Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Santa Fe National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Cuba Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Espanola Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Jemez Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Santa Fe National Forest,  Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/01/2000
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Lucy Maldonado
575-758-6255
lgmaldonado@fs.fed.us 
Description: A supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project on the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests to disclose, review, and assess additional information.
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units, Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos. Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico.
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Santa Fe 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
Travel Management
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/07/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Julie Bain
505-438-5443
sftravelmgt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motorized travel by class of vehicle and time of year.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/travelmgt/
Location: UNIT - Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe. Santa Fe National Forest.
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Santa Fe National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment Permit Issuance
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/12/2009 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize livestock grazing on NFS lands within the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment. If the decision is to authorize some level of livestock grazing, then the management prescriptions to be applied will also be analyzed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25903
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District, Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. NFS lands within the Oso Vallecitos Grazing Allotment.
Santa Fe N.F. Oil and Gas Leasing Amendment and Cuba Roads Management EIS
EIS
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/25/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2011 
Expected:03/2011
Actual: 08/15/2008 
04/2011 Jennifer Cramer
505-438-5449
jennifercramer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest Plan amendment for Oil and Gas leasing stipulations on unleased lands on the portion of the Forest within the San Juan Basin and the proposed closure and decommission of specific unnecessary roads on the Cuba Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=11560
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District, Coyote Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Sandoval. Cuba and Coyote Ranger Districts.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Cuba Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Benson-Montin-Greer Drilling Corporation Oil Well Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 10/14/2010  11/2010 Larry Gore
505-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Santa Fe National Forest, is proposing to approve the Surface Use Plan of Operations to approve two Applications for Permits to Drill, as submitted by Benson-Montin-Greer Drilling Corp.for the drilling and operation of two oil wells.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33330
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - The proposed COU #46 oil well would have a locationof Section 27, T25N, R1W, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, New Mexico Prime Meridian (NMPM). The proposed COU #47 oil well would have a location of Se. The proposed COU #46 project area can be found on the Laguna Gurule, New Mexico U.S. Geologic Society 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle map. The well pad and pipeline are located in the valley bottom.
Eureka Mesa Vegetation Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  03/2011 Tom Fuchtman
505-289-3264
tfuchtman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thin trees for fuelwook on 60 acres of land on Eureka Mesa
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T 21N, R 1E Sections 31 and 32. Eureka Mesa.
La Jara Vegetation Management
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
03/2011 Tom Fuchtman
575-289-3264
tfuchtman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of small and medium diameter trees followed by fuelwood collection, mastication of slash, and prescribed burning on approximately 660 acres. The proposed project is designed to impove forest health and resilience by reducing tree density.
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T22N, R1W, Sections 13, 14, 22, 23, 24. 6 Miles northeast of Cuba, NM on the west side of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
San Pedro Grazing Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:03/2012  03/2012 William Eaton
575-289-3264
weaton01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of grazing on the San Pedro Grazing Allotment for the renewal of a 10-year term grazing permit
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T21N, T22N, R1E. Southwest half of the San Pedro Wilderness, 5 miles northeast of Cuba, NM.
San Pedro Parks Allotment Environmental Assessment
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/02/1993 
Expected:06/1993
 
06/1994 William Eaton
505-289-3264
weaton01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Environmental assessment of effects from continued livestock grazing.
Location: UNIT - Cuba Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Sandoval. Santa Fe National Forest, Cuba Ranger District.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Espanola Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Borrego Bear Wallow Trails 150, 182, and 254
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/10/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
01/2011 Lynn Bjorklund
505-753-7331
lbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trails will be repaired, improved, and rerouted in some sections to make effective repairs and avoid them washing out.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T18N, R10 E Sec 25. Trail section along Tesuque Creek in Sangre de Cristo Mountains, north and west of State Road 475.
Cerro Pelon Timber Stand and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:06/2011  07/2011 Daniel Mondragon
505-753-7331
dmondragon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning in a stand of pinyon-juniper of 165 acres and to improve the health and fire resilence of the stand. This should result in increased pinyon nut production for birds and other wildlife. Some additional herabaceous forage should also occur.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T.22N., R.5E., Section 15. Northwest side of Cerro Pelon near Abiquiu, NM.
Gould Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/19/2010  10/2010 Lynn Bjorklund
505-753-7331
lbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit for two year probationary outfitter and guide permit. Permit is for day hiking trips that incorporate classes in various disciplines with an outdoor experience as a part of them.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T17N, R10E, Sections 1, 12, 33, 34. T18 N, R10E, Sections 25, 26, 34. T18N, R11E, Sections 9,16,17,18,19, 20. Trail in Hyde Park area and Atalaya Mountain area.
Hyde Park Wildland Urban Interface
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Chris Napp
505-438-5448
cnapp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mechanical thinning on approximately 825 acres and prescribed burning on approximately 1,000 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=17006
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T17N, R10E, Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, and 12 and T17N, R11E, Section 6. Along NM 475 (Hyde Park Rd) between subdivisions of Santa Fe, NM and Hyde Memorial State Park.
