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

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Developing Proposal

Access to the Tailor Lode

Analysis to provide access to a private inholding between Peaks 6 and Peaks 7. Project would entail construction of 1,500 feet of new road from the top of the Zendo lift (BSR) to the private inholding.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) Permit Renewal and Combination

RMBL has been conducting environmental research on the White River and the Gunnison National Forests since 1928. The proposal is to combine permits from both forests and have the GMUG N.F. take the lead on permit admin. See GMUG SOPA for more info.

Summer Construction projects at Keystone

Specific projects are to be determined but may include misc. tree removal along existing trails and utility installations.

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.

Under Analysis

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 Bicycle Tours of Colorado

Special use authorization is for Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC) to make temporary use of NFS lands on 3 National Forests within Colorado for ancillary aid stations with portable toilets, signs, trash facilities and support personnel

Arapahoe Basin - Beavers Lift, Trail Development, and Summer Use Improvements

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

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.

Blanco Ranger District Outfitter/Guide Permit Reissuances

Renewal of 18 existing outfitter/guide special use permits. Permits allow for hunting, packing, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Permit term will be for 10 years.

Breckenridge Multi-Season Recreation Projects

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

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.

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.

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.

Dodd - Private Road Easement

Authorize issuance of a private road easement across an existing road to private lands.

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.

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.

Reissue five expiring priority use O/G Permits on the Eagle-Holy Cross District

The Eagle Holy Cross District needs to complete CE to reissue five expiring priority use O/G permits as required by FSH 1909.15, Section 31.2 (15).

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.

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.

Summit Public Radio - Buried Powerline Reconstruction

Reconstruction/replacement of the buried powerline (8,100' x 20')on Bald Mtn. The line provides power to an electronics communications facility on private land.

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

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.

Vail and Beaver Creek Summer Construction CE

Proposal from Vail Resorts to identify major projects Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts would like to accomplish during the 2015 summer construction season that they believe are either already approved, are maintenance or can be approved with a Cat Ex.

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.

Analysis Completed

Avalanche Campground Healthy Forest Campsite Relocation

Avalanche CG has reached a new level for action for public safety needs due to hazard trees falling on the campsites. To ensure visitor safety and promote a healthy forest the proposal is to close & relocate the 10 sites located in the hazard zone.

Dillon Ranger District Outfitter Guides Additional Use

Several priority use O/G permit holders have requested additional use. The use is available as determined by the District O/G Capacity Analysis. Proposed uses include hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, & mountaineering.

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.

Independence Pass Winter Gate Project

The current winter gate parking area located adjacent to CO-82 east of the town of Aspen will be redeveloped into an improved parking facility.

Piney 2012 Project

Approximately 1,200 acres of vegetation treatment and forest product removal. Associated activities would include road maintenance on system roads and temporary road use (construction, use and obliteration).

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.

South Rifle Habitat Improvement

Implement wildlife habitat improvements on approximately 6,000 acres across the south side of the Rifle Ranger District. Treatments include cutting sagebrush, oakbrush, and mountain shrub and prescribed fire in aspen, pinyon-juniper, and Douglas fir.

Tennessee Creek Vegetation Management Project

The project will include vegetation management for insect and disease, as well as wildfire mitigation. The project includes treatments that will improve wildlife habitat, watersheds and closes non system routes in the project area.

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.

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.

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.

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

Keystone Forest Health and Fuels Project

Proposal to implement approx. 1250 acres of fuels reduction and vegetation management activities. Potential treatment activities include clearcuts, precommercial thinning and pile burning. Potential locations have been identified with stakeholders.

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.


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

Project Archive

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