Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
Lincoln 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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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)

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 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=31150
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
Extension of Rio Grande Electrical Cooperative Transmission Line
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Extension of Rio Grande Electrical Cooperative transmission line from Hamm well to Shattuck well. This would be an addition of 900 to 1,000 ft to the existing transmission line on Forest Service land. This extension would continue on private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41573
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 25 south; Range 21 east; Sections 3 and 10. Approximately 1.0 mile west of the junction of State Highway 137 and Forest Service road 540 is the location of Hamm Well. Transmission line will run southeast of Hamm well.
Last Chance Trail 226 Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/05/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
07/2013 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reroute approximately 1/4 mile of trail out of floodplain.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41025
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Township 23 south; Range 22 east; Section 32. Last Chance Trail 226; approximately 3.0 miles from trailhead located on Forest Service Road 276.
National Outdoor Leadership School Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 12/26/2012  03/2013 Paul Buck
575-885-4181
pbuck@fs.fed.us 
Description: Lead educational trips into recreationally permitted caves on the Lincoln National Forest - Guadalupe Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40135
Location: UNIT - Guadalupe Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Eddy. LEGAL - Cave on the Guadalupe Ranger District. Cave on the Guadalupe Ranger District.
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
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/07/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 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:
Notice of Initiation 05/17/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
07/2013 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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/05/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 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.
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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
Akers Wildlife Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Paul Buck
575-682-2551
tchavez@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is for mastication of up to 200 acres of activity generated slash in wildlife patchcuts a half mile north of Weed, New Mexico on Lincoln National Forest managed lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40256
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - Township 17 South; Range 14 East; Sections 19 &20. Approximately ½ mile north of Weed, NM.
Atkinson Pasture Rio Penasco Sacramento Lake Fence and Water Development
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/13/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
03/2013 Mark Cadwallader
575-682-2551
mcadwallader@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a pipeline and drinker in the Atkinson Pasture at the Rio Peñasco. Replace and extend the existing barbed wire fence exclosure with a pipe fence at the Sacramento Lake wetland, and extend an existing pipeline to a drinker south of the lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39985
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - NE1/4 Section 11, Township,17S., Range 11E; Section 12, Township,18S., Range 11E. The project area is located in Otero County, approximately 10 miles south of Cloudcroft NM on Hwy #6563.
City of Alamogordo Municipal Water Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 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 Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Otero County Electric Cooperative Power Line - Hughes
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: OCEC is proposing to amend their existing special use permit to add 75 feet of overhead power line in order to supply electricity to a private residence (one hole 2 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep for pole and one anchor point on Forest Service).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40315
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S; R13E; Sec 13. Approximately 9 miles east of Cloudcroft, NM off of State Highway 82. .
Otero County Electric Cooperative Power Line- Cloudcroft to Sunspot
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  08/2013 Marcie Kelton
575-682-2551
marciekelton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace ~12 miles of overhead line with buried line (24 inches wide by 52 inches deep). Minimal trees to cut (none over 18" diameter at breast height). Upgrade will better serve customers and provide more reliable, economical, and safe power.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40316
Location: UNIT - Sacramento Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Otero. LEGAL - T16S; R12E; Sec 6, 7, 18; T16S, R11E; Sec 13, 24-26, 35, 36; T17S; R11E; Sec 2, 10, 11, 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34. Approximately 1 mile north Cloudcroft, NM off of State Highway 6563 and along the Rim Trail (T105).
Scott Able, Escondido, and San Andres Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 04/18/2008
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 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.
Wills Canyon Trail (TR 5008) Reroute, Maintenance, and Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/06/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/2013 
Expected:07/2013
 
09/2013 Heather Berman
575-682-2551
hberman@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Work 3.2 mi of TR 5008: reroute of 0.5 mi out of drainage bottom; 0.7 mi reconstructed in existing trail prism; and 2.0 mi of maintenance. Reduce active erosion and indirect effects to threatened and endangered plants; and increase user safety.
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
Collaborative Forest Restoration Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Fuels management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Larry Cordova
575-434-7200
crwampler@fs.fed.us 
Description: The South Central Mountain RC&D Council is seeking Forest Service funds to complete mechanical thinning and prescribed burning projects on non-federal lands funded by a federal grant; thus, the project will not implement the Forest Plan.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40908
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T11S, R13E, sec. 23; T10S, R14E, sec. 32; T11S, R12E, sec. 23, 24, 25; T10S, R13E, sec. 32, 33. non-forest system lands around the Village of Ruidoso, NM.
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.
Cora Dutton Power Line Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/16/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 Eric Turbeville
575-630-3051
eturbeville@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize upgrades to a 3.4-mile distribution line crossing NFS lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41127
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 9 S., R. 13 E., sec. 13, 23, and 24. Cora Dutton Road (Forest Road 488).
Divide Grazing Allotment Management
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 06/29/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
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  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 04/2013 
Expected:10/2013  12/2013 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
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 06/29/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
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.
Little Bear Fire Salvage Timber Sale
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/19/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 John Kennedy
575-257-4095
jkennedy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Cut and mechanically remove no greater than 250 acres of merchantable material within the Little Bear Fire perimeter.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40060
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T9S; R12E; Sec 36 and T9S; R13E; Sec 8 and 31. Loma Grande and Philadelphia Canyon; Lincoln County, New Mexico.
Madden Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
North Fork Wells of Eagle Creek
EIS
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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:
Notice of Initiation 02/29/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 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.
Pipeline Construction on Skinner and Alienated Allotments
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 05/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 Peggy Luensmann
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a pipeline and storage tanks to provide reliable permanent water to the Skinner, Alienated and Kudner allotments. The current water distribution system on the allotments was damaged by the Little Bear Fire in 2012 and no longer functions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41684
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 8 S., R. 13 E., sec. 33; T. 9 S., R. 13 E., sec. 4, 9, 16. Skinner, Alienated, and Kudner Grazing Allotments, Lincoln County.
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
- Special area management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/09/2012 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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.
Ski Apache Prescribed Fire Plan
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 06/2013 
Expected:10/2013  11/2013 Christina Thompson
575-257-4095
psluensmann@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pile burning hazard trees within the Ski Apache ski area boundary burned by the Little Bear Fire in June 2012. New hazard trees will be treated in the future as needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41686
Location: UNIT - Smokey Bear Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T. 10 S., R. 11 E., sec. 33, 34. Ski Apache Ski Area.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.