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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Projects on the Forest Managed by Other Units

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest All Units

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

Axia Energy, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion

Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265).

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements

CBMR has formally requested site-specific review and analysis under NEPA procedures for elements of the Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Forest Service in 2013. See item 23 for more information.

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.

GEC's 11-90-8-H3;11-90-20-21-H1 and -H2 and SG Interests' 12-90-7-1; 11-90-9-3; 11-90-15-2 APDs

BLM and Forest Service proposal for Gunnison Energy LLC and SG Interests, Ltd (SG). Proposal includes up to 25 total Federal Natural Gas Wells on 4 new and 1 existing well pads and associated infrastructure. Six APDs have been submitted.

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 Nordic Council - Biathlon Range

Grand mesa Nordic Council seeks approval for Biathlon Range within the Skyway winter trail system. Range will be placed on removable frame and include live ammunition resulting from a supervised range instructor. See Project Leader for more info.

Mt. Emmons Groundwater and Associated Data Investigation

Gather baseline hydro-geologic information sufficient to develop and run groundwater modelling.

Pitkin Travel Proposal

Pitkin Trail Advocates have submitted a proposal to revisit 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management decision regarding specific routes near Pitkin, Colorado.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

6/16 UPDATE: The Forest Service has extended the comment period for the Draft EIS until July 31, 2015. The GMUG contains approximately 223,000 cumulative acres of spruce beetle mortality and 229,000 acres of affected aspen from the past decade.

Thistledown Small Tracts Act Land Exchange

Rockbiter Corporation has made an application to exchange lands with the United States Forest Service under the authority of the Small Tracts Act. The exchange contains approximately 25 acres of National Forest for 125 acres of private lands.

Thunder Mountain Lodge-Winter Snowmobile Outfitter and Guide request.

Thunder Mountain Lodge, located on the Grand Mesa National Forest, proposes to expand commercial winter services with a request to be authorized 250 service days for snowmobile tours on groomed (Sunlight-Powderhorn and Land's End) snowmobile trails.

Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Improvement Project

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. is proposing to rebuild the existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone 115-kV transmission line to operate at 230-kV. The BLM is the lead agency and the Forest Service is a cooperating agency.

Trout Lake Domestic Water System

Reissue permit for existing domestic water facilities which include: Three 12 inch diameter wooden tanks, 365 feet of buried 2 inch water pipeline and 430 feet of access road.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

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.

Grand Valley Ranger District

Hunter Reservoir Enlargement

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

Gunnison Ranger District

2015 Taylor Park Silvicultural CE

Precommercial and commercial thinning, and sanitation of dwarf mistletoe infested lodgepole pine stands to maintain acceptable growth rates and stand health on up to 250 acres. Project is in Taylor Park between Cottonwood Pass Road and Willow Crk.


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

Cottonwood Pass Road Geotechnical Investigation Special Use Permit

Authorize the Federal Highways Administration-Central Federal Lands Highway Division to conduct geotechnical investigation of a material borrow source along Cottonwood Pass Road, and along the existing roadway prizm.

Cunningham Ditch Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System Easement

Reissue an existing Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Water System Easement for an existing ditch to the new landowner. Approx 3,062' are located on NFS lands.

Divide Salvage

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Highway 149 South Salvage Project

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Implementation of the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan on the Gunnison RD

Decommission approximately 30.5 miles of Forest Service system and non-system routes, conduct restoration work on decommissioned routes, and conduct hydrological upgrades and road improvements consistent with the 2010 travel Management decision.

Jobe Road Easement Reissuance

Reissue expired Private Road Easement to Hutch Jobe, son of prior easement holder John Jobe.

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.

Morgan Special Use Permit

Issuance of a Special Use Permit to authorize use of an existing road for access to private land

Mt. Emmons Mining Company Road Special Use Permit

Authorize use of an existing roadway on National Forest System lands for access to ranch facilities on private lands.

Porter Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing a spring development and approximately 453 feet of water transmission line. The waterline delivers domestic water to the permittee's private property along Tomichi Creek near Whitepine.

Pristine Point, Inc. Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit for the operation and maintenance of pipeline approximately 1,300 feet in length.

Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit

Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line

Willow Creek Bridge #1 and #2 Replacements

Replace structurally deficient Willow Creek Bridge #1 on NFSR 765 approximately 1.85 miles east of NFSR 742 and Willow Creek Bridge #2 (approximately 3.25 miles east of FS Road 742)at the existing bridge locations and move utilities from bridges.

Ouray Ranger District

City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

Amend existing special use permit for City's Domestic Water System in Canyon Creek to remove facilities no longer in existence and to add new facilities

Governor Basin Ore Removal

Issue Road Use permit to Revenue Mine to haul ore from private land to millsite.

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.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

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

Manzo Private Road Easement

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

Miners Creek Inactive Mine Safety Closure Prjoect

Install grate, backfill or PUF on open shafts; install grate, bulkhead or backfill open adits. Up to 23 closures. Location is Mineral Point area, San Juan County.

Qwest Phone Lines

Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.

Reissue expiring permit for spring development - Peck

Issue a special use permit to replace an expiring permit for spring development located east of US Highway 550, north of Ouray.

Skyrocket Creek Diversion SUP

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

Source Gas Special Use Permit Re-issuance.

Re-issue existing permit to new owner for 528 ft. long, 4 inch natural gas distribution pipeline located within Oak Creek Rd.

Special use permit for spring development - Clarkson

Issue a special use permit to Clarkson for spring and pipeline west of Highway 550, north of Red Mountain Pass.

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. Beginning a possible Small Tracts Act exchange on land the road is located.

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