading area at lift 2; and portions of runs including Bambi, Lower Bambi, Rolling Rock, and Gamble Trees. Install 815' snowmaking line in Gamble Trees run. All projects in existing special use permit boundary.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39692
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 22N, R. 13E, sections 10 and 15. Within the bounds of the Sipapu Ski Area.
Acequia de Llano de San Miguel
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of series of rock wiers with gabion heading to replace existing wooden diversion dam. Repair leaking diversion from the Rio Trampas by installing a new 100' pipe at the beginning of the acequia diversion.
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T 21N, R11E, Section 1. Acequia de Llano de San Miguel.
Alamitos Fish Barrier Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 07/24/2012  09/2012 Alyssa Radcliff
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct two low water crossings that also serve as fish barriers along Forest Road 161C. This would protect a core conservation population of Rio Grande cutthroat trout (RGCT) by preventing non-native trout from migrating into a known RGCT area.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39394
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 21N, R. 14E, Section 17. Alamitos Creek, a tributary of the Rio Pueblo, approximately 8 miles southeast of the village of Sipapu.
Apache Pass Boundary Fence
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/13/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
05/2013 Melvin Herrera
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct up to 1.5 miles of fence around private inholdings in the Apache Canyon area, Flechado range allotment. Fence will be constructed on Forest Service managed lands. No activities are planned on private land. **Note: Changed to an EA**
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38014
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 25N, 15E, Sections 21 and 22. Approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Angel Fire.
Forest Road 437 Reroute
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 06/27/2012  07/2012 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: *PROJECT UPDATED due to beaver-caused flooding* Reroute approx. 1,470 ft of Forest Road 437 away from the Rio Chiquito to improve water quality, wildlife and fish habitat. Approx. 1,365 ft of the old roadbed will be obliterated and rehabilitated.
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 24N, R. 13E, Section 9. Near the community of Talpa, approx. 2 miles east of the junction of Hwy 518 and FR 437.
Osha Reforestation
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  05/2013 Paul Czeszynski
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hand planting ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings within portions of the 2011 Osha wildfire area. Trees will be planted in 255 acres of high and moderate burn severity to establish native tree species where no or few trees survived the fire.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38808
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T.22N., R.13E., Sect(s) 5,6; T.23N., R.13E., Sect 32. Approximately 4 miles east of Penasco, New Mexico on the north side of State Highway 518.
Romero Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/24/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
04/2013 Paul Czeszynski
505-587-2255
pczeszynski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Felling and removal of trees in addition to prescribed burning on approx 1,300 ac. to improve wildlife habitat and forest health. Project area is comprised of primarily ponderosa pine with pinyon pine and juniper. **Note: changed to EA**
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35311
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.21N., R.11E., Sec(s) 11,12. Project located on the southwestern end of the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest.
Telephone Canyon Road (FR 469) Improvement and Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/13/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Establish cooperative road agreement to improve FR469 and special use permit to access private inholding. Applicant is required to receive separate permission from BIA; the Carson NF does not have jurisdiction over the south end of the road.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39689
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 23N, R. 12E, section 27. Approx. 2 miles east of Penasco, east of the Picuris Pueblo boundary.
Travel Management on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Jack Carpenter
575-758-6200
jdcarpenter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designation of roads open to motor vehicle use, identification of roads where motor vehicle use is restricted to administrative use only, & the elimination of cross-country motorized travel. Forest Plan amendment is required.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25677
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - east and south of Taos, New Mexico includes area south to Truchas, New Mexico. Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest, northern New Mexico.
Tri-State Taos to Black Lake Transmission Line Access
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/29/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Kathryn Furr
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approval of 2010 proposed plan, including access across NFS lands. *This project was previously named "Tri State Transmission Line Vegetation Management Plan". Vegetation management within the transmission line right-of-way has been dropped.*
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31668
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - sections in T 25N R 13E thru T25N R 15E. North of US 64, in Taos Canyon.
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Carson National Forest,   Canjilon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Canjilon Creek Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2012  05/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize grazing of livestock (sheep and cattle) on the Canjilon Creek Grazing Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Canjilon Ranger District.
Canjilon Ranger District Range Improvements
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve rangeland health and livestock distribution through the installation of water developments, fence construction, new corrals, and vegetation treatments throughout the Canjilon Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Canjilon Ranger District-District-wide.
Continental Divide Trail- Mogote Ridge, Martinez Canyon, and Mesa De Las Viejas Sections
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/16/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
03/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Complete the re-route analysis for the last three segments of the CDT on the Canjilon Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36906
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.28N., R.7E., Section 31 (32); T.28N., R.6E., Sections 33, 34, 35, & 36; T.27N., R.6E., Sections (1), 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 17, 20, 28, 29, & 33; T.26N., R.6E., Sections 4, 8, 9, 17, 20, 29, & 32; T.25N., R. Canjilon Ranger District.
