Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Forest publishers a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the GMUG National Forest.

Projects not included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Legal Notices of Projects not included in (PALS): Notice of Opportunity to Comment

The Forest Projects section below lists projects included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Bonham Winter Trailhead

Project involves the improvement and/or possible relocation of the Bonham Winter Trailhead to increase parking, improve traffic flow and address safety concerns.

Colorado Public Broadcasting Communication Use Lease Amendment

Forest Service proposed to amend the existing communications use lease held by Colorado Public Broadcasting to allow installation of a propane tank and back up generator at the Mesa Point Communications Site.

East Fork Spring Creek Private Road Permit

Issue a special use road permit to a road users association for use of closed NFSR 536.2A to access private land.

Under Analysis

Blanche Park Reservoir Dam Reconstruction Project

Issuance of short-term special use permit for rebuilding of existing dam and construction of access route.

CBMBA Fat Bike Grooming

Proposal to groom 37.3 total miles of trail for multiple winter uses. Including 9.4 m. in the Mt. Crested Butte areas of N. Village, Gothic and CBMR; 9.9 m. in the Brush Creek area; and 18 m. in the Cement Creek drainage.

Cold Springs Ranger Station Improvement

Project is to make improvements and repairs on buildings and infrastructure associated with the Cold Springs Ranger Station. Project involves upgrading the water system, installation of a solar system and a variety of maintenance items on cabins.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements

CBMR has formally requested site-specific review and analysis under NEPA procedures for elements of the Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Forest Service in 2013. See item 23 for more information.

Cunningham Ditch Reconstruction

Reconstruction of Cunningham Ditch will consist of relocating the ditch's head gate, reestablishing flow through a slightly altered ditch location, piping through spots to allow continuous flow and cleaning and clearing existing ditch.

Divide Salvage

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Enlargement of Monument No. 1 and Hunter Reservoirs

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232

The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLand’s existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.

Gateway Canyon Resort-Outfitter and Guide Permit

Gateway Canyons Resort has requested a priority use permit to conduct outfitter and guide trips on specific Forest system roads and trails on the Uncompahgre National Forest. Commercial activities proposed are day hikes, fishing and jeep tours.

Graham/Williams SUPs

Road access to private residences on an existing road and administrative road, NFSR 7578.2D.

Henkel Trust - Access Road (from CR 763)

Application for access to private land over existing driveway connecting to CR 763.

Jobe Road SUP Reissuance

Reissue expired Private Road Easement to Hutch Jobe, son of prior easement holder John Jobe.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.

Lang - Road SUP

Permit for use of existing Forest Service roads for access to private land. Approximately 1170 feet in length and 30 feet wide on NFSR 765 and 765.3G.

Manzo Private Road Easement

Issue private road easement for existing two track road to private inholding off Spring Creek Rim Road.

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Visitor Use Management Plan

In response to ongoing resource issues and in conformance with the 2002 Forest Plan, the Visitor Use Management Plan addresses implementation strategies to allocate numbers of overnight groups based on the wilderness areas visitor carrying capacity.

Mt. CB Water & San - Pipe Reconfiguration

The reconfiguration and reconstruction of an 8" drinking water line. The portion of pipeline on Forest Service land is approximately 30'. The pipeline is currently under an existing special use permit.

Mt. Emmons Mining Company Road Special Use Permit

Authorize use of an existing roadway on National Forest System lands for access to ranch facilities on private lands.

North Butte Allotment Fence Construction

The proposed action entails constructing 0.85 miles of fence within the North Butte Allotment, tentatively during the summer of 2016. The fence will be a laydown structure in conjunction with following wildlife friendly specifications.

Norwood Nordic Ski Trail Proposal

The Norwood Park and Recreation District proposes to groom 2.3 miles of East Naturita Road (NFRS #642)to provide cross-country skiing opportunities near Norwood,CO

Ohio City - Pitkin Fuels Reduction

The addition of a 31 acre unit to a previous Ohio City - Pitkin Fuels Reduction analysis--creating a fuel break. Treatment of the unit will include: thin ladder fuels below 6 ft., remove trees under 8 in. in diameter, and pile/burn all cut material.

Ouray District SUP re-issuances for expiring permits for spring developments

Issue new special permits to replace expiring permits for Chamberlain spring development in Little Cimarron drainage and for Stephens spring development in Big Cimarron drainage.

Pitkin Travel Proposal

Pitkin Trail Advocates have submitted a proposal to revisit 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management decision regarding specific routes near Pitkin, Colorado.

