Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishers a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the GMUG National Forest.


Projects not included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Legal Notices of Projects not included in (PALS): Notice of Opportunity to Comment

The Forest Projects section below lists projects included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Current and Recent Projects

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Spruce Stomp Federal Lease-by-Application (COC-75916)

Bowie Resources has submitted a Federal Coal lease-by-application for approximately 1,813 acres. The lease contains lands managed by the Paonia Ranger District of the GMUG NF, Uncompahgre Field Office of the BLM, as well as other split estate lands. Project Area Google Earth KMZ file

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

FEIS evaluates the potential effects of alternative programs for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Nationa Forests; amend the Forest Plan, and provide

Alpine Plateau Allotment Management Plan

Development of a new Allotment Management Plan

Alvarez Easement

Access to private land near Sargents, CO

Anderson Pit Development Plan

Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan


Proposal is to perform timber stand improvement and prescribed burning to improve range and wildlife habitat and reduce natural fuels.

Black Sage Pass Salvage

Salvage of beetle killed ponderosa pine.

Blanche Park Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation

Issuance of short-term special use permit for rehabilitation of existing dam and construction of access route.

Blixt Road Reciprocal ROW project.

Reciprocal right-of-way project on the Blixt Road.

Buckhorn Gulch Mechanical Treatment

Big Game Habitat Improvement & Fuels Treatment Project.

Bucktail Creek Rx

Funding for NEPA isn't available until further notice.

Bureau of Reclamation Weather Station permit re-issuance

Re-issue permit for 4 existing weather stations.

Canyon Creek Avalanche Control

Issue Special Use Permit for one year to Silver Star Mining Operations LLC for avalanche control along Canyon Creek Road, NFSR 853 up to the Revenue Mine.

Carr and Waddle Ditch

Issue Special Use Permit

CBMR Mountain Bike Trail Construction

A beginner mountain bike trail in the Smith Hill Area, a down hill trail in the Uley's Cabin Area, and an extension of Pyscho Rocks Trail would be constructed with the use of a rubber tracked machine and hand construction.

City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

Re-issue special use permit for spring development, pipelines, two water tanks, treatment building.

Clay Creek Travel Implementation

Implementation of 2002 travel management.

Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project

This project will provide forest management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.

Collbran Development, Inc., Sewer Line Special Use Permit

Issuance of a special use permit for an existing sewer line crossing the Collbran Job Corps Center lands.

Collbran Valley Gas Gathering, LLC, Special Use Permit

Issuance of special use permit to Collbran Valley Gas Gathering, LLC, for approximately 1600 feet of existing natural gas pipeline on the Collbran Job Corp Center

Columbine Gravel Pit Development Plan

Decision tiers off Columbine OHV Recreation Area decision and adopts a pit develepment plan.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition

Relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and The Colorado Trail Lujan to LaGarita Wilderness segment off of Forest Service roads. Proposed trail location is at or near the actual divide. Up to 3 trail heads will be constructed along the new section of trail.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort - Snodgrass Mountain Expansion

Pre-NEPA and NEPA for Snodgrass Mountain Expansion Master Developement Plan activities

Crested Butte Ranger Station Administrative Site Sale

The GMUG NF is proposing to put up the Crested Butte Administrative Site for competitive sale in 2014. The .359 acre property was purchased by warranty deed in 1937. The 125 x 125 foot property consists of five lots within the Town of Crested Butte.

Decommissing of Grand Mesa Facilities

Removal of developed facilities at the Wild Rose Picnic ground and Crag Crest campground on the Grand Mesa. Convert to trailheads.

Decommissioning of Hell's Hole

Decommissioning of Hell's Hole a user created ATV route. We would propose to use a small trail dozer to create effective cross drainage, restore eroded gullies, and obscure the route.

Ditch Reconstruction - Alpine Plateau

Partial reconstruction of existing irrigation ditch

Dominguez Canyon WS Project

Multi faceted project including Cold Spgs. Ranger Station, facilities work, 22 miles trail work.

Dominguez Creek Riparian Fence

Construct 1/2 mile of fence to improve management of riparian vegetation in Upper Dominguez Creek.

Dr. Thomas Beach

Right-Of-Way Application - Existing and New Road


Revise Dry Fork Allotment Plan to meet Forest Plan Standards

Escalante Forest Restoration Project

Vegetation treatments to allow the use of fires to increase the resilience, diversity & habitat value of the forests. This includes fuels reduction, timber harvest, seeding, weed treatments, managed fire, & decommissioning of non-system roads.

Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232

The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLand's existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.

FLPMA Road Easements/Permits

Authorize access to private inholdings on the Uncompahgre National Forest. Strole-existing Trail # 149 provides historic access to private land on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Fort Peabody

Construct approximately 1/2 mile of new trail from the parking area near Imogene Pass to the historical Fort Peabody site.

Fossil Ridge I Land Exchange

Exchange approximately 700 acres of lands on the Gunnison National Forest in Saguache County for approximately 945 acres of privately owned lands in Gunnison County.

Freudenberg Special Use Permit

To bury approx. 2000 linear feet of 3 inch plastic pipe to supply irrigation water to private land.

Grand Mesa & Uncompahgre Non-system Route Decommissioning

Perform decommission work on non-system routes on the Grand Mesa & North Uncompahgre NF area. Decommission work will be on routes that have been identified as non-system through previous travel mgmt plan.Complete rehabilitation of the route(s)

Grand Mesa Christian Assoc. Expansion

Writing for plans for requested improvements. A new permit needs to be in place to replace the current construction permit.

Grand mesa Christian Camp-MDP Proposal

Grand Mesa Christian Camp operates under authorization of 10-year term special use permit. A proposal has been received to construct a new residential cabin to change or modify the existing operation.

Grand Mesa Lodge Development Plan

Grand Valley Ranger District anticipates submittal of a Master Development Plan (MDP) for future operation of Grand Mesa Lodge.

Grand Mesa Metropolitan District #2 Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a special use permit for approximately 1500 feet of 6-inch pipeline to transport backwash water from the water treatment facility at Powderhorn Ski Area to private property because of change in name of operating entity.

Grand Mesa NF Game Retrieval Area

Proposal to discontinue provision to provide for the use of ATVs off of designated routes for retrieval of downed game during big game huntings seasons.

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Grand Valley Ranger District Burn Blocks

This project proposes to burn approximately 500-2000 acres per burn block per year of oakbrush and mixed mountain shrub vegetation in important elk and deer habitat.

Grand Valley RD-Issuance of Temporary Recreation Event Permits.

Each year the Grand Valley Ranger District receives various requests for short term (less than one year) permits to conduct recreational activities on the National Forest.

Grand Valley Trap Tree Management for Spruce Beetles

Establish between 10-25 groups of trap trees to treat spruce beetle infested areas.

Hettinger Road Easement Transfer

Transfer existing Road Easement along Dave Wood Road.

High Mesa Trail

Conversion of FS Administrative Rd. 869 to ATV Trail. Proposed trail would end at intersection of FS Trail 225. Seasonal closure restrictions.

Highway 550 Highway Easement Deed

Recommend Federal Highway Administration issue a Highway Easement Deed to CDOT from north of Ouray to south of Coal Bank Pass on Uncompahgre and San Juan NF.

Hotchkiss Reservoir Land Exchange

Exchange approximatley 726 acres of private land for 794 acres of National Forest System land.

Hunter Reservoir Enlargement

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir. June 2007

Internal Revenue Service Permit Reissuance

Issuance of a new special use permit to replace an expiring permit for a building tower and electronic equipment on Lot L, Mesa Pint Communication site.

Jack's Cabin Cutoff County Road 813, Road Relocation

Relocation of the East segment of County Road 813 to be accomplished with Gunnison County and the Federal Highway Administration to improve site distance, turning radius and drainage. The original alignment will be re-coutoured and reclaimed.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.

Kings Spruce

Sanitation and salvage operations to control spruce beetle infestation in stands.

LaGarita Beetle Response

This project is desinged to capture economic opportunities and reduce public safety hazards through the cutting and/or harvest of beetle infested spruce trees resulting form the large spruce bark beetle epidemic within the planning area.

Long Lake Trail

New trail construction

Long Slough

Proposed project to treat declining aspen stands and to diversify ages classes in spruce / fir stands.

Love Mesa Project

Ponderosa Pine commercial thinning.

Manzo Private Road Easement

Issue private road easement for existing two track road to private inholding off Spring Creek Rim Road.

Meridian and Snodgrass Rangeland Analysis

This project will analyze whether to graze or not graze the Snodgrass and Meridian Allotments. If grazing is selected how that grazing will be carried out. The proposed alternative includes placing the Snodgrass Allotment into the Gothic Allotment.

Mesa Point Road Users Association Permit Reissuance

Issuance of a new FLPMA private road special use permit to replace an expiring permit for an access road to the Mesa Pint Communications site.

