Projects

The Projects page shows current and proposed projects on the Rio Grande National Forest for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more. Projects on the Rio Grande National Forest follow guidelines under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This was signed into law on January 1, 1970.

Photo of Forest Service employees reviewing paperwork.Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection, and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a forest or grassland ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction, and determines effects that might require a change in the management plan.

 

BAER

Burned Area Emergency Response - West Fork Fire Complex

 

Decisions

Environmental Assessment for Watershed and Fisheries Treatments

 

National Visitor Use Monitoring

The Rio Grande National Forest will be involved with an on-going national forest survey, referred to as National Visitor User Monitoring, beginning October 1, 2014 until September 30, 2015.

 

Policies & Legislation

Local, regional, and national policies, agreements, and legislation guide our priorities and procedures. Many of our regulations are explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Projects are planned to meet objectives of special programs and policies, such as the following:

·        Payments to states

·        Roadless area conservation

 

Rio Grande National Forest Abandoned Mine Closure Project

Legal Notice

Stony Pass Map

Beartown Map

Wolf Creek Map

Blue Creek Map

Shallow Creek Map

Windy Gulch Map

Spar City Map

 

Travel Management

Motor Vehicle Use Map

Forest Roads Analysis

BLM Public Access Maps

Proposed Windy Point Motorized Closure  

Legal Notice  

Map

 

Willow Lake Trailhead Improvement Project

Scoping letter

Environmental Assessment

Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact

   

Wolf Creek Ski Area Master Development Plan

Master Development Plan documents.

For information concerning individual proposed projects please see "Wolf Creek Ski Area 2013/2014 Improvement Projects" below

Rio Grande National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Under Analysis

8- DIVIDE RANGER DISTRICT RECREATION SPECIAL USES

EIGHT RECREATION EVENT PROPOSALS CREEDE MOUNTAIN RUN SOUTH FORK MUSHROOM FORAY CREEDE OHV POKER RUN HARDROCK 100 PIEDRA BOWHUNTERS TARGET RANGE SHOOTS UTE CUP TRIALS LAND ROVER REC EVENT ROUNDUP RIDERS OF THE ROCKIES HORSE EVENT

ALAMO HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION DOMESTIC WATER PIPELINE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A SPECIAL USE PERMIT REAUTHORIZING AN EXISTING DOMESTIC WATER PIPELINE SYSTEM THAT ORIGINATES ON FOREST SERVICE LANDS.

Bear Creek Emergency Egress

Proposal to elevate a gully crossing between Bear Creek and Sheep Creek Subdivision for emergency egress for vehicles.

BRISTOL ELECTRONIC SITE TECHNOLOGIES, PERMIT REISSUANCE

PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A NEW SPECIAL USE PERMIT AT THE SAME ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SITE FOR THE SAME INFRASTRUCTURE ALREADY IN PLACE, PLUS 2 NEW (1,000 GALLON) PROPANE TANKS (ON CONCRETE BLOCKS) AND 1 NEW SOLAR PANEL PEDESTAL.

Cat Creek Water Well

A water well will be drilled in the vicinity of Cat Creek, which is located north of Terrace Reservoir. The water will be pumped into a storage tank with a gravity flow to drinkers.

CDOT Gravel Pit at La Manga Pass

he Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) is planning to evaluate the environmental impacts of a mineral materials free use permit for the Colorado Department of Transportation at the site that they are illegally occupying along La Manga Pass.

CDOT Gravel Storage Area

CDOT will be applying for a permit to continue to use an existing storage area on La Manga Pass. The existing site is for gravel and waste rock storage related to maintenance of Highway 17.

CDot Permit Renewals - La Manga and Wolf Creek Workshop & Storage Areas

CDot will be applying in early 2012 to renew two special use permits: La Manga workshop and storage area; Wolf Creek workshop and storage area.

CDoT Remediation Wells

CDoT will be applying for a permit for existing groundwater monitoring & remediation wells, and drill possibly more wells,on Wolf Creek Pass. The wells are to remediate an existing dissolved-phase petroleum hydrocarbon plume related to their facility

Changing Status of FSR 380.6a

Proposal to change status from Level I maintenance to Level II maintenance and possibly open the road for public use.

Cottonwood Trail to Liberty Trailhead

To eliminate inadequate parking and reduce or eliminate private property access issues, the Saguache Ranger District would like to move the trailhead to the more adequate facility at the Liberty Road Trailhead.

