Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
Cibola 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
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Magdalena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Mount Taylor Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Mountainair Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Sandia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Isleta CFRP Collaborative Landscape Scale Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/09/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Ian Fox
505-346-3814
ifox@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce hazardous fuels and restore ecosystem structure, composition, and function using thinning and prescribed burning on about 12,600 acres across multiple ownerships (national forest, Chilili land grant, Dept of Defense, and Pueblo of Isleta).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34088
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Torrance. Manzanita Mountains south of Tijeras, NM and Manzano Mountains west of Chilili, NM on the Sandia and Mountainair RDs, the Dept of Defense Withdrawal Area, Chilili Land Grant and Pueblo of Isleta.
Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle and McClellan Creek NGs Revised Land & Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/30/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Champe Green
505-346-3889
champegreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of the 1985 Cibola National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to develop specific direction for the Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle and McClellan Creek National Grasslands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31418
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands, Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas. COUNTY - Cimarron, Roger Mills, Dallam, Gray, Hemphill, Colfax, Harding, Mora, Union. Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle and McClellan Creek National Grasslands in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
USAF Training Area
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Donald Hall
505-346-3835
dlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Military training area permit on Mountainair, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5375
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Cibola, Socorro, Torrance. LEGAL - Specific areas on each district. Mountainair, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts.
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Cibola National Forest,   Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Carrizo Creek Mountain Plover Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/09/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Richard Hanson
575-374-9652
rahanson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescibe burning approximately 300 acres to improve mountain plover nesting habitat. Burn needs to occur in the months of Feb or March prior to mountain plover migration.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T 24N R35E Sec.15. Unit K-21 North.
K-43 Mountain Plover Habitat Improvement Prescribed Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/09/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2013 Richard Hanson
575-374-9652
rahanson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn approximately 1,200 acres of shortgrass prairie in March, prior to plover migration, to improve quality of mountain plover nesting and foraging habitat.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Section 1, T. 26 N., R. 36 E. ; Section 6, T. 26 N., R. 37 E. Kiowa NG Range Unit 43.
K-84, K-87, K-91E Woodland Prescribed Burn and Thinning Projects
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/16/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 Mike Atkinson
575-374-9652
matkinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanically cut juniper and conduct a prescribed burn to treat encroaching juniper and pinyon pine in the woodland ecosystem adjacent to the Canadian River canyon.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Harding. Kiowa National Grassland, Unit K-84, K-87, and K-91 East about 8 miles northwest of Roy, NM.
Kiowa K-85 Thin and Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Mike Atkinson
575-347-9652
matkinson@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Mechanically thin and utilize prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat and watershed and to reduce fuel loadings.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Harding. LEGAL - T 21 N, R 25 E, Sections 22, 26, 27, & 35. 3 Miles south of Mills, NM.
Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
04/2012 John Baumchen
505-374-9652
jbaumchen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate the motorized transportation system on the district to comply with the Travel Management Rule. NEPA decision for route travel and subsequent production of a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that shows roads and trails open to motorized use.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas. COUNTY - Cimarron, Dallam, Colfax, Harding, Mora, Union. The Kiowa and Rita Blanca NG units in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
North Vercere Prescribe Burn
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012  05/2012 Mike Atkinson
575-347-9652
matkinson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Utilize prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat and watershed condition and to reduce fuel loading.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Mora. LEGAL - T 21 N, R 24 E, Section 21. 1 Mile southwest of Mills Canyon Lower Campground.
Union County Mineral Material Permit for Oliver Road Caliche Pit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  05/2012 John Baumchen
505-374-9652
jbaumchen@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Union County government has requested the use of the Oliver Road Caliche Pit to take approximately 10,000 cubic yards to overlay their Seneca Valley Road.
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - SE1/4SE1/4, section 21, T.27N., R.36E. New Mexico Principal Meridian. Kiowa Unit 47 on the north of the Oliver Road (Union County).
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Cibola National Forest,   Magdalena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baldy Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2012 Dennis Aldridge
505-854-2281
daldridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Livestock grazing authorization and related management activities.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - T3S, R3W, S. 14-17, 19-36 and T4S, R3W, S.1-23, 25-35. 10 miles southeast of Magdalena, NM.
Davenport Canyon Forest Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Susan Schuhardt
505-854-2281
sschuhardt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to restore forest structure and composition on about 1,250 acres. About 250 acres would be thinned and the entire 1,250 acres prescribe burned to reduce forest density, restore fire-resilient stand structure and improve habitat.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T1N, R10W, Sections 19, 29, 30, and 31. T1N, R11W, Sections 24, 25, and 36. Davenport Canyon area about 10 miles northwest of Datil, NM.
Deer Claim Uranium Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/17/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
03/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Up to 50 historic drill holes will be reentered and electrically logged to confirm historic data.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T2N, R10W, Sections 28 and 29. Approximately 15.5 Miles North-Northwest of Datil, NM.
