Projects

San Juan National Forest Project Spotlights

Travel Management - Rico West Dolores Roads and Trails Project

Forest Service road and trail planning includes reviewing, changing or re-designating the road and trail system, including types and season of motor vehicle use, maintenance levels of open roads, and decommissioning un-needed routes.

Planning - Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan

Develop a management plan to guide the long-term management of the Hermosa Creek Watershed, including the Special Management Area, new wilderness, and project level travel management .

Range - Weminuche Landscape Grazing Analysis

Analysis of grazing, including domestic sheep, on 13 active or vacant allotments in the Weminuche Landscape:Burnt Timber, CanyonCrk, Cave Basin, E.SilverMesa, FallCrk, FlintCrk, JohnsonCrk, Leviathan, PineR, RockCrk, Spring Gulch, and Virginia Gulch.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Forest Health - Vallecito-Piedra Integrated Vegetation Management Project

Utilize a combination of mechanical treatment, hand treatment, prescribed fire and managed natural ignitions on approximately 80,334 acres for the purposes of improving ecosystem diversity and resilience, and for supporting fire on the landscape.

Under Analysis

Abandoned Mine Lands - Silver Needle Mine Group Closures

Investigation of several mine adits and/or shafts that may need actions to for public safety reasons. Activities could include back-filling, metal grates, and/or trail re-routes to avoid hazards.

Forest Health - Lower Missionary Ridge/Lemon Reforestation

Plant approximately 3000 acres of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and limber pine in high severity burned areas from the Missionary Ridge Fire over the next 8 %u2013 10 years.

Forest Health - Taylor-Stoner Mesas Vegetation Management Project

Proposal to treat up to 900 acres of mature aspen-dominated forest, to obtain natural regeneration and to use selection harvest to manage about 2,500 acres of spruce-fir forest stands. This will created a mosaic of intermixed age classes and species.

Forest Products - Fall Creek Spruce project

Project focuses on harvest of dead merchantable trees, retention of live green trees, & reforestation off Fall Creek & Wolf Creek Rds. Opportunities to stabilize wetlands, address erosion problems, & do fisheries improvements also being considered.

Lands - Burnette & O'Grady Forest Road Special Use Permit

Proposed Forest Road Permit to authorize and maintain an existing, native surface roadway that crosses a 300-foot section of National Forest lands in the vicinity of Rico, Colorado. Snow removal may be authorized. A 20-year permit is proposed.

Lands - El Dorado Mining Claim Acquisition

The proposal is for the USDA Forest Service to purchase the El Dorado Lode Mining Claim from the Wilderness Land Trust. This claim consists of approximately 10.33 acres and would be acquired under the authority of the Organic Act of August 3, 1956. The El Dorado mining claim is located within the Weminuche Wilderness Area, south of the popular Highland Mary Lakes, and just west of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Acquisition of the claim would enhance recreational opportunities, increase opportunities for solitude within the Weminuche Wilderness, and ensure protection of scenic view sheds and habitats for special status species. This purchase falls within a Categorical Exclusion (CE) that may be excluded from documentation in an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) or Environmental Analysis (EA), and does not require a Decision Memo. Project Contact: Mark Lambert 970-385-1240

Lands - Trimble Administrative Site Sale

Sale of the San Juan National Forest Trimble Administrative Site under competitive bidding procedures. Approximately 20 acres. The property consists of land plus three garage-type structures and miscellaneous sheds.

Planning - Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan

Develop a management plan to guide the long-term management of the Hermosa Creek Watershed, including the Special Management Area, new wilderness, and project level travel management .

Range - Fourmile Allotment Range Improvements

Fence and pond construction on the Fourmile Allotment

Range - Glade Landscape Rangeland Management Analysis

Proposal to revise allotment management plans for 8 cattle allotments to improve or maintain conditions for healthy rangeland conditions of grasses, forbs and shrubs for cattle use, wildlife habitat, and watershed health.

Range - Haflin Creek Allotment Pond Development

Construction of up to three ponds to catch runoff water for cattle use.

Range - Thomas Mtn Reservoir and Oliver Reservoir on Lone Mesa Allotment

Proposal for construction of two new reservoirs on Hunt Creek to improve livestock distribution. Side benefit: providing water for wildlife.

