Find information on current and proposed projects for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more.

Four times a year, the forest publishes a Schedule Of Proposed Actions (SOPA).


Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Project Spotlights

Pike & San Isabel National Forests Motorized Travel Management (MVUM) Analysis

Analysis of roads, trails, and areas on the Pike and San Isabel National Forest

Integrated Management of Target Shooting on the Pike National Forest

(Formerly the AIMS of Target Shooting project) This project will establish an adaptive framework to manage the opportunities for and effects of target shooting (recreational sport shooting) on the Pike National Forest.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Wet Mountains Wildfire Potential Control Locations

In order to address the threat of landscape-scale wildfire in the Wet Mountains, the FS proposes to increase the defensibility of potential control features, such as roads & trails, by reducing fuels mechanically, with hand treatments, and Rx fire.

Under Analysis

East - Central Wet Mountain

Conduct Fuels and Vegetation Treatments - Designed to reduce the threat of high intensity fire and restore forest conditions.

FY21 Trailhead Expansions

There is a need to increase parking capacity at seven existing trailheads to provide for increasing visitor use and to provide opportunities for users with different space requirements (i.e. trailers, oversized vehicles).

Integrated Management of Target Shooting on the Pike National Forest

(Formerly the AIMS of Target Shooting project) This project will establish an adaptive framework to manage the opportunities for and effects of target shooting (recreational sport shooting) on the Pike National Forest.

Lake George Diversion Structure Removal and Lower Elevenmile Canyon Stream Restoration

The Forest Service proposes to remove an abandoned, inoperable low head dam on NFS lands in order to improve overall watershed condition and expand fish passage within the South Platte River.

Methodist Mountain Vegetation Treatment

Conifer thinning & removal through mechanical treatments & prescribed burning is proposed in order to 1)diversify forest structure, 2)improve forest & watershed health, 3)improve winter range, and 4)reduce the risk of large wildfires near Salida, CO.

Monarch Mountain Shredders Deck and Toilets

The FS is considering a proposal to construct a 2,000-square foot deck near a historic lift cabin and food service station to expand their mid-mountain food and beverage services. The proposal includes adding a double vault toilet at this location.

Monarch RFID Ticketing Gates and Kiosks

The FS is considering a proposal to install two ticketing kiosks at the base of the mountain, and, install ticket check gates or wands at six of the ski lifts. The purpose of the project is to provide easier and more efficient lift access to skiers.

Monarch Snowcat Storage Building

The FS is considering a proposal to install a 4,000-square foot metal building adjacent to the existing base-located maintenance facility to store and maintain %u201Csnowcat%u201D machines in support of skier services and mountain operations.

NFSR 203 Poncha Creek Reroute

NFSR 203 lies immediately adjacent to Poncha Creek causing impacts to riparian & watershed resources and risking public safety during flood events. The proposal is to move the road alignment upland for 1 mile and rehabilitate the old roadbed.

Pike & San Isabel National Forests Motorized Travel Management (MVUM) Analysis

Analysis of roads, trails, and areas on the Pike and San Isabel National Forest

Qwest d.b.a CenturyLink Special Use Authorization Amendment for Fiber Optic Communication Line

The proposed amendment is to pull a 144 F fiber optic cable, approx. 105,000 long, 2%u201D in wide (4.8 acres) through existing conduit (installed by Federal Lands Highway Commission) within an existing right-of-way adjacent to County Road 306.

Threemile Creek Vegetation Management

The purpose of this project is to mimic the natural fire return interval in warm, dry mixed conifer and aspen stands in order to maintain forest health, enhance wildlife habitat, and promote fire resilient forests.

Twin Lakes Vegetation Management Project

There is a need to mitigate the potential impacts from high intensity wildfire to the watershed, reservoir, and other resources. Proposed vegetation treatments include mechanical/hand-thinning, firewood/product removal, and prescribed burning.

Warm Springs Fuels Mitigation Project

Conduct fuels reduction activities on approx. 415 acres using mechanical and hand thinning techniques. Activities may include product removal and pile burning.