Mika Ag FLPMA Private Road Special Use Permit

Authorize landowner use of existing driveways accessing private land on Uncompahgre Plateau.

Military Prk Development Plan

Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan

Milk Creek Trail Project

Construction of approx. ½ mile of new trail to relocate trail off of private land and to ford Marshall Creek in order to avoid an unsafe bridge.

Mt. Emmons Baseline Study Plan of Operations

Conduct analysis for baseline studies (geology, geotechnical stabilty and hydrology) to determine feasibility of Mt. Emmons moly mine

Mt. Sneffels Land Acquisition

Acquire approx. 160 acres from Trust for Public Land.

Naturita Fuels Management Project

This is a wildland urban Interface Fire Hazard reduction.

North Grand Mesa prescribed Burn Blocks

Blocks of large areas of gambel oak and mountain shrub communities will be planned for prescribed burning over a 10 year period.

North Uncompahgre Trail Development

The Grand Valley Ranger District has received a proposal, including a map of proposed routes, from the Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle club to add trail routes on the North End of the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Oh-Be-Joyful Trail Project

300 to 500 ft of trail relocation and obliteration/rehabilitation of old trail sections.

Oil and Gas Leasing Revision

Revise 1993 Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Oil and Gas Leasing EIS decision to address changed conditions, revised leasing stipulations, and land availability.

Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.

Oxbow Mining, Federal Coal Lease Modification COC-70615

Oxbow Mining LLC (Oxbow) has applied to modify existing Federal Coal Lease COC-70615 by adding approx. 364 acres of Federal coal reserves. Coal in the existing lease is mined by Oxbow from their Elk Creek Mine near Somerset in Gunnison County.
Project Area Google Earth KMZ file (If download file extension is .zip change extension to .kmz)

Paonia District Restoration Project 2014

Restoration of site conditions on 6 closed nonsystem routes including recontouring, ripping, seeding, and water bars or similar; removal of two nonfunctioning culverts on a system trail.

Permit Re-Issuance

Re-issue permit to Delta Montrose Electrical Association for existing 7200 V underground powerline from forest boundary to Silver Jack Reservoir on Big Cimarron Rd. Possible permit consolidation with Paonia & Grand Valley RD's.

Pickens Forest Road Easement

Forest Road Easement to access private land.

Pine Mountain Fence

Pine Mountain Fence: Proposes to authorize construction of 1.0 miles of range fence for livestock management purposes on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Poole Road Easement

Private road access

Poughkeepsie inactive mine safety closure project.

Physical safety closures of 13 adits and shafts on NFS Land on Poughkeepsie Gulch area, south of Ouray, east of Hwy 550.

Powderhorn Mountain Bike Trails

Powderhorn Mountain Resort has proposed a 15 mile mountain bike trail system to be constructed within their permit area located on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Construction would occur in 3 phases with phase 1 involving approx. 5 miles of trail.

Powderhorn Resort Ski Trail Connection

Clearing of trees within a 0.7 acre corridor to provide a connection between the Upper Red Eye and Upper Sweet Misery ski runs.

Priest Lake Improvement Project

Priest Lake Dam Reconstruction

Qwest Phone Lines

Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.

Re-Route of Young's Ditch Trail #508

Re-route of Young's Ditch Trail #508- from the ditch bank to a new location.

Red Mountain Ditch Reconstruction

Reconstruct portions of Red Mtn Ditch transbasin diversion and install new headgate. Located on San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests.

Reissuance of expiring Special Use Permits

Road access to private lands District wide

Reissuance of Road Special Use Permit

Authorizing to access private land on existing road

Replacement of Spring Creek Pass public toilet on National Forest System lands

Replace existing vault toilet at Spring Creek Pass Day Use Area

Road Easements/Special Use Road Permits

Issuance of access authorizations on existing roads.

Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Pipeline Permit Reissuance

Issuance of new permit for existing Collbran to read Natural Gas Pipeline

Sale of the Coon Creek Administrative Site

Proposal to sell the 160-acre Coon Creek administrative site, Grand Mesa National Forest, Mesa County, Colorado. The site is no longer needed for Forest Service purposes. Revenues will be used by the agency for other facilities.

Silver Jack inactive mine closure and trail rehabilitation.

Physical safety mitigation on mining related features adjacent to Silver Jack lode claim and related trail reconstruction along East Fork Trail # 228 in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Work to be completed in 2013 and 2014.

Sky Rocket Creek Small Tracts Act (STA)

Convey to City of Ouray mineral fractions at Sky Rocket Creek and adjacent to city property near the City Hotsprings Pool.

