SOPA Quarterly Report

Four times a year, the Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA). To view our Schedule of Proposed Actions, please visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the White River National Forest.

White River National Forest Project Spotlights

White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement

The WRNF Oil & Gas Leasing EIS will revise the existing 1993, Oil & Gas Leasing availability decision for the WRNF. The proposal will make revisions to the availability of certain WRNF lands for lease and to the stipulations on lands available.

Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project

The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Ajax Adventure Camp Special Use Permit Environmental Assessment

Ajax Adventure Camp has requested a ten year priority use permit to host a summer camp for children ages 7-15. Activities include rock climbing, fishing, water dipping, bouldering, camping, biking, and outdoor education programming.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Construction Projects CE

An analysis of various project at BSR- installation of an electrical line from the T-Bar hut to the top of the Imperial Lift; ancillary facilities associated with a new Peak 7 restaurant (approved in the 1998 EA).

Golden Peak Improvements 2016

The proposal focuses on improving racing/training terrain on Golden Peak at Vail, which is based on concepts included in the 2007 Master Development Plan (MDP) Update and which was site-specifically analyzed in the 2009 Final EIS.

Greater Aspen Abandoned Mine Lands Safety Closure Project

Proposal to implement safety closures and demolition on abandoned mine lands in the greater Aspen area of Pitkin County. Areas include Conundrum Creek, Lincoln Creek, Linkins Lake, Petroleum/Anderson Lakes, Smuggler Mtn, Snowmass Mtn, and Mt. Yeckel

Hardscrabble Forest Health and Fuels Project

Eagle/Holy Cross RD is proposing to implement approx. 1682 acres of vegetation management activities in the Hardscrabble area. Potential treatments include clearcuts, pre-commercial thinning, patch clearcuts, salvage and overstory removal.

Keystone Ski Resort Construction Projects CE

An analysis of minor trail improvements- widening on Alamo, construction of a skier bypass at the base of the Outback Express

Lower Snake WUI Project

The Dillon Ranger District proposes to implement approx. 1250 acres of vegetation management and fuel reduction activities that reduces the extent of and increases resilience to current and potential insect and disease infestations.

Montezuma Road Corridor Camping Closure

Proposal to expand the existing camping closure to include the areas within 1/4 mile of the Montezuma Road, between the communities of Keystone and Montezuma. This would involve an area approximately four miles long and 1/2 mile wide.

Redstone Campground Debris Flow Project

The concern for future debris flows at Redstone Campground area has initiated the Forest Service to review, analyze, and propose actions to provide camper safety and a debris management plan to minimize sediment into the Crystal River.

South Fork Area Improvement Project

Proposed recreation improvement activities in the South Fork Campground and Spring Cave areas including installation of a cave entrance gate, campground parking area replacement, campground area revegetation, bridge renovation, & trail construction.

Vail Summer Construction 2016 CE

6 proposals: Sun Up Lift (17) Replacement, Chair 3&4 East Maze Re-grade and Corbel Installation, Removable Multi-Use Deck, Adventure Ridge (AR) Storage Building, AR Summer Tubing Lanes and the Eagle Nest Deck Upgrade, Facilities and Landscaping Plan.

Under Analysis

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Projects

Projects include the development on the Beavers area, installation of a surface lift at the top of Zuma Bowl and summer uses.

Aspen-Sopris Ranger District Five Year Recreation Event Special Use Permit Issuance

Issuance of five year recreation event permits to authorize 11 recreation events to operate on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Events have been authorized in prior years under temporary permits. Events are running, mountain bike, jeep, and ski.

Buford/New Castle Project

Proposed vegetation management activities along the Buford/New Castle Road. Vegetation management activities could include improvement harvests, clearcuts, patch clearcuts, precommercial thinning and other silvicultural activities.

Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project

The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area.

Copper Mountain Resort Recreation Enhancement Project

Year-round recreation projects at Copper Mountain: (1) additional snowmaking coverage on West Encore and Collage trails; (2) construction of a year-round alpine coaster; (3) and a new mountain bike trail east of the American Eagle chairlift.

Dillon-Malta 230 kV Electric Transmission Line

Reissuance of special use permit to Xcel Energy for the existing 230kV electric transmission line from Dillon Substation, to the Malta Substation. The permit was originally issued in 1978, reissued in 1983, and expired in 2008.