Divide Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 4 holes approximately 400 feet deep to explore for vanadium and uranium mineralization.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 2 North, Range 10 West, Section 28. Approximately 15.5 miles north of Datil, NM.
Down Dip Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  05/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 6 mineral exploration holes from 6 thirty by fifty foot drill pads; accessing sites by overland travel.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 2 North, Range 10 West Sections 29 and 32. Approximately 15 miles North West of Datil, NM.
Durfee/Bolander Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/27/2009 
Expected:06/2012
 
10/2012 Dennis Aldridge
505-854-2281
daldridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project on approximately 14,000 acres to restore more natural vegetative conditions and reintroduce fire into fire adapted ecosystem. Thin dense stands with hand and mechanical tools, construct small watershed structures, and prescribe burn.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - T4S, R6W, Secs. 18,19, T4S, R7W, Secs. 8-11, 13-30, 32-36, T5S, R7W, Secs. 1-4, 10-12, T4S, R8W, Secs. 23-26. Approximately 20 miles southwest of Magdalena in northwest portion of San Mateo Mountains.
Magdalena 2nd Entry Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/10/2006 
Expected:02/2012
Actual: 06/22/2011
04/20/2010 
04/2012 Manuel Martinez
505-287-4924
mrmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribed burn 5 previously treated burn blocks (Corn Canyon, Baney/Fisher, Chavez/Whitecap, San Juan/Longspring, East Red/North Canyons) using higher intensity fire treatments.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. District wide.
Magdalena Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/22/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Clifford Nicoll
505-346-3833
cnicoll@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to designate the motorized transportation system on the district to comply with the Travel Management Rule. End product will be a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that shows roads and trails open to motorized use.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Socorro. District-wide where existing motorized use is not consistent with the Travel Management Rule.
Mineral Withdrawal of Zuni Fleabane Habitat
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Donald Hall
505-346-3835
dlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Withdraw from mineral entry about 1,000 acres of habitat in 4 areas to facilitate recovery of the federally threatened Zuni fleabane (Erigeron rhizomatous).
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T1N, R11W, portions of sections 4, 9 and 10; T2N, R11W, portion of section 36; T1N, R10W, portions of sections 3 and 4. 4 areas in the Datil Mountains and Sawtooth Mountains.
Red Basin Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  05/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 3 mineral exploration drill holes from 3 small (30'x50') drill pads, accessing drill sites by overland travel.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 2 North, Range 10 West Section 20. Approximately 16 miles North West of Datil, NM.
Remuda Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  04/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration for Vanadium and Uranium mineralization - drill up to 4 holes an estimated 400 feet deep.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T2N, R10W, Section 36. Approximately 14.5 miles north of Datil, NM.
Webster Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:02/2012  05/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Exploration for Vanadium and Uranium mineralization - drill 2 holes an estimated 400 ft deep.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T2N, R10W, Section 33. Approximately 15 miles north-northwest of Datil, NM.
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Cibola National Forest,   Mount Taylor Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East La Jara Thinning and Pinyon-Juniper Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 10/19/2011  11/2011 Matt Reidy
(505) 287-8833
mreidy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning and prescribed burning to reduce tree density and re-establish pinyon-juniper and mixed pinyon-juniper/Ponderosa pine savannas and woodlands. Cut material will be available for forest products, primarily fuelwood.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31329
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T12N, R8W, Sections 9, 15-17, 20-22, 28, and 29. La Jara Mesa, on Mt. Taylor, west of Buckhorn Spring, north of FR93, east of Cerro Colorado, south of El Rito Canyon.
Eric #1 Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mineral exploration consisting of drilling up to 2 drill holes from 2 drill pads (75 ft. X 150 ft.); accessing sites by existing roads and overland travel.
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T12N, R9W, section 10. North of Grants, NM off of Forest Road 450F.
Laramide Resources Mine Development - La Jara Mesa
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/13/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Laramide Resourcess proposes to tunnel two inclined adits from under the west edge of La Jara Mesa to remove 40,000 tons of uranium ore for testing and to begin development of a production mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25654
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T12N, R9W, Sections 11, 12, 14, and 15. La Jara Mesa north of Grants, NM.
Roca Honda LLC Project - Exploration and Mine Development
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/24/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
03/2013 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to develop and conduct underground uranium mining operations on Roca Honda Resources LLC mining claims on and near Jesus Mesa with a surface disturbance area of 183 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18431
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - McKinley. LEGAL - T. 13N., R 8W., Sections 9 and 10. Approximately 3 miles northwest of San Mateo, New Mexico.
Uranium Exploration Drilling
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/08/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to approve multiple Plans of Operations for exploratory drilling to determine the extent of uranium deposits in several areas on the mesas surrounding Mt. Taylor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33948
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. Several locations including San Mateo Mesa and La Jara Mesa northeast of Grants, NM.
