Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2021 to 03/31/2021
White River 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
Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  East Zone/Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  East Zone/Eagle Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Blanco Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Rifle Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, White River National Forest,  West Zone/Sopris Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/13/2018
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2021 
Expected:12/2021
 
12/2021 Nancy Rusho
202-731-9196
nancy.rusho@usda.gov 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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Projects Occurring in more than one Region (excluding Nationwide)  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2020
11/17/2020 
12/2020 Matthew Custer
719-852-6206
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=30630
Location: UNIT - Ashley National Forest All Units, Grand Valley Ranger District, Norwood Ranger District, Yampa Ranger District, Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Pine Ridge Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Paonia Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District, Mancos/Dolores Ranger District. STATE - Colorado, Nebraska, Utah. COUNTY - Chaffee, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montrose, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, Dawes, Daggett, Uintah. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Linear transmission lines located in Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska.
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R2 - Rocky Mountain Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Xcel Energy Transmission and Distribution Authorization; Operation and Maintenance Plan Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2020 
Expected:03/2021  05/2021 Matthew Custer
720-822-4321
mscuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to reauthorize approximately 293 miles of existing electric transmission line and 196 miles of electric distribution line; develop and implement a standardized O&M Plan for routine maintenance and vegetation management.
Location: UNIT - Conejos Peak Ranger District, Saguache Ranger District, Pawnee Ranger District, Clear Creek Ranger District, Sulphur Ranger District, South Park Ranger District, West Zone/Rifle Ranger District, East Zone/Dillon Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, West Zone/Sopris Ranger District, Leadville Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District, Salida Ranger District, Pikes Peak Ranger District, Gunnison Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Lake, Park, Rio Grande, Saguache, Summit, Weld. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project located on applicable Xcel transmission and distribution lines on National Forests and Grasslands in Colorado,.
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White River National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Natural Resources Conservation Service SNOTEL Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/30/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Michael Braudis
970-404-3153
michael.braudis@usda.gov 
Description: White River National Forest (WRNF) Master Special Use Permit Reissuance to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the operation and maintenance of 16 existing SNOTEL sites and 12 Snow Courses
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58579
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Summit. LEGAL - Multiple locations across the forest within Dillon, Eagle-Holy Cross, Blanco and Aspen-Sopris Ranger Disrricts. Multiple locations across the forest.
White River Forest Health and Fuels Management Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/18/2018 
Expected:12/2020
 
