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

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.

Canyon Creek Campgrounds Redesign

This project proposes to decommission several poorly planned and maintained camp sites, while adding new sites in more desirable areas. Primary objectives are to remove health and safety issues, reduce deferred maintenance, and ADA compliance.

Grayhead Tower

Additional self-supporting tower at the Gray Head Communication Site.

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

Adventure Cycling Association Ten-year Outfitter and Guide Permit Issuance

Issuance of a ten year outfitter and guide permit to Adventure Cycling Association to authorize multiple cycling tours to operate annually on National Forest System Lands across the Rocky Mountain Region.

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.

Camp Bird Avalanche Control

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

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.

Fossil Ridge II Land Exchange

GMUG and Crested Butted Land Trust are proposing a land-for-land exchange where the Forest Service would acquire the remaining acres from the 2013 Fossil Ridge I Exchange in return for 120 acres near Crested Butte. Exchange value is ~$3 million.

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.

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.

Irwin Backcountry Guides weather station

The purpose of this amendment is to allow a current seasonal weather station to be moved  mile east of its current location and make it a year round weather station site on National Forest System (NFS) lands.

Jackass Flats Road Special Use Reauthorization

Re-issuance of a special use permit for access to a private inholding located on the Jackass Flats Road, NFSR 871.2a. The current five year special use permit expires 12/31/18.

Keystone Portfolio Management Road Special Use Authorization

Issuance of a Forest Road Special Use Permit for access across NFS land on NFSR 871.2A (Jackass Flats Road) and NFSR 871.2B (Blowout Road). The roads were used and maintained by the previous landowner under a Road Use Permit.

Magic Meadows Trail-Phase 2

Norwood Ranger District is proposing to construct 3.5 miles of new single-track bike trail in the Alta Lakes area. Four trail segments will be rerouted to more sustainable locations improving grade and drainage. Three miles will be decommissioned.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Raspberry Communication Site Lease Renewal

Reauthorize lease with the same scope

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.

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.

Analysis Completed

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.

Cement Creek Summer Home Group Lots, D, DD, and M wells

Forest is proposing to authorize the drilling of three domestic wells on recreation residence lots in the Cement Creek Summer Home Group.

Crane Lake Trail - COPMOBA

Re-route of the proposed Crane Lake trail alignment.

Cranor Waterline and Ditch Headgate

National Forest has proposed to authorize a permittee to take corrective actions to repair their exposed municipal waterlines and reset their ditch (agricultural) head gate.

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.

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.

Dry Park Water Development

Restoration of an existing water development to provide a year-round water source.

Middle Quartz Creek Erosion Stabilization Project

Restoration activities for aquatic habitat, erosion and stream flow are proposed in 0.80 miles of closed route, Middle Quartz Creek. Entails re-routing nine streams/seeps into their original/natural flow path, restoring hydrologic conductivity.

Monarch Repeater Shelter Replacement 2018

Replacement of the aging shelter for the Monarch Repeater.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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):

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.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Wolfe Road Easement

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

On Hold

East Fork Spring Creek Private Road Permit

Issue a special use road permit to a road users association for use of closed NFSR 536.2A to access private land.

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.

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.

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