Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
Lincoln 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, Lincoln National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest,  Guadalupe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest,  Sacramento Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Lincoln National Forest,  Smokey Bear 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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Lincoln 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
Integrated Non-native Invasive and Native Invasive Plant Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Heritage resource management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 09/30/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2013 
Expected:01/2014
 
06/2014 Sabrina Flores
575-434-7200
sflores@fs.fed.us 
Description: The forest will be developing a proposal to manage the existence of non-native invasive and native invasive plants within the Lincoln National Forest's boundaries. Adaptive management would be incorporated into the analysis.
Location: UNIT - Lincoln National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy, Lincoln, Otero. All management areas within the Lincoln National Forest.
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Lincoln National Forest,   Guadalupe Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
New Campground Construction
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of campground on south side of State route 137 directly across from the Queen Forest Service administration site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34819
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 26 South, Range 22 East, Section 22. South side of State route 137 directly across from the Queen Forest Service administration site.
Rio Grande Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  10/2012 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-authorize special use permit for Rio Grande Electric Cooperative for 52 miles of electric transmission lines within the Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39652
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - T23S, R20E; T24S, R21E; T25S, R22E. Southern portion of Guadalupe Ranger District.
Sargent Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/17/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
04/2013 Mark Sando
575-885-7414
msando@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=5617
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Chaves, Otero. Northeastern portion of the Guadalupe Ranger District , Northwest of Carlsbad, NM.
Sitting Bull Falls New Host Site
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of new host site at Sitting Bull Falls Campground day use area along road leading into parking lot behind closed gate.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34821
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 22. Sitting Bull Falls Campground.
Sitting Bull Falls New Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
04/2013 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: New non-motorized trail would be constructed to connect Trail 215 to Trail 68 to create another loop in the existing Stack loop trail system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34820
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 24 South, Range 22 East, Section 4. Sitting Bull Falls Campground area.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Dark Canyon Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/17/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of four microwave dishes, two Land Mobile Radios on existing tower, and a 500 gallon propane tank. Replacement of existing 25 kilowatt back-up generator and existing concrete slab.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36636
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - T25S, R22E, Section 31. Dark Canyon Communication Site.
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Lincoln National Forest,   Sacramento Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012 Communication Lease Extensions - Longridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Four communication leases expire in 2012. All four can be extended 20 years, fulfulling their maximum length of term. The leases are assigned to the following parties: Select Path; KVIA-NPG of Texas, L.P.; City of Alamogordo; and LIN TV Broadcast.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37984
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R10E, Section 14. Longridge Communication Site.
Akers Prescribed Fire
CE
- Fuels management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Thad Chavez
575-682-2551
thadchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would implement a prescribed fire designed to reduce stand densities, increase stand health, reduce activity and natural fuel loadings, improve wildlife habitat, and move the project area toward a more sustainable condition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38644
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T. 17 S. R. 13E, sections 13, 14, 23, 24 and 25. T.17S, R.13E, sections 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 30. Located aproximately one mile north of the communites of sacramento and weed.
Aqua Chiquita Wetland Stream Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/15/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Jack Williams
575-682-2551
jdwilliams@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create and restore wetland and stream habitat on the Agua Chiquita Creek. The project would improve fishery and wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36417
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Township T 18 S, R12 E, Section 26. South of Cloudcroft off Forest Service Road 64 next to Sand and Barrel Springs.
Brown Water Transmission Pipeline Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of expired water transmission pipeline.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37199
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T15S, R14E, Section 34. Approximately 1.5 miles on County Road 010 (Bell Canyon) south of County Road 009 (Sixteen Springs). Approximately 1.5 miles east of James Canyon Lookout on County Road 010.
City of Alamogordo Municipal Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue special use permit for operation and maintenance of existing pipeline in Alamo Caballero and Golden Canyons.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28551
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R10E/ T16S, R11E/ T16S, R17S/ T16S, 10E / R17S, 10E. Alamo, Carellero, and Golden Canyons.
James Canyon Campground Wildfire Rehabilitation Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Cancelled  N/A  N/A Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Activities proposed include removal of burned wooden bridge and replacement with steel bridge; installation of six tent pads with metal tables and campfire rings, rip rap on slopes, four bear proof trash receptacles, fence, and kiosk.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37204
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R14E, Section 22. James Canyon Campground.
