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.
Gypsum/Turkey Creek Dispersed Site Rehabilitation
The objective of the project is to improve stream bank and riparian conditions to improve stream health in Gypsum Creek and Turkey Creek. This project would subsequently bring these areas into compliance with the Forest Plan.
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.
Vail and Beaver Creek Cell Nodes
This project would expand the cellular coverage at key gathering points on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Resorts through the installation of cell node towers and upgraded fiber optic lines.
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.
Apex Load Plan of Operations
Apex Lode, Strong Mines has submitted a Plan of Operations to maintain a mine and infrastructure on their claims. Infrastructure consists of a cabin/tool shed, 1,600 feet of road with a gate as well as the mine. The Plan of Operations is for 1 year.
Arapahoe Basin - Beavers Lift, Trail Development, and Summer Use Improvements
The Forest Service is proposing to implement certain projects included in the Arapahoe Basin Master Development Plan. The proposed projects include: incorporating the Beavers into A-Basin?s operational boundary and providing lift access and trails within the Beavers terrain (avalanche control/snow safety work would be conducted and patrolled throughout the proposed terrain); installing a new lift to improve access to Montezuma Bowl; replacing the Pallavicini and Molly Hogan lifts with more current lift technology; removing the Norway lift; expanding the snowmaking water storage reservoir; and installing a zip line and challenge/ropes course.
Avalanche Campground Healthy Forest Campsite Relocation
The Forest Service proposes to permanently relocate the existing Avalanche Campground loop into an open meadow with oak brush cover. A one lane gravel road would be constructed off of Avalanche Creek Road northwest of the current horse loop parking and extended approximately 300 yards. Existing sites within the current campground footprint would be closed and decommissioned. Ten campsites with spurs and two horse camps with corrals would be constructed to replace the sites proposed for decommissioning.
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.
Gypsum Creek C&H Allotment Grazing Analysis
The Forest Service proposes to reissue the term grazing permits on the Gypsum Creek domestic cattle grazing allotment for 592 cattle between June 16 and October 16 annually (3,204 animal unit months), construct several range improvements to improve livestock distribution and management, and use sheep grazing to control poisonous plants.
Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan
An Environmental Assessment and draft Decision Notice and finding of no significant impact analyzing projects from the Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan has been completed and is available for review. There will be no further comment period on this project, but individuals who submitted timely and specific written comments during the scoping period (March 28 to May 11 , 2013) will have eligibility to file an objection under 36 CFR §218.8. Instructions for filing an objection are detailed in the decision. Objections to the documents must be received within 45 days of the publication of a legal notice in the Aspen Times.
Keystone Frontside Improvements
Keystone Resort is proposing a variety of improvements to the frontside of the ski area including snowmaking installations, trail widening and grading, relocation and replacement of the Summit House Restaurant, and new mountain bike trails. Comments concerning the proposed action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of a legal notice in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (estimated to be February 8, 2012). The public is encouraged to provide substantive comments on the Notice of Proposed Action, including supporting reasons the Forest Supervisor should consider in reaching a decision.
Lava Boulder Creek Exploratory Well
The White River National Forest, Rifle Ranger District, is preparing an environmental assessment for the Lava Boulder Creek Exploratory Development Program. The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to authorize Antero Resources to conduct surface use operations associated with natural gas exploration and potential development of lands they currently hold under a federal mineral lease (COC-66708) in the East Divide Creek area. The proposed project area occurs about 16 miles south-east of Silt, Colorado (Mesa County) within portions of Sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22, in T8S, R90W, 6th P.M. A Notice of Proposed Action is available for public review and comment. The official comment period ends October 29, 2012. Please refer to the Notice below for more information, including maps of the area and how to submit comments.
