Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2018 to 09/30/2018
Carson 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, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Camino Real Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Canjilon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  El Rito Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Jicarilla Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Questa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Tres Piedras Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

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

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/13/2018  06/2018 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
505-438-5443
sandraimlerjacquez@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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=27249
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. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico.
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Carson 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
Carson National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 10/07/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/2018 
Expected:04/2019
 
05/2019 Kevin Naranjo
575-758-6221
carsonplan@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of the 1986 Carson National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to update plan direction
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carsonforestplan
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Carson National Forest.
Forest-wide Outfitter-Guide Permit Issuance
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/14/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
05/2018 Amy Simms
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue new and reissue expiring 10-year permits for outfitter-guide services on the Carson National Forest. Permits would be issued based on the need and capacity within individual geographic areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43472
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Carson National Forest.
Forest-wide Reissuance of Lands Special Use Permits 2018
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/05/2018  06/2018 Amy Sutton
719-221-4523
comments-southwestern-carson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue approximately 15 long-term permits for land uses on the Carson National Forest. There will be no change in the facilities or activities authorized in the permits.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53576
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations on the Carson National Forest.
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Carson National Forest,   Camino Real Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
McGaffey Forest and Rio Grande del Rancho Watershed Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/24/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 11/2018 
Expected:07/2019
 
05/2020 Gabriel Romero
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Part of Taos Valley Watershed Coalition's Landscape Restoration Strategy, the project proposes to re-establish fire-adapted forests, reduce the threat of severe effects from wildfire, provide wood products to communities, and improve wildlife habitat
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52579
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T23N R12E sections 1, 11-14, &23-24; T23N R13E sections 2-11, 14-23, & 26-29; T24N R12E sections 13, 24-45, & 36; and T24N R13E sections 8-9 & 16-36; NMPM. Located on both side of Highway 518, from the National Forest boundary on the north to US. Hill on the south and from Miranda Arroyo on the west to Bear Wallow Ridge and Maestas Ridge on the east.
Miranda Canyon Public Access
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:11/2019  01/2020 Daniel O'Toole
575-758-6282
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designation of public access routes which may include roads, motorized trails, and/or nonmotorized trails within the Miranda Canyon parcel of the Camino Real Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50824
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 23N, R 12E, sections 1-3, 10-12, & 14; T 24N, R 12E, sections 12-14, 23-26, & 34-36; T 24N, R 13E, sections 7 & 18, NMPM. West and south of Miranda Arroyo, in the Miranda Canyon parcel south of Llano Quemado.
Pueblo Ridge Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/01/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2018 
Expected:03/2019
 
05/2019 Gabriel Romero
575-587-2255
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation treatments on up to 10,000 acres to restore stand density, forest structure, species composition, and fire hazard to conditions that are more resilient to uncharacteristically severe disturbance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52575
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T25N R13E sections 13-16 & 23-24; T25N R14E sections 7-9, 11, & 13-30; T25N R15E sections 7, 18-19, & 30; NMPM. Project area is north of Highway 64 in Taos Canyon and south of the boundary with Taos Pueblo.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort Improvements
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/05/2018  07/2018 Adam LaDell
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-caminoreal@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of new ski trails, including tree-clearing and grading; improvement and widening of existing trails; installation of new children's ski school yurt and gas and electric utilities; and installation of a powerline to the Ski Team yurt.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50320
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 22N, R. 13E, Section 10, NMPM. All proposed activities are located within Sipapu Ski Area's existing Special Use Permit boundary, on the south side of NM State Highway 518.
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Carson National Forest,   Canjilon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pedro and Lorraine Trujillo Expired SUP
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
575-684-2489
comments-southwestern-carson-canjilon@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-issue an expired special use permit for an acequia.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48022
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 1 mile northeast of Canjilon, NM. South of Forest Road 559.
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Carson National Forest,   El Rito Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Sagebrush Habitat Improvement Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
comments-southwestern-carson-elrito@fs.fed.us 
Description: The El Rito Ranger District is proposing to treat approximately 13,000 acres of sagebrush via mechanical methods and Tebuthiuron, reseed sagebrush treated areas where needed with grasses and forbs, and broadcast burn sagebrush treated areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=38104
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple Allotments on the El Rito Ranger District.
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Carson National Forest,   Jicarilla Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Southland Royalty Company, LLC Proposed Well Pads and Ancillary Facilities
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management 
Completed
This project has changed to a CE that does not require a written decision document and will be removed from the SOPA. 
  09/2018 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Southland proposes to construct, drill, maintain, and produce two natural gas well locations along with a water retention pond, water pipeline, and gas pipeline. Each well location would contain sixteen individual wells.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53293
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Carracas 24 A #101H: Section 24, Township 32N, Range 5W; Carracas 27 A #101H: Section 27, Township 32N, Range 5W. The proposed well locations and ancillary facilities are located in the northern portion of the Jicarilla Ranger District in the Carracas Mesa general vicinity.
Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/08/2013 
Expected:12/2018
 
