Pikes Peak – Upper Monument Creek EIS

Pikes Peak – Upper Monument Creek EIS

The Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) propose to conduct forest restoration activities on 25,000 acres within the 67,000 acre Upper Monument Creek (UMC) analysis area.  Treatment activities include mechanical thinning, mastication, hand thinning, and prescribed fire. The treatments will be used singularly or in combination to transition forested plant communities across the landscape towards desired future conditions that are more characteristic of a resilient forest.  The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will analyze effects of potential treatments.  


Where the project is located:

Working Proposed Action Map


Scoping Information

Public meeting presentation

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (NOI)

UMC Project Scoping News Release


Collaborative Process

An Upper Monument Creek landscape assessment was completed through a collaborative process involving many different researchers, environmental non-profits, private individuals.  As part of the Front Range Roundtable, the collaborative group worked for over a year to compile science-based recommendations on how to effectively achieve a more resilient forest across the landscape.  The Forest Service retains authority for all final decisions for the project, but is taking the perspective of the collaborative into consideration in developing the action alternative.  Pre-scoping comments from the collaborative will be considered with public scoping comments.

UMC Landscape Restoration Initiative Summary Report



Mail Comments:

Pikes Peak Ranger District
Attn: Upper Monument Creek Scoping
601 South Weber St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Email Comments: psicc_umc@fs.fed.us

Via facsimile: 719-477-4233