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.

Fruita Corrals

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


Approximately 10 miles of new fence will be constructed in numerous locations on the Uncompahgre National Forest, to replace/improve locations of fences burned in the Bull Draw Fire in 2018. The objective is to improve grazing management.

Grayhead Tower

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

Steamboat Rocks

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

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.

2019 Outfitter/Guide Permit Reissuance (GURD)

Reissue 15 existing 10 year permits

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Raspberry Communication Site Lease Renewal

Reauthorize lease with the same scope

Red Squirrel Ditch and Diversion Structure Special Use Authorization

The US Forest Service proposes to issue a special use permit for an existing diversion structure and the associated Red Squirrel Ditch that is located within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest.

Rothberg Property Access

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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