12/2020 Shelby Limberis
970-827-5161
slimberis@fs.fed.us 
Description: White River National Forest proposes to perform density reduction treatments in over-crowded regenerating stands of trees. Treatments would reduce the number of trees per acre to improve overall stand health.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55257
Location: UNIT - White River National Forest All Units. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project activities include all Ranger Districts on the White River National Forest.
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White River National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Berlaimont Estates Road Improvement Project
EIS
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 09/25/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
02/2021 Marcia Gilles
970-827-5152
marcia.gilles@usda.gov 
Description: The Proposed Action would authorize Berlaimont to improve those existing segments of NFSR 774 and 780 as they lead up to the southeastern corner of the Berlaimont property from local public roads in Edwards.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50041
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - The project is within Sections 20, 29, 32, and 33 of Township 4 South, Range 82 West, 6th Principal Meridian, Eagle County, Colorado. Located north of Interstate 70 in the vicinity of Edwards, Colorado. accessed by National Forest System Roads (NFSR) 774 and 780.
Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project
EIS
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Melvin Woody
970-874-6661
melvin.woody@usda.gov 
Description: The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46121
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District, East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Township 7S, Range 80W, Sect. 3, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27. The project area is located in the Camp Hale area, south of Red Cliff, and north of Tennessee Pass.
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White River National Forest,   East Zone/Dillon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clover Meadows Aquatic Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 11/20/2020  07/2021 Melvin Woody
970-827-5166
melvin.woody@usda.gov 
Description: The proposed activities consist of reshaping the bankfull channel of the Blue River by relocating alluvial material from within channel riffles to areas that will support the creation of holding pools.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58731
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project is located north of Silverthorne, Colorado along a shared boundary between National Forest System Lands and private property located in Section 29, Township 3S, R78W, 6th P.M.
Keystone Bergman Bowl Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 11/06/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
06/2021 Samuel Massman
970-262-3484
samuel.massman@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal to add lift-served terrain in Bergman and Erickson Bowls at Keystone Resort.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58011
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Not Applicable. White River NF, Dillon RD, within Keystone Resort's Ski Area Term Special Use Permit area.
Mountain Parks Electric, Inc Permit Renewal
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/30/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
06/2021 Anna Bengtson
970-262-3454
anna.p.bengtson@usda.gov 
Description: Re-issuance of an existing authorization for variable kV electrical distribution lines and fiber optic cable.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58586
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Sec 11, 13, 14, 15, 35, 36 of T2S, R80W; Sec 34 T2S, R79W; Sec 18, 28, 29, 33 of T3S, R78W; Sec 2, 3 T3S, R79W: 6th Principal Meridian. General area of permit reauthorization is north end of Summit County.
Peak One and Pine Cover Campground Improvements Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
Completed  Actual: 03/20/2020  04/2020 Cory Richardson
605-279-2125
coryrichardson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project proposes to modernize and improve recreation facilities, reduce deferred maintenance costs, provide an improved visitor experience, and offer additional campsites and campground amenities at Peak One and Pine Cove Campgrounds.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56928
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Dillon Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Summit. LEGAL - Township 5 South, Range 78 West, Sections 25 and 30. Peak One and Pine Cove Campgrounds.
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White River National Forest,   East Zone/Eagle Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Derby Mesa Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Grazing management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 10/21/2020  10/2020 Brett Crary
970-328-5899
brett.crary@usda.gov 
Description: Restore ponderosa pine forests to Fire Regime Condition Class I. Improve habitat for species dependent on ponderosa pine forests. Reintroduce surface fire to ponderosa pine ecosystems. Reduce pinon/juniper encroachment from sagebrush communities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56829
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - T.2S, R.86W, Sections 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 36. Project is located on Derby Mesa, west of Burns, Colorado on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District.
Homestake Culvert Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 12/17/2020  09/2021 Mark Weinhold
970-945-3306
mark.weinhold@usda.gov 
Description: The project would replace existing road-stream crossing structures on the Homestake Road at East Fork Homestake Creek, Missouri Creek and French Creek in order to increase flood resiliency of the transportation system and reconnect aquatic habitats.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59160
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Eagle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T8S R81W Sect 9 - East Fork Homestake Creek site T7S R81W Sect 33 - Fancy and Missouri Creek sites.
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White River National Forest,   East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Holy Cross Energy (HCE) Avon-to-Gilman Electric (115-kV) Transmission Line
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/02/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
07/2021 Leanne Veldhuis
970-471-1796
leanne.veldhuis@usda.gov 
Description: Holy Cross Electric Association, Inc. proposes to construct 8.65 miles of new 115-kV transmission line between the Gilman and Avon substations along the Eagle River valley, crossing 3 miles of the White River National Forest and the Town of Minturn.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57224
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Townships 5 South - 81 West and 6 South - 81 West, 6th Principal Meridian, Eagle County, Colorado. The right-of-way would run southeasterly from the substation in the Avon / Eagle-Vail area, through the town of Minturn, and terminate at the substation just above Gilman.
McCoy Park 2020
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/13/2020 
Expected:04/2021
 
07/2021 Calen Orlowski
7195303953
cnorlowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Beaver Creek Resort is proposing to add a ski patrol egress/temporary construction access road, a gray water leach field for the previously approved warming hut, and signage corbels for the McCoy Park terrain development.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57560
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Beaver Creek Ski Area.
Whitney Creek Geotechnical Investigation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
- Facility management
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/28/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
07/2021 Leanne Veldhuis
970-471-1796
leanne.veldhuis@usda.gov 
Description: Homestake Partners (City of Aurora and Colorado Springs Utilities) is requesting an authorization to conduct a fatal-flaw geotechnical investigation within the Homestake Valley located on National Forest System Lands in southeastern Eagle County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58221
Location: UNIT - East Zone/Holy Cross Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Township 7 South - Range 81 West, 6th Principal Meridian, Eagle County, Colorado. The project area is located along Homestake Creek about 6 miles southwest of Redcliff, Colorado. Sec. 13 and Sec. 23 - T7S-R81W, 6th P.M., Eagle County, Colorado.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Blanco Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Hill Creek C&H Livestock Facility
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/06/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
06/2021 Mary Cunningham
970-878-5015
mary.cunningham@usda.gov 
Description: This project involves the construction of a corral with loading chute and a small 'beef pasture' (7 ac) for livestock ingress and egress to the Hill Creek C&H grazing allotment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59084
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located T 2 S, R 90 W, Section 7 Accessible by Rio Blanco County Road 10, Peltier Trailhead Parking Lot.
Yellowjacket Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 02/20/2020 
Expected:06/2021
 
