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

2014 Pro-Cycle Challenge

2014 Pro-Cycyle challenge is a professional bike race with 128 entrants. The course varies each year utilizing US Highways, State and County roads as it crosses 4 National Forests this year between August 18 and 26.

Alvarez Easement

Access to private land near Sargents, CO

Anderson Pit Development Plan

Refresh NEPA and Pit Development Plan

Anthracite Creek Trail Bridge (previously Kebler Wagon Trail Project)

Install/construct 50'x6' trail bridge over Ruby-Anthracite Creek on the Paonia Ranger District extending NFST #606 to the west towards Horseranch Park


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

Blanche Park Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation

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

Buckhorn Gulch Mechanical Treatment

Big Game Habitat Improvement & Fuels Treatment Project.

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 Summit Trail Reconstruction

Reroute approximately 700 feet of trail on the Summit Trail within CBMR's permit boundary, using hand tools. The reroute would avoid a heavily eroded area that creates safety issues for trail users. The reroute would contour the adjacent hillside.

City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

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

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.

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.

Deadman Trail Bridge

Install/construct 52'x4' trail bridge with a set of engineered abutments with concrete bearings over Cement Creek on the Deadman Gulch Trail NFST #420

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.

Dominguez Canyon WS Project

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

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.

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

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.

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

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

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

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.

Lone Cabin Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation Project

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

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 Fuels Reduction

Remove hazardous fuels (live & dead) adjacent to the Mesa Point Communications facilities.

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. 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 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.

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 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

Road Easements/Special Use Road Permits

Issuance of access authorizations on existing roads.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Town of Mountain Village Waterline Extension Project

The Town of Mountain Village has requested the Forest Service amend their existing special use permit for the expansion of the proposed waterline to provide better water flow to the community for domestic and fire protection purposes.

Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit

Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line

Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Improvement Project

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has proposed upgrades to existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone transmission line and 3 substations crossing private, state and federal lands.

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

TSG Ski & Golf Fen Monitoring Sites

Reissue a special use permit for the continued monitoring of fen sites within the Telluride Ski Area.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

West Salt Creek Landslide Mitigation

Reroute segment of trail around landslide and construct two short sections of fence (3-400 feet each) to keep cattle from following old trail to the edge of the slide or to keep from getting into adjacent allotment.

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

Tim Stroope
Environmental Coordinator
GMUG National Forest
2250 Hwy 50
Delta, Colorado, 81416
(970) 874-6649