East Fork Eagle Culvert Replacement

Replacement of a triple-culvert crossing just east of Camp Hale. The intent is to restore stream habitat affected by the road-stream crossing, increase flood capacity and resiliency, reconstruct the rd and upgrade to current Forest Service standard

Gypsum Creek C&H Allotment Grazing Analysis

Proposal to continue grazing authorization for 592 cattle between June 16 and October 16 annually (3,204 AUMs), construct several range improvements to improve livestock distribution and management.

Lancaster Mine CERCLA Removal Action

The FS & the CO DOR, Mining, & Safety will be conducting final restoration work on the Lancaster Mine. Prior work has confirmed the presence of elevated lead & arsenic in the mine waste and zinc & lead in surface water below the mine.

Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness special regulations - Forest Order

Two changes are proposed to the MBSW special regulations. Overnight visitors will be required to store all food, garbage and other attractants in bear resistant containers & changing the campfire prohibition to everywhere above 10,800 ft.

Morapos Creek, Wilson Mesa and Deer Creek Sheep and Goat Grazing Allotments

The proposal is to re-authorize sheep grazing on the Morapos Creek, Wilson Mesa and Deer Creek allotments and identify resource management opportunities.

Rifle Creek Grazing Allotment Analysis

This analysis is to determine whether to continue permitting livestock grazing on all, none, or some portion of the Rifle Creek Grazing Allotment. If authorized, grazing would be managed in a manner that maintains or moves towards desired conditions.

Shadow Creek Ranch - Smith Ditch No. 2

New authorization for operating and maintaining an existing irrigation ditch (Smith Ditch No. 2) that was previously authorized and expired in 1980. the ditch diverts water from Deep Creek to the Shadow Creek Ranch.

Vail Intermountain Fuels Project

Enhance the wildland urban interface community protection zone through vegetation and fuels reduction treatments adjacent to Vail Intermountain and West Vail. Helicopter yarding to accomplish fuels treatments is proposed.

Western Adventures, Inc. (WAI) Priority Special Use Permit Reissuance

WAI's priority special use permit expired on May 31, 2015. WAI proposes changes to their long-standing operations and changes the intensity of use. This project analysis is required to issue a new recreation special uses authorization.

White River Forest Plan Monitoring Transition

The new plan monitoring rule requires that monitoring plans include monitoring questions and associated indicators that inform the management of the plan resources in the area and whether management is being effective in maintaining and achieving progress toward desired conditions or objectives for the plan area. Monitoring questions and associated indicators are based on one or more desired condition, objective, or other plan component. Not every plan component needs to have a corresponding monitoring question. The responsible official should consider the series of questions in the draft LMP directive FSH 1909.12 Chapter 30, section 32.11 to identify which components require monitoring questions in order to effectively inform the Land and Resource Management Plan. To meet the minimum requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule, monitoring plans must address eight specific items identified in (36 CFR 219.12(a)(5)

White River National Forest Permit Re-issuances 2015

Re-issuance of nine lands special uses authorizations

Analysis Completed

WRNF Wild and Scenic River Suitability Study

Interagency Wild and Scenic Suitability Study on the Colorado River and Deep Creek. USFS Draft ROD will be posted after the legal notice is posted in the Glenwood Post Independent. The entire EIS can be found:

2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Special Use Authorization

Classic Bicycle Racing LLC makes temporary use of NFS lands during 4 of the total 7 stages on four National Forests within Colorado for ancillary facilities such as staging areas with portable toilets, signs, barricades, message boards, and filming.

Basalt to Gypsum Motorized Singletrack

The action proposed by the Forest Service to meet the purpose and need consists of four elements: Construct a parking area, reconstruct approximately 8.2 miles of trail, restore a wetland, and rehabilitate- and close approximately 27 miles of trail.

Breckenridge Multi-Season Recreation Projects

Proposal includes ziplines, mountain bike trails, and challenge courses on Peaks 8 and 7.

CDOT Highway 133 Debris Dump Site and Placita Roadside Landscaping

CDOT is proposing to permanently store natural road debris inside the bottom switchback east of McClure Pass on Hwy 133. Project will fill in a 16.1-acre depression from original road construction. Includes revegetation of the old Placita fill site.

East Aspen Metro District Mosquito Control

Mosquito control using a natural bacterial byproduct, "Bti" on areas east of Aspen near Wildwood School & Difficult CG. Less than 5 acres of wetland areas to be controlled on an as-needed basis. Treatment is by hand, after assessment is completed.

