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.

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Developing Proposal

Box Canyon Sign Special Use Permit

Replace old Special Use Permit for operating and maintaining the Box Canyon sign with a new permit and operation/maintenance plan.

Under Analysis

Spruce Stomp Federal Lease-by-Application (COC-75916)

Bowie Resources has submitted a lease-by-application for approximately 1,813 acres. The lease contains lands managed by the Paonia Ranger District of the GMUG NF, Uncompahgre Field Office of the BLM, as well as other split estate lands.

Barret Spring Development Permit Issuance

Daniel and Katherine Readon are requesting to be permitted for Barret Spring Development and pipeline on National Forest System lands. The Readons have an existing State conditional water right for this development.

Black Hills Energy Authorization Re-Issuances

Black Hills Energy purchased Source Gas. Re-issue permits to BHE for the Redvale to Olathe 10 inch gas line; Montrose Expansion Project Distribution Line.

Burwell Spring

Application to authorize previously constructed spring development and pipeline to serve private property inholding.

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.

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.

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Forest Plan Revision

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are undergoing Forest Plan Revision. The Forest Plan is an overarching document that guides forest management through broad direction, standards, and guidelines for years to come.

Grays Basin Inactive Mine Physical Safety Closure Project

The GMUG and Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety are proposing to physically close 17 inactive mine features in Silver Lake, Grays Basin and Ptarmigan Lake areas on the Norwood and Ouray Ranger Districts in 2020.

Nickolaus Road Special Use Authorization

Issue a special use permit for access and maintenance through approximately 750 ft of National Forest System lands to a private inholding on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan

Gunnison Energy LLC proposes to drill, complete, and operate up to 35 horizontal wells from four new well pads and one existing well pad. Proposal includes construction of associated access roads and gas gathering pipelines.

Powderhorn Snowmaking Supply Line and Trail Project

Install a snowmaking supply line from Anderson Reservoir #2 to the top terminal of Lift #1. Construct the Anderson Reservoir #2 Pump House and associated intake structure. Construct the Rim Connector Trail from Grand Mesa to Powderhorn Resort.

Rothberg Property Access

Authorization for access to private land via Little Cone Ranch Rd NFSR 618.1E

Steamboat Rocks

The Steamboat Rock Prescribed Fire is a continuation of the Grand Junction Watershed Initiative that has been in progress since 2008.

Taylor Park Vegetation Management EA

Approximately 15,000 acres of commercial and non-commercial vegetation treatments are being proposed. For information on the AMG and opportunities to get involved please visit

Tri-State Sunshine Substation Agreement

To replace a transformer with a reactor and realign varroa structures within the existing Sunshine Sub substation.

Analysis Completed

Carter Rec. Residence driveway gate

Installation of a 12ft gate on permit area boundary and administrative route for recreation residence GUN708.

Cathedral Peak Route Restoration 2019

Proposal to improve watershed conditions along an unauthorized route near Cathedral Peak south of Crawford on the Paonia Ranger District. The route is to be recontoured, revegetated, and left as a single track nonmotorized nonsystem trail.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) - Proposed Teo Drainage & Summer Use Improvements

CBMR has formally requested site-specific review and analysis under NEPA procedures for elements of the Master Development Plan that was accepted by the Forest Service in 2013. See item 23 for more information.

Fruita Corrals

Installation of two 12'x 12' corrals made of steel/iron bars

Iron Point 3D Seismic Project

Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) proposes to conduct a 3-D seismic project (Iron Point 3-D Project) on approximately 28,000 acres of public lands north of Paonia, Colorado in Delta and Gunnison Counties.

Lake Irwin Campground & Day Use Area Improvement

Authorization for the reconstruction of Lake Irwin Campground and Day Use Area. Reconstruction would involve ground disturbance and tree removal to all for reconfigures and/or expanded camping sprus/sites, new tables, rings, tent pads, restrooms...

Monarch Pass - Marshall Pass Vegetation Management Project

The intent of the project is to proactively and adaptively respond to declining forest vegetation conditions due to insect and disease. Includes treatments of Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine forests in the Monarch Pass and Marshall Pass areas.

North Delta Administrative Site Replacement Building

Replace existing dilapidated/unsafe storage and office facilities with one building at existing administrative site in North Delta. Demolish other buildings at site.

North Taylor AML Closures

The project consists of physically closing 11 abandoned mine adits and 4 abandoned mine shafts on the Gunnison Ranger District in areas around Taylor Park.

Ohio City - Pitkin Fuels Reduction

The addition of a 31 acre unit to a previous Ohio City - Pitkin Fuels Reduction analysis--creating a fuel break. Treatment of the unit will include: thin ladder fuels below 6 ft., remove trees under 8 in. in diameter, and pile/burn all cut material.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

7/5/16 - Final Decision signed. To stay involved and informed of implementation activities, see the SBEADMR IMPLEMENTATION WEBSITE (currently under construction):

Trail Gulch Seismic Project

Conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveys to map subsurface geology in the Trail Gulch Oil and Gas Unit to inform possible future development proposals of existing leases.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

On Hold

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.


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

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition

Relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail off of Forest Service roads. Proposed trail location is at or near the actual divide. Up to 3 trail heads will be constructed along the new section of trail.

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
Remote address:Northern Region
26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
remote phone: 406-329-3163

Samantha Staley
Grand Mesa, Uncomaphgre and Gunnison NF
2250 South Main St
Delta, Co 81416
(970) 874-6666