Cumbres Vegetation Management Project

proposing to salvage of spruce beetle killed trees in the Trujillo Meadows and Neff Mountain area along with reducing fuels next to private land and protect infrastructure.

DITCH BILL EASEMENTS

The Forest has 87 applications for Ditch Bill Easements. The Forest intends to process at least 25 of these applications in FY05. This action involves authorizing historical facilities that qualify under the Ditch Bill.

Divide District Trails System Maintenance

Proposal is to provide maintenance and minor reconstruction to the Divide District recreational trails system, both motorized and non-motorized.

East Pass Creek Road Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Habitat Improvement Project

The Rio Grande National Forest proposes to change the maintenance and use level of approximately 1 mile segment of Forest Road 781 from open to public motor vehicle use maintenance level 2, to maintenance level 1, closed to motor vehicle use.

Findley Gulch Small Tracts Act

Complete one interchange of approximately 3.1 acres to resolve one encroachment of private residence and compete a sale of approximately 1.32 acres to resolve the second encroachment of a private residence.

Hidden Mile Fence Construction/Reconstruction

Fence reconstruction and new fence construction including floating fence. Fence will be built to wildlife specifications. Permitted cattle will be fenced out of the area to allow for riparian vegetation restoration, habitat enhancement/protection.

Hidden Mile Public Access

Establishment of a small public parking area immediately adjacent to FSR 250 for public fishing access and interpretive signs.

Hidden Mile Rootwad Extraction

Approximately 20 blowdown trees are proposed for removal from the Grouse Creek Timber Sale area for placement into the streambank of the Conejos River as part of the Hidden Mile fish habitat improvement project.

Luders Lodgepole

Treat by using salvage harvest, bark beetle infested lodgepole pine trees in and adjacent to the Luders Campground.

MINERAL COUNTY VISTA GRANDE HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION SIGN PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

VISTA GRANDE HOMEOWNERS ASSOC. ENTRANCE SIGN LOCATED ON FOREST SERVICE PROPERTY - THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE ANOTHER SPECIAL USE PERMIT AUTHORIZING THIS SAME SIGN IN THE SAME LOCATION.

Mogote - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Fence Construction

This project will be the construction of about 1.5 miles of fence and two water gaps into the Conejos River within the Mogote Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just south of the community of Fox Creek.

Platoro fence extension

This project will be the re-construction of ½ mile of fence and the construction of one-quarter mile of new fence construction on the east boundary of the community of Platoro.

RIO GRANDE WATERSHED EMERGENCY ACTION COORDINATION TEAM (RWEACT) RESEARCH

PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW RWEACT TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND MONITORING ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND THE WEST FORK FIRE COMPLEX BURN AREA. THE ACTIVITIES WOULD BE AUTHORIZED OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.

Rito Hondo - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Corral Construction

This project will be the construction of a small horse corral within the Rito Hondo Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just north of the Bighorn Corral on FDR 103.

RUTH BROWN PIPELINE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

CURRENT PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REAUTHORIZE AN EXISTING BURIED WATER PIPELINE THAT MOVES WATER FROM A DIVERSION DAM ON THE ROARING FORK OF GOOSE CREEK, ACROSS FOREST SERVICE LANDS TO HAY PRESS LAKE, LOCATED ON PRIVATE LANDS.

Saguache Park Wells

Contruct two wells for livestock water improvements in the Saguache Park Allotment to provide reliable water for livestock and wildlife.

Sangre de Cristo AML

For public health and safety we will locate and identify abandoned mine portals for closure. Evaluation will include wildlife surveys primarily for bat use, botanical surveys and historical evaluation prior to any closure work being initiated.

SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY CABIN PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE THE PERMIT AUTHORIZING THE VERY SAME EXISTING CABIN TO REMAIN ON PUBLIC LANDS. THIS CABIN IS USED FOR MAINTAINING THE CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM AND ADJACENT IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE.

SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY, CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM ACCESS ROAD PERMIT REISSUANCE.

THE PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE SAME 1/4 OF A MILE LONG, ACCESS ROAD ACROSS NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. THIS IS A ROAD THE RESERVOIR COMPANY USES TO ACCESS THE WORKINGS OF THE CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM.

SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR GRAVEL PIT PERMIT REISSUANCE

THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE THIS PERMIT TO AUTHORIZE THE SAME EXISTING GRAVEL PIT LOCATED ON NATIONAL FOREST LAND AND USED BY THE SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY TO STORE MINERAL MATERIALS.

