Carson National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Forest-wide Reissuance of Lands Special Use Permits 2018

Reissue approximately 15 long-term permits for land uses on the Carson National Forest. There will be no change in the facilities or activities authorized in the permits.

Miranda Canyon Public Access

Designation of public access routes which may include roads, motorized trails, and/or nonmotorized trails within the Miranda Canyon parcel of the Camino Real Ranger District.

Under Analysis

Aquatic Habitat Restoration in the Red River

Provide trout with improved habitat by redefining the river channel through techniques such as filling and revegetating bank areas, installing rock features, constructing log jams, removing undesirable vegetation, and planting willows and cottonwoods

Carson National Forest Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan

Revision of the 1986 Carson National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to update plan direction

East Side Valle Vidal Watershed and Midnight Meadows Wetlands Restoration

Improvement of stream habitat, watershed conditions, and wetland degradation. Work includes stream channel stabilization, headcut remediation, restoration of impaired wetlands, exclosure fencing, and vegetation treatments to restore riparian areas.

Forest-wide Outfitter-Guide Permit Issuance

Issue new and reissue expiring 10-year permits for outfitter-guide services on the Carson National Forest. Permits would be issued based on the need and capacity within individual geographic areas.

McGaffey Forest and Rio Grande del Rancho Watershed Restoration

Part of Taos Valley Watershed Coalition's Landscape Restoration Strategy, the project proposes to re-establish fire-adapted forests, reduce the threat of severe effects from wildfire, provide wood products to communities, and improve wildlife habitat

Ponil Creek Watershed Collaborative Landscape Restoration

Landscape restoration on up to 64,528 acres in Colfax County, in order to promote conditions that are resilient to uncharacteristic disturbances from wildfire, insects, disease, and climatic variability.

Pueblo Ridge Restoration

Vegetation treatments on up to 10,000 acres to restore stand density, forest structure, species composition, and fire hazard to conditions that are more resilient to uncharacteristically severe disturbance.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort Improvements

Construction of new ski trails, including tree-clearing and grading; improvement and widening of existing trails; installation of new children's ski school yurt and gas and electric utilities; and installation of a powerline to the Ski Team yurt.

Southland Royalty Company, LLC Proposed Well Pads and Ancillary Facilities

Southland proposes to construct, drill, maintain, and produce two natural gas well locations along with a water retention pond, water pipeline, and gas pipeline. Each well location would contain sixteen individual wells.

Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project

A supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project on the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests to disclose, review, and assess additional information.

Taos Ski Valley Gazex Avalanche Mitigation System Installation

Install a fixed, remotely-operated avalanche control system within avalanche prone areas west of Kachina Peak along and below the ridgeline. This system would improve public and ski patrol safety within TSV, Inc.'s existing permit boundary.

Williams Four Corners, LLC (WFC) Special Use Authorization, Oil and Gas Pipeline

The Forest Service is proposing to approve an application for a special use authorization, submitted by WFC. The special use authorization would allow WFC to operate and maintain an existing natural gas pipeline and associated infrastructure system.

Analysis Completed

2016 New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Habitat Stamp Program Projects

The Forest Service proposes to construct 4 new, relocate 1, decommission 2, and maintain and implement improvements to 23 existing wildlife water developments. Install stream barbs and riparian enclosures within Carrizo/CompaƱero Canyon.

Kiowa-San Cristobal Wildland Urban Interface

A wildland urban interface project that will reduce existing hazardous fuel conditions and improve habitat, range, and resource conditions over approximately 9,000 acres.

La Fragua Canyon Public Access

The Forest Service proposes changes to the travel management status of several road segments to address public motorized vehicle access constraints which have arisen from private land road closures in the La Fragua Canyon area.

Red River Ski Area Multi-Season Improvement

Ski trail grading and widening; installation of gladed terrain, an interpretive hiking trail, a mountain biking trail, and additional snowmaking infrastructure. Proposed improvements are within the ski area's existing special use permit boundary.

Rio Trampas

A project to improve forest and watershed health on lands managed by the Camino Real RD. Provide fuelwood and forest products to local communities.

Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio Landscape Restoration Project

The objective is to conserve and restore the Rio Tusas-Lower San Antonio landscape in order to increase forest ecosystem sustainability and resiliency to natural disturbances such as drought and climatic variability, insects, disease, fire and wind

Robert L. Bayless Producer, LLC Proposed Well Pad and Ancillary Facilities

Bayless proposes to construct, drill, maintain, and produce a natural gas well location and associated ancillary facilities. The well location would contain 8 individual wells with the potential for 8 additional future wells on the well pad.

On Hold

Pedro and Lorraine Trujillo Expired SUP

Re-issue an expired special use permit for an acequia.

Sagebrush Habitat Improvement Project

The El Rito Ranger District is proposing to treat approximately 13,000 acres of sagebrush via mechanical methods and Tebuthiuron, reseed sagebrush treated areas where needed with grasses and forbs, and broadcast burn sagebrush treated areas.

Santos Grazing Allotment

Permit adjustment of season of use. *Project placed on hold due to comments received during comment period.*


14D Mountain Bike Trail

Construction of 3.2 miles of flow track mountain bike trail within the special use permit boundary of Taos Ski Valley (TSV).

Canjilon Water Association

The project is the reissuance of an expired special use permit. *This project has been incorporated into the Forest-wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Uses Permits (project #46809). This individual project entry is cancelled.*

Cebolla Water Association

The project is a reissuance of an expired special use permit. *This project has been incorporated into the Forest-Wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Uses Permits (project #46809). This individual project entry is cancelled.*

Comanche Creek Horse Pasture

Establish a horse pasture to improve range management activities, app. 100 acres in size. Pasture fence would be located outside of the riparian and would include a water gap for watering horses. Pasture would include a level pad for parking trailers

Lama Communication Site Authorization

Issue authorizations for existing facilities. *This project has been incorporated into the Forest-wide Reissuance of Expired Lands Special Uses Permits (project #46809). This individual project entry is cancelled.*

New Mexico Gas Company Authorization

Issue to a new owner a special use authorization for existing gas distribution improvements, and analyze the installation of additional pipeline through the National Forest in the Red River area and minor improvements to existing infrastructure.

Ojo Sarco Flume Replacement

Issuance of a special use permit amendment for replacement of an aging flume structure. New flume structure would consist of a 24" steel pipe set atop a metal support structure with concrete foundations.

San Cristobal Treatment Center Guiding Authorization

*This project has been cancelled due to lack of interest from the original proponent.*

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