Carson National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

Canjilon Lakes Forest Health and Sanitation Project

The purpose of this project is to reduce the risk to human life and safety in the Canjilon Lakes recreation area. There is a need to reduce the risk of hazard trees from falling on recreationists and structures throughout the campgrounds.

El Rito Canyon Landscape Restoration Project

To move ecological conditions in El Rito Canyon to desired conditions, improve forest health and resilience, and reduce potential wildfire hazard to wildland urban interface (WUI) area containing the community of El Rito on approximately 62,000 acres

Energen Resources Corporation Oil and Gas Production Facility Special Use Authorization

The Forest Service is proposing to issue a special use permit to Energen Resources Corporation (Energen)for the purpose of occupying National Forest System lands to drill four off lease natural gas wells by expanding an existing Energen well pad.

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.

Rio Trampas

A collaborative project to improve forest and watershed health on lands managed by the Camino Real RD, Carson NF; BLM, Taos Field Office; and Picuris Pueblo within the Rio Trampas watershed. Provide fuelwood and forest products to local communities.

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.

Tio Gordito Project

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

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.*

Upper Bitter Creek Project

Project will address forest and watershed health issues, improvements to wildlife habitat, provide traditional use forest products, maintain heathy vegetation characteristics that allow resistance to wildfire, insect and disease outbreaks. This project was reversed on appeal; additional analysis and a new decision is required. This project has been placed on hold.

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.

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.

Analysis Completed

Big Horn Mountain / Stateline

Thin trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, and use prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels on approx. 600 acres. This is a joint project with the Rio Grande National Forest which will issue a decision for the remaining 3,100 acre

Laguna Seca, Valencia, and Vaqueros Grazing Allotments

Grazing management and re-authorization of term grazing permits.

Taos Ski Valley's 2010 Master Development Plan - Phase 1 Proposed Projects

On August 23, 2012, the Forest Service authorized Taos Ski Valley to develop 2 new chairlifts, 2 new gladed runs, a snowtubing area, mtn biking & snowshoeing trails, & a new drop-off at the base area, as well as, replace 3 chairlifts & reconfigure several parking lots within its current special use permit boundary. A Notice of Availability for the draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2012. See below for documents prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Travel Management on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest

On September 27, 2013 Forest Supervisor Juan E. (Buck) Sanchez signed the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Travel Management on the Camino Real Ranger District. The legal notice of availability was published on October 31, 2013. See below for documents prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

On Hold

Lama Communication Site Authorization

Issue authorizations for existing facilities including re-issuing expired authorizations and analyzing and potentially authorizing improvements installed without prior authorization. Site is designated for these uses in the Carson Forest Plan.

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.

San Cristobal Treatment Center Guiding Authorization

Issue a prioirty use permit to an existing guiding business currently operating under a temporary use permit. The service consists of day and overnight backpacking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing trips.

Santos Grazing Allotment

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


Canjilon Recreation Sites Improvement Project

Construction of group shelter in Canjilon Lakes and Echo Amphitheater and replacement of toilets, picnic tables, and grills at Canjilon and Trout Lakes campgrounds.

Ghost Ranch Trails (Kitchen Mesa, Chimney Rock, Box Canyon)

Construct/Reconstruct user create trails adjacent to Ghost Ranch Education Retreat Center. Trailheads are located on private property, with the majority of the trails on NFS lands.

Romero Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

Felling and removal of trees in addition to prescribed burning on approx 1,300 ac. to improve wildlife habitat and forest health. Project area is comprised of primarily ponderosa pine with pinyon pine and juniper. **Note: changed to EA**

Project Archive

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