Highway 84 Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2012  10/2012 Juan Martinez
575-684-2489
jrmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning along the ROW along Highway 84 turnoff to Trout Lakes. *This project was previously named "Highway 84 Thinning"*
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T 27 N, R 4 E, Sec 35 & 36. Along Highway 84 and turnoff to Trout Lakes.
Piedra Lumbre Visitors Center
CE
- Special area management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
505-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: re-issue existing Granger-Thye Special Use Permit for the Piedra Lumbre Visitors Center
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.24N., R4E., Section 10. Canjilon Ranger District.
Windstream Communications Fiber Optic Line
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/28/2012  08/2012 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a SUP to bury a fiber optic line in a trench measuring 36" deep and 24" wide, and approximately 6,000 feet in length.
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T. 26N., R. 4E., Sections 12 and 13. Canjilon Ranger District.
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Carson National Forest,   El Rito Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
El Rito Regional Water Association Well
CE
- Special area management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
11/2012 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drilling of a water supply well, waterline, and pumphouse
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.25N., R.7E., Section 19. El Rito Ranger District.
Kit Carson 7.2 Kv Electrical Distribution Line and Fiber Optic Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  12/2012 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to place 1 new anchor and hang fiber optic cable on and existing pole. The distribution line and fiber optic line will both be overhead.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.27N, R.7E, section 36. Near Canon Plaza.
Lower El Rito WUI
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
05/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce fire hazard in the lower El Rito Canyon, improve watershed conditions within the El Rito Creek watershed, and improve timber stands. Provide protection to the community of El Rito, NM from catastrophic wildlfires.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36969
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Lower El Rito Canyon.
Ojito Prevatt Private Road Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012  11/2012 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Private road special use permit for an existing road
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.24N., R.7E., section 14. Southeast of El Rito, NM.
Sagebrush Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/02/2012 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposing to use herbicide as a method of treatment in sagebrush habitat.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Multiple Allotments on the El Rito Ranger District.
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Carson National Forest,   Jicarilla Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burlington Resources San Juan 27-4 Well 153A
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Burlington Resources. The USFS will begin to process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order Number 1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T27N, R4W, Section 2. the location is approx 3 miles north of Carizzo Canyon near the east slope of Chosa Mesa.
Burlington Resources San Juan 28-4 Unit well 34P
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Burlington Resources. The FS will process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order #1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T28N R4W Section 30. Rio Arriba county approximatley 10 miles south of HWY 64.
Burlington Resources San Juan 28-4 Well 36P
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Burlington Resources. The FS will process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order #1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T28N R4W Sec 29. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County, Approximatley 10 miles south of Hwy 64.
Burlington Resources San Juan Unit 28-4 Well 16P
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Burlington Resources. The FS will process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order #1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T28N R4W Sec 30. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County, about 10 miles south of Hwy 64.
Burlington Resources San Juan Unit 28-4 Well 34N
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Burlington Resources. The FS will process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order #1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T28N R4W Sec 30. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County, 10 miles south of Hwy 64.
Conoco Phillips San Juan 29-5 Well 100A
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Conoco Phillips. The FS will process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order #1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T29N R5W Sec 25. New Mexico, Rio Arriba County, approximatley 2 miles south of Hwy 64.
Conoco Phillips San Juan Unit 29-5 Well 106A
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS has received a Notice of Staking (NOS) from Conoco Phillips. The FS will process the NOS in accordance with Onshore Order #1 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T29N R5W Sec 25. New Mexico, Rio Arriba county, 2 miles south of Hwy 64.
ConocoPhillips Company San Juan 30 5 Unit 008A, 008M, 008N, and 008P Gas Wells
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/07/2012  04/2013 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will review, process pursuant to applicable laws, and add any necessary Conditions of Approval (COA) to four Surface Use Plan of Operations (SUPO) submitted by ConocoPhillips. The four wells will be located on a single well pad.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39600
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Sec. 11, Township 30N, Range 05W, N.M.P.M. Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, San Juan 30 5 Unit, South side of La Fragua Canyon.
Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) Special Use Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/13/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to approve an application for a special use authorization, submitted by JMEC. The special use authorization would allow JMEC to operate and maintain an existing 14.4 Kilovolt (KV) power line system.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40059
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Section 8, T27N, R4W, New Mexico Principal Meridian (NMPM), Section 31, T30N, R4W, NMPM. Sections 11, 14, 23, 26, and 35, T30N, R5W, NMPM. Lopez Canyon, Manuel Canyon, Mestenas Mesa, and Vigas Canyon.
