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.

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.

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 .

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

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.

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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - Big Flat and Smith Flat Reservoirs, Gray Beal Spring

Proposal for two new reservoirs to improve livestock distribution and for reconstruction of spring to restore natural water flow patterns.

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 - 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 - Top Reservoir in Deer Allotment

Proposal to construct a new reservoir to improve livestock distribution.

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 - 2016 Outfitter Guide Permit Renewals

Renew existing recreation special use permits for Lost Canyon Outfitters, Majestic Dude Ranch, Lizardhead Outfitters, and Telluride Snowkite School.

Recreation - Turkey Springs Trail Extension

Extension of Turkey Springs Trail (NFST 301)to connect with Gopher Trail (NFST 303) to provide a loop

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 - Fracassini Well and Road Use Permit

Reissuance of an expired special use permit for a water well, well house, and water pipeline. Additionally, road use for an existing non-system road would be added to the permit to access the well. Term of the permit would be for 20 years.

Special Uses - Jack's Pasture Private Land Road Access

Issue special use authorization for existing road access to private land.

Special Uses - Lemon Lake Lodge Well Permit/Canalis Holding Corp.

Issue a special use permit for an existing water well located on Forest land.

Special Uses - LPEA Capote Single Phase to Three Phase project

Issue a special use permit to LPEA for reconductoring an existing power line across Chimney Rock National Monument.

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 - Purgatory Lift 8 Skier Bypass West

Design and construct western skier bypass at Lift 8. This will entail widening the existing cat-walk with the associated dirtwork, tree removal and reseeding.

Special Uses - Silverton Double Dirty 30 Race

Issue a one-time permit for a wilderness trail running race to be run in Sept. 2016. The route will follow existing roads and trails, starting and ending in Silverton, CO.

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 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.

Wildlife - Eightmile Mesa Guzzler

Install 1 or 2 1000-gallon guzzlers on Eightmile Mesa for wildlife

Analysis Completed

Fisheries - Hermosa Creek Bank Stabilization

Repair of areas of active bank erosion along the East Fork Hermosa Creek and the main stem Hermosa Creek above the confluence. Also, installation of fish habitat improvement structures in the streams. Work would occur over several years.

Planning - Chimney Rock National Monument Management Plan

Produce a management plan for the Chimney Rock National Monument

Planning - Chimney Rock National Monument projects

Projects proposed include approval of construction of up to 2 miles of interpretive trails, new visitor facilities & parking areas near the existing visitor cabin, visitor shelters near the upper parking area & adoption of specific prohibitions

Special Uses - LPEA Lake Capote Reconductoring Project (PR 161)

Issue a special use permit to LPEA for reconductoring an existing power line on NFS lands near Capote Lake.

Special Uses - PSCo Spoils Disposal at Lime Creek Pit

Special use permit for permanent placement of excavated spoils generated from private land during buried pipeline flume reconstruction.

On Hold

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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