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).

Commnet Wireless LLC Communication Site Leases

Issue communication facility authorizations to Commnet Wireless LLC at the Sawmill Mountain, Lama, and San Antonio Mountain communication sites.

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.

Eppie Quintana Private Road Access SUP

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

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

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.

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.

Martinez Acequia Secondary Inlet Structure

Proposed installation of a water control structure (headgate) to control erosion, divert water into the Martinez acequia, and return excess water to its historic channel. Installation includes steel wingwalls and weir, gabion baskets, and rip-rap.

Pedro and Lorraine Trujillo Expired SUP

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

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

San Antonio Mountain Communication Site Lease Taos County

Transfer communication site lease for existing facilities from the current lease holder, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, to the government of Taos County.

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

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 Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Use Permits

Reissue 24 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.

Picuris Peak Communication Site Lease

Issue communication site authorizations to existing users on Picuris Peak following the Miranda Canyon area land acquisition.

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.

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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