Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
Gila 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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest,  Black Range Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest,  Glenwood Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest,  Quemado Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest,  Reserve Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Gila National Forest,  Silver City Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
TEP Powerline Vegetation Treatment and Access Route
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 John Pierson
575-533-6231
jpierson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Treatment of vegetation that occurs in and adjacent to utility powerline corridor and identification for access routes to conduct maintenance activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30200
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District, Glenwood Ranger District, Clifton Ranger District, Reserve Ranger District. STATE - Arizona, New Mexico. COUNTY - Greenlee, Catron. LEGAL - Multiple Townships and Sections. TEP powerline across Glenwood, Reserve, and Quemado Ranger Districts on Gila NF and Clifton Ranger District on A-S NF.
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Gila National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gila National Forest Travel Managment Rule Implementation
EIS
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/07/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2013 
Expected:01/2013
 
04/2013 Lisa Mizuno
575-388-8267
lmizuno@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest is implementing the Travel Management rule, which calls for establishing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motorized use; and determining suitable locations for motorized dispersed camping.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24477
Location: UNIT - Gila National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, Sierra. LEGAL - Gila National Forest system lands located within all or portions of Townships: 1S to 22S and Range 8W to 21W. This project encompasses the entire Gila National Forest. The Forest is located in the southwest quarter of New Mexico.
K265EI Community Access TV of Silver City and KOOT FM Repeater on Black Peak
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/11/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: James S. Bumpos wants to construct and use an antenna at Black Peak for a Community Acces TV channel and an FM radio repeater on the Black Peak Communication Site.
Location: UNIT - Gila National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - NE1/4NE1/4NW1/4 Section 23, T. 16 S., R. 13 W., NMPM. The repeater will be located at the Black Peak Communication Site.
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Gila National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Abandoned Mine Closures
CE
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remediation of physical safety hazards at abandone mine features.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District, Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. LEGAL - Various mines on Glenwood R.D. and Silver City R.D. Grant Co. and Catron Co. Various mines on Glenwood R.D. and Silver City R.D.
Aldo Leopold CFRP Project
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Robert Gallardo
575-536-2250
rgallardo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuels management activities in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=20469
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District, Wilderness Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant, Sierra. LEGAL - T. 12S R.20W section 14 (center of project area). Aldo Leopold Wilderness east of Forest road 150, west of Black Range Crest.
Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation on NFSR 150
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/30/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
03/2013 Rex Null
575-388-8389
rnull@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace or rehabilitate 8 bridges to ensure public safety.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37292
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District, Wilderness Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. Structures are located along Forest Road 150 between New Mexico Highway 35 to Beaverhead, NM near NM Highway 59.
Upper Mimbres Landscape Assessment
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/27/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
04/2013 Robert Gallardo
575-536-2250
rgallardo@fs.fed.us 
Description: To improve watershed conditions, range improvement, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37200
Location: UNIT - Wilderness Ranger District, Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron, Grant. LEGAL - T-14S R-10, 11 & 12W T-15S R-10, 11 & 12 W T16S R-10, 11, & 12W. Covers non-wilderness area on the Wilderness Ranger District and a portion of the Silver City Ranger District.
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Gila National Forest,   Black Range Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Berenda Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/18/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
01/2013 Larry Cosper
505-434-7220
lcosper@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project analysis the effects of continued grazing management of the Berenda Allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=26857
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T. 17 S., R. 8 W. Sec 2-33, T. 17 S., R. 9 W. Sec. 1-3, 10-15, 23-26, 36, T. 18 S., R. 8 W. Sec. 4-9, 17,18. South of NM Highway 90 in the Black Range Mountains.
Chloride Abandoned Mine Closures
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Rene Guaderrama
575-894-6677
rguaderrama@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sealing existing mine adits and shafts for public safety.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T11S R9W Sec 20. The project is located 6 miles west of the Forest Boundary in Chloride Canyon.
Corkscrew Erosion Rehabilitation
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Rene Guaderrama
575-894-6677
rguaderrama@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will use rock gabions to rehabilitate gullies near the intersection of NM 59 and Forest Road 4074L
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 9 W, Sec. 32. NM 59 and Forest Road 4074L.
Elberus Mineral Pat. Access Road
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit authorizing access to private land
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T11S, R8W, S19 & 30. Blackhawk Gulch in the northern-central portion of the Black Range.