James Canyon Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Ralph Fink
575-682-2551
rfink@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=792
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. Approximately 4 miles northeast of Cloudcroft, NM.
NM Department of Information Technology - Improvements to Benson Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7200
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of replacement tower, replace existing equipment in existing shelter, install antennaes and coax on replacement tower.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36632
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 36. Benson Ridge Communication Site.
NM Department of Information Technology - Improvements to Cathey Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing microwave equipment on existing Forest Service tower and inside existing communication shelter.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36633
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R11E, Section 23. Cathey Ridge Communication Site.
PVT-Mayhill Exchange Upgrades
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/25/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 Marcie Kelton
505-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of buried and aerial telephone cable on National Forest System lands extending from both existing and underground facilities in the Agua Chiquita, Seep Canyon, Tall Pines, Rio Penasco, Blue Water areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35678
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Tall Pines, T.17 S., R. 14 E. Sec 9 &16; Bluewater, T. 18 S., R. 13 E. Sec1, T. 17 S., R. 14 E. Sec. 35 & 36; Seep Cyn. T. 18 S., R. 11 E. Sec. 4; Wills Canyon, T. 17 S., R. 13 E. Sec. 1 &3, T. 17 S.,. Various locations on Sacramento Ranger District (see legal for exact locations).
Scott Able, Escondido, and San Andres Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
03/2013 Mark Cadwallader
(575) 682-2551
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of continuation of Grazing Authorization for Scott Able, Escondido and San Andres allotments
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22893
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. Approximately 16 miles southeast of Village of Cloudcroft.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Benson Ridge Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of repeaters, receivers, microwave dishes, and antennaes on existing tower. Installation of one generator and a 500 gallon propane tank.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36635
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 36. Benson Ridge Communication Site.
White Sands Missile Range Alamo Peak Communication Site Septic and Water Tank Replacement
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of new septic tank and water tank within their permitted communication lot at Alamo Peak Communication Site to replace existing tanks.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37983
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S, R11E, Section 34. Alamo Peak Communication Site - White Sands Missile Range Communication Lot.
Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008) Reroute, Maintenance, and Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:01/2013  05/2013 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Work on 3.2 miles of TR 5008: reroute of 0.5 mile out of drainage bottom; 0.7 mile reconstructed in existing trail prism; and 2.0 miles of maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37982
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T17S, R12E, Sections 16, 17, 19-21, 29, and 30. Throughout Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008). Reconstruction and reroute would occur on the western half of trail.
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Lincoln National Forest,   Smokey Bear Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blue Lake Wetland Development Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve and restore wetland habitat in a 16 acre open meadow called Blue Lake. The project will deepen two existing wetlands and create six additional wetlands in various sizes throughout the meadow. Native plants will be established.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39312
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S R13E Section 1. northeast of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Bonito Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Fuels management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore ecological functionality to fire-adapted ecosystems to improve forest health and resilience. ON HOLD--The Little Bear Fire (initially reported June 4, 2012) has burned significant portions of the project area; project needs will be reassessed
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17760
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T9S, R11E, Secs. 24-28, 33-36; T9S, R12E, Secs. 24, 25, 30; T10S, R11E, Secs. 1-5, 8-17, 20-26, 28; T10S, R12E, Secs. 4-9, 16-21, 29. Bonito Lake Watershed, White Mountains.
Copeland Canyon Pipeline
CE
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct and reconstruct approximately 3 miles of deteriorated pipeline from a perennial spring at the mouth of Copeland Canyon to a storage tank in the middle of the Arroyo Seco Allotment.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 7 South and Range 17 and 18 East. The allotment lies south of Highway 246, northeast of the community of Capitan, New Mexico.
Divide Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  11/2013 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for the continuation of authorization for livestock grazing.
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 2, 3, and 9-16; T8S, R15E, Sections 4-8. The Divide Allotment is located north of Capitan, New Mexico.
East Hale Lake Grazing Allotment Management
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2013 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis for the continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39214
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S R15E Sections 3-4, & 9-10; T10S R15E Sections 33-34. 12 miles east of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
El Capitan Mineral Exploration
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Test core drilling and related activities. Compliance with relevant processes and permitting requirements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=19778
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T8S, R14E, Sections 9-11 and 13-16. Smokey Bear Ranger District, North of Capitan NM.
