Notice of Draft Decision on Powderhorn Mountain Resort Project

Contact(s): Kim Phillips, Dylan Peters

Grand Junction, Colorado, January 24, 2020 – The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Grand Valley Ranger District completed the draft Decision Notice (DN) for the Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) Snowmaking and Connector Trail Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA, draft DN, and supporting documentation are available for review online at and hardcopies are available for review at the Grand Valley Ranger District in Grand Junction, CO. After consideration of the analysis in the EA and public comments, Chad Stewart, Deciding Official, has approved the proposed action. The draft decision authorizes the construction of a snowmaking supply line, a pump house, an intake pad, and the Rim View Connector Trail.

The release of the Draft Decision initiates the 45-day objections period. Individuals who submitted timely and specific written comments during the 30 day combined scoping and comment period initiated in September 2019 have standing to file an objection to the Draft Decision Notice under 36 CFR 218.

Objections, including attachments, must be submitted via mail, express delivery, messenger service, or hand delivery (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Objection Reviewing Officer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 1617 Cole Blvd. Bldg. 17, Golden, CO 80401; or by Email to: At a minimum, an objection must include the following: objector’s name and physical mailing address; signature or other verification of authorship upon request; identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed; name of the proposed project; name and title of Responsible Official; and name of national forest unit(s) on which the project will be implemented.

Objections must be filed within 45 calendar days following the publication of a legal notice in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The legal notice is anticipated to be published on January 24, 2020. The publication date in the Daily Sentinel (newspaper of record) is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection. Those wishing to object should not rely on dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the time to file an objection.

If you have additional questions regarding this draft decision or the objection process, please contact Bryan West, Project Leader, at (303) 275-5276, or