Kemp Mesa Thinning Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
10/2012 Dennis Fahl
575-894-6677
dfahl@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanically thinning approximately 957 acres of pinyon/juniper. The purpose of the project is to maintain meadow and grasslands for elk calving grounds.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T. 12 S., R. 11 W., sec. 4, 5, 8, & 9. Black Range Ranger District, Kemp Mesa.
Kingston/ Percha Riparian Enhancement
CE
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/18/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Shane Shannon
575-894-6677
sshannon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct approximately 0.50 miles fence on forest/pvt land. Maintain/repair 1 mile of fence. Cut Junipers and debris out of riparian area, leave cut junipers for fuel wooders and re-locate Bloodgood Spring for watering livestock and wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - Township 16 South, Range 9 West, Section 18. Immediately east of the village of Kingston.
Little Red Thinning for Wildlife Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Rene Guaderrama
575-894-6677
rguaderrama@fs.fed.us 
Description: In approximately 5,000 acres, cut 5 acre openings in dense pinyon-juniper woodland to stimulate grass, forb and browse growth. Travel corridors approximately 50-100 foot wide will be left uncut. The area will be accessible for fuelwood gathering.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 9 W., Sec. 26-29, 32-35 and T. 10 S., R. 9 W. sec 1-5, 12. North of Winston, NM where highway 59 enters the forest boundary. Project will occur on both sides of the highway.
Turkey Run Creek Riparian Restoration
CE
- Watershed management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Dennis Fahl
575-773-4578
dfahl@fs.fed.us 
Description: Encourage sustainability of remnant riparian vegetation along Turkey Run Creek by the removal of invasive woody species.
Location: UNIT - Black Range Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sierra. LEGAL - T11S, R10W, Sections 7, 16,17,18,21,22. Project is located in north-central part of Black Range Ranger district in Turkey Run Canyon.
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Gila National Forest,   Glenwood Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Alma Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize livestock grazing with appropriate management to ensure meeting resource objectives
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. North of Alma, New Mexico.
Aspen Maness Gravel Pit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
505-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: To mine within the boundaries of the existing gravel pit. Primary purpose of rock is surfacing for roads within the nearby area.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S28, T7S R21W. Aspen-Maness Gravel Pit, approximately 4 miles north of Saddle Mountain.
Bearwallow Wildland Urban Interface
CE
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Albert Flores
575-539-2481
aflores@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project to improve stand health and improve visibility/reduce fuels around Bearwallow Lookout
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T10,R18W,sec 14. Bearwallow Fire Lookout.
Catron County Public Target Range north of Alma. NM
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of an existing target range in the Glenwood, NM area S1/2SE1/4 Section 16, N1/2NE1/4 Section 21, T.10 S., R.20 W., NMPM
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S1/2SE1/4 Section 16, N1/2NE1/4 Section 21, T.10S., R.20W., NMPM. North of the Deep Creek Road, approx. 4 Miles North of Alma, NM.
Cedar Breaks PJ Treatment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove pinyon, juniper, and oak from up to 2398 acres of invaded grassland; reduce tree density within up to 1679 acres; and clean a silted tank. This is to improve wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T 10s, R 20w, sec 21-28, 33-36; T 11s, R 20w, sec 2-3. Glenwood RD, Gila NF Cedar Breaks.
Challenge Mill Site Reclamation
CE
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Final close-out and reclamation of the Challenge Mill Site, including removal of trash, miscellandous equipment, erosion control, restoration of surface vegetation, removal of fence and treatment of access roadbed..
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 10 South, Range 19 West, northwest quarter of Section 33,. West of Mogollon, New Mexico, north of Bursum Road.
Dark Sky Campground development
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/25/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop 2 campgrounds designed to meet need for amateur astronomy viewing areas. Includes access road, parking, signing, toilet, fence, and campgrounds.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 9 South, Range 21 West, Section 32. Spurgeon Mesa.
Deep Creek Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize livestock grazing with appropriate management to meet resource objectives
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. Norhteast of Glenwood, New Mexico.
Deep Creek PJ Treatment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/15/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove pinyon, juniper, and oak from up to 1000 acres ofinvaded grassland and reduce tree density within up to 174ac of woodland to improve forage for wildlife (elk).
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T9s, R19w, sec 31-32; T10s, R 19w, sec 4-8. Glenwood RD, GilaNF, Deep Creek.
Deep Creek Wild Horse and Burro Territory
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management Plan for Wild Horse and Burro Territory
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T10S,R17W , T9S R17W, T9SR18W, T10S18W. Lost Lake Pasture of Deep Creek Allotment.
