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 Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

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.

Hanging Lake Area Management Plan

Design and implement a management plan for the Hanging Lake Area (parking area, trails, lake, and Spouting Rock) to protect and preserve the unique and fragile natural resources at the Hanging Lake Area sustaining a high quality visitor experience.

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.

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Visitor Use Plan

In response to ongoing resource issues and in conformance with the 2002 Forest Plan, the Visitor Use Management Plan addresses implementation strategies to allocate numbers of overnight groups based on the wilderness areas visitor carrying capacity.

Tepee Park Ranch Project Environmental Analysis

Proposal to allow CPX to construct an approx. 0.75-mile-long access road, continue commercial use of FS 824 between CPX' privately owned parcels, construct approx.. 1.55 miles of underground pipelines, & make improvements to Beaver Creek Trailhead.

Under Analysis

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.

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.

Battlement Reservoir #1 Project

Proposal to mitigate water loss through sinkholes identified within Battlement Reservoir #1 and maintain Colorado River cutthroat trout habitat. Would be implemented in a partnership with CPW in the fall when water levels are low.

Berlaimont Estates Road Improvement Project

The Proposed Action would authorize Berlaimont to improve those existing segments of NFSR 774 and 780 as they lead up to the southeastern corner of the Berlaimont property from local public roads in Edwards.

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.

CPX Piceance Holdings, LLC - Natural Gas Pipeline Special Use Permit

Authorize issuance of a special use permit to CPX Piceance Holdings, LLC for the operation and maintenance of an existing natural gas pipeline crossing forest service lands.

Crooked Creek Barrier Modification and Cutthroat Restoration

The USFS and CPW are proposing a cutthroat restoration project on Crooked and Little Lime Creeks. Actions include construction of fish barrier(s), removing whirling disease infected trout, and reintroducing native trout.

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.

Fremont Pass Recreation Path Extension

Proposal to extend the paved recreation path south from Copper Mountain approximately three miles south towards Fremont Pass parallel to State Highway 91. The path would be maintained and operated by Summit County under a special use permit.

Hardscrabble 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.

Hubbard Cave entry gate

Proposal to protect the cave and bat colony that uses the cave from White Nose Syndrome and human disturbances by installing a combination of bat-friendly grates and gates at the three entrances of Hubbard (Hubbard's) Cave. Gates allow human entry.

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.

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.

Snowmass Multi-Season Recreation Projects

Proposal at Snowmass Ski Area includes: 16 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a mountain coaster, a canopy tour, a zip line, a ropes challenge course, a climbing wall, and three multi-purpose activity areas.

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.

Upper Fryingpan Vegetation Management Project

Proposal to implement approx. 1,964 acres of vegetation management activities on NFS lands located in Eagle and Pitkin Counties, Colorado. Potential treatment areas have been identified within the upper Fryingpan watershed.

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.

Xcel Transmission Tower Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation/fuel profile management within 150 ft of all electric transmission towers on the Forest to decrease risk of critical damage to electric line support structures due to wildfire. Hand felling of live and dead trees to 30-40% canopy cover.

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.

Breckenridge Multi-Season Recreation Projects

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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