12/2018 Jon Miller
505-632-2956x77240
jjmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to approve an application for a special use authorization, submitted by WFC. The special use authorization would allow WFC to operate and maintain an existing natural gas pipeline and associated infrastructure system.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41925
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Township (T) 27 N, Range (R) 4 W; T28N, R4W; T29N, R4W; T29N, R5W; T30N, R4W; T30N, R5W; T31N, R4W; T31N, R5W; and T32N, R5W. Jicarilla Ranger District.
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Carson National Forest,   Questa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2018 Taos Ski Valley Trails Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/05/2018 
Expected:08/2018
 
08/2018 Adam LaDell
575-586-7304
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Carson National Forest proposes to amend Taos Ski Valley's special use permit to construct 6 new lift-served mountain bike trails, totaling approximately 7.2 miles in length, and to relocate 0.7 mile of the first segment of Williams Lake Trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54080
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 27N, R 14E, sections 9, 10, 15, and 16, NMPM. This project would occur primarily within the special use permit area of Taos Ski Valley, in the general vicinity of Lift #4, approximately 20 miles northeast of Taos, NM.
Aquatic Habitat Restoration in the Red River
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/16/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Gregory Miller
575-758-6200
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide trout with improved habitat by redefining the river channel through techniques such as filling and revegetating bank areas, installing rock features, constructing log jams, removing undesirable vegetation, and planting willows and cottonwoods
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53617
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T29N R13E, Section 33, SW 1/4, NMPM. On the Red River, approximately 1,000 feet upstream of the Questa Ranger District office.
East Side Valle Vidal Watershed and Midnight Meadows Wetlands Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/26/2017 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 George Long
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvement of stream habitat, watershed conditions, and wetland degradation. Work includes stream channel stabilization, headcut remediation, restoration of impaired wetlands, exclosure fencing, and vegetation treatments to restore riparian areas.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50812
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Taos. LEGAL - T28N R16E 1-4 9-11 15-16; R17E: 2-6 9-11 14-15; T29N R16E: 1-4 10-15 21-36; R17E: 1-35; R18E: 4-9 18-19; T30N R16E: 2-3 9-16 21-28 33-36; R17E: 19-36; R18E: 31-32; T29N R14E 1 12-13; R15E 3-10 15-18. Watersheds on the east side of Valle Vidal occurring on National Forest lands, as well as Midnight Meadows, i.e. the headwaters of the Red River watershed and Cabresto Creek drainage.
Ponil Creek Watershed Collaborative Landscape Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/12/2018
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
05/2020 George Long
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Landscape restoration on up to 64,528 acres in Colfax County, in order to promote conditions that are resilient to uncharacteristic disturbances from wildfire, insects, disease, and climatic variability.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52158
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax. LEGAL - T28N R16E 1-4, 9-11, 15-16; R17E: 2-6, 9-11, 14-15; T29N R16E: 1-4, 10-15, 21-29, 32-36; R17E: 1-24, 26-35; R18E: 4-9, 18-19; T30N R16E: 2-3, 9-11, 14-16, 21-28, 33-36; R17E: 19-23, 25-36; R18E: 31-32. Project would occur on 58,954 acres of NFS lands on the eastern half of the Valle Vidal, and on 5,574 acres of the Elliot Barker Wildlife Area, administered by NM Department of Game & Fish.
Taos Ski Valley Gazex Avalanche Mitigation System Installation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/03/2018  05/2018 Eric Garner
575-586-0520
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install a fixed, remotely-operated avalanche control system within avalanche prone areas west of Kachina Peak along and below the ridgeline. This system would improve public and ski patrol safety within TSV, Inc.'s existing permit boundary.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49245
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T27N, R14E, section 21. Within the existing special use permit boundary held by Taos Ski Valley, Inc.
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Carson National Forest,   Tres Piedras Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Santos Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Wayne Yonemoto
575-758-8678
comments-southwestern-carson-tres-piedras@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit adjustment of season of use. *Project placed on hold due to comments received during comment period.*
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40136
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 25N, R. 10 E., Sections 2, 3, 4, 9, 10; T. 26N, R 10 E, Sections 19, 20, 26, 27, 29-31, 33-35. Tres Piedras Ranger District, Carson National Forest.
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