Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
Cibola 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, Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Black Kettle National Grassland (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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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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
Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle, and McClellan Creek NGs Revised Land & Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  Completed  Actual: 08/24/2012  11/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/fs-usda-pop.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.
Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts Road Decommissioning
EA
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Richard Graves
505-346-3846
rlgraves@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal to decommission and restore approximately 71 miles of roads not needed for management purposes as identified in travel analysis process. About 65 miles of roads on Mountainair RD and 6 miles on Sandia RD.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Torrance. Upper Tijeras watershed on Sandia RD and Tajique watershed on Mountainair RD.
USAF Training Area
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
06/2013 Donald Hall
505-346-3835
dlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Military training area permit on Mountainair, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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,   Black Kettle National Grassland (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
USA 1-11HC gas and oil well
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/11/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Curtis Youngman
575-854-2281
cyoungman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cordillera Energy Partners, LLC proposes to build a gas and oil well pad with access road.
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Roger Mills. LEGAL - SE4 Section 11, T15N, R25W, IM. Roger Mills County 13 miles northwest of Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Black Kettle unit 2.
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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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 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
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
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 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 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 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 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.
RB-17 and RB-21 Wildlife Guzzlers
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/16/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Richard Hanson
575-374-9652
rahanson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Rita Blanca Chapter of Texas Quail Coalition will install 3 wildlife guzzlers in existing wildlife exclosures in grassland units RB-17 and RB-21.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39780
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - Texas. COUNTY - Dallam. Rita Blanca National Grasslands units RB-17 and RB-21.
Town of Clayton Water Transmission Line Special Use
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/19/2012  01/2013 John Baumchen
575-374-9652
jbaumchen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a special use permit to the Town of Clayton for the construction and maintenance of a water transmission line to connect the town water system with potable water wells outside the town limits.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40987
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T27N, R36E, section 21. Unit K-38.
Union County Mineral Material Permit for Oliver Road Caliche Pit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/03/2012  11/2012 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 Dennis Aldridge
505-854-2281
daldridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Livestock grazing authorization and related management activities.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37209
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@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 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@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 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013  07/2013 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@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
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/27/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29486
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.
La Madera Powerline Upgrade
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Donald Hall
505-346-3835
dlhall@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal from Sierra Electric Coop to upgrade the existing La Madera powerline (about 3,650 long) by replacing power poles and lines.
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - T9S, R5W, Sections 29 and 30, NMPM. About 5 miles southeast of Spring Time Campground.
Magdalena 2nd Entry Burns
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/10/2006
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2012 
Expected:01/2013
Actual: 06/22/2011
04/20/2010 
02/2013 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 02/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34153
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
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
05/2013 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).
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37526
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.
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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
Black Mesa Thinning and Prescribe Burning
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Consuelo Zamora
435-781-5190
czamora@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to improve wildlife habitat within 40,000 acres of ponderosa pine, mountain meadow, and pinyon-juniper forest communities through thinning and prescribe burning.
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - McKinley, Sandoval. LEGAL - T15N, R5W, sects. 20-36; T15N, R4W, sects. 19, 20, 31, & 32; T14N, R4W, sect. 6. About 35 miles northeast of Grants, NM.
Eric #1 Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/08/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Matt Reidy
505-287-8833
mreidy@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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37787
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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/18/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
10/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 02/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
10/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 02/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
12/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Zuni Mountain Abandoned Mine Land Remediation
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/13/2012  02/2013 Matt Reidy
505-287-8833
mreidy@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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34849
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. Several locations within the Zuni Mountains portion of the Mt. Taylor Ranger District.
Zuni Mountain Trails Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/12/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Matt Reidy
505-287-8833
mreidy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Closure and decomissioning of eoads within the Zuni Mountains using various methods. Designation of mountain bike and hiking trails in the Zuni Mountains.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40355
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. 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
Largo Trick Tank Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Zachary Parsons
505-281-3304
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat for wildlife by replacing fiberglass trick tank with steel umbrella type.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - T7N, R6E, section 8. New Mexico , Torrance County New Mexico, about 6 miles west of Chilili New Mexico.
Priest Canyon Pinyon-Juniper Thinning for Bighorn Sheep
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Zachary Parsons
505-281-3304
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat for bighorn sheep by thinning pinyon-juniper trees to reverse encroachment in otherwise suitable bighorn habitat.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance, Valencia. LEGAL - T4N, R5E, section 31 (Torrance Co.) and T3N, R5E, section 6, 7 (Valencia Co.). New Mexico , Valencia and Torrance Counties New Mexico, about 12 miles west of Mountainair New Mexico.
Red Canyon CFRP
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 09/24/2012  10/2012 Karen Lessard
505-847-2990
klessard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber stand and wildlife habitat improvement, including mechanical thinning, hand piling, broadcast and pile burning on about 360 acres adjacent to the Manzano Land Grant community.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31328
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - Township 5 North, Range 5 East, portions of Sections 26, 35 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.
West Turkey Cone Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:08/2013  10/2013 Zachary Parsons
505-281-3304
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat for wildlife through the replacement of water catchment structure and relocate to a more suitable site for use by wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. About 13 miles west of Corona, New Mexico.
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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
Capulin Snow Play Area Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 09/20/2012  10/2012 Robert Heiar
505-281-3304 ex 115
rheiar@fs.fed.us 
Description: Offer a Granger-Thye (GT) Special Use Permit for a private company to operate the Capulin Snow Play Area during the winter recreation season. A GT permit authorizes the permit holder to operate a Forest Service facility and charge a fee for use.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39431
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - section 33, T12N, R5E, NMPM, Sandoval County, New Mexico. Sandia Mountains just north of Highway 536.
Climbing Outfitter/Guide Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/19/2012  01/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37557
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.
Sandia Soaring Association Permit Re-issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/31/2012  03/2013 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
eschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue a special use permit for the Sandia Soaring Association for a maximum term of 10 years to provide for continued use of two launches for hang- and paragliding.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39988
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. Two launch sites at the a) Sandia Crest communication site and b) just north of the Sandia Peak Tram upper terminal.
Sulphur Forest Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013  07/2013 Natalie Heberling
505-346-3887
nheberling@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of vegetation and wildlife habitat condition. Also hazardous fuels reduction including mechanical thinning, hand piling, and prescribed burning that will reduce the potential for crown fires
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - Township 11 North, Range 5 East, all or portions of Sections 22-23, 26-27 and 34. Forest boundary in Sulphur Canyon area.
Sulphur Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Tablazon Timber Stand Improvement Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 12/11/2012  01/2013 Aaron Johnson
505-281-3304 ext. 127
aaronjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore pinyon/juniper (P/J) woodland where high tree density, severe competition causing tree mortality, reduced structural diversity, and lack of forage production compromise overall forest health and resilience to insects and diseases.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39969
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T. 10N, R. 6E, Section 17 & 18. Approximately 2-1/2 miles northeast of the town of Tijeras, NM.
Tablazon Trick Tank
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2012 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 Zachary Parsons
505-281-3304
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat for wildlife through the replacement of windmill structure and drinker and relocate to a more suitable site for use by wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T10N, R6E, section 30. New Mexico , Bernalillo County, about 3 miles East of Tijeras, New Mexico.
Talking Talons Interpretive Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/20/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
10/2013 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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