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Status of Forest Projects

This page lists forest projects in different stages of analyses.  You may also find past projects, their objectives, and their results. If you are seeking information about a specific project or other project not listed, contact the appropriate NEPA Specialist or the appropriate Coronado NF Office.

Coronado National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

5-year Special Use Authorizations for Annual Recreation Events

This project proposes to re-issue two permits for annual recreation events that have occurred for one or more years in good standing. The two recreation events are Easy Peasy Lemmon Squeezy and Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder.

Abandoned Mine Closures

Closure of 58 mine features, including shafts, tunnels, and open cuts using bat gates and cupolas, polyurethane foam, and fencing, to secure the workings against threats to human and wildlife safety.

Arizona National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan will develop administrative and management goals, objectives and practices for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and management corridor.

North Martan Hazardous Fuels Reduction

The North Martan Hazardous Fuels Reduction project proposes to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat along the Rio Rico Wildland Urban Interface using current livestock grazing on the Calabasas Allotment in the North Martan pasture.

QWEST dba Century Link Fiber Cable Addition - Amendment #1

Permit holder is requesting to attach 18,000 feet of 24 strand self-support fiber cable to existing joint use poles owned by San Carlos Irrigation Project.

Special Use Authorization for UNS Electric, Inc.

A proposal to amend UNS Electric Inc permit SUP4038 to upgrade an existing electrical service line Nogales-Patagonia 13.2KV Distribution line. Section needs to be replaced to improve reliability to 3,000 customers.

Unisource Electric Supply Distribution Line Replacement Project

Proposed authorization for Unisource Electric Supply to replace the existing Nogales-Patagonia distribution line within the Sierra Vista Ranger District to improve reliability to approximately 3,000 customers.

Under Analysis

Arizona Trail Temporal Gulch Reroute

To relocate the Arizona National Scenic Trail to a sustainably constructed trail.

Camp Lawton Master Development Plan

Review and modify special use permit authorizing Camp Lawton and its proposed master plan. Improvements would include reconstructing and expanding existing facilities and constructing new facilities within the footprint of the existing permit area.

Canelo Hills Allotments

Complete environmental analysis to authorize the continued grazing on the Crittenden, Kunde, Mowry, O'Donnell, and Papago Allotments. The analysis will include the addition of several new range improvements.

Chiricahua FireScape

The purpose of this project is to reduce fuel accumulations, protect values from wildfire risk, restore and sustain ecological processes in fire-dependent ecosystems, and facilitate fire management in the Chiricahua EMA on the Douglas Ranger District

Cienega Creek FireScape

Forest proposes mechanical and prescribed fire treatments on about 50,000 acres of Forest and adjacent Federal, state and private lands.

Cross S Allotment Improvements

Improve grazing and wildlife management on Cross S allotment by constructing the following improvements: 5 wells in 5 different pastures, 4 tanks, 4 troughs, 3 miles of buried pipeline connected to wells or existing pipelines, 8 miles of fence line

Duquesne and Black Oak Cemetery Special Use Permit

Re-issue Special Use Permits for the Duquesne Cemetery Association and Black Oak Cemetery.

Forestwide Material Source Sites

Create 18 new material source sites to provide a more economic and better quality source of materials for various road and facility maintenance and improvement efforts such as road resurfacing, drainage improvements, and streambank stabilization.

Gardner Allotment

Forest proposes to reauthorize the grazing permit for the Gardner Allotment.

Prescott College Academic Outfitter and Guide Priority Use (2015-2025)

The Forest Service proposes to authorize Prescott College to conduct academic courses including new student orientation, adventure education, biology, human ecology, natural history, physical geography, field ecology, environmental conservation

Santa Rita Quarry-IMERYS Project

Plan of Operations submitted by IMERYS Carbonates NA for 3 phases of exploration drilling and proposed phased expansion of the North Pit at the Santa Rita Quarry to confirm the presence, extent (volume), and assess the grade of limestone.

Seventy Six, Two Troughs, and Cedar Springs Allotments Analysis

Complete environmental analysis to authorize the continued grazing on the Seventy Six, Two Troughs, and Cedar Springs Allotments. The analysis will include the addition of three pipelines with drinkers and storage tanks.

TEP Five-Year Plan

TEP will develop five-year plan for utility pole replacement as a component of their special use permit authorization to operate on the Nogales Ranger District.

Veach Allotment

Forest proposed to reauthorize grazing to the Veach Allotment.

Analysis Completed

Changes to Santa Catalina Ranger District Motorized Travel System

Changes to road designations on existing motorized travel system, which may include additions to the National Forest System road database, decommissioning, change of maintenance level, and other actions to meet administrative and user needs.