Valentine Well Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
Completed  Actual: 12/06/2011  04/2012 Virginia Yazzie Ashley
505-287-8833
vyazzieashley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill a new well in the western portion of the Pole Canyon Allotment to replace an existing well and achieve better livestock distribution, forage utilization, and provide additional water for wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T11N, R11W, SE1/4 of Section 31. About 11 miles west of Grants, NM in the Pole Canyon Allotment.
Zuni Mountain Abandoned Mine Land Remediation
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
07/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Physical closures of 49 abandoned mine features within the Zuni mountains using various methods, i.e. polyurethane foam, backfilling, fencing and or bat-friendly grates to provide for the safety of the general public.
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. Several locations within the Zuni Mountains portion of the Mt. Taylor Ranger District.
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Cibola National Forest,   Mountainair Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Espinoso and Barranco Vegetation Management Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 10/19/2011  01/2012 Karen Lessard
505-847-2990
klessard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat diversity, reduce fuels and provide forest products through the use of prescribed burning and thinning. About 1000 acres of thinning along Forest Roads 205, 275, and 422 and about 2,500 acres of prescribed burning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=21670
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - T4N, R5E, and Sections 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27 & 28. In the southern Manzano Mountains about 10 miles northwest of Mountainair.
M&E Exploratory Drilling Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
03/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 3 exploratory holes from 1 drill pad and extract drill chip samples for chemical assay of rare earth minerals.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T1S, R11E, section 27. Approximately 11 miles SW from Corona, NM within the Gallinas Mountains.
Mountainair Ranger District Travel Management Project
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/29/2011 
Expected:01/2012
Actual: 09/07/2010 
03/2012 Erin Hudson
505-346-3832
ejhudson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for changes to roads and trails designated for motorized vehicle use on the district to comply with the Travel Management Rule. End product will be a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that shows roads and trails open to motorized use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24538
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Lincoln, Torrance. District-wide where existing motorized use is not consistent with the Travel Management Rule.
Red Canyon CFRP
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 Karen Lessard
505-847-2990
klessard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuels reduction and watershed improvement project, including mechanical thinning, hand piling, broadcast and pile burning on about 500 acres adjacent to private land to protect the Manzano Land Grant community and water supply.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - Township 4 North, Range 5 East, all or portions of Sections 23, 26 and 36. West of the Manzano Land Grant Community, north of Forest Road 253 along the common boundary with the west side of the McKinley property.
Vista Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Drill 3 holes from 1 drill pad and extract core samples for chemical assay of rare earth minerals.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T1S, R11E, section 14. Approximately 9.5 miles SW from Corona, NM within the Gallinas Mountains.
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Cibola National Forest,   Sandia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Casa Loma Recreation Residence Permit Renewal
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/26/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Cid Morgan
505-281-3304
chmorgan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to renew permits for recreation residences at Casa Loma.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T.10N., R.5E., Section 10, NMPM. Off Forest Road 189 one mile west of Cedar Crest, New Mexico.
Climbing Outfitter/Guide Permit Re-issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/15/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
eschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue permits to current climbing outfitter/guide companies to conduct year-round climbing instruction, guided climbs and strike rescue classes on the Sandia Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Sandoval. Several established climbing areas within the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, Palomas Peak, Big Block and Ranger Station Wall off Hwy 337.
Mahogany Trail Rehabilitation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 05/20/2011  02/2012 Kerry Wood
505-281-3304 ext. 107
kwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rehabilitation of about 2.9 miles of Mahogany Trail #05602 including filling ruts, installing grade dips and other work to narrow tread to 24 from its present width of 5-7 and about 1.5 miles of trail relocation to reduce grade.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T10N, R6E, Sections 5, 8, 17. 2 miles east of Tijeras, NM.
Sandia Abandoned Mine Land Remediation
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/16/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
05/2012 Calvin Parson
505-346-3836
cparson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Physical closures of up to 20 abandoned mine features with various methods, i.e. polyurethane foam, backfilling, fencing and or bat-friendly grates to correct physical safety hazards associated with abandoned mines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34850
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Sandoval. Several locations within the Sandia Ranger District east of Albuquerque, NM.
Sulphur Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Cid Morgan
505-281-3304
chmorgan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hazardous fuels reduction project including mechanical thinning, hand piling, and prescribed burning including broadcast and pile burning to create stand structures that will reduce the potential for crown fires.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26615
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range 5 East, all or portions of Sections 22-23, 26-27 and 34. Forest boundary in Sulphur Canyon area.
T'uf Shur Bien Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management
- Land acquisition 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Cid Morgan
505-281-3304
chmorgan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Legislated land exchange with Pueblo of Sandia
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Sandoval. T'uf Shur Bien Trust Area, west side of Sandia Mountains.
Talking Talons Interpretive Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/11/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
08/2013 Kerry Wood
505-281-3304 ext. 107
kwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of 1 mile interpretive loop hiking trail near Talking Talons Leadership Center and about 1.5 mile of non-motorized access trail from Lower Pine trailhead (will connect with Coyote Trail #05619 on other end).
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T10N, R6E, Sec 13, 18. About 2-3 miles northeast of Tijeras, NM.
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