Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
Carson 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) :
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
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)

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 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 08/2013 
Expected:06/2014  08/2014 Julie Bain
505-438-5443
jbain@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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico.
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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
Acequia de Arriba del Llano de San Miguel
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/20/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40361
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T 21N, R11E, Section 1. Acequia de Llano de San Miguel.
Acequia del Monte del Rio Chiquito
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal by Talpa Water Users Association to replace an existing deteriorated irrigation diversion structure, which has been in place since 1920, and approximately 300 feet of existing concrete lined irrigation ditch with a buried pipe.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41694
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 24N, R. 13E, section 5. Approx. 1.5 miles southeast of the community of Ranchos de Taos.
Chamisal and Placita Community Cemeteries SUP Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/07/2013  05/2013 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue two expired special use permits for the Chamisal and Placita Community Cemeteries which are located on Forest Service managed lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40983
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. Chamisal Cemetery- T. 22N, R. 11E, section 11; Placita Cemetery- T. 23N, R. 12E, section 35.
Forest Trail 70 Improvement
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 04/09/2013  05/2013 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and establish drainage structures along 4 miles of existing motorized trail. Construct a 100 ft. by 100 ft. parking area at the north trailhead, grade and surface the south trailhead. Install barriers to prevent full-size vehicle use of trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41245
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Taos. T. 24N, R. 15E, sections 2-4, 11, and 14; T. 25, R. 15E, section 33.
Romero Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Sipapu Ski Area Chair 2 Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will replace the fifty-year old surface platter lift at Chair 2 with a moving conveyor lift. This will improve access for beginner skiers and reduce maintenance. The new lift will be in the same location and no more than 500' long.
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T22N, R13E, Section 10. Within the Sipapu Ski Area located approx. 8 miles east of Penasco.
Telephone Canyon Road (FR 469) Improvement and Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/27/2013  06/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/24/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Kathryn Furr
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson@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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 09/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
02/2014 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 Ranger District Range Improvements
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 05/15/2013  09/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37516
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Canjilon Ranger District-District-wide.
Canjilon Water Association
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013  09/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: reissue expired permit
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.26N., R.5E., Section 9, T. 27N., R6E., Section 30, T.27N., R.5E. Section 36, T.26N., R.5E., Section 2. pipelines, PRVs. spring development, and water tanks are located northeast from the community of Canjilon.
Cebolla Water Association
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013  09/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: reissue expired special use permit
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.26N., R.4E., Section 2 and T.27N., R.4E., Section 35. pipeline west of U.S. Highway 84 south of village of Cebolla.
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:07/2013
 
08/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Jane Got a Gun Movie
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/03/2013  04/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: film production
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.24N., R.4E., Section 8. area west of Forest Road 151.
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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 Canyon Landscape Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 08/16/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 07/2013 
Expected:12/2013
 
09/2014 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, improve timber stands, and overall ecosytem habitat improvement. Provide protection to the community of El Rito, NM from wildlfires
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36969
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. El Rito Canyon.
El Rito Regional Water Association Well
CE
- Special area management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 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.
Gerald Chacon Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/20/2012 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The El Rito Ranger District received an application from Gerald Chacon to obtain a permit for a private road.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.25N., R.9 E., Section. proposed road is located north of US Highwy 285 and east of Forest Road 97.
Kit Carson 7.2 Kv Electrical Distribution Line and Fiber Optic Line
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal was to place a new anchor and hang fiber optic cable on an existing pole. The distribution line and fiber optic line would be overhead. These activities have been combined with project #39387; decision signed 1/4/13. This project cancelled.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.27N, R.7E, section 36. Near Canon Plaza.
Odyssey School Climbing Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Odyssey School wouldlike to conduct outdorr education programs including hiking and rock climbing at the El Rito Sport and Traditional Climbing Areas on the days of 4/30/2013 and 5/01/2013. This project is cancelled at the applicant's request.
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T. 25 N, R. 7 E. Section 16. Forest Road 44 and trails leadign to El Rito Climbing Areas.
Ojito Prevatt Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
The Sixth Gun Film Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/02/2013  04/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: filming of NBC Pilot
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.23N., R.6E., Sections 19 and 20. Filming west of Abiquiu.
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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
Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/13/2012 
Expected:07/2013
 