Emergency Power Line Clearing Project

The Arapaho and Roosevelt, Medicine Bow-Routt, and White River National Forests are proposing to remove all dead and dying trees (i.e., hazard trees) along power lines crossing National Forest system lands in Northern Colorado.

Snowmass Ski Trail Enhancements and High Alpine Chairlift Replacement

Snowmass Mtn proposes construction of a Skill Level 3 Trail; construction of the Elk Camp Bypass; installation of snowmaking infrastructure; creation of gladed terrain in six distinct pods; and replacement/realignment of the High Alpine Chairlift.

Summit Huts - New Hut Construction and Associated Access Trail and Parking Lot

Proposed hut to be located in the Weber Gulch drainage above French Gulch Road (between Weber Gulch and Black Gulch). Parking lot would be constructed on French Gulch Road across from the Sallie Barber Trailhead.

Vail Mountain Recreation Enhancements

In response to the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, Vail Mountain proposes 13 non-ski based projects to provide year-round recreation, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and designed for a variety of visitors.

White River National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing Environmental Impact Statement

The WRNF Oil & Gas Leasing EIS will revise the existing 1993, Oil & Gas Leasing availability decision for the WRNF. The proposal will make revisions to the availability of certain WRNF lands for lease and to the stipulations on lands available.

On Hold

American Tower- A-Basin Communications Site

New authorization for construction of cellular phone comm site along US Highway 6 between Loveland Pass and Keystone (A-Basin). The facility will be multi-carrier facility consisting of one prefabricated equipment shelter and two towers.

American Tower- East Dillon Communications Site

New authorization for construction of a cellular phone comm site along I-70 between the Eisenhower Tunnel & East Dillon. The facility will be a multi-carrier facility consisting of one prefab equip shelter and 2 towers.

Bowles Ditch and Pipeline Authorization

Reissuance of expired SU Permit for a spring development and pipeline approx. 1300 feet long. Also for a ditch for supplying water to fish ponds on private lands that is approx. 200 feet long. The permit will continuee to have a 10 foot wide use area

Capitol Creek and East Sopris C&H Grazing Allotments EA

Proposal to analyze cattle grazing for a total of 913 AUMs between July and October between Capitol Creek and East Sopris Allotments. If authorized, grazing would be managed in a manner that maintains or moves towards desired conditions.

Lava Boulder Creek Exploratory Well

Antero Resources is requesting to construct one well pad and to drill up to four wells on Federal lease #COC-66708. On Hold awaiting BLM leasing decision.

Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) - Reissuance of Transmission Lines

Reissuance of transmission line permits to PSCo that have expired: Hopkins/Leadville Line, Wolcott-Avon-Vail line, and the Wolcott to Beaver Creek line.

Travel Mgmt Plan Rev BNC Corridor Cliff/Meadow Lake, Mansfield/Clark Point and Clinetop Cow Camp

Provide access from campsites to the BNC motorized trail system. Provide access to Clark Ridge by allowing mixed motorized use on a sect. of BNC road. Correct designations and mapping errors providing motorized and non-motorized trail opportunities


Aspen Highlands Golden Horn Project

Aspen Skiing Company has proposed to reinstall a detachable surface lift running approx. 2,540 ft with 640 ft of vertical rise on the Golden Horn run in the summer of 2013. Approximately half of this distance will be on NFS land.

Copper Mountain Improvements EA

An analysis of a new mountain coaster at the base of the American Flyer; a new mountain bike trail; snowmaking on Collage and an associated drainage system.

Lower Blue Sagebrush Enhancement Project

Construct water dev. to enhance sagegrouse brood-rearing habitat. Design & implement a livestock grazing prog. to enhance habitat conditions required for all sagegrouse life stages in partnership with current & future livestock grazing permittees.

Supplement to the Weber Hut EA

The Dillon Ranger District will be analyzing an alternative parking lot location to the location that was analyzed in the July 2014 Environmental Assessment

Tucker Lift at Copper Mountain

Installation of the Tucker Lift was approved for construction in the 2006 Copper Mtn. Trail and Facilities EIS; however, the alignment has changed. This analysis is for the new lift alignment.

Project Archive

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

Please Obey All Travel Management Signs

Please Obey All Travel Management Signs

Tree on Car

Watch for Falling Trees As You Travel on the White River NF

Natural Gas Drilling Rig

Natural Gas Drilling Rig