Jicarilla Ranger District Big Sagebrush/Grassland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 07/16/2012  09/2012 Cynthia Campbell
505-632-2956
cicampbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanically treat and prescribe burn approximately 12,000 acres of Big Sagebrush and Grasslands across the District to restore these lands to natural and desired conditions.
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Throughout the Jicarilla Ranger District located in Northwest New Mexico.
La Plata Electric Association, Inc. (LPEA) Special Use Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/26/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
09/2012 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to approve an application for a special use authorization, submitted by La Plata Electric Association, Inc. (LPEA). The authorization would allow LPEA to operate and maintain an existing 7.2 Kilovolt (KV) power line.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39856
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Lot 5, Section 10, T32N, R04W, NMPM. Jicarilla Ranger District, Carracas Canyon.
NM Dept of Game and Fish Habitat Stamp Program 2013 Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 08/31/2012  09/2012 Cynthia Campbell
505-632-2956
cicampbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct maintenance and/or replacement activities on 18 established water developments (springs, guzzlers, solar wells).
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Sites are dispersed across the Jicarilla Ranger District, located in northwest New Mexico.
WPX Energy Application for Permit to Drill Schalk 32 Well Number 1B
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2012  08/2012 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service has received an APD from WPX Energy. The Forest Service will review the associated Surface Use Plan of Operations and determine the need for any conditions of approval.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38169
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Section 32, T31N, R04W, N.M.P.M. Well is located in the 4 corners area of northwest NM approximatley 31 miles northeast of Blanco, NM.
WPX Energy Production, LLC Rosa Unit 312B Gas Well
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/20/2012  04/2013 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will review, process pursuant to applicable laws, and add any necessary Conditions of Approval (COA) to a Surface Use Plan of Operations (SUPO) submitted by WPX Energy Production, LLC. The proposed well will twin an existing pad.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38166
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Sec. 28, Township 31N, Range 04W, N.M.P.M. Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Rosa Unit, East side of Lion Canyon.
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Carson National Forest,   Questa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bull of the Woods Yurt Expanded Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/17/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to expand the season of use for an existing overnight yurt rental from December-May to year-round.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 28N, R. 14E, Section 34. Near the Village of Taos Ski Valley, one mile northeast of the town of Twining.
Chevron Water Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of existing water line beginning at a private land well near Columbine Campground and running northeast along NM Hwy 38 through National Forest to the mill site on private land. A new special use authorization would be issued for the line
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T28N, R13E, Section 1, 11, and 12 and T28N, R14E, Section 6. Existing utility corridor near Columbine Campground northeast along NM Hwy 38.
Enchanted Forest Ski Area Yurt Installation
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/07/2012  10/2012 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of three yurts: one 24 ft yurt as a warming hut and event location, two 20 ft yurts as overnight rentals. Amend the existing permit to include the new yurts and expand operating season for overnight rentals from winter only to year-round
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39316
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 28N, R. 15E, Sections 4 and 6; T. 29N, R. 15E, Section 32. Within the Enchanted Forest Ski Area permit boundary near the Town of Red River.
Gavilan Trail Work
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2012  08/2012 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project includes maintenance along the length of the trail, re-routing several segments to improve the grade and, and rehabilitating the old alignment.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38376
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Section 6 of T 27N R14E, Section 31 of T 28N R 14 E. North side of Hondo Canyon above Amizette.
Lama Communication Site Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue authorizations for existing facilities including re-issuing expired authorizations and analyzing and potentially authorizing improvements installed without prior authorization. Site is designated for these uses in the Carson Forest Plan.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T28N, R12E, Section 14. Lama Communications Site.
New Mexico Gas Company Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  02/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue to a new owner a special use authorization for existing gas distribution improvements on the Questa Ranger District and analyze the installation of additional pipeline through the National Forest in the Red River area.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. Multiple locations across the Questa Ranger District.
Philmont Scout Ranch Bike Trail and Access Reroute
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
05/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approx. 3 miles of new bike trail, rerouting of approx. 2,500 feet of exisiting trail, and rerouting of approx. 3,700 feet of Forest Road 1921A to improve access. The current permit for the trail system and Whitman Vega camping area would be amended.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax. LEGAL - T. 30N, R. 17E, Sections 26, 27, 34, and 35 *Updated legal description*. Located in the northeastern corner of the Valle Vidal.
Red River Off Road Guide Service Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue priority use permit to an existing guiding business currently operating under a temporary use permit. Guide services would consist of vehicle tours on existing roads and motorized trails year-round.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. Existing roads and motorized trails located throughout the Questa Ranger District.