Changes to Sierra Vista Ranger District Motorized Travel System

The Forest proposes changes to the motorized travel system to meet newly identified Forest administrative and user needs and to protect areas of documented ecological and cultural resource impacts from future damage and/or degradation.

Improvements at Marshall Gulch Picnic Area and Trailhead

Replace restrooms, renovate picnic sites and trailheads, install vehicular bridges over stream, naturalize stream channel, and improve roads and parking areas.

Jhus Canyon Road Reroute

The Douglas Ranger District is proposing to construct 0.53 miles of road across Forest System land and easements to provide motorized access into Hjus Canyon.

Plan of Operations: Blue Fire Opal Project

The Forest proposes to analyze the effects of a Plan of Operations submitted by Blue Fire Gem Company to extract opals from an existing claim using hand tools and expanding the area from 2 acres to approximately 4 acres over a ten year period.

Revision of Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan

The Forest has completed a Revised Forest Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement to update the original Forest Land and Resource Management Plan signed in 1986. The Record of Decision for the new plan was signed on April 27, 2018.

Rosemont Copper Project

The Forest proposes to approve an mine plan of operation that involves processing and other facilities on both private land and the Forest. Actual decision and implementation dates depend on completion of consultation and resolution of comments.

Smith and Stevens Canyons Watershed Restoration

A youth-led erosion and E.Coli mitigation effort in Smith Canyon and Stevens Canyon.

T-Mobile Equipment Cabinet at Elephant Head Communication Site

T-Mobile needs to obtain proper authorization for an existing equipment cabinet at the Elephant Head Communication facility. No ground disturbance is associated with this action, and this is an administrative action.

Tumacacori Red Springs Single-Track Trail System

This project proposes to develop a system of trails for use by single-track motorized and not-motorized use, including mountain bikes and hikers. System will include 28 miles of trails within the Tumacacori Ecosystem Management Area.

US Army Electronic Proving Ground Sunnyside Testing Expansion

Authorization via Special Use Permit Amendment to the US Army Electronic Proving Ground's existing permit to utilize NFS lands for the placement of 10 temporary storage buildings within the Sunnyside Test Site in the Campini Mesa area.

On Hold

East Side Huachuca Recreational Shooting Closure

Permanent restriction on recreational shooting on the eastern slope of the Huachuca Mountains.

Frye Fire Hazard Reduction and Reforestation

Create site conditions conducive to reforestation activities over roughly 2,600 acres of burned mixed conifer forest. Project will involve hand cutting dead trees, mechanical and hand piling, pile burning and tree planting.

Fuelwood Collection on the Safford Ranger District

The Forest proposes to evaluate areas of the Pinaleno, Galiuro, Winchester and Santa Teresa Mountains to identify where fuelwood harvests of dead/standing and dead/down wood are environmentally acceptable for authorization.

Helicopter Use by AZ Game and Fish Dept within Pusch Ridge Wilderness

The Forest proposes to authorize the Arizona Game and Fish Department to use helicopters in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness to investigate mortalities of desert bighorn sheep on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.

Improvements at Fry Mesa Day Use Area

The Forest proposes to install a restroom facility and ADA-accessible covered picnic tables, grills and benches at an area near Fry Mesa reservoir.

Improvements at Treasure Park Campground, Water System Taps and Lines

The Forest proposes to add two water taps to the existing water line at Treasure Park. One would be located at the Treasure Park North campsite and the other at Treasure Park East with the water lines running under the existing roads.

Perimeter Trail Extension

Two part extension project to expand the existing Perimeter Trail #138 which currently connects Carr Canyon to Miller Canyon. Part 1: Trail extended from Miller Canyon to Hunter canyon. Part 2: Trail extended from Carr Canyon to Ramsey Canyon.

Pesquiera Grubbing

The Forest proposes to remove an overgrowth of mesquite and acacia in Pesquiera and Bellota Canyons to improve wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Pinaleno Firescape Southeast

The Safford Ranger District proposes to implement prescribed fire within the southeastern area of the Pinaleno Mountains (approximately 29,150 acres). Of this area, about 13,400 acres (about 46%) is within the Mt. Graham Wilderness Study Area.

Plan of Operations, Korn Kob Minerals Exploration Project

Proposed locatable minerals exploration including 42 drill sites. Drilling is proposed on existing roads within an inventoried roadless area

Rosemont Amendment to the Revised Forest Plan

A proposal to amend the revised Coronado Forest Plan in the Santa Rita Mountains in Pima County, Arizona to ensure consistency between the Rosemont Copper decision (June 6, 2017) and the recently revised Coronado Forest Plan.