Skyrocket Creek Diversion SUP

Issue Special Use Permit to City of Ouray for Skyrocket Creek diversion structure.

Snowplowing For Moose Transport

Proposal to plow snow by CDOW on Forest Roads to off-load Moose on the Grand Mesa as part of the Moose-re-introduction project.

Soap Creek Fuels Reduction

Use prescribed fire to improve ecosystem health in ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, aspen, oakbrush and grasslands types and reduce fuels, especially around campgrounds and in Wildland Urban Interface.

Special Order - Telluride Camping

The Special Order for camping restrictions in the Telluride area to be extended for another three years.

Special Use Permit, modification and / or Reissuance (Recreation Permits)

Grand Valley Ranger District received requests to modify, re-issue or transfer existing special use permits authorizing businesses to conduct activities on National Forest. The proposals vary with each season.

Special Use Permits/Reissuance

No physical changes: Zimmerman,Crawford Mesa Water Assoc,Charles Masner, Beach/Chapman, Sims, Slyzuik, West Elk Ranch,

Spring Creek Reservoir Flume And/Or Gauging Station

Installation of flume and/or gauging station downstream from the dam.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

Approximately 300,000 acres of forest have experienced mortality from insects and disease agents over the past decade. This planning effort will allow us to act adaptively, proactively and efficiently to changing forest health conditions.

St. Germain Foundation Rock Stockpile Disposal

Develop a disposal plan for rock stockpile via competitive bid negotiated sale or free use to government agencies.

Stratman Driveway

Construct approximately 400' driveway

Surface Creek Trail Decommissioning

This project was cancelled because it was a duplicate. The correct Project ID is 42068 Surface Creek Trail Decommissioning CE.

Swamp Canyon Road Permit

Issue Special Use road permit for motorized access on an exiting road and trail in Swamp Canyon

Telluride Airport Water Pipeline

Install 8" water pipeline to convey subsurface water away from an active landslide.

Telluride Regional Airport Embankment Fill Project

To re-contour and reseed approximately 1.50 acres of National Forest System lands that was utilized in past construction activities. This will prevent the ponding that is now occurring and is attacting birds and wildlife which is a threat to aircraft

Thistledown Property Private Road Easement transfer and bridge alignment change

Transfer a private road easement to Rockbiter Corp and amend the easement for a change in bridge alignment over Canyon Creek.

Thunder Mountain Lodge Development Plan

Grand Valley Ranger District has requested a Master Developement Plan for future operations of Thunder Mountain Lodge, LLC.

Thunder Trails Project

Cancelled because of duplicate project. Refer to #31861 Thunder Road Trails EA

Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit

Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line

Tri-State Montrose to Cahone 230KV Upgrade

Upgrade existing 115KV transmission line from Montrose-Nucla-Cahone to 230KV line. More information on BLM website:

Trickel Park Road Improvement Project

Re-condition the surface of Trickel Park Road # 121 from Alexander Lake Lodge to the North Forest Boundary. Includes one mile of new pavement from the intersection with FDR #123 to East Crag Crest Trailhead

Tule River Hydropower Vegetation Control Project

Not an existing project. Data error. Appears to belong to another forest.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Upper Loop Alternate Trail Project

Construction of a 793 ft alternate trail section parallel to the current upper loop trail designed for beginner riders.

Upper Mountain Top Mine Exploration Project

Authorize access and surface use of NFS land in Governor Basin.

USDI Bureau of Reclamation Parking Area and Storage Shed Permit

Issuance of a special use permit to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)for a parking area and storage shed located on Collbran Job Corps Center land. This action is needed because of the Congressionally-ordered jurisdicational change.

Wales Private Road Easement

Issue private road easement on an existing road.

Williams Private Road Easement

Issue a private road easement on an existing road to access private lands.

Wilson Peak Land Exchange

Non-federal Parties propose to convey five separate parcels of non-federal land containing a total of approximately 681 acres to the United States in exchange for four federal properties containing a total of approximately 303 acres of equal value.

Wolfe Road Easement

Process application for road easement. Easement for existing road; no new construction.

Project Archive

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

Key Contacts

NEPA Program Managers

Niccole Mortenson
Northern Region
Federal Building
Attn:  Engineering
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
remote phone: 406-329-3163


Kristin A. Merony
Environmental Coordinator
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forests
Supervisor’s Office
2250 Highway 50
Delta, CO 81416
Office: (970) 874-6649
Fax: (970) 874-6686