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.

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.

Special Uses - Grassy Mountain Communication Site Improvements

Authorization for various ground disturbing activities within the existing footprint of the communications site.

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 - Empire Electric Association Permit Renewal

Proposal to renew a special use permit for overhead and under ground power line distribution locations over the next 30-year period. Proposal includes consolidating eight Empire Electric Association's authorizations into a single Master Permit.

Lands - Montezuma County Communications Use Lease

Proposal to transfer an existing BLM lease for communication use to Forest Service while authorizing the new lease for a 30 year period. The site is approximately 0.5 acres northwest of Dolores, CO.

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 - 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 - Nipple Mountain Snowmobile Trail Reroute

Reroute a portion of an existing snowmobile trail to a safer location

Special Uses - Auerbach Private Road Permit

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

Special Uses - Bigbee Ditch No. 1 Repair

Install pipe in ditch in order to stabilize ditch then backfill over pipe

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 - 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 - Purgatory Snowmobile Bypass Re-Route

Realignment of snowmobile bypass along Forest Road 578 (Hermosa Park Road)to improve snow retention and riding conditions. This bypass separates motorized use from skier use. The new alignment would follow an existing old road bed.

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.

Special Uses - Snow Ranch Private Land Road Access

Issue special use authorizations for existing road access to private land

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

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.

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.

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 - 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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