Dripping Springs Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed land exchange is 80 acres T15S, R21 W, Sec 15 (PVT) for comparable value in T14S, R20W, Sec 13 (USA)
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T14S, R21W, Sections 35. South of Mule Creek, New Mexico.
Dry Creek and Holt Gulch Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize livestock grazing on allotment with appropriate measures to meet resource objectives
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. Southeast of Glenwood, New Mexico.
Golden Link Trail Realignment at Spider Creek
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Albert Flores
575-539-2481
aflores@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Glenwood Ranger District proposes to construct less than 2500 feet of new trail to replace the damaged segments of Trail 218 at Spider Creek.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Section 32, Township 11 South, Range 18 West, NMPR. Gila N.F. Glenwood R.D. The portion of the Golden Link Trail # 218 that crosses and parallels Spider Creek.
Harve Gulch/Mogollon Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/01/2009 
Expected:08/2012
Actual: 09/30/2009 
01/2013 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize livestock grazing (may include Mogollon Allotment as possible alternative)
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 11 South, Range 20 West. Approximately 1/2 mile north of Glenwood, New Mexico.
Lehigh Metals Access Road
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continuing existing special use permit to authorize access to special use tailings depository.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T10S, R20W, S36. East of Alma, NM, west of Mogollon,NM and near Mineral Creek.
Pueblo Park Campground Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Project
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/09/2009
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
12/2012 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to treat approximately 200 acres in and around Pueblo Park Campground to enhance ecological function and reduce hazardous fuels.Hazardous fuels in this area are in the form of an abundance of small trees.Legal T8R21sec23,24,25,26
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 8S Range 21W sec 23,24,25,26 NMPM. 200 acres in and adjacent to Pueblo Park Campground.
Sacaton Road Erosion Control
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Correct active erosion by installing/improving drainage with culverts outsloping/dips
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T12s R19w sec9, 11, 12. SE of Glenwood,NM, NE of Buckhorn, NM Grant Co.
San Francisco River re-channelization
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-channelize 200 feet of river off private land back to forest land.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 10 South, Range 20 West, Secton 29. Alma, New Mexico.
Tennessee Forest and Rangeland Health Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  12/2012 Pat Morrison
575-539-2481
pmorrison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning in PJ and ponderosa pine and some grassland restoration and other associated watershed treatment and water developments.
Location: UNIT - Glenwood Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. Tennessee Allotment west of Mule Cr.
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Gila National Forest,   Quemado Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
7 Troughs Hazardous Fuels Reduction
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Janice Stevenson
575-773-4678
jsstevenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: thin pinyon juniper stands adjacent to private lands, east of Black Peak.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30730
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 3 South, Range 19 West, Sections 13, 14, 23, 24. 2 miles East of Black Peak.
Canovas Creek Paleontological Excavation
CE
- Heritage resource management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 05/30/2012  07/2012 Erin Knolles
575-388-8486
eknolles@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extension of previous project for excavation of paleontological site by New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38718
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T3S. Project located on Quemado Ranger District.
Construction & Replacement of the US C&BP Comm Facilities at Mangas Mtn.
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/09/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: U.S. Customs & Border Protection desires to establish communication facilities at the Mangas Mtn Communication Site on the Apache NF (Adm by the Gila N.F).
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Section 16, T.3 S., R.14 W NMPM, Apache NF (adm. by Gila NF) Quemado Ranger District. Mangas Mountain Communication Site.
Gap 2 Wildland Urban Interface
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/06/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 Amanda Gehrt
575-773-4678
agehrt@fs.fed.us 
Description: thin vegetation adjacent to private lands near Sombra De Gallo and Agua Fria subdivision.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30728
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T 2 South, R 17 West Sec. 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36, T 2 South R 16 West Sec. 19, 30, 31, T 3 South R 17 West Sec. 1, 2. private lands adjacent to Agua Fria Creek.
Mangas Electronic Site
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Janice Stevenson
575-773-4678
jsstevenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: thin vegetation adjacent to Electronic site
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=30729
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 3 South, Range 14 West, Section 16. Mangas Electronic site.
Spring Canyon / Hay Canyon Pipeline
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  01/2013 Monte Topmiller
505-773-4678
mtopmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install pipeline from overflow water system from the Spring Canyon Subdivision to provide water for wildlife and livestock in the Middle and West pastures of Agua Fria Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 1 South, Range 17 West, sections 2, 3, & 11. Project is located 6 miles west of the village of Quemado, NM within Catron County.