07/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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 Wildlife Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 04/01/2013  04/2013 Cynthia Campbell
505-632-2956
cicampbell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conduct maintenance on 49 existing water establishments and dismantle another 2 HSP water establishments. Establish 5 new water establishments in areas lacking wildlife water, install riparian escloures, and install stream barbs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40803
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Jicarilla Ranger District, locations scattered across the entire district.
Surface Use Plan of Operations for the San Juan 27-4 Unit #029C
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 04/08/2013  05/2013 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 Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, LP.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41388
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Section 26, Township 27 North, Range 4 West, NMPM. Cottonwood Canyon, 27-4 Unit.
Surface Use Plan of Operations for the San Juan 27-4 Unit #30P
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been combined with project #41630 and is now called "Surface Use Plans of Operations for the San Juan 27-4 Unit #30P and #156B Natural Gas Wells".
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41629
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Southwestern part of the Jicarilla Ranger District.
Surface Use Plans of Operations for the San Juan 27-4 Unit #30P and #156B Natural Gas Wells
CE
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 05/02/2013  06/2013 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 two Surface Use Plans of Operations (SUPO) submitted by Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, LP.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41630
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Sections 24 and 32, Township 27 North, Range 4 West, NMPM. Southern portion of the Jicarilla Ranger District, San Juan 27-4 Unit.
WPX Energy Production, LLC Water Pipeline and Buried Electrical System
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/25/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to authorize WPX Energy Production, LLC (WPX) to construct, operate, and maintain a salt water disposal pipeline and buried electrical transmission system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41311
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township 31 North, Range 4 and 5 West, NMPM. Laguna Seca Mesa, Cabresto Canyon.
Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/11/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 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 WFC. The special use authorization would allow WFC to operate and maintain an existing natural gas pipeline and associated infrastructure system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41925
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township (T) 27 N, Range (R) 4 W; T28N, R4W; T29N, R4W; T29N, R5W; T30N, R4W; T30N, R5W; T31N, R4W; T31N, R5W; and T32N, R5W. Jicarilla Ranger District.
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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
Chevron Mining, Inc Water Line
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40357
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.
Lama Communication Site Authorization
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40359
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T28N, R12E, Section 14. Lama Communications Site.
New Mexico Gas Company Authorization
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 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, and analyze the installation of additional pipeline through the National Forest in the Red River area and minor improvements to existing infrastructure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40354
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple locations across the Questa Ranger District.
Philmont Scout Ranch Bike Trail and Access Reroute
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/29/2013  05/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: *Modfied project* Approx. 3 miles of new bike trail, rerouting of approx. 2,500 feet of exisiting trail, rerouting camp access to Forest Road 1921 and stabilization and obliteration of approx 2,900 feet of FR 1921A. Amend exiting permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38722
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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2013  05/2013 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 and over the snow travel during the winter.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40366
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 Dropout Glade
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Jonathan McNeill
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of selected deadfall, brush, and trees to create a glade skiing area approximately two acres in size. This project is within the current ski area permit boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41792
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 28N, R. 14E, sections 1 and 2. Red River Ski Area adjacent to the Town of Red River.
San Cristobal Treatment Center Guiding Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 backpacking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing trips.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40411
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. Questa Ranger District, Carson National Forest (entire district).
Upper Bitter Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 10/27/2010
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 08/2013 
Expected:12/2013
Actual: 06/28/2012 
12/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:09/2013
 
11/2013 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:07/2013
 
08/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Big Horn Mountain / Stateline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hand prune trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, and use prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels on approx. 600 acres. This is a joint project with the Rio Grande National Forest which will issue a decision for the remaining 3,100 acres.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T. 32N, R. 7E, Sections 20-23, 28. The 600 acre New Mexico section is within the northeast portion of the district, north of Forest Road 75.
Chuck Wagon Trail Ride
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/07/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tres Piedras Ranger District received an application for a Chuck Wagon Trail Ride near west of Big Horn Peak near the New Mexico/Colorado border
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.32N., R7E., Section 20. Location is 2.5 miles west of Big Horn Peak adjacent to Forest Road 75.
Placer Creek Wetland Restoration Project
CE
- Watershed management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/07/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
08/2013 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: To arrest downstream headcutting into the wetland and maintain baseflow hydrology to the wetland.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Southwest of Hopewell Lake and Hwy 64.
Richard Valdez Private Road Special 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
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/05/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
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.
Son Com Lease
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013  09/2013 Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: reissue expired LEASE. The new lease, when reissued, will include new equipment by T-Mobile. Contact with Son Com is Robert Crow (partner is Fern Bebeau).
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.30N., R.9E. Section 5. existing tower on San Antonio Communications Site.
Taos Mountain Biking Tours
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Taos Mountain Biking Tours wants to offer bikes tours on the Tres Piedras Ranger District using existing road systems. This project has been placed on hold at the request of the applicant.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Tres Piedras Ranger District. Forest Roads open under Travel Management.
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.
Valley Communications Tower
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/03/2012 
Expected:09/2013
 
09/2013 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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