Special-Use Permit, University of Arizona, Operation and Maintenance of Support Camp, Squirrel Study

The Forest proposes to issue a 20-year-term special-use permit to the University of Arizona authorizing it to operate and maintain support facilities for Mt. Graham red squirrel studies.

Sunnyside Exploration Drilling

The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations that would authorize the proponent to drill up to 30 exploratory holes to obtain evidence of mineralization.

Tanque Verde Falls Recreation Enhancement

Develop recreation facilities, improve non-motorized recreation trails and remediate resource damage in the vicinity of Tanque Verde Canyon, in the area commonly referred to as Tanque Verde Falls.


Drainage Work on Forest Road 508

The District proposes to authorize road work on two drainage crossings to correct road damage due to erosion caused by the 2017 Frye Fire and monsoon rains.

GABA Annual Mt. Lemmon Bike Ride

A new 5 year permit request from Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA). A non-race bicycle ride event starting at McDonald Park and riding to the base of Mt. Lemmon and then up to Loma Linda Overlook or Iron Door on the Mt. Lemmon Highway.

Grazing Permit Reauthorization, Redrock Pasture-Kunde Allotment

Proposal to reauthorize grazing permit for the Redrock Pasture on the Kunde Allotment.

Harshaw Exploration Drilling

Arizona Mining, Inc. proposes to build drill pads, groundwater monitoring wells, temp access roads, and reconstruct/maintain existing Forest Roads. AMI will reclaim drill pads, temp access roads, and any reconstruction outside existing roads.

Hermosa-Taylor Deposit Drilling Project

The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations that would authorize the proponent to drill eight exploratory holes to obtain characterization of mineralization.

Interconnect Trails, Cunningham Loop, Safford District

The Forest proposes to construct approx. 1 ¼ miles of new trail to connect the Cunningham Loop trail with trails above Upper Hospital Flat and to the 507 Rd within the Grant Creek and Big Creek drainages on Mt. Graham.

Landscape Scale Vegetation and Water Resource Management (FireScape)

The Forest proposes to manage vegetation and make watershed improvements across the District.

Loma Linda Hazardous Fuels Reduction

*Cancelled due to incorporation into Catalina Rincon Firescape.* Hazardous fuel reduction treatments (thinning, mechanical, prescribed fire) on approximately 150 acres in the Loma Linda area south of Summerhaven on the Santa Catalina Ranger District

Mount Graham International Observatory Site Antenna Addition

Install a 4-foot microwave antenna onto the corner of the existing telescope building approximately 40 feet above the surface of the ground.

Mowry Allotment Analysis

The proposed action is to authorize continued livestock grazing on the Mowry Allotment using an adaptive management strategy.

Plan of Operations, CH Exploratory Drilling Project

Locatable minerals exploration including drilling at five drill sites

Plan of Operations, Dice #8 Placer Exploration Project

Placer exploration including excavation of trenches, physical processing with classifier and trommel.

Plan of Operations, Humboldt Exploratory Drilling Project

The Forest proposes to approve a Plan of Operations that would authorize the proponent, Regal Resource Inc., to drill six exploratory holes to obtain evidence of mineralization. This project was formerly known as Sunnyside.

Plan of Operations, Minerals Exploration, Hermosa Drilling Project

Exploration and geotechnical drilling, monitoring well installation, and test trenching at 46 locations. Includes temporary access roads, overland travel, foot travel, road maintenance on existing roads, and well monitoring.

Plan of Operations, Moore & Moore #4 Placer Exploration Project

Placer exploration accomplished by material excavation, physical processing with classifier and trommel.

Plan of Operations, Oracle Ridge Mining LLC Access, Parking, and Utility Project

Proposed activities on NFS land to support of operations at the Oracle Ridge Mine, which is located on private land. Proposed activities include use of Forest roads, a parking area and a utility corridor.

Rustler-Barfoot Thinning Project

Timber stand improvement (thinning and planting) on 462 acres in the vicinity of the Rustler Park Campground and Barfoot Park.

Special-Use Approval, Water Stations for Emergency Use, Humane Borders, Inc.

The Forest proposes to authorize Humane Borders Inc. to place three 55-gallon water stations on the Nogales Ranger District for emergency use.

Willow Canyon Recreation Residences Modifications CE

Modification of two existing special use authorizations for recreation residences (9808 North Willow and 12026 N. Soldier Lake Rd.).

Project Archive

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