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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Boulder Ranger District Watershed Improvement EA

A suite of watershed improvement projects across the Boulder District.

Buttonrock Collaborative Project

The Forest Service proposes to use a combination of manual, mechanical, and prescribed fire activities to reduce fuel loadings and restore ponderosa pine dominated stands in collaboration with other governmental agencies and landowners.

Colorado Mountain Club Special Use Authorization for Outfitting and Guiding

The Forest Service proposes to issue a 10 year outfitter and guide permit for environmental education, including avalanche awareness, snow travel, and rock climbing. This replaces a transitional priority permit.

FinLand (Gregg) Access

The Forest Service proposes to issue an authorization for the use and maintenance of a road for access to private property.

Heithold Access

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Heithold to maintain a Forest Road for access to private property.

Lefthand Motorized Roads & Trails Project

The Forest Service proposes to analyze access and sustainable management to the Lefthand motorized roads and trails area. Due to the 2013 flood, the motorized access into the motorized trails area were severely damaged and destroyed.

Roaring Creek Project

The Forest Service proposes vegetation management activities in the Roaring Creek project area for the purposes of providing economic timber projects, improving forest health, reducing hazardous fuels, maintaining wildlife habitat and meadows.

Tregae Access

The Forest Service proposes to authorize use and maintenance of a Forest Road for access to private property

Turner Services Special Use Authorization for Outfitting and Guiding Services

The Forest Service proposes to issue a 10 year outfitter and guide permit for hunting on specific game units and ATV tours on system roads. This replaces a transitional priority permit.

Under Analysis

Adventure Cycling Association Ten-year Outfitter and Guide Permit Issuance

Issuance of a ten year outfitter and guide permit to Adventure Cycling Association to authorize multiple cycling tours to operate annually on National Forest System Lands across the Rocky Mountain Region.

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest Recreational Sport Shooting Project

The Forest Service is considering amending the Forest Plan to provide direction on recreational sport shooting activities on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

Boulder flood warning site

The Forest Service proposes to authorize the installation of a new rain gauge and authorize 10 existing rain gauges on National Forest System land.

Central City Water Collection System Upgrade

The Forest Service proposes to allow Central City to upgrade or replace two existing water diversion and collection structures located on National Forest System lands under their current authorization.

Chalk Bluffs 3D Geophysical Exploration Project

The Forest Service proposes to permit Seitel, Inc. to conduct vibroseis geophysical exploration on National Forest System lands within administrative boundary of the Pawnee National Grassland. Project area includes State and private lands.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Fraser Sediment Pond Project Permit Reissuance

The Forest Service is proposing to reissue a new special use permit to CDOT for continued operation and maintenance of the Fraser River Sediment Pond for activities occurring outside of the existing highway easement.

CU Mountain Research Station

The Forest Service proposes to authorize the University of Colorado, Mountain Research Station, to use and maintain facilities on NFS land for research and to conduct research studies on NFS land.

Husted-Maitland Land Exchange

The Forest Service proposes an exchange of approx. 356 acres of Forest Service System land for approx. 367 acres of non-Federal land including a public trail easement.

Ingersoll Collaborative Burn Project

In cooperation with Boulder County, the Boulder Ranger District is proposing to broadcast burn 28 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands. Thinning of smaller diameter trees may be done before burning to reduce mortality of larger diameter trees.

Intrawest/Winter Park Operations Corp. Distributed Antenna System

The Forest Service proposes to issue an authorization to Intrawest/Winter Park Operations Corp. to install, operate and maintain a distributed antenna system to enhance cellualar coverage at Snoasis and Lunch Rock buildings at Winter Park Resort.

Kauffman Creek Vegetation Management Project

The Forest Service proposes to salvage approximately 1,600 acres of standing dead lodgepole pine trees, which are a result of widespread mountain pine beetle.

Loveland Dry Gulch Snowcat Tours Project

Loveland Ski Area is requesting permission for guided snowcat tours to provide backcountry ski/snowboard access. 3 temporary (over-snow) snowcat routes would be established. Parts of the area would require an outfitter guide permit.

Magic Feather Collaborative Project

In cooperation with the NRCS, TNC, and Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, the Canyon Lakes Ranger District is proposing to broadcast burn 5,536 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands and 793 acres of non-NFS lands.

Meadow Creek Recreation Enhancement and Watershed Improvement Project

The Forest Service is looking to improve watershed condition and recreation opportunities in the Meadow Creek Reservoir area, which is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area.

Post-Flood Stream Restoration

The Forest Service is proposing to implement stream and floodplain restoration projects, for the purpose of improving watershed condition and fisheries health within the flood-impacted area on the Canyon Lakes and Boulder Ranger Districts.

SSG Mining Plan of Operation

The Forest Service proposes to authorize a mining plan of operation. The plan includes use of hand tools and mechanized equipment to sample and evaluate material from old mine tailing and within existing adit. Ore with economic value will be removed

Tunnel Water Company - Access Road Relocation for Laramie-Poudre Tunnel Repairs.

The Forest Service proposes to authorize relocation of a road used by Tunnel Water Company to access the east portal of Laramie-Poudre Tunnel. Existing road is too steep to accommodate equipment necessary for previously authorized repair work.