Analysis Completed

American Dream Exploration

The operator proposes to renew his Plan to explore for and mine gemstones on approximately 2 acres of NFS lands managed by the South Park Ranger District, Pike National Forest. Legal description is Section 10, T12S, R71W, 6th Principal Meridian.

Human Potential LLC Rainbow Trail Foot Race

An organized foot race (50 mile, 50K and a 100K) on the Rainbow trail between the Grape Creek TH and on Hermit Pass Road.

Lake Creek Trailhead

The FS proposes to construct a trailhead with a parking area near the junction of NFSR 198 (Lake Creek) and NFSR 337 in order to maintain motorized access (that may be lost in a current land exchange) into the Sangre de Cristos.

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.

On Hold

Red Cone Exploration

The proponent would conduct an exploration drilling project of six 1,000-foot horizontal drill holes (HQ core, 2.5-inch ID). Drilling will occur from three drill pads; drill pads will be approximately 30feet x 40feet.


2017 Special Use Authorization Re-Issuances

A proposal to re-issue expired existing special use permits on the South Park Ranger District

Administrative Communication Towers

The Pike/San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC)proposes to install eleven versa communication towers for government administrative use.

Cleveland Mountain Forest Health and Fuel Reduction Project

Forest Health and Fuel Reduction Project on Cleveland Mountain on the Salida Ranger District, PSICC

Colorado Springs 100 Running Race - Application withdrawn

100 mile, 100k, and 50k running race on Forest Roads 370, 383, Pikes Peak Highway and Forest Trails 624, 665, 666, 667, 668, 671, 672, 652, 620, 701, 753, 776, and 785 with 500-1,000 participants on 8/8/20 at 6:00 am through 8/9/20 at 12 pm.

Colorado Trail #1776 at Fooses Creek

Colorado Trail #1776: Construction of approximately 4.5 miles of trail. The new proposed 4.5 miles of trail will be within USDA Forest Service trail standard guidelines.

Halfmoon Dispersed Campsite Designation

Unregulated dispersed camping along NFSR 110 has caused resource damage to soils, water & vegetation. The FS proposes to designate sustainable campsites & parking areas, and, close & rehabilitate damaged sites & non-system, user created trails.

Locke Mountain ( Fuels)

Fuels reduction and Forest Health treatments, in the form of mechanical thinning/chipping followed-up by prescribed fire

Lower Harvard Lake Dam Removal

USFS proposes to breach the southern dam using machinery or high power water to comply with a written order issued to the USFS from the CDWR. This may involve improvement to NFST 1455 including tree removal/limbing for access.

Managing Visitor Use at Mount Bierstadt & Guanella Pass

To consider changes to management of recreation activities at Mount Bierstadt and the Guanella Pass summit area.

Maverick - Range Allotment Management Planning

Range allotment management plan for the Maverick - Cattle and Horse allotment.

Minnie Canyon Rehabilitation Project

The purpose and need of this project is to protect the Minnie Canyon area's many cultural and natural resources

Oro Vista Mine

The Leadville RD is considering a request for approval of a Mine Plan of Operations to implement exploration and mining activities on NFS lands. The proposal includes one-acre of suction dredging and hand-auger drilling to be reclaimed at season end.

PSICC Oil and Gas Leasing Analysis EIS

The PSICC is analyzing the Forests and Grasslands to determine oil and gas leasing availability.

Slide Mountain - Range Allotment Management Planning

Update of range allotment management plan for the Slide Mtn. - Cattle and Horse allotment.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Special Use Authorization

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has submitted a proposal for a Special Use Authorization for use & occupancy of an existing 230 kV transmission line on NFS lands. The special use permit would replace Tri-States expired permit for this line.

UAWCD Reservoir Analysis

EIS level analysis to authorize the issuance of term Special Use Permits to the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) in order to operate and maintain the North Fork, Boss, and O'Haver water storage facilities.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.