Red River Ski Area Downtown Race Hill Snowmaking Power Line Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/26/2012  09/2012 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install approximately 830 yards of underground powerline to improve snowmaking capability at the existing Downtown Ski Trail.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39150
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 29N, R. 14E, Section 35. Located within the Red River Ski Area permit boundary, near the Town of Red River, Taos County New Mexico.
San Cristobal Treatment Center Guiding Authorization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012  01/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a prioirty use permit to an existing guiding business currently operating under a temporary use permit. The service consists of day and overnight hiking and horseback trips
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. Questa Ranger District, Carson National Forest (entire district).
Taos Ski Valley 2012 Summer Projects
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/30/2012  09/2012 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would extend the existing snowmaking system approximately 450 yards along the road at the top of chair seven, widen a portion of the Honeysuckle Trail, and widen the exit of the Shalako Trail.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39151
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 27N, R. 14E, Sections 9, 15, and 16. Located within the Taos Ski Valley permit boundary near the Village of Taos Ski Valley, Taos County New Mexico.
Taos Ski Valley's 2010 Master Development Plan - Phase 1 Proposed Projects
EIS
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/23/2012  03/2013 Audrey Kuykendall
575-758-6200
akuykendall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Carson NF proposes to authorize TSV to develop 2 new chairlifts, 2 new gladed runs, snowtubing area, mtn biking & snowshoeing trails, & new turnaround at the base area, as well as reconfigure several of the parking lots, within existing permit area.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34310
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 27 N, R. 14 E, Sec. 9, 15, 16, 21. TSV is a downhill ski area located in the Sangre de Cristo Mtns, about 20 miles NE of Taos, NM, at the terminus of SR 150, on the Rio Hondo, in Taos Co.
Upper Bitter Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/28/2012  08/2012 Timothy Fruits
575-758-6312
tfruits@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will address forest and watershed health issues, improvements to wildlife habitat, provide traditional use forest products, maintain heathy vegetation characteristics that allow resistance to wildfire, insect and disease outbreaks.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33860
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - R.15E./T.30N. -Sec.31,32,33 and R.15E./T.29N.- Sec.3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,15,16,17,18,20. Headwaters of 3 watersheds, all tributaries of the Red River WS, including Bitter Creek, Cabresto Creek, Mallette Creek, has some common boundary with VV Unit and RCLA.
Valle Vidal Forest Plan Amendment
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 06/14/2005 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Audrey Kuykendall
575-758-6200
akuykendall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to the Forest Plan to include the Valle Vidal Unit. The EA is estimated to be out for comment in early 2012.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/planning
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Taos. LEGAL - T 29,30 N, R 15,16,17 E, NMPM. Valle Vidal Unit, Carson National Forest between Costilla and Cimarron, New Mexico.
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Carson National Forest,   Tres Piedras Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Aldo Leopold Interpretive Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/26/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed action for this project is to provide an interpretive trail for forest visitors to learn more about the legacy of Aldo Leopold and the mission of the Forest Service.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36725
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T28 N, R9E, Section 15, 21 and 22. Tres Piedras Ranger District administrative site.
Apache Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2012  05/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reauthorize livestock grazing on the Apache Grazing Allotment.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37517
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Tres Piedras Ranger District.
David Elliot SUP
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new horse/cow pasture SUP from an existing SUP
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.28N., R.9E., Sections 15 and 16. Tres Piedras Ranger District.
Richard Valdez Private Road Speical Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new private road SUP on existing road.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.28N., R.8E., Section 15. Tres Piedras Ranger District.
Santos Grazing Allotment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:09/2013  05/2014 Wayne Yonemoto
505-758-8678
wyonemoto@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit adjustment of season of use
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 25N, R. 10 E., Sections 2, 3, 4, 9, 10; T. 26N, R 10 E, Sections 19, 20, 26, 27, 29-31, 33-35. Tres Piedras Ranger District, Carson National Forest.
Tio Gordito Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct maintenance treatments through prescribed burning and thinning in project areas already treated in the past. The goal is to go in to past treatment areas and re-treat these areas to improve timber stands and wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Red Mesa, Dry Lakes, and Tres Piedras areas.
Tres Piedras Ranger District Range Improvement Projects
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/07/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
04/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve rangeland health and livestock distribution through the installation on water developments and fence construction throughout the Tres Piedras Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. District-wide.
Valley Communications Tower
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extension of existing tower and new building
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.30N., R.8E., Section 5. Tres Piedras Ranger District on San Antonio Mountain Communications Site.
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