Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2018 to 12/31/2018
Carson 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) :
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)

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.
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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.
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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
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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 09/06/2018  09/2018 Adam LaDell
575-586-7304
comments-southwestern-carson-questa@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Carson National Forest has approved amending Taos Ski Valley's special use permit to construct 8 new mountain bike trails under lifts 4 and 7, 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, 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.
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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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