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 - 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 - 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.
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 - 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.
Special Uses - SNOTEL Site at Red Mountain Pass
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.
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.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.