Schilling Springs water development project

Develop a water source on the Platoro Cattle & Horse Allotment

Schilling Springs Water Well

A water well will be drilled in the vicinity of Schilling Springs, which is located north of Terrace Reservoir. The water will be pumped into a 12,000 gallon storage tank with a gravity flow to drinkers.

Snow Mesa S&G Allotments Analysis

Environmental Analysis for domestic sheep grazing on four domestic sheep and goat allotments.

Spruce Hole Salvage

alvage merchantable trees which are dead, dying, or imminently infested by spruce beetles on up to 250 acres in the Spruce Hole area. Activities would also provide hazard tree removal from recreational areas surrounding the Spruce Hole yurt.

Triangle Earth Dams

Four earth dams for water collection will be constructed in the area known as the Triangle, just north of Terrace Reservoir. Construction is an earthen dug-out area with a dam and a spillway treated with salt to seal the bottom.

Tucker Ponds Salvage

The purpose of this project is to retrieve economic value from timber stands that have been impacted by spruce beetle, and to artificially regenerate stands after harvest, where necessary.

US MILITARY HELICOPTER TRAINING MANEUVERS

PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW THE US ARMY TO CONDUCT HIGH ELEVATION HELICOPTER TRAINING (takeoffs/landings) IN THE SNOW MESA AREA OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED WILDERNESS. THE TRAINING WOULD BE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.

UTE CREEK GUIDING AND OUTFITTING, PERMIT

PROPOSAL IS TO ISSUE A PERMIT FOR 476 SERVICE DAYS TO "UTE CREEK GUIDING/OUTFITTING " FOR ANOTHER 8 YEAR TERM. THEY HAVE HAD A PERMIT THE LAST 2 YEARS TO DO SUMMER, FALL, AND WINTER OPERATIONS. THIS WOULD BE AN ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION, NO NEW USE.

Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal

The Rio Grande National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the effects of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek land exchange.

West Pinos Salvage

The proposed action would salvage merchantable dead trees (subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce), merchantable Engelmann spruce that are infested with spruce beetles, and Engelmann spruce that are likely to be infested by spruce beetles.

WILLIAM BIEBER BRIDGE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE ANOTHER SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR THE SAME EXISTING BRIDGE THAT CROSSES RED MOUNTAIN CREEK TO ACCESS THE WILLIAM BIEBER PRIVATE LAND HOLDINGS AT THE END OF FOREST SERVICE ROAD 526

WOLF CREEK CENTURY-TEL PERMIT REISSUANCE

THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO CENTURY-TEL AUTHORIZING THEIR EXISTING BURIED FIBER-OPTIC LINE. THIS LINE FOLLOWS US HIGHWAY 160 FROM THE PASS CREEK TUNNEL TO THE WOLF CREEK SKI AREA

XIC ASSOCIATION DOMESTIC WATER PIPELINELINE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A SPECIAL USE PERMIT REAUTHORIZING THIS SAME EXISTING PIPELINE. XIC HOLDS THE WATER RIGHT TO TAP THE SPRING FOR DOMESTIC USE.

Analysis Completed

Burro Unit 15 Vegetation Management Project

Burro Uit 15 Vegetation Management Project proposes to implement shelterwood or uneven-aged harvest methods on approx 330 acres on the CPRD. Intent to reduce impact or prevent spruce beelte infestation.

Spectacle Lake Cattleguard Relocation

An existing cattleguard on FDR250 near Spectacle Lake is proposed for relocation to another location on FDR250 at the boundary of the Rocky Mtn. Estates.

On Hold

Cat Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments EA

This is an environmental assessment analyzing seven cattle and horse allotments (Cat Crk, La Jara, Hot Crk, Alamosa, Bancos, Jim Crk and Rough Crk) for the effects of continued livestock grazing and the development of allotment management plans.

Roaring Fork Stream Restoration Project

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proposing to apply Rotenone to the Roaring Fork drainage in order to remove all nonnative fish prior to restocking with native Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

Cancelled

ANTELOPE FUELS REDUCTION

Variety of treatments to reduce natural and activity fuels and treat insect/disease infestation.

Conejos Peak Ranger District Travel Management (National Travel Rule Implementation)

Development of a new Motorized Vehicle Use Map for the Conejos Peak Ranger District.

Kerber Creek Reclamation Project

Past mining activities have degraded the Kerber Creek watershed.

Platoro Triangle Water Project

This project is to take place on the Triangle Pasture of the Platoro Allotment. This will entail the redevelopment of Shilling Spring and running a pipeline awat from the drainage to a water storage tank and associated drinkers.

Project Archive

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