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

SMPA Permit Reissuance

Ouray and Norwood Ranger Districts: Re-issue expiring special use permit for the San Miguel Power Association power lines with no change in scope of the use.

Under Analysis

403 Trail Relocation, NFSR #811 Road Easement

Relocate NFST #403 off of private lands at Elkton townsite.

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.

Enlargement of Monument No. 1 and Hunter Reservoirs

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

GECA Electric Line: Hill 71 Communication Site EA

Authorization of the construction, use, and maintenance of an electric line across public land that would provide reliable electricity to an existing communication site. The site is important for emergency and operational communications.

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.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.

Moose Creek inactive mine physical safety closure project.

Physical safety closures on approximately 12-20 sites on NFS lands in Poughkeepsie Gulch area, as identified by Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety.

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.


Proposal is to construct a new trail from the top of the Grand Mesa to the Town of Palisade. The proposal has been referred to as the "Palisade Plunge" and would involve the construction of a non-motorized trail, managed primarily for mountain bikes.

Pitkin Travel Proposal

Pitkin Trail Advocates have submitted a proposal to revisit 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management decision regarding specific routes near Pitkin, Colorado.

Rothberg Property Access

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

Slate River Toilet and Parking Area

Installation of a double vault waterless concrete restroom.

Taylor Park Vegetation Management EA

Approximately 15,000 acres of commercial and non-commercial vegetation treatments are being proposed. Treatments predominately include dwarf mistletoe sanitation, fuel breaks, pre-commercial thinning, and group selection.

Trout Lake Emergency Sirens

The Norwood Ranger District proposes to issue a 30 year special use permit to Xcell Energy. The permit will allow Xcell to install and maintain two emergency sirens designed to warn the public of a dam breach.

Western area Power Administration Island Lake communication site building construction

Construction of new communications building at the western Area Power Administration Island Lake communications site.

Wolfe Easement Realignment

The Norwood District is proposing to reroute FS Road W145 (~850ft) to improve road access. The road is open for public use and provides access to private land. A 300-ft segment of the Galloping Goose Trail will be rerouted over the new road segment.

Analysis Completed

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

Amended Forest Plan to make lands available for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

2018 Black Sage Gravel Pit Expansion

Expansion of the Black Sage Gravel Pit on Black Sage Pass to provide gravel material for road maintenance, construction, and recreation-related projects in the White Pine/Waunita area.

2018 Flat Top and Black Sage Habitat Restoration Project

Maintain existing erosion control structures and build new small rock structures to address erosion occurring in drainages and meadow habitat in the Flat Top Mountain and Black Sage Pass area.

Alpine Plateau Gravel Pit Development

Development of a gravel pit on Alpine Plateau to provide gravel material for road maintenance, construction, timber removal, and recreation-related projects in the Alpine Plateau area.

Anderson Gravel Pit

Continued use of the existing Anderson Gravel Pit for the purpose of excavating, crushing , stockpiling, and performing reclamation of the pit floor.

Blanche Park Reservoir Dam Reconstruction Project

Issuance of short-term special use permit for rebuilding of existing dam and construction of access route.

Burro Park Gravel Pit Development

Development of a gravel pit near Burro Park to provide gravel material for road maintenance, construction, timber removal, and recreation-related projects in the Cochetopa area near National Forest System Road 794.

Crane Lake Trail - COPMOBA

Re-route of the proposed Crane Lake trail alignment.

Davis Spring Reauthorization

Re-issue expiring special use permit with no change in scope of use.

Designation of camping sites at Mary E Recreation Site and Priest Lake Recreation Site.

The Norwood Ranger District proposes to allow dispersed camping in designated sites in the Mary E Recreation Site, located 5 Miles west of Telluride, CO. Additionally, campsites would be designated in the Priest Lake recreation Site.

Divide Salvage

Removal of dead and dying Engelmann Spruce trees killed by Spruce beetle to promote safety and reduce long-term fuel build up in areas severely impacted by spruce beetle to limit the likelihood of a catastrophic wildfire.

Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232

The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLand’s existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Visitor Use Management Plan

In response to ongoing resource issues and in conformance with the 2002 Forest Plan, the Visitor Use Management Plan addresses implementation strategies to allocate numbers of overnight groups based on the wilderness areas visitor carrying capacity.

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.

Owl Creek Gravel Pit Expansion

Develop a pit development plan to expand existing gravel pit.

Porphyry Basin and Grizzly Bear Mine cabin removal and physical safety closures

Dismantle and remove, or burn non-historic mining cabin from Uncompahgre Wilderness. Physical safety closures on 2 or 3 nearby mine openings. Install closure on shaft along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail and reinforce portal door in Ohio Park.

Reissue 10 year Outfitter/Guide Special Use Permits

Burt Rentals, LLC Action Adventures, LLC Rainbow Lake Lodge and Outfitters Western State Colorado University (Wilderness Pursuits) Curtis Cadwell Entity name change only: Headed West Outfitters, LLC AEX, Inc. Adventure Experiences, LLC

ROCKY TRAX, LLC -Temporary Outfitter- Guide Proposal

Rocky Trax, LLC proposes to conduct a commercial outfitter-guide service within the Grand mesa and Uncompahgre national Forests. Proposal requests a temporary use permit to authorize camper deliveries not to exceed 200 service days.

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Areas - Supplemental

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining Area exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule which will allow temporary road construction for coal exploration and coal-related surface activities within the North Fork Coal Mining Area.

Sage Park Scree Pit Development

Development of a gravel pit near McDonough Park to provide gravel material for road maintenance, construction, timber removal, and recreation-related projects in the Cochetopa area near National Forest System Road 788.

Special use permit for spring development - Clarkson

Issue a special use permit to Clarkson for spring and pipeline west of Highway 550, north of Red Mountain Pass.

Spring Creek Dam Emergency Action

Construction of a saddle dam to stop water from entering an area causing severe seepage concerns to the left abutment of the dam. If corrective action is not taken dam failure could occur.

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):

Taylor Park Silvicultural CE

Precommercial and commercial thinning, and sanitation of dwarf mistletoe infested lodgepole pine stands to maintain acceptable growth rates and stand health on up to 250 acres. Project is in Taylor Park between Cottonwood Pass Road and Willow Crk.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Winter and Multi-Season Activities at Telluride Ski Resort

Proposal includes replacing/upgrading Lifts 9 and 10, moving compressor house at top of Lift 4, construct Lift 10 restaurant (without Nordic Center approved in 1999), construct canopy tour, and construct bike trails per new Master Development Plan.

Wolfe Road Easement

Process application for road easement. Easement for existing road; no new construction.

On Hold

Cunningham Ditch Reconstruction

Authorization for operations and maintenance of the existing Cunningham Ditch. Additionally, reconstruction of the beginning of the ditch would occur to allow for continuous flow and more efficient operations.

Mt. Crested Butte Water & Sanitation District: Pump Station Replacement Project

Aging infrastructure replacement and improvements to increase water reliability for the Town of Crested Butte and related recreational area. Including: replacement of the pump house and forbay pond, and a new pipeline and diversion structures.

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

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.


The Forest Service proposes to issue a Special Use Permit to Tom Rolland to develop a natural spring by installing spring box, enclosure fence, and buried pipeline to deliver water to private property that is an inholding to the National Forest.

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