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).

Forest-wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Use Permits

Reissue approximately 35 expired or expiring long-term permits for land uses on the Carson National Forest. There will be no change to the facilities or activities authorized in the permits.

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 9,670 acres.

Under Analysis

2015 Green Fuelwood Areas

Four green fuelwood cutting areas near communities to meet local need. Valid permit holders would be authorized to cut and remove marked fuelwood or other forest products.

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.

Ancones Mutual Domestic Water and Waste Water Consumers Association Tank

Installation and use of one 40,000 gal (18 ft dia, 20 ft tall) welded steel storage tank, including 490 ft of 3 inch inlet and 6 inch outlet underground piping, re-enforced concrete foundation, and 15 ft access on either side of water line trench.

Bull-of-the-Woods Connector Trail

A 435' pedestrian trail is proposed to connect the eastern parking area of Taos Ski Valley with the Bull-of-the-Woods trailhead.

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.

CC Culver Private Road Special Use Permit

This project is a roadway ingress/egress to a private inholding. The access is approximately .21 miles on National Forest Lands. The project is located near La Madera, NM.

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.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail-Martinez Canyon and Mesa de Las Viejas

Complete the re-route analysis for the last two segments of the CDT on the Canjilon Ranger District.

Deer Creek Complex Allotment Drift Fence

Construction of a 1,750-foot-long drift fence across the Deer Creek Complex and Goose Creek Allotment boundary to inhibit livestock moving onto private land adjoining the Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture.

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

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.

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Palo Flechado Pass Fiber Optic Installation

Underground installation of fiber optic line along approximately 1.7 miles of US Highway 64, ending near Palo Flechado Pass. The line will connect service from Taos to the community of Angel Fire.

Red River Ski Area Green Chairlift Replacement and Fuel Storage Project

Replacement of Red River Ski Area's existing 37-year-old Green Chairlift with a new chairlift in a more efficient alignment. Also installation on a concrete pad of a 6,000-gallon fuel tank in the Red River Ski Area maintenance yard.

Red River Town Park Restoration

Installation of in-stream structures and other measures to improve fish habitat in a 0.5-mile section of the Red River. A special use permit is also proposed to expand the paved trail of Red River Town Park and to install ADA-compliant fishing piers.

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.

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.

Taos Ski Valley Sutton Place Utility Installation and Culvert Replacement

To install gas, electric, communication, sewer, and stormwater lines in a joint utility trench within the roadbed of Sutton Place. Also to remove four existing substandard culverts under Sutton Place and to replace them with three larger culverts.

Tio Gordito Restoration 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.*

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

Chambers Road Association Proposal

Issue a special use permit to improve and maintain an existing two-track route (400 ft long) accessing a private inholding.

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.

Laguna Seca, Valencia, and Vaqueros Grazing Allotments

Grazing management and re-authorization of term grazing permits.

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.

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.*

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.


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.*

Project Archive

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