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 Plan Revision 

The Rio Grande National Forest is currently revising their forest plan. Click here for more information

 

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

Travel Analysis Process   (TAP)

 

2006 Village at Wolf Creek

2006 Final EIS Volume 1

2006 Final EIS Volume 2

 

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

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Developing Proposal

De Herrera Lake Salvage Project

Salvage dead and dying trees resulting from spruce beetles and replant seedlings, as needed.

Under Analysis

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.

Bristol head roadside salvage

Recover commercial economic value and provide fuelwood or sawlog material for small commercial operators from no more than 250 acres. The projects are designed to include only those areas that are within 300 feet of 3 existing gated roads.

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.

Cow Camp Salvage Project

Salvage dead and dying trees resulting from spruce beetles and replant the area as needed.

CP District-wide Salvage

Salvage dead and dying Engelmann spruce to recover economic value and reduce fuels adjacent to private land

CP-7 Allotment Analysis

Analysis for grazing reauthorization

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.

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.

East Sheep Beetle Salvage Project

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 250 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees in the South Rock Creek drainage, southwest of Monte Vista, CO. Approximately 1.75 MBF (3,500 CCF) of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.

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.

Fox Mountain roadside salvage

Recover commercial economic value and provide fuelwood or sawlog material for small commercial operators from no more than 250 acres. The projects are designed to include only those areas that are within 300 feet of 6 existing gated roads.

Full Curl Bighorn Sheep Habitat Improvement Project

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to implement vegetation management activities on up to 115 acres in mixed conifer stands to improve habitat for bighorn sheep.

Full Tilt Beetle Salvage Project

The Saguache Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 1101 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees northwest of Saguache, Colorado. Approximately six million board feet of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.

Hidden Mile Fence Construction

Fence construction up to 1/4 mile near northwestern property line in the project area.

La Garita Hills Restoration Project

Management activities needed to promote forest health and resiliency, improve wildlife habitat, salvage spruce beetle killed trees, remove trees hazardous to infrastructure or public safety, manage WUI fuels, and improve watersheds

Million Dam spillway improvements

The proposed action is to replace the Million Dam earthen spillway approach section with concrete and then to stabilize the rip rap in the spillway channel

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.

North Pool Spruce Beetle Salvage Project

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage approximately 1,000 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees near Hanson's Mill, east of Creede, Colorado. Approximately eight million board feet of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.

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.

Rebel Mine

Project reauthorizes Mineral County's gravel pit at Banta Flats and executes an administrative change from special use to mineral permit.

Rebel Mine plan of operations extension

The proposed action to authorize the Rebel Mine plan of operations for one year. The plan includes no additional surface disturbance and maintains existing mitigations.

Recreation event permit: 2-day motorcycle enduro event on motorized trails

SFRP LLC is proposing a two-day motorcycle enduro event on existing motorized trails with untimed segments on National Forest System Roads south of Del Norte. The event base area would be on NFS land.

Rio Grande Silver Corridor Extension

Exploration corridor extension along FS Road 505 totaling 9/10 of a mile.

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.

Tewksberry trail reroute

The proposed action is to reroute 3 sections of the Tewksberry ATV trail for a total of 1 mile. The reroutes would be constructed to ATV trail specifications with tread no wider than 50", and would reduce resource damage and soil erosion.

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.

Upper Rio Grande boat ramp improvements

The proposed action is to harden the boat ramps and install rock deflector structures that extend into the channel and provide protection to the stream bank and create a low-velocity area at four existing put-ins on the upper Rio Grande river.

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.

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

Analysis Completed

Castor Beetle Salvage Project

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 250 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees on Beaver Mountain, southeast of South Fork, Colorado. Approximately 2.5 million board feet (5,000 CCF) of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.

Poage Lake Spruce Beetle Salvage Project

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 515 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees near Poage Lake, south of South Fork, CO. Approximately six million board feet of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged through this project.

Rio Grande Reservoir Land Exchange

The proposal involves exchanging approximately 6 acres of federal land for approximately 8 acres of private land owned by San Luis Valley Irrigation District (SLVID).

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.

Luders Lodgepole

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

Saguache Park Prescribed Burn Project

The Saguache District proposes to burn 132 acres of spruce bark beetle killed Engelmann spruce within Saguache Park to regenerate aspen.

Cancelled

DOMESTIC WATERLINE FOR CARETAKER RESIDENCE AT RIO GRANDE RESERVOIR

Environmental Analysis (Categorical Exclusion) on the reissuance of a 1940 special use permit for a waterline serving the caretaker residence at Rio Grande Reservoir.

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.

Project Archive

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