Western Area Power Administration (Western) Estes-Flat Iron Proposed Transmission Line Rebuild

The Forest Service will analyze Western's proposal to remove a115 kV line and rebuild a115 kv line both of which are authorized under special use permits. These parallel lines cross approx.imately 3.8 miles of National Forest System lands.

Wildwood Federal #1 Oil & Gas Well Project

The FS/BLM proposes to allow Duncan Oil Company to develop their lease for the production of oil and gas.The BLM implements by approving Application for Permit to Drill (APD).

Wings Birding Tours Special Use Authorization

The Forest Service proposes to issue a new 10-year Outfitter/Guide special use authorization for guided birdwatching tours

Analysis Completed

2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Special Use Authorization

Classic Bicycle Racing LLC makes temporary use of NFS lands during 4 of the total 7 stages on four National Forests within Colorado for ancillary facilities such as staging areas with portable toilets, signs, barricades, message boards, and filming.

Cache la Poudre Stairs Reconstruction/Construction II

The Forest Service proposes to remove and reconstruct the existing access stairs and ramp at one river put-in location and construct a set of stairs at another put-in location to replace the existing user-created route.

Paving Weld County Road 105

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Weld County to widen & pave existing gravel Weld County Road (WCR) 105 from south of state highway 14 to WCR 390, approx 4 miles. Approx 3 miles of this proposed project crosses the Pawnee National Grassland.

Sulphur Ranger District Trails Smart Sizing Project

The Forest proposes to improve the area trail network by re-routing, building new trails, decommissioning some system and non-system trails and reducing the width of some trails. Bicycle use is proposed as restricted to designated system routes.

On Hold

Allenspark Recreational Shooting Project

The Forest Service proposes to manage recreational shooting at the former Allenspark Dump Site to address safety concerns.

Authorization for County Road 44H Reconstruction

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Larimer County to reconstruct CR 44H ("Buckhorn road"), which was damaged in the flood of September 2013. Larimer County has an easement and segments of the road on NFS land are proposed to be realigned.

Authorization for Larimer County Road 47 Reconstruction

Due to the 2013 flood, county road 47 was damaged. The Forest Service proposes to issue a temporary road construction permit with an operation plan to allow for staging areas and after construction an easement would be issued to Larimer County.

Climax Molybdenum Co. - Henderson Mill

The Forest Service proposes to renew the existing authorization for the Ute Creek Bypass.

Old Mine Road Association Right-of-Way

The Forest Service proposes to issue Old Mine Road Association a Right-of-Way for an existing road to access private property. The road is not identified on the Motor Vehicle Use Map as an open public road.

Post-Flood Trail Restoration

The Forest Service proposes to repair, reconstruct and restore flood-impacted trails on CLRD including but not limited to Fox Creek, West Creek and Homestead Meadows.

Pryor Water Transmission Line

The Forest Service proposes to issue a new permit for a water transmission line.

Public Service Co of Colorado South Clear Creek Master Gas Line Permit

The Forest Service proposes to reissue a permit to Public Service Company of Colorado for their existing underground natural gas line. The gas line is 10.4 miles long and occurs in various locations on the Clear Creek Ranger District.

Rabbitt Cabin and Access

The Forest Service proposes to authorize a cabin and access to the cabin for a period of 10 years while a permanent resolution to the encroachment is found.

Storm Mountain Public Improvement District Number 55 Road Authorization

The Forest Service proposes to issue a special use road authorization to these two entities for use and maintenance of Forest roads accessing these subdivisions.

Sulphur Timber Stand Improvement Project

The Forest Service is proposing to implement 4325 acres of vegetation improvement activities. The proposal will address improving forest health while maintaining and improving vegetation conditions that are suitable for Canada lynx habitat.

Watson septic tank

The Forest Service proposes to provide a new authorization for a septic system that has expired.

Western Area Power Administration Right-of-Way Maintenance and Reauthorization Project

Update vegetation management activities along 278 miles of transmission lines located on NFS lands in Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. These activities are intended to protect the transmission lines by managing for stable, low growth vegetation.

Cancelled

Colorado State Highway 7 Recreation Improvements Plan

The Forest Service proposes to improve recreation opportunities at and near the Meeker Park Campground area.

Denver Water Jim Creek Siphon Replacement

The Forest Service proposes to issue an authorization to Denver Water for the purpose of authorizing the demolition, removal and replacement of the Jim Creek Siphon.

Garcia Access

The Forest Service proposes to issue an easement for year round access to private property.

Jeffery Zimmerman Private Road Special Use Permit

The Forest Service proposes to issue a 90' x 20' private road special use permit to Jeffery Zimmerman to access his private property, the Timberline Lode, off of Forest Service Road 248.1, in the Waldorf area.

Luthy Access

The Forest Service proposes to authorize use and maintenance of a road on National Forest for access to private property

Prairie Restoration Project

The Forest Service proposes to use adaptive management, design criteria and monitoring to apply Tordon according to the label instructions, to areas with cacti that is outside its historic range.

Project Archive

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