Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2018 to 12/31/2018
Cibola 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, Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Black Kettle National Grassland (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Magdalena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Mount Taylor Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Mountainair Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  Sandia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cibola National Forest Mountain Ranger Districts Revised Land and Resource Management Plan
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/20/2012
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2019 
Expected:09/2020
 
01/2021 Sarah Browne
505-346-3812
sarahbrowne@fs.fed.us 
Description: Revision of the 1985 Cibola National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to develop specific direction for the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46268
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Lincoln, McKinley, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Valencia. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sandia Ranger District is located directly east of Albuquerque; Mountainair RD is located 40-60 miles SE of Abq; Mt Taylor RD is 70 miles west of Abq; Magdalena is 80 miles SW of Abq.
USAF Training Area
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/21/2013 
Expected:12/2018
 
12/2018 Zachary Parsons
505-346-3818
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Military training area permit on Mountainair, Mount Taylor, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=5375
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District, Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Cibola, Socorro, Torrance. LEGAL - Specific areas on each district. Mountainair, Magdalena, and Sandia Ranger Districts.
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Cibola National Forest,   Black Kettle National Grassland (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Northfork Electrical Coop, Inc., Powerline CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:12/2018  12/2018 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permit for rural electrification administration for existing above ground powerlines.
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Roger Mills. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Unit-Black Kettle Ranger District State- OK .
Tecolote Energy, LLC, Pipeline CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:12/2018  12/2018 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use authorization for an existing natural gas pipeline.g
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Roger Mills. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Crosses BKNG units 46, 54, & 63.
Western Farmers Electrical Coop, Inc, Powerline CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:12/2018  12/2018 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permit for rural electrification administration for existing above ground powerlines.
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma. COUNTY - Roger Mills. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Unit-Black Kettle Ranger District State- OK .
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Cibola National Forest,   Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Kiowa Vacant Unit Prescribed Burns
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2016 
Expected:01/2019
 
03/2019 Kristen Linner
575-374-9652
klinner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to improve wildlife habitat and reduce fuel loads through prescribe burning in Units K-44, K-45E, K-47N, and K-79.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50995
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T26N, R37E, sections 7 and 8; T27N, R37E, section 32; T27N, R36E, section 27, 28, 33, 34; T28N, R37E, sections 17 and 18. About 7 miles northeast of Clayton, NM.
RB-35 and K-87 Playa Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2018 
Expected:12/2018  01/2019 Kristen Linner
575-374-9652
klinner@fs.fed.us 
Description: restore hydrologic function and provide wildlife habitat in 2 pitted playas
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Project Area is located in two separate areas. One playa is in the Rita Blanca National Grassland unit RB-35, The other playa is in the Kiowa National Grassland unit K-87, about 5.7 miles southwest of Mills, New Mexico in Union County.
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Cibola National Forest,   Magdalena Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baldy Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 Donald Serrano
505-346-3900
dlserrano@fs.fed.us 
Description: Livestock grazing authorization and related management activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37209
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - T3S, R3W, S. 14-17, 19-36 and T4S, R3W, S.1-23, 25-35. 10 miles southeast of Magdalena, NM.
Mineral Withdrawal of Zuni Fleabane Habitat
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2019 
Expected:07/2019
 
08/2019 Zachary Parsons
505-346-3818
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Withdraw from mineral entry about 1,000 acres of habitat in 4 areas to facilitate recovery of the federally threatened Zuni fleabane (Erigeron rhizomatous).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=37526
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Catron. LEGAL - T1N, R11W, portions of sections 4, 9 and 10; T2N, R11W, portion of section 36; T1N, R10W, portions of sections 3 and 4. 4 areas in the Datil Mountains and Sawtooth Mountains.
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Cibola National Forest,   Mount Taylor Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Laramide Resources Mine Development - La Jara Mesa
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Laramide Resourcess proposes to tunnel two inclined adits from under the west edge of La Jara Mesa to remove 40,000 tons of uranium ore for testing and to begin development of a production mine.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=25654
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - T12N, R9W, Sections 11, 12, 14, and 15. La Jara Mesa north of Grants, NM.
Puerco Landscape Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/10/2017 
Expected:01/2019
 
03/2019 Shawn Martin
505-346-3856
samartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Increase watershed resiliency by reestablishing and restoring forest structure and pattern, health, fire regime, vegetation composition and diversity of forest ecosystems to conditions within the natural range of variability and desired conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50987
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The eastern edge of project is located area about 1 mile southwest of Coolidge, NM, and encompasses the western portion of the Zuni Mountains.
Roca Honda LLC Project - Exploration and Mine Development
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/15/2013
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2018 
Expected:12/2018
 
02/2019 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to develop and conduct underground uranium mining operations on Roca Honda Resources LLC mining claims on and near Jesus Mesa with a surface disturbance area of 183 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=18431
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - McKinley. LEGAL - T. 13N., R 8W., Sections 9 and 10. Approximately 3 miles northwest of San Mateo, New Mexico.
Sacred Winds Fiber Optic Line Install
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:12/2018  01/2019 Zachary Parsons
505-346-3818
zparsons@fs.fed.us 
Description: To install approximately 8 miles of fiber optic line along the powerline corridor on the Mt. Taylor side of the District, along the PNM and Continental Divide Electric Power line road.
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. LEGAL - Section 16/21 in Township 13 North, Range 7 West. Along the powerline right-of-way for approximately 3 1/2 miles then transitioning in Section 16/21 in Township 13 North, Range 7 West to and along Forrest Road 239 and 192 for ap.
Uranium Exploration Drilling
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to approve multiple Plans of Operations for exploratory drilling to determine the extent of uranium deposits in several areas on the mesas surrounding Mt. Taylor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33948
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola, McKinley. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Several locations including San Mateo Mesa and La Jara Mesa northeast of Grants, NM.
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Cibola National Forest,   Mountainair Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Capilla Collaborative Forest Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:12/2018  12/2018 Aaron Johnson
505-281-3304 ext. 127
aaronjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will implement restoration treatments such as thinning to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire by reducing fuels on the remaining unburned forested watershed in the central Manzano Mountains.
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Torrance. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township 5 North; Range 5 East; Sections 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 33.
M&E Phase II Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/28/2018  03/2019 Diane Tafoya
505-346-3809
dtafoya@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service has received a Plan of Operations from Tierra Rara LLC exploration mining company to conduct an exploration drill project for Rare Earth Element (REE) minerals (Cerium, Lanthanum and Neodymium) in Lincoln County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53630
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - Township 1 South, Range 11 East; section 27. Approximately 11 miles (mi.) southwest of Corona, NM.
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Cibola National Forest,   Sandia Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Renewal for Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables.
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:11/2018  12/2018 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
eschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to replace an expired permit and issue a 10-year priority special use permit to Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables for guided horseback riding.
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Armijo area trails on the Sandia Ranger District.
Sandia Soaring Association Improvements to Sandia Peak Launch CE
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/02/2018 
Expected:09/2018
 
10/2018 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
eschuster@fs.fed.us 
Description: Making Improvements to the existing Sandia Launch
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Not applicable- Just north of Sandia Peak Tram Upper Terminal.
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