Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

The Forest publishers a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the GMUG National Forest.

Projects not included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Legal Notices of Projects not included in (PALS): Notice of Opportunity to Comment


The Forest Projects section below lists projects included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

Developing Proposal

  • Taylor Park Windthrow and Spruce Beetle Salvage

    In September 2020, the Taylor Park area was impacted by an unusual high wind event that caused extensive windthrow of trees and stem breakages. This project would address hazard trees and beetle risk in two areas: Mirror Lake and Superior Ridge.

  • Turner & Lone Cabin Ditch Combination Salinity Reduction Project

    Turner Ditch Company proposes to reduce salinity Turner and Lone Cabin Ditch ditches which includes an 18.9 mile piping element on various land ownerships and a 28.3 acre habitat improvement project at Paonia's water treatment facility.

Under Analysis

  • Blue Lakes Visitor Use Management Plan

    Provide comprehensive management of visitors in the Blue Lakes area on the Ouray Ranger District and focus on reducing visitor impacts using a variety of adaptive management mechanisms. Proposed activities vary by zone. A permit system is proposed.

  • Francis Ditch Re-establishment and Permit Issuance

    Re-establish the point of diversion and approximately 2,900 of a the 3,900 foot long ditch on the Grand Mesa National Forest that was destroyed during the 2016 West Salt Creek Landslide.

  • Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Forest Plan Revision

    The Draft Forest Plan and Draft EIS for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are available for public comment August 13 - November 26, 2021. Maps, data, and more info can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/DraftForestPlan

  • Mt. Emmons Land Exchange

    Non-Federal Party (MEMC)is proposing to convey approximately 625 acres of Non-Federal land in four parcels in Gunnison and Saguache Counties, CO in exchange for approximately 551 acres of Federal land in three parcels in Gunnison County,CO

  • North American Trail Ride Conference - Recreation Event Permit Renewal

    Proposal received to renew a five-year special use permit for the purpose of a bi-annual competitive recreation event within the Land's End - Flowing Park area of Grand Mesa National Forest.

  • North Valley Trails

    Trail and infrastructure project to provide a better and more diverse single-track user experience in the greater Crested Butte area by facilitating safe, responsible, and sustainable recreation infrastructure improvements.

  • Paonia Winter Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project (PWWHIP)

    Treat ~25,450 acres using prescribed fire and mechanical treatments within mountain shrub oak and pinyon juniper communities to improve habitat quality for elk and deer on winter range throughout the Paonia Ranger District with CPW, NWTF and BLM.

  • Telluride Via Ferrata Adoption

    The USFS is considering incorporating the existing via ferrata in Telluride under the agency's trail management.

  • Uncompahgre Nordic Association's Uncompahgre Nordic Trails

    Proposing to designate and maintain an 8.42 mile system of groomed, cross-country ski trails on National Forest System Lands and plow a designated parking area on the Uncompahgre Plateau, near the junction of Dave Wood and Divide Roads.

  • West Mountain Fuels

    Fuels treatments (thinning, pruning, mastication, overstory removal, and piling and burning of material) over approximately 322 acres of National Forest System lands adjacent to the Quartz Creek Property Association near Pitkin, Colorado.

Analysis Completed

  • 2022-2023 Trail Creek Beaver Habitat Work

    Phase 2. Restore historic wetlands, reconnect the floodplain to the stream, build fish habitat, provide wildlife habitat, create fire brakes, and bolster drought resiliency. To achieve the objectives, we will continue building instream structures.

  • Cow Creek Habitat Improvement

    The proposed action is to treat approximately 15,000 acres with prescribed fire to maintain and enhance productive vegetation for the benefit of Mule Deer, Elk and other wildlife species, while reducing the natural buildup of fuels.

  • Crested Butte Area Designated Camping

    The designation of dispersed camp sites and requirement for visitor to camp in these sites around the Crested Butte area. Designation of the dispersed camping sites would be established using wooden posts, signs, and fire rings.

  • Diamond Creek Abandoned Mine Lands Physical Safety Closures

    Ouray Ranger District proposes to physically close or upgrade six abandoned, inactive mine features such as open adits and shafts along the Engineer Pass Road.

  • Enlargement of Monument Reservoir No. 1 and Hunter Reservoir

    Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

  • Flowing Park Connector

    The proposed project includes construction of new 1.23 mile non-motorized single track on the Grand Mesa national Forest. This trail will connect the Flowing Park trail with the Drop Off trail, creating a loop ride for mountain bikes.

  • Perimeter Trail Extension No. 6156

    Construct approximately 80 feet of trail on NFS lands to facilitate 2100 foot extension of Perimeter Trail around the City of Ouray.

  • Pilot Rock Ditch Piping Project Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program

    The Bureau of Reclamation is analyzing the effects of piping approximately 1.55 miles of the Pilot Rock Ditch in Delta County, Colorado. Forest will consider what easement adjustments are necessary for portion of Pilot Rock Ditch on NFS lands.

  • Rapid Creek Sport and Cycles, LLC Shuttle Permit

    Conduct mountain bike shuttles to 3 designated locations (Mesa Top, Shirt Tail Point, Wild Rose)on the Grand Mesa National Forest. Supports trail opportunities on the Palisade Plunge Trail. Season is trail official opening to September 30.

  • Three Lakes Loop Trail Additions and Trail Bridges

    Approximately 0.71 miles of existing trails (8842.1A, 8843.1B, 8843) will be added to corporate data. Approximately 0.10 miles of trail will be constructed on portion of Three Lakes Campground Trail (NFSR 8843.1A). Two trail bridges will be added.

  • Tri-State Telluride O&M Plan revision and Ames Hydro to Burro Bridge vegetation management

    Revise O&M Plan and do vegetation management activities between Ames Hydo and Burro Bridge within and adjacent to exiting right-of-way.

Cancelled

  • City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

    Amend existing special use permit for City's Domestic Water System in Canyon Creek to remove facilities no longer in existence and to add new facilities

  • Porter Special Use Permit Reissuance

    Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing a spring development and approximately 453 feet of water transmission line. The waterline delivers domestic water to the permittee's private property along Tomichi Creek near Whitepine.

  • West Fork Cimarron Gravel Pit Development

    Develop gravel pit for crushed aggregate source for Owl Creek Road NFSR 858.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.

Key Contacts

NEPA Program Managers

Niccole Mortenson
2250 South Main St
Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-6693
niccole.mortenson@usda.gov

Samantha Staley
Grand Mesa, Uncomaphgre and Gunnison NF
2250 South Main St
Delta, CO 81416
(970) 874-6666
samantha.j.staley@usda.gov