Hale Lake Grazing Allotment Management
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  11/2013 George Douds
575-257-4095
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis for the continuation of livestock grazing authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39215
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S R15E Sections 4-5, 7- 9, 14-18, 19-22, 28-29, & 31-33; T11S R14E Sections 12-14, 22-27, 34-36, & 28. 12 miles east of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Hale Lake and East Hale Lake Grazing Allotments Management
EA
- Grazing management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A George Douds
575-630-3009
gdouds@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental analysis for continuation of authorization of livestock grazing.--This listing is being cancelled. The projects will be listed separately in PALS and on the SOPA since these actions will be analyzed in separate NEPA documentation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31794
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S R15E Sections 3-4, & 9-10; T10S R15E Sections 33-34; T11S R15E Sections 4-5, 7- 9, 14-18, 19-22, 28-29, & 31-33; T11S R14E Sections 12-14, 22-27, 34-36, & 28. 12 miles east of Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Little Creek Trick Tank
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install an inverted umbrella storage tank. Drinker and exclosure fence will be installed to protect the development.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39313
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 10 South, Range 14 East, Section 23. Approximately 2 miles south of Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, Lincoln County, New Mexico.
Madden Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wildlife habitat improvement project. The project would reduce tree densities while providing increased understory forage. In the pinyon-juniper there would be a 60% openings to a 40% cover ratio to optimize wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=24431
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T7S. R13E. Sec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 28. The Patos Area, West of the Capitan Mountains.
NM Department of Information Technology - Buck Mountain Communication Site Improvements
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: No improvements were proposed by the NM Department of Information Technology at Buck Mountain Communication Site.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36630
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34. Buck Mountain Communication Site.
North Divide Trick Tank
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  10/2012 Larry Cordova
575-630-3007
lcordova@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a 3,500 gallon capacity inverted umbrella collection and storage tank. Tank will be plumbed to a ground drinker. An enclosure fence will be constructed to protect the development (Approx. 2 acres in size).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38512
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T.7S. R.14E., Section 2. Located north of the village of Capitan (along road 246), along the NE corner of Capitan Divide.
North Fork Wells of Eagle Creek
EIS
- Special use management  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/25/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
02/2013 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis for special use permit re-issuance associated with Municipal Water Supply for the Village of Ruidoso, NM.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=9603
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R12E, Sec 36. North Fork of Eagle Creek.
Otero County Electric Cooperative--Biscuit Hill Transmission Line
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/29/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
cmthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a new 115 KV transmission line from the Biscuit Hill area in Ruidoso Downs, through Goat Mountain to the Alto substation. The transmission line will include a single pole line, approximately 80 feet high, and will parallel the existing line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38843
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R14E Sections 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35; T11S, R14E Sections 2,11,14. Ruidoso Downs running north and east through Biscuit Hill, Goat Mountain and ending at the Alto substation.
Seven Cabins Road Realignment/Stokes Easement and Road Construction/Reroute of FR 256
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Aquisition of right of way road easement and construction of approx. 0.8-mile of new road to access Forest System Road 256 and ensure legal access to the north side of the Capitan Mountains.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36462
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 7 South, Range 17 East, Section 21. North side of Capitan Mountains, FR 256.
Ski Apache Bike Trail Construction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special area management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Christina Thompson
575-630-3020
cmthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend a special use permit authorizing Ski Apache to construct approx. 1 mile of mountain bike trail on NFS lands within Ski Apache, west of Ruidoso, New Mexico. The trail will adjoin an additional 4.5 miles of trail on Mescalero Apache lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39217
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34, Bambi Run, and Section 35, top of Gondola to Chair 6. Within the Ski Apache permit boundary.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - Improvements to Buck Mountain Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/16/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Ron Hannan
505-434-7245
rhannan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of two Land Mobile Radio antennaes and two microwave antennaes on existing Forest Service towers. Installation of prefabricated shelter for communication equipment, generator, and propane tank.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36634
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T10S, R11E, Section 34. Buck Mountain Communication Site.
Zia Natural Gas Pipeline at Cedar Creek Road
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a two inch pipeline under Cedar Creek Road at the corner of Mechem Drive (HWY 48) and Cedar Creek Road in Ruidoso to improve access to natural gas for nearby subdivisions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37804
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S, R13E, Section 16. At the corner of Mechem Drive (HWY 48) and Cedar Creek Road in Ruidoso.
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