06/2022 Christopher McDonald
970-625-6856
christopher.mcdonald@usda.gov 
Description: The Blanco Ranger District is proposing approximately 2,300 acres of vegetation management activities within the Wilson Park, Sawmill Mountain and Ellison Mountain area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57654
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Blanco Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Rio Blanco. LEGAL - Sec. 1-3, 10-15, 22-27, 34-36, T2N, R92W; Sec. 4-9, 17-20, 26-36, T2N, R91W; Sec. 1-3 and 12, T1N, R92W; Sec. 1-17, 20-24, 26-29, 32-34, T1N, R91W; Sec. 7, 18, 19 T1N, R90W, Rio Blanco Co. Proposed management activities would occur approximately 16 miles east-northeast of Meeker, Colorado within the vicinity of Wilson Park, Sawmill Mountain and Ellison Mountain,.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Rifle Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Apex Mine Final Reclamation Plan
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 06/30/2020  09/2020 Jason Gross
970-876-9046
jason.gross@usda.gov 
Description: The Strong Mining Co. will implement final reclamation of the Apex (Strong) Mine. Plan includes safety closures of two adits, demolition and removal of all improvements, decommissioning access roads and trails, and site revegetation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57707
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - SE 1/4 Sec. 7, T5S, R88W; SW 1/4 Sec. 8, T5S, R88W; NW 1/4 Sec. 17, T5S, R88W; NE 1/4 Sec. 18, T5S, R88W, 6th Principal Meridian, Garfield County, Colorado. Mine is located at the terminus of NFSR 602.3M, which intersects the Transfer Trail approximately 1/4 north of Windy Point.
Hells Gulch Communication Tower Renewal Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/23/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Corbin Shipp
970-625-6845
corbin.shipp@usda.gov 
Description: Reissue special use permit (RIF-184) to Laramie Energy, LLC., including relocating the existing tower approx. 75ft south of current pad location and continued use of existing roads NFSR 815.1 & NFSR 815.1A to Hells Gulch Wellpad #26
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58843
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Rifle Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Mesa. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T8S, R92W, Sections 26, 27, & 34; 6th Principal Meridian, Mesa County, Colorado.
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White River National Forest,   West Zone/Sopris Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R2 - Rocky Mountain Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
El Jebel Administrative Sites, Upper and Lower Parcels, Conveyance Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/07/2016
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2020 
Expected:03/2021
 
07/2021 Kevin Warner
970-945-3303
kevin.warner@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal to sell two adjacent parcels of land (approx. 40 acres and 30 acres in size), and the associated water rights and mineral estate in El Jebel, Colo. pursuant to the Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2015.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50663
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Eagle. LEGAL - Sixth Principal Meridian T. 8 S., R. 87 W. N1/2 of Sec. 3, NE1/4 NE1/4 of Sec. 4. The Lower Parcel is approximately 40 acres and is predominantly riparian in nature and the Upper Parcel is approximately 30 acres and consists of three residences, one mobile home pad, horse pastures.
Redstone to McClure Pass Trail
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 08/03/2020 
Expected:01/2021
 
07/2021 Shelly Grail
970-404-3155
shelly.grail@usda.gov 
Description: Pitkin County has proposed a native surface trail connecting Redstone with McClure Pass. The 5 mile section of trail on NFS would lie within the CDOT right of way or along the historic wagon road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56913
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Pitkin. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along CDOT Highway 133 right of way between Redstone and McClure or along historic wagon route.
Sunlight Mountain Resort East Ridge Lift
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/10/2020  07/2021 Devon Cotsamire
970-404-3159
devon.cotsamire@usda.gov 
Description: Sunlight Mountain Resort is proposing to install a new chairlift, construct a pit toilet and enhance trail improvements at Sunlight Mountain Resort (SMR).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57417
Location: UNIT - West Zone/Sopris Ranger District. STATE - Colorado. COUNTY - Garfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sunlight Mountain Resort: T7S; R 89W; Section 33.
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