Verizon, San Francisco Divide Building & Tower
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit to construct a building at the San Francisco Divide Communication Site.
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S22, T6S R20W. San Francisco Divide Communication Site.
Wallow Wildfire Area - Site Preparation for Reforestation and Salvage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 06/15/2012  07/2012 Janice Stevenson
575-773-4678
jsstevenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut all dead and dying trees on approx 180 ac of high and mod intensity burn areas within the 15,370 ac of the Wallow Fire. The objectives of this project are to facilitate reforestation & utilize the burned trees.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39105
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T5S R20W Sec 17 and 20; T5S R21W Sec 24, 34, & 35. Approximately 3 miles northwest of Luna, NM.
Zirkle Special Use Road Access
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Zirkle's would like to acquire NFSR #4184M as their private land access road to the property they recently purchased.
Location: UNIT - Quemado Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S1/2 NW1/4, S1/2 NE1/4 Section 3, T. 3 S., R.. 16 W., NMPM. Private lLand Access to the 40 acre parcel located where Lyles Camp Spring is located at. The road is currently numbered NFSR #4184M.
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Gila National Forest,   Reserve Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Burro Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/04/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
10/2013 Justin Schofer
575-533-6231
jschofer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of Pinyon-Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer. Grassland restoration.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T7S,-8S, R16W-17W. 25 Miles SE of Reserve.
Catron County (Reserve) Airport
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of the following at the existing permitted airport: nine airplane hangers, taxiway, aprons, beacon, wind cone, lighting aids, higher fencing, drainage culverts, a well and water system, electrical service, septic tank, and restrooms.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - SE 1/4 Section 13, T.7 S., R. 19 W., and NW 1/4, SW 1/4 Section 18, T. 7 S., R. 20 W., NMPM. Catron County ( Reserve) Airport along NMSH #12 (adjacent to the junction of NMSH #12 and US Highway 180).
Catron County Public Target Range at Cruzville
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:03/2013  05/2013 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issuance of an existing target range in the Reserve, NM area. NE 1/4 Section 22, T.6 S., R.18 W., NMPM.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - NE 1/4 Section 22, T. 6 S., R.18 W., NMPM. Adjacent to the Tularosa River, approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Cruzville, NM.
Cox Canyon, Deadman, Y Canyon, and O Bar O Allotment EA
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/15/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
09/2013 Aaron Baldridge
575-533-6231
abaldridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grazing allotment managment plan for the Cox Canyon, Deadman, Y Canyon, and O Bar O Allotments
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. 18 miles east of Reserve NM, vicinity of Collins Park.
Frisco Plaza Allotment EA
EA
- Grazing management  Completed  Actual: 04/19/2012  07/2012 Aaron Baldridge
575-533-6231
abaldridge@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grazing allotment management plan for Frisco Plaza Allotment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33595
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. 5 Miles South East of Reserve, NM along Forest Road 141.
Rainy Mesa Access Road
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: issuance of a special use permit to maintain an existing road to access private land. Road length is approximately 3 miles.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S1, 2, 11, 12 T8S R18W, S7, 18, T8S R17W. Along Negrito Creek near Rainy Mesa.
Snow Lake Enhancement (RAC)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/03/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
08/2012 Jerry Monzingo
575-388-8221
jmonzingo@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reduce sediment entering lake and improve water quality by planting riparian, constructing sediment retention structures. Improve boat ramp to prevent undercutting by wave action. Reduce erosion along existing gullying by installing small rock dams
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36684
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T10S R16W Sec. 21 & 27. Snow Lake Recreation Area.
Stanford Road permit
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a special use permit to use and maintain an existing road (approximately 0.2 miles) to provide access to private property
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - S24, T7S R20W. by Rancho Grande Estates, Reserve NM.
Trujilo Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
505-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use permit to provide access to private property
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T 6 S R 18 W, Sec 2. Adjacent to private land.
Tularosa Interpretive Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2012  08/2012 Jeanne Schofer
575-533-6231
jsschofer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Developing an interpretive trail from FR4161C to the Tularosa River area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29999
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Township 6S, Range 18 West, Sections: 11; 12; & 14. Northeast of the Village of Reserve, NM.
WNMTC Installation and Use of a Fibre Optic Telephone Line between Apache Creek and the Deaf Ranch
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Western New Mexico Telephone Company is applying to install and use a fibre optic telephone line between the Telephone Company's Office west of Apache Creek, NM and the Deaf Ranch, north of Apache Creek, NM. A portion of this line crosses NFS land.