Jack Barkley Trail
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/26/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
01/2011 Lynn Bjorklund
505-753-7331
lbjorklund@fs.fed.us 
Description: New trail construction is an Eagle Scout volunteer project. Construct 100 yards of trail as a partial connection between two segments of the Perimeter Trail.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Los Alamos. LEGAL - T19N, R6E, Section 17. Los Alamos off pipeline road just above the residential area.
Los Alamos Canyon Dam and Reservoir Repair
EA
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/05/2010
10/05/2010 
12/2010 Donald Serrano
505-753-7331
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Dredge reservoir and make repairs and modifications to the dam to bring the facility into compliance as required by the Office of the New Mexico State Engineer.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27177
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Los Alamos. LEGAL - T.19N., R.5E. Sections 13 and 18. Los Alamos Canyon, Los Alamos County, NM.
Santa Fe River Canyon Riparian Forest Restoration NEPA Clearance
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/05/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
03/2011 Mary Orr
505-753-7331
morr01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of non-native vegetation and planting of native trees and shrubs along 10 miles of the Santa Fe River resulting in improved water quality and improved wildlife habitat.
Location: UNIT - Espanola Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T.15N, R.7E. Sections 1,2,8,9,10. Santa Fe River Canyon on BLM and USFS lands west of City of Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Jemez Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Boone-Duran Pumice Mine
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/30/2007
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 35-acre pumice mine on the west flank of Cerro del Pino, adjacent to a recently mined 5-acre pumice mine.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R3E, Sec 27. Located on the east side of Forest Road 10 on western flank of Cerro del Pino, adjacent to the existing Cerro del Pino mine.
Cebolla/San Antonio Grazing Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/16/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 William Eaton
505-289-3264
weaton01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of the Cebolla and San Antonio grazing allotments for the reissuance of a 10-year term grazing permit.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T.20N, R.2E, R.3E. Cebolla, Calaveras, and San Antonio canyons located west of the Valles Caldera and 7 miles north of Jemez Springs, NM.
El Cajete Pumice Mine I and II
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:10/2011  12/2011 Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mining of pumice in additional areas within Brown Placer claims 1-4, totalling over 80 acres in area.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R3E, Sec. 1. Area North of Highway 4, West of Las Conchas Trailhead, and South of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Forest Road 10J Obliteration
CE
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Alicia Gallegos
575-829-3535
aagallegos@fs.fed.us 
Description: Complete obliteration of an existing Forest Road to prevent ongoing erosion causing major damage to sensitive resources.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T17N, R3E, Sec. 3. Forest road 10J is located off of Forest Road 10, approximately 2 miles north of the Paliza campground.
Las Conchas Grazing Allotment Analysis
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/01/2010 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 William Eaton
575-289-3264
weaton01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Analysis of the Las Conchas Grazing Allotment for renewal of a 10-year term grazing permit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31166
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R4E, sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 9. The allotment is located adjacent to the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve at the Las Conchas trailhead.
Redondo Creek - San Antonio Creek Rehbilitation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  03/2011 Alberta Maez
505-425-3534
amaez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Elk fencing and native tree planting and bank stabilization in the Upper Jemez Watershed.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - Upper Jemez Watershed. San Antonio and Redondo Creek.
Southpit Pumice Mine Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/16/2007 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Larry Gore
575-289-3264
ldgore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approval of a 10-year plan of operations for a pumice mine of approximately 48 acres adjacent to a recently reclaimed 9-acre pumice mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=2408
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. LEGAL - T18N, R3E, section 25. Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest.
Southwest Jemez Mountains Road Decomissionning
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Heritage resource management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Chris Napp
505-438-5449
jennifercramer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decomissionning of roads throughout the SWJM project area.
Location: UNIT - Jemez Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Sandoval. Southwest Jemez Mountains within the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project Area.
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Santa Fe National Forest,   Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Glorieta Mesa Gun Closure
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/08/2009 
Expected:02/2011
 
03/2011 Jennifer Cramer
505-438-7869
jennifercramer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Gun closure on 2,500 acres on Glorieta mesa to protect public health and safety and resource degradation associated with target shooting around residential private property in the area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32470
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Santa Fe. LEGAL - T15 N, R 11E, Sections 20, 21, 28, and 29. Glorieta Mesa.
Los Pueblos Altos Acequia Restoration Project
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/16/2010  11/2010 James Munoz
505-757-6121
jmunoz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Authorize restoration of a compuerta (stream diversion flow structure) on Cow creek and the re-establishement of the Los Pueblos Altos Acequia (irrigation ditch). These structures were damaged by the torrential rains following the Vivash Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33261
Location: UNIT - Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Section 35 Township 17N Range 12 East. East of Forest Road 86, west of Cow Creek, and immediately north of the USFS boundary with the Baca Ranch.
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