Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2020 to 03/31/2020
Cibola 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, Cibola National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Cibola National Forest,  BLACK KETTLE NG RANGER DISTRICT (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)

R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Northern New Mexico Riparian, Aquatic, and Wetland Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/04/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
09/2020 Joshua Hall
505-438-5430
joshua.hall@usda.gov 
Description: The Forest Service proposes to restore riparian, aquatic, and wetland habitat on the Carson, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Kiowa Grasslands in New Mexico by implementing a variety of restoration activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56975
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units, Mount Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, Sandia Ranger District, Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands, Mountainair Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Cibola, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Cibola, Carson, and Santa Fe National Forests and Kiowa National Grasslands.
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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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/09/2019
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2020 
Expected:12/2020
 
01/2021 Sarah Browne
505-346-3812
sarah.browne@usda.gov 
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.
Mineral Withdrawal of Zuni Fleabane Habitat
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/10/2012
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
10/2020 Andrea Chavez
5053463818
Andrea.Chavez@usda.gov 
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 - Mount Taylor Ranger District, 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.
USAF Training Area
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/21/2013 
Expected:06/2020
 
06/2020 Zachary Parsons
505-346-3871
zachary.parsons@usda.gov 
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 NG RANGER DISTRICT (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Kettle Fish Habitat Improvement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Todd Stewart
580-497-2143
tcstewart@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve fish habitat by adding fish structures to man-made lakes within the Black Kettle District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55333
Location: UNIT - Black Kettle National Grassland. STATE - Oklahoma, Texas. COUNTY - Roger Mills, Gray, Hemphill. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Unit-Black Kettle Ranger District State- OK/TX Manmade ponds and lakes located across the district.
Northfork Electrical Coop, Inc., Powerline CE
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/03/2018 
Expected:03/2020
 
03/2020 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permit for rural electrification administration for existing above ground powerlines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54831
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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/01/2018 
Expected:05/2020
 
05/2020 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use authorization for an existing natural gas pipeline.g
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54830
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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/03/2018 
Expected:04/2020
 
04/2020 Tom Smeltzer
580-497-2143
tsmeltzer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue special use permit for rural electrification administration for existing above ground powerlines.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54832
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
Canadian River Crossing Aquatic Organism Passage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/13/2019 
Expected:02/2020
 
02/2020 Kristen Warren
505-842-3436
kristen.warren@usda.gov 
Description: The project objectives are to develop a low-water crossing which allows full passage of aquatic organisms and preserves vehicular access to the public land across the Canadian river as well as maintaining a pool habitat upstream.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55368
Location: UNIT - Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Harding, Mora. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located about 9 miles northwest of Roy, New Mexico in Mills Canyon at the FR-600 crossing on the Canadian River.
RB-35 and K-87 Playa Restoration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/25/2018 
Expected:05/2020
 
12/2020 Kristen Warren
505-842-3436
kristen.warren@usda.gov 
Description: restore hydrologic function and provide wildlife habitat in 2 pitted playas
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53193
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
2nd Entry Burns Corn Canyon Unit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/02/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
02/2020 Kenneth Watkins
575-854-2281
kenneth.watkins@usda.gov 
Description: Conduct a second entry prescribed burn for restoration and maintenance of wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56408
Location: UNIT - Magdalena Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Socorro. LEGAL - The project location is T9S, R5W, Sections 1 - 12, 16 &17; T9S, R6W, Section 1; T8S. The project is located within Management area 13 in Socorro County in the southern area of the San Mateo Mountains.
Baldy Allotment Grazing Authorization
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Grazing management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2020 
Expected:09/2020
 
09/2020 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.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  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:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/20/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
03/2020 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 01/2021 
Expected:05/2021
 
