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

Carson Lake Dam Project

Propose issuance of construction permit to the City of Grand Junction to conduct necessary reconstruction work on the Carson Lake (aka Hogchute Res) Dam and spillway. Engineering drawings and specs are being prepared to meet State requirements.

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.

Baldy Mountain Landscape Resiliency and Habitat Improvement Project

The primary purpose of this project is to move the landscape toward a more natural state and thus improve wildlife habitat for multiple species by implementing mechanical vegetation, hand thinning and prescribed fire treatments.

Bull Draw Fire Fence Construction- Phase Two

Approximately 3 miles of new fence will be constructed along the adjoining. BLM, Norwood and Grand Valle Ranger District FS Boundaries, to replace/relocate fences burned in the Bull Draw Fire in 2018. The objective is to improve grazing management.

Burwell Spring

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

Deer Lakes Campground and Day Use Area Improvement

Rehabilitate and reconstruct the Deer Lakes Campground and Day Use Area through funding from the Great American Outdoors Act.

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.


Repair of existing dam and replace outlet works on Kendall Reservoir, aka Kenny Creek reservoir. No significant changes to the overall size of existing structure. Proposed borrow source located adjacent to but outside of reservoir basin.

Leon Lake Tunnel Access

Excavation work necessary to re-establish access into the Leon Lake tunnel. Excavation will be approximately 20' deep x 30' wide x 50'long. Access is needed to inspect existing outlet pipe and valves located within the tunnel.

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.

Ouray Silver Mines, Inc. Fringe Lease

This EA will consider potential impacts to surface resources and issue a decision whether the GMUG NF consents with the BLM to issue a fringe lease as applied for by Ouray Silver Mine, Inc.

Ouray Silver Mines, Inc. Hayden Weather Station Proposal

The proposed weather station would be installed on a ridge of Hayden Mountain directly above the Waterhole slide path to enhance avalanche forecasting and mitigation in the Canyon Creek watershed while improving safety for travelers on Campbird Rd.

San Miguel Power Association 44kV Red Mountain Transmission Line Rebuild

SMPA has applied for a special use permit to rebuild, operate and maintain the ~16 mile transmission line along Hwy 550 between the Ouray North and the Burro Bridge Substations on the GMUG and San Juan National Forests.

Telluride Trails Projects

Telluride Mountain Club (TMC) and TSG Ski & Golf, LLC (TSG) proposed to construct four new mountain bike trails in Telluride, Colorado to provide new single-track trail opportunities.

Uncompahgre Plateau Pine Plantation Thinning

Thin approximately 2,705 acres of scattered ponderosa pine plantations on the Uncompahgre Plateau with the goals of reducing fuels and providing silviculture and wildlife benefits.

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.

Analysis Completed

2020 Kebler Winter Trailhead Parking

The construction of an additional parking lot adjacent to and north of Gunnison County Road #12 at what is known as the Kebler Pass Winter Trailhead. The lot will primarily be used as an area for additional winter vehicle parking.

Camp Bird Avalanche Control

Authorize avalanche control along road for mine ingress and egress purposes.

Clear Fork Muddy Creek Fish Barrier

As part of a native cutthroat trout restoration project, the Paonia Ranger District and CPW are proposing to construct a permanent fish barrier across the Clear Fork of Muddy Creek.

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.

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.

GCEA Taylor Park Marina Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Construct an electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot for the Taylor Park Marina which is located adjacent to County Road 742. The charging station consists of: one charging post; transformer; and buried powerline connection.

Kilborn Spring Water Storage and Conveyance System Project

Install water storage and conveyance system adjacent to the existing Kilborn Spring source to provide reliable water and disperse livestock within allotment and protect/improve riparian habitat around spring in Gunnison sage grouse habitat.

McDonald Juniper

Mechanical treatment of juniper stands to reduce stand density and promote growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs to benefit wildlife. May include burning of piles.

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.

Mt. Emmons Mining Company 2020 Maintenance & Revegetation and Interim Stormwater Controls Project

This project would include: Interim stormwater improvements on reclaimed tailings of Dams 1-4; Grading and revegetation of barren areas, Diversion ditch rehabilitation, Road decommissioning, and Soil borrow area excavation and revegetation.

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.

Odin Recreation, LLC - Outfitter Guide Proposal

Proposal received to request a priority outfitter and guide permit for the purpose of conducting winter cross-country ski tours on approved trails within the Griffith Lakes - Waterdog area of Grand Mesa National Forest with 206 service days.

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.

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.

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

Proposed landscape scale, adaptive project involving commercial and non-commercial vegetation treatments.

Travis Kruckenberg Outfitting, LLC - Outfitter Guide proposal

Proposal received to request a priority outfitter and guide permit for the purpose of conducting early season mountain lion hunts within the Cottonwood Creek Bull Creek and Kannah creek area of Grand Mesa Nation Forest with 75 service days.

Wilder-Highlands Mountain Pine Beetle Response

Proposed treatment of approximately 2,900 acres of dead, dying or susceptible lodgepole pine stands which have been or could be infested by mountain pine beetles.

On Hold

Rothberg Property Access

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

Snowblind Campground Partial Decommissioning

Work would include removal of all infrastructure contained in the southeast portion of the campground. Removed roads and hardened areas would be rehabbed.


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

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