Range - Weminuche Landscape Grazing Analysis

Analysis of grazing, including domestic sheep, on 13 active or vacant allotments in the Weminuche Landscape:Burnt Timber, CanyonCrk, Cave Basin, E.SilverMesa, FallCrk, FlintCrk, JohnsonCrk, Leviathan, PineR, RockCrk, Spring Gulch, and Virginia Gulch.

Recreation - 2017 Outfitter Guide Permit Reissuance on Pagosa Dist. (High Country Fishing Charters)

The Pagosa Ranger District is proposing to reissue a special use outfitter and guide permit to High Country Fishing Charters to replace a permit that has expired. This permit is for guided fishing.

Recreation - 2017 Outfitter Guide Permit Reissuance on Pagosa District (Majestic Outfitters)

The Pagosa Ranger District is proposing to reissue a special use outfitter and guide permit to Majestic Outfitter to replace a permit that has expired. This permit is for summer horseback trail rides and pack trips.

Recreation - 2017 Outfitter Guide Permit Reissuance on Pagosa District (Sonlight Adventures)

The Pagosa Ranger District is proposing to reissue a special use outfitter and guide permit to Sonlight Adventures to replace a permit that has expired. This is a summer use permit for day hikes and backpacking trips

Special Uses - Burkhard-Buresh Private Road Permit

Issue a special use permit for use of a private road on NFS lands

Special Uses - Dunton Hot Springs Recreational Permit Amendment

Proposal to add Nordic ski trails to the existing recreational use permit to include trail grooming, guided tours, and public use of the proposed Nordic trails. Trails to be located either on Black Mesa or Dunton Meadows.

Special Uses - Howard Private Road Special Use Permit

Authorization of an existing private road that is approximately 160 feet long to a private land inholding.

Special Uses - LPEA at The Cliffs

Issue Special Use Permit to La Plata Electric Association to install a buried powerline approximately 1400 feet long and 25 feet wide on Forest land, running from an existing communications site on Forest land to adjacent private land.

Special Uses - Northwest Pipeline, LLC Cathodic Protection Facility Expansion

Proposal to expand from a 10-foot x 10-foot area to a 50-ft x 300-ft area to install a new deep well cathodic protection facility, including a rectifier box and a deep anode bed to protect a portion of pipeline from corrosion.

Special Uses - Walker Ditch Special Use Permit

Issuance of a Special Use Permit for use and maintenance of an existing hand-dug irrigation ditch approximately 830 feet long, for use of existing water rights.

Travel Management - Rico West Dolores Roads and Trails Project

Forest Service road and trail planning includes reviewing, changing or re-designating the road and trail system, including types and season of motor vehicle use, maintenance levels of open roads, and decommissioning un-needed routes.

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. http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/district_offices/southwest/ TriState230kVRebuild.htm

Analysis Completed

Fuels - Spiler Ranch Fuels Reduction Project

Fuels reduction in the Spiler Canyon area. These areas are adjacent to areas analyzed in the 2004 Kenney Flats EA. They were not included in 2004 because they were under private ownership at that time. They were traded to the FS in 2012.

Special Uses - Donald G. Busson Private Road Easement

Proposed private road easement is to authorize, reconstruct, and maintain an existing native surface roadway that crosses a 1.50 mile section of National Forest System lands.

On Hold

Forest Health - Purgatory Vegetation Management Project

The project entails tree cutting to maintain stand health and vigor over 250 acres within the Purgatory ski area permit boundary. This work is being conducted in response to spruce budworm infestations and the potential spruce beetle epidemic.

Minerals - Elm Ridge Resources Five Goose Creek Gas Wells.

Determine conditions of approval for construction of 5 well pads and access roads with co-located pipelines.Total surface disturbance would be about 20 acres. Tiers to former landscape-scale EIS analysis.

Special Uses - Ditch Bill Easements - Group #10

Agricultural water facilities may be authorized under Public Law 99-545 ("Colorado Ditch Bill").

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.

Cancelled

Fisheries - Spring Creek Culvert Replacement for Aquatic Organism Passage

Replace a culvert where FR547 crosses Spring Creek. The new culvert would include a bottomless arch to improve fish passage in Spring Creek.

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