06/2021 Jenna Padilla
505-346-3840
jenna.padilla@usda.gov 
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  Completed  Actual: 12/18/2019  01/2020 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54299
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.
Serna Pasture Riparian Enhancement Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/15/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
03/2020 Consuelo Lemaire
505-287-8833
clemaire@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow for and promote recovery of the Shush Ken Histosol Fen, the improvement of riparian characteristics in the headwaters of Bluewater creek, improvement of habitat for Rio Grande sucker (Catostomus plebeius) and the Rio Grande chub (Gila pandora).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56970
Location: UNIT - Mount Taylor Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Cibola. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township 11 North; Range 13 West; Sections 16, 17, 20, and 21. The analysis is located in Cibola County in New Mexico.
Uranium Exploration Drilling
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  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
Corona Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/01/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
04/2021 Aaron Johnson
505-281-3304 ext. 127
aaronjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will restore the forest ecosystem and reduce fuel loadings on the Gallinas Unit of the Mountainair District. The treatments are needed to reduce the potential of uncharacteristic wildfires to protect the Community of Corona.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56916
Location: UNIT - Mountainair Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Lincoln. LEGAL - T1S, R11E, Sec. 10-15 and 22-27; T1S, R12E, 7,18-19, and 30. Project are is in the southern portion of the Gallinas Unit of the Mountainair Ranger District in Lincoln County, New Mexico, near the Village of Corona.
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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
Bernalillo Schools Fiber Optic Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/17/2019  12/2019 Antonio Garcia
505-281-3304 #128
antonio.s.garcia@usda.gov 
Description: Project proposed to place fiber optic cable within the south right-of-way of NM 165. By plow, trench and bore method; project enters Forest Service right-of-way south of NM 165%u2019s Mile post 2.75 and exits the right-of-way at mile post 4.09.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56410
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T12N, R4E. Section 1, 2. Right-of-way south of NM 165%u2019s Mile post 2.75 and exits the right-of-way at mile post 4.09.
Casa Loma Lot 1 Well Replacement CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2020 
Expected:07/2020  07/2020 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
elke.schuster@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal from the Casa Loma Lot 1 recreation residence holder to replace their well that went dry.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57397
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T10N, R5E, Sec 10. Lot 1 of the Casa Loma Recreation Residence tract is located approximately 1 mile west of State Hwy 14 North off Casa Loma Road.
Installation and Maintenance of a Micrometeorological Station CE
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Research and Development 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2020 
Expected:04/2020  04/2020 Elke Schuster
505-281-3304 Ext. 110
elke.schuster@usda.gov 
Description: New permit to UNM researcher to take over an existing weather station operated by USGS and replace some of the equipment for the purpose of monitoring meteorological conditions including snow depth for hydrological and groundwater recharge.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57398
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T11N, R5E, Sec 5. The existing micrometeorological station that will be acquired and modified is located near the 10K South trailhead, outside of designated Wilderness.
Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Renewal for Cedar Crest Country Cottage & Stables.
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47996
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Armijo area trails on the Sandia Ranger District.
Sandia Peak Ski Area Mountain Coaster
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/07/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2020 
Expected:02/2021
 
03/2021 Crystal Powell
505-281-3304 x5117
crystal.powell@usda.gov 
Description: Construction of a mountain coaster by Sandia Peak Ski Area(SPSA). In 2017 SPSA modified their master plan with conceptual long term operations including year-round recreational uses outlined in 2011 Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act.
Web Link:  https://sandiapeak.com/future-mountain-coaster/
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within SPSA permitted area in Sections 4-6, 8, 9, T11N R5E, NM Principal Meridian.
Sandia Trails Improvements CE
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2019 
Expected:07/2020
 
07/2020 Kerry Wood
505-281-3304 ext. 5107
kwood@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve & expand non-motorized dispersed recreation opportunities (trails) w/construction,designation,relocation,decommissioning of trails.Install barriers,rehabilitation/closure activities to limit degradation from vehicles at informal parking areas
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55336
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo, Sandoval. LEGAL - T10N., R5E. Sections 3, 10, T11N., R5E. Sections 3-6, 8-15, 22-23, 26-27, 34, T12N., R5E. Sections 5-7, 27-35, T12N., R5E. Sections 1-3, 10-12. Unit-Sandia Ranger District.
UNM KNME Tower Replacement
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/24/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
01/2020 Antonio Garcia
505-281-3304 #128
antonio.s.garcia@usda.gov 
Description: KNME-TV is requesting permission to amend existing permit to remove their current tower and replace with a new 140%u2019 self-supporting tower south of their building on Sandia Crest Communication Site. No additional uses, no change to tower height.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56409
Location: UNIT - Sandia Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Bernalillo. LEGAL - T11N, R5E. Section 6. New location within permitted area south of UNM KNME building on Sandia Crest Communication Site.
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