Qwest Phone Lines

Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Source Gas Special Use Permit Re-issuance.

Re-issue existing permit to new owner for 528 ft. long, 4 inch natural gas distribution pipeline located within Oak Creek Rd.

Special use permit for spring development - Clarkson

Issue a special use permit to Clarkson for spring and pipeline west of Highway 550, north of Red Mountain Pass.

The Nature Connection (Delta County School District) - Outfitter and Guide Permit Proposal

Proposal for a special use authorization on the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre national Forest to conduct a commercial outfitter and guide service. Activities proposed include weekday youth ski tours, backpack trips, and equipment rentals.

Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit

Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line

Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Improvement Project

Tri-State is proposing to upgrade existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone 115-kV transmission line to 230-kV. The BLM is the lead agency and the USFS is cooperating agency. TriState230kVRebuild.htm

Xcel Energy Line Capacity Project - Ute Rife to Collbran Line 3014

The Xcel Enegry line capacity project involves the replacement of five structures, installation of two mid-span structures, and conductor splicing at four structures along line 3014, a 138 kV line linking Ute Rife Substation to Collbran Substation.

Analysis Completed

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

Amended Forest Plan to make lands available for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

Baxter Gulch Trail #565

This project is part of a Public Lands/Private Lands partnership to reconstruct the old Baxter Gulch trail from near the town of Crested Butte to an intersection with the Carbon Trail #436.

Bear Creek Trail Connection

Construction of a new trail segment on NFS lands in Bear Creek drainage(300 feet in length)in order to facilitate completion of a 6-mile trail loop on neighboring non-NFS lands.

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Highway 149 South Salvage Project

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Iron Fen Restoration / Kebler Pass Road Repair

This project will work to restore the ground-water and surface flow hydrology and native vegetation of a portion of the Mt. Emmons Iron Fen that has been impaired by reopening and extending a ditch.


Research project to take air and ground based snowpack measurements. Involves the installation and monitoring of 100-200 transect markers(marked T posts) across the Grand Mesa, as well as scientific instruments at several US Forest Service facilities

Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.

PSC of Colorado - NFSR 888

New construction of 6,655 Ln. Ft. of underground electric distribution cable within existing flow lanes of NFSR 888. Cable area will be 10 Ft. in width, buried to a depth of 24-36 inches. Cable will be open trenched and/or plowed into place.

Reissuing 10 Year Special Use Outfitter / Guide Priority Permits

Adventure Experiences Inc; Gunnison Country Guide Services; JKM Enterprises; Quarter Circle Circle Ranch; Quaking Aspen Outfitters; The Roberts Corporation (Harmels Ranch Resort); Mineral Mountain Guide and Outfitters; and Pierce Brothers Outfitters

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

7/5/16 - Final Decision signed. To stay involved and informed of implementation activities, see the SBEADMR IMPLEMENTATION WEBSITE (currently under construction):

Telluride Snowmobile Adventures Base Camp Proposal

Proposal by Telluride Snowmobile Adventures, an existing Forest Service Outfitter-Guide, to move his snowmobile base camp to a location on NFS lands immediately north of the FSR 632/Hwy 145 intersection.

Thistledown Small Tracts Act Land Exchange

Rockbiter Corporation has made an application to exchange lands with the United States Forest Service under the authority of the Small Tracts Act. The exchange contains approximately 25 acres of National Forest for 125 acres of private lands.

Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Line Geotechnical testing

Twenty-one core holes would be drilled on the Ouray and Norwood Ranger Districts along existing transmission line. Holes would be drilled from rubber-tired rig and would be 20 to 30 feet deep and six inches in diameter.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Willow Creek Bridge #1 and #2 Replacements

Replace structurally deficient Willow Creek Bridge #1 on NFSR 765 approximately 1.85 miles east of NFSR 742 and Willow Creek Bridge #2 (approximately 3.25 miles east of FS Road 742)at the existing bridge locations and move utilities from bridges.

On Hold

Axia Energy II, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion

Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265). Ownership change 9/2016.

Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project

Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.


City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

Amend existing special use permit for City's Domestic Water System in Canyon Creek to remove facilities no longer in existence and to add new facilities

Pearson (Dennis) - Existing Road NFSR 764

Application for access over existing two-track road. NFSR 764.

Porter Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing a spring development and approximately 453 feet of water transmission line. The waterline delivers domestic water to the permittee's private property along Tomichi Creek near Whitepine.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.

Key Contacts

NEPA Program Managers

Niccole Mortenson
Northern Region
Federal Building
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
remote phone: 406-329-3163