Schedule of Proposed Actions

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


Proposal is to perform timber stand improvement and prescribed burning to improve range and wildlife habitat and reduce natural fuels.

High Mesa Trail

Conversion of FS Administrative Rd. 869 to ATV Trail. Proposed trail would end at intersection of FS Trail 225. Seasonal closure restrictions.

Mt. Emmons Groundwater and Associated Data Investigation

Gather baseline hydro-geologic information sufficient to develop and run groundwater modelling.

Reissue expiring permit for spring development - Peck

Issue a special use permit to replace an expiring permit for spring development located east of US Highway 550, north of Ouray.

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.

Under Analysis

Bureau of Reclamation Weather Station permit re-issuance

Re-issue permit for 4 existing weather stations.

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

Grand Mesa Metropolitan District #2 Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a special use permit for approximately 1500 feet of 6-inch pipeline to transport backwash water from the water treatment facility at Powderhorn Ski Area to private property because of change in name of operating entity.

Gray Head Communications Site Permit Reissuance

Reissue the Special Use Permit for the existing Gray Head Communications Site.

Hillside of Telluride HOA Permit Renewal

Reissuance of a special use permit to Hillside of Telluride HOA for their existing domestic water facilities located on NFS lands.

Hunter Reservoir Enlargement

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

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

Manzo Private Road Easement

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

Mesa Point Fuels Reduction

Remove hazardous fuels (live & dead) adjacent to the Mesa Point Communications facilities.

Mika Ag FLPMA Private Road Special Use Permit

Authorize landowner use of existing driveways accessing private land on Uncompahgre Plateau.

Milk Creek Trail Project

Construction of approx. ½ mile of new trail to relocate trail off of private land and to ford Marshall Creek in order to avoid an unsafe bridge.

Pine Mountain Fence

Pine Mountain Fence: Proposes to authorize construction of 1.0 miles of range fence for livestock management purposes on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Poughkeepsie inactive mine safety closure project.

Physical safety closures of 13 adits and shafts on NFS Land on Poughkeepsie Gulch area, south of Ouray, east of Hwy 550.

Qwest Phone Lines

Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.

Skyrocket Creek Diversion SUP

Issue Special Use Permit to City of Ouray for Skyrocket Creek diversion structure.

Southwest Colorado Television Translator Assoc. Permit Reissuance

Reissue the Communications Site Lease to Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association for Lot No. 9 in the Raspberry Communications Site.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

Approximately 300,000 acres of forest have experienced mortality from insects and disease agents over the past decade. This planning effort will allow us to act adaptively, proactively and efficiently to changing forest health conditions.

Swamp Canyon Road Permit

Issue Special Use road permit for motorized access on an exiting road and trail in Swamp Canyon

Thistledown Property Private Road Easement transfer and bridge alignment change

Transfer a private road easement to Rockbiter Corp and amend the easement for a change in bridge alignment over Canyon Creek.

Town of Mountain Village Waterline Extension Project

The Town of Mountain Village has requested the Forest Service amend their existing special use permit for the expansion of the proposed waterline to provide better water flow to the community for domestic and fire protection purposes.

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 Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. is proposing to rebuild the existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone 115-kV transmission line to operate at 230-kV. The BLM is the lead agency and the Forest Service is a cooperating agency.

Trout Lake Domestic Water System

Reissue permit for existing domestic water facilities which include: Three 12 inch diameter wooden tanks, 365 feet of buried 2 inch water pipeline and 430 feet of access road.

Wilson Peak Land Exchange

Non-federal Parties propose to convey five separate parcels of non-federal land containing a total of approximately 681 acres to the United States in exchange for four federal properties containing a total of approximately 303 acres of equal value.

Analysis Completed

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

FEIS evaluates the potential effects of alternative programs for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Nationa Forests; amend the Forest Plan, and provide

Anthracite Creek Trail Bridge (previously Kebler Wagon Trail Project)

Install/construct 50'x6' trail bridge over Ruby-Anthracite Creek on the Paonia Ranger District extending NFST #606 to the west towards Horseranch Park

Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project

This project will provide forest management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.

Crested Butte Ranger Station Administrative Site Sale

The GMUG NF is proposing to put up the Crested Butte Administrative Site for competitive sale in 2014. The .359 acre property was purchased by warranty deed in 1937. The 125 x 125 foot property consists of five lots within the Town of Crested Butte.

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.

Grand Mesa Christian Assoc. Expansion

Writing for plans for requested improvements. A new permit needs to be in place to replace the current construction permit.

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

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

Matterhorn and Trout Lake Nordic Parking Projects

Proposal to construct a new 30-space Nordic parking area at the Matterhorn-Priest Lake Ski Trailhead and to expand parking at the Trout Lake Ski Trailhead

Paonia District Restoration Project 2014

Restoration of site conditions on 6 closed nonsystem routes including recontouring, ripping, seeding, and water bars or similar; removal of two nonfunctioning culverts on a system trail.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Washington Gulch Winter Recreation Management

Re-issuance of Forest Order #2006-04 addressing winter recreation in the Washington Gulch area.

On Hold

Alvarez Easement

Access to private land near Sargents, CO

Blanche Park Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation

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

Collbran Development, Inc., Sewer Line Special Use Permit

Issuance of a special use permit for an existing sewer line crossing the Collbran Job Corps Center lands.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition

Relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail off of Forest Service roads. Proposed trail location is at or near the actual divide. Up to 3 trail heads will be constructed along the new section of trail.

Floresta Snowplowing

Issue SUP authorizing snowplowing from Kebler Pass Rd, CR12, to Floresta on Ohio Pass Rd, NFSR 730, approx 3,000'. Plowing to be done on shoulder seasons when Kebler Pass Rd is plowed by the County.

FLPMA Road Easements/Permits

Authorize access to private inholdings on the Uncompahgre National Forest. Strole-existing Trail # 149 provides historic access to private land on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

North Uncompahgre Trail Development

The Grand Valley Ranger District has received a proposal, including a map of proposed routes, from the Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle club to add trail routes on the North End of the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Oil and Gas Leasing Revision

Revise 1993 Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing EIS decision to address changed conditions, revised leasing stipulations, and land availability.

Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.

Priest Lake Improvement Project

Priest Lake Dam Reconstruction

Sky Rocket Creek Small Tracts Act (STA)

Convey to City of Ouray mineral fractions at Sky Rocket Creek and adjacent to city property near the City Hotsprings Pool.

Special Use Permits/Reissuance

No physical changes: Zimmerman,Crawford Mesa Water Assoc,Charles Masner, Beach/Chapman, Sims, Slyzuik, West Elk Ranch,

Spring Creek Reservoir Flume And/Or Gauging Station

Installation of flume and/or gauging station downstream from the dam.

Trickel Park Road Improvement Project

Re-condition the surface of Trickel Park Road # 121 from Alexander Lake Lodge to the North Forest Boundary. Includes one mile of new pavement from the intersection with FDR #123 to East Crag Crest Trailhead


Decommissioning of Hell's Hole

Decommissioning of Hell's Hole a user created ATV route. We would propose to use a small trail dozer to create effective cross drainage, restore eroded gullies, and obscure the route.

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
Attn:  Engineering
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
remote phone: 406-329-3163

Tim Stroope
Environmental Coordinator
GMUG National Forest
2250 Hwy 50
Delta, Colorado, 81416
(970) 874-6649