Piney 2012 Project
Approximately 1,200 acres of vegetation treatment and forest product removal are proposed. Widespread mortality of lodgepole pine due to mountain pine beetle activity in recent years has changed vegetative conditions in the project area prompting a modified silvicultural prescription as analyzed in the 2005 Piney River Project Environmental Assessment. The modified silvicultural prescription includes clearcutting, clearcutting with reserve trees and sanitation/salvage treatment. Minor amounts of Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir and aspen would also be removed. Associated activities would include road maintenance on system roads and temporary road use (construction, use and obliteration).
Roaring Fork Fuel Reduction, Unit A
The Forest Service proposes to use prescribed fire and mechanical thinning on a 162-acre project area near Basalt Mountain in Eagle County, Colorado, for the purpose of wildlife habitat improvement and reduction of fuel quantities. Area is comprised of mountain shrubs and aspen.
Snowmass New/Realigned Mountain Bike Trails
This enhances the lift-assisted biking opportunities at Snowmass by improving the sustainability of two existing trails. It also creates a new beginner mountain bike trail and skills development areas within the Elk Camp Pod of the mountain.
Snowmass Winter Evening Activities Project
Proposed action is to approve temporary nightime winter activities at the Elk Camp lodge. It also proposes new activities and infrastructure including a 500' long tubing area and surface lift, 15 permanent lighting towers, and snowcat tours.
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.
Swan River Stream Restoration
Implement stream restoration activities on the Swan River in the existing dredge habitat. Project also includes riparian work and road/stream crossing relocations.
Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System
The Forest Service has prepared an environmental assessment and draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact for the Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System Project located on the Dillon Ranger District, Summit County, Colorado. The Tenderfoot Project is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218. Objections must be submitted within 45 calendar days following the publication of a legal notice in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
The Proposed Action would create an approximately 31-mile motorized trail system with 21 miles of single-track and 10 miles of existing road. Twenty-two miles of user-created, non-system trails in the area would be closed and rehabilitated. The proposed trail system would be managed for all non-motorized uses as well as for single-track motorized uses (motorcycles). The proposed action represents numerous modifications that were made to mitigate environmental and social concerns.
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 Resorts has proposed a package of non-ski based projects to provide year-round recreation at Vail Ski Area, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and designed for a variety of visitors. Comments on the Draft EIS for this project will be accepted for 45 days after publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register (anticipated March 7, 2014). The NOA is the sole means of calculating the close of the DEIS comment period. The entire DEIS can be reviewed and downloaded from www.VailRec-EIS.info. Comments may be submitted directly on the website, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Vail Mountain Recreation Enhancements DEIS, Roger Poirier, Project Leader, White River National Forest, 120 Midland Ave., Ste 140, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
Burnt Mountain Timber Sale
The White River National Forest has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Burnt Mountain Timber Sale. The purpose and need for action is to maintain timber growth for sustained yield of forest products by altering stand structures to increase age class and species diversity. The proposed action is to harvest timber on approximately 839 acres of National Forest System lands. An estimated 18,787 hundred cubic feet (9.4 million board feet) of lodgepole pine timber would be harvested using clearcut and group shelterwood harvesting methods. Associated actions include road maintenance and approximately 4 miles of temporary roads (construction, use and obliteration). The deadline for submitting comments on the EA is Monday November 5, 2012.
Emergency Power Line Clearing Project
The Arapaho, 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.
White Banks Mine Plan of Operations
David Francomb, Acting District Ranger for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, signed a new decision notice and finding of no significant impact for the White Banks Mine Plan of Operations on May 23, 2013. The original decision signed on March 2, 2012 was withdrawn as directed by the Appeal Reviewing Officer.
Little Rock 1-19 Exploratory Well
Willsource Enterprises is proposing to construct 1 well pad, access road, and pipelines; and to drill 1 exploratory well in Federal lease COC 058835 (Formerly called Little Beaver 2-20)
Two Elk Fish Barrier
to construct a permanent fish barrier that would eliminate upstream migration of non-native fish into Two Elk Creek from the Eagle River. The current population of fish would be chemically removed and replaced with native cutthroat trout.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.