Location: UNIT - Reserve Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - Sections 5, 28, 29, & 32, T. 5 S., R. 17 W., NMPM. Along the existing WNMTC Sp. Use Permit alignment, between Apache Creek, NM and the Deaf Ranch.
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Gila National Forest,   Silver City Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bear Creek Reciprocal Easements
CE
- Land acquisition
- Special use management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: These reciprocal easements provide legal access to the private land, currently owned by Pinos Altos Development, LLC and Bear Creek Ranch, LLC. across NFS land from NMSH #15 and public access across private land to NFS land (recently acquired).
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Along the surveyed alignment of the existing road within the following legal description: T.16 S., R. 14 W., Sections 23 & 24. Along the surveyed alignment of the existing road in Bear Creek Canyon (see legal description).
Cross Mt. Road Use Permit
CE
- Road management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Road Use permit issuance to allow adjacent landowner to maintain the Cross Mountain Road
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S33, T16S R13W. Cross Mountain Road near Pinos Altos, NM.
DeBusk Road Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: permit issuance to allow adjacent landowner to maintain existing access road.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S30, T20S R15W. near Whitetail Canyon and NM 90.
Elias Road Association - Private Land Access
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Providing an access road across NFS land to private land.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T.17 S., R. 13 W., Section 27. Access to private property at the end of Elias Road.
Frank Shaft - Shamrock, Plan of Operation 2010
CE
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cleaning out to Frank Shaft and removal of the stockpiled earth on the Shamrock #1 & #2 by the Operator Louis Osmer.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Section 22, T.19 S., R. 16 W., NMPM. within the Shamrock #1 & #2 LMCs. The Frank Shaft on the Shamrock #1 & #2 LMCs within the Burro Mountains.
LS Mesa Road special use authorizations
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provides for issuing special use authorizations for using and maintaining access to various parcels of private land in the LS Mesa, Allen Springs, Bear Creek area
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S14, 15, 22, 26, 27 T16S R15W. near LS Mesa, Allen Springs, Bear Creek.
Little Cherry Lane Maintenance Association
CE
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/21/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
01/2013 John Baumberger
(575) 388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: To allow private land access across NFS land to the resisdents of the private property identified.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T.16 S., R. 13 W., Section 30. A road that heads southwest from the road in Little Cherry Creek.
Mulberry Thinning and Rx
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 Fabian Montano
575-388-8477
fmontano@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Silver City Ranger District is proposing to improve timber stand and wildlife habitat by reducing natural fuels on approximately 2,402 acres in the Mulberry fuelwood area located southwest of the oak grove subdivision.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32555
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T19S, R16W,Sections, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, and 34. This project is located in the Burro Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Silver City, NM.
PNM Gila Valley Powerlines
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/28/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of a permit for existing power lines in various locations in the Gila Valley
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - various townships. various locations in the Gila Valley area.
PNM, Burro Mt. to Lordsburg
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/02/2002
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
12/2012 John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of a permit for an existing, approximately 8 -mile powerline.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S1, T22S R17W, S35, T21S R17W, S12-15, 21, 22, 28-31 T21S R16W. Southern end of the Burro Mountains, northwest of Highway 90,.
Royal John Wildlife Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/01/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Antonio Ybarra
575-388-8460
aybarra@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would consist of constructing 1/2 mile of road to access and maintain two waters locted in Donahue and Hot Springs Canyon. The waters have not been maintained in several years due to road access being blocked.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38043
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - Township 17 S Range 9 W Sections 16,32 and 33. The Projects are located approximately 30 miles east of Silver City in the Royal John Mine area.
Willow Thinning and Rx
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/09/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
10/2012 Fabian Montano
575-388-8477
fmontano@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Silver City Ranger District is proposing to improve timber stand and wildlife habitat by reducing natural fuels on approximately 3,422 acres in the Willow Fuelwood area located southwest of the oak grove subdivision.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36945
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - T19S, R16W, Sections, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27. This project is located in the Burro Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Silver City, NM.
Woods Canyon Road Special Use Authorization
CE
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A John Baumberger
575-388-8238
jbaumberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of approximately 1/4 mile of road to provide access to private property and issuance of a special use authorization. Current access is via sandy washes.
Location: UNIT - Silver City Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Grant. LEGAL - S8, T21S, R16W. Near Woods Canyon or Juniper Spring in the,southern Burro Mountains, northeast of Lordsburg, NM.
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