Carson National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

14D Mountain Bike Trail

Construction of 3.2 miles of flow track mountain bike trail within the special use permit boundary of Taos Ski Valley (TSV).

Comanche Creek Horse Pasture

Establish a horse pasture to improve range management activities, app. 100 acres in size. Pasture fence would be located outside of the riparian and would include a water gap for watering horses. Pasture would include a level pad for parking trailers

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail- Martinez Canyon and Hopewell Lake Trailheads

Develop two trailheads to access the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. One would be located at Martinez Canyon on the Canjilon Ranger District. One would be located at Hopewell Lake on the Tres Piedras Ranger District.

Coriz Driveway Special Use Permit

Special Use Permit issuance for a right of way for a driveway to access private land and for installation of utilities, primarily over existing two-track.

Eppie Quintana Private Road Access SUP

Authorize access to a parcel of private land using an existing route through National Forest System lands.

La Fragua Canyon Public Access

The Forest Service proposes changes to the travel management status of several road segments to address public motorized vehicle access constraints which have arisen from private land road closures in the La Fragua Canyon area.

Rio Costilla Habitat Improvement

Enhance existing aquatic habitat by replacing non-functional in-stream log structures with bank-stabilizing rocks, rock sills, deeper in-stream pools, gravel bars of native materials, and other habitat improvement structures.

Sipapu Ski Area 2017 Improvements

Construction of a new 2,200'-long ski trail, including tree-clearing and grading; improvement and widening of existing 'Wormwood Traverse' trail; and installation of a 30'-diameter children's ski school yurt and associated gas and electric utilities.

Under Analysis

2016 New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Habitat Stamp Program Projects

The Forest Service proposes to construct 4 new, relocate 1, decommission 2, and maintain and implement improvements to 23 existing wildlife water developments. Install stream barbs and riparian enclosures within Carrizo/CompaƱero Canyon.

Carson National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan

Revision of the 1986 Carson National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to update plan direction

Forest-wide Outfitter-Guide Permit Issuance

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.

Highway 150 Corridor Wildland Urban Interface

Reduce hazardous fuel levels and improve forest health on approx. 2,000 acres of National Forest managed land along the corridor of New Mexico State Highway 150, leading to the Village of Taos Ski Valley. There will be no treatments in wilderness.

Kiowa-San Cristobal Wildland Urban Interface

A wildland urban interface project that will reduce existing hazardous fuel conditions and improve habitat, range, and resource conditions over approximately 9,000 acres.

Red River Ski Area Multi-Season Improvement

Ski trail grading and widening; installation of gladed terrain, an interpretive hiking trail, a mountain biking trail, and additional snowmaking infrastructure. Proposed improvements are within the ski area's existing special use permit boundary.

Rio Trampas

A project to improve forest and watershed health on lands managed by the Camino Real RD. Provide fuelwood and forest products to local communities.

Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio Landscape Restoration Project

The objective is to conserve and restore the Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio landscape in order to increase forest ecosystem sustainability and resiliency to natural disturbances such as drought and climatic variability, insects, disease, fire and wind

Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project

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.

Taos Ski Valley Gazex Avalanche Mitigation System Installation

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.

Tri-State Taos to Black Lake Transmission Line Access

Approval of 2010 proposed plan, including access across NFS lands. *This project was previously named "Tri State Transmission Line Vegetation Management Plan". Vegetation management within the transmission line right-of-way has been dropped.*

Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline

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.

Analysis Completed

Citizens Ditch Diversion

A water control structure (headgate) is proposed to be installed across the Red River at the Questa Citizens Ditch Association's point of diversion.

Rio Costilla Terminal Fish Barrier

A 98.4-foot-wide permanent fish passage barrier is proposed along Rio Costilla. Connected actions include the realignment of approximately 850 feet of Forest Road 1950, and the installation of riprap to control erosion.

Tio Gordito Restoration Project

Improve resiliancy and restore desired conditions in ponderosa pine forests using mechanical treatments and prescribed burning.

On Hold

New Mexico Gas Company Authorization

Issue to a new owner a special use authorization for existing gas distribution improvements, and analyze the installation of additional pipeline through the National Forest in the Red River area and minor improvements to existing infrastructure.

Pedro and Lorraine Trujillo Expired SUP

Re-issue an expired special use permit for an acequia.

Sagebrush Habitat Improvement Project

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.

Santos Grazing Allotment

Permit adjustment of season of use. *Project placed on hold due to comments received during comment period.*


Canjilon Water Association

The project is the reissuance of an expired special use permit. *This project has been incorporated into the Forest-wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Uses Permits (project #46809). This individual project entry is cancelled.*

Cebolla Water Association

The project is a reissuance of an expired special use permit. *This project has been incorporated into the Forest-Wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Uses Permits (project #46809). This individual project entry is cancelled.*

Lama Communication Site Authorization

Issue authorizations for existing facilities. *This project has been incorporated into the Forest-wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Uses Permits (project #46809). This individual project entry is cancelled.*

San Cristobal Treatment Center Guiding Authorization

*This project has been cancelled due to lack of interest from the original proponent.*

WPX Energy Production, LLC Water Pipeline and Buried Electrical System

The Forest Service is proposing to authorize WPX Energy Production, LLC (WPX) to construct, operate, and maintain a salt water disposal pipeline and buried electrical transmission system.

Project Archive

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