Projects

The Projects page shows current and proposed projects on the Rio Grande National Forest for watershed restoration, habitat improvement, recreation sites, timber sales, roads, and more. Projects on the Rio Grande National Forest follow guidelines under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This was signed into law on January 1, 1970.

Photo of Forest Service employees reviewing paperwork.Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection, and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a forest or grassland ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction, and determines effects that might require a change in the management plan.

 

BAER

Burned Area Emergency Response - West Fork Fire Complex

 

Decisions

Environmental Assessment for Watershed and Fisheries Treatments

 

National Visitor Use Monitoring

The Rio Grande National Forest will be involved with an on-going national forest survey, referred to as National Visitor User Monitoring, beginning October 1, 2014 until September 30, 2015.

 

Policies & Legislation

Local, regional, and national policies, agreements, and legislation guide our priorities and procedures. Many of our regulations are explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Projects are planned to meet objectives of special programs and policies, such as the following:

·        Payments to states

·        Roadless area conservation

Rio Grande National Forest Abandoned Mine Closure Project

Legal Notice

Stony Pass Map

Beartown Map

Wolf Creek Map

Blue Creek Map

Shallow Creek Map

Windy Gulch Map

Spar City Map

 

Travel Management

Motor Vehicle Use Map

Forest Roads Analysis

Travel Analysis Process   (TAP)

 

2006 Village at Wolf Creek

2006 Final EIS Volume 1

2006 Final EIS Volume 2

 

Wolf Creek Ski Area Master Development Plan

Master Development Plan documents.

For information concerning individual proposed projects please see "Wolf Creek Ski Area 2013/2014 Improvement Projects" below

Rio Grande National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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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.

Cline Driveway Project

It is proposed to authorize the use of a seasonally restricted Forest System Road for the purpose of year-round access to private property.

CP-7 Allotment Analysis

Analysis for grazing reauthorization

DITCH BILL EASEMENTS

The Forest has 87 applications for Ditch Bill Easements. The Forest intends to process at least 25 of these applications in FY05. This action involves authorizing historical facilities that qualify under the Ditch Bill.

Dugan Forest Road Permit Reauthorization

Reauthorization of legal access through a special use permit. The current authorization expires on December 31, 2018.

Fox Creek Vegetation Management Project

Silvicultural treatments, including prescribed fire, would improve forest health and vegetation conditions for deer and elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife species (including northern goshawk).

Groundhog Park Spruce Beetle Salvage

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage dead and dying spruce from up to 1,951 acres in the Groundhog Park area, located about 16 miles northwest of Del Norte, Colorado. This could produce 21,200 cubic feet of sawtimber.

McWilliams Driveway Permit Reissuance Project

It is proposed to amend the McWilliams Forest Road Special Use permit to a Private Driveway Special Use Permit for the remainder of the term.

Mineral County Landfill Conveyance

Convey 81.25 acres of NFS land to Mineral County, Colorado pursuant to the Townsite Act of July 31, 1958 (72 Stat. 438; 7 U.S.C 1012a; 16 U.S.C. 478a. The parcel is partially encumbered by the Mineral County landfill.

Mogote - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Fence Construction

This project will be the construction of about 1.5 miles of fence and two water gaps into the Conejos River within the Mogote Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just south of the community of Fox Creek.

Park Cow Camp Reauthorization

The current special use authorization for the Park Cow Camp expired on December 31, 2017. The Forest is considering the proposal to reauthorize the cow camp with a new special use authorization for a new term.

Platoro fence extension

This project will be the re-construction of ½ mile of fence and the construction of one-quarter mile of new fence construction on the east boundary of the community of Platoro.

Powderhouse II

The project is proposing to treat up to 430 acres by underburning mixed conifer to promote re-sprouting of aspen and to stimulate growth of understory grasses, forbs, and shrubs for wildlife habitat improvement.

Rio Grande Fishing Club Access

The Rio Grande Fishing Club has proposed the use 2,600 feet of existing road across National Forest System lands for the purpose of legal access to private property.

Rito Hondo - Forest Service Administrative Horse Pasture Corral Construction

This project will be the construction of a small horse corral within the Rito Hondo Forest Service Administrative horse pasture just north of the Bighorn Corral on FDR 103.

Sangre de Cristo AML

For public health and safety we will locate and identify abandoned mine portals for closure. Evaluation will include wildlife surveys primarily for bat use, botanical surveys and historical evaluation prior to any closure work being initiated.

Summitville Interchange

The Summitville Interchange proposes the conveyance of 31 mineral survey fractions under the Small Tracts Act. The USFS would acquire 3 parcels at approximately 71 acres.

Village at Wolf Creek Access Project

07/19/2018 a new draft decision was released based on the Alt 3 ANILCA action alternative. The Rio Grande National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the effects of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek land exchange.

Analysis Completed

Blue Park Spruce Beetle Salvage

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage approximately 3,350 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees near Blue Park located 10 miles northwest of South Fork, CO.

Cochran Driveway Authorization Reissuance

It is proposed to reissue to Mr. Cochran's driveway permit to the current owner of the property, Cochran's Sky Hi Camp, LLC for the remainder of the term.

CP District-wide Salvage

Salvage dead and dying Engelmann spruce to recover economic value and reduce fuels adjacent to private land

Del Norte Peak Spruce Beetle Salvage

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage up to 4,100 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees in the Del Norte Peak area. Approximately 48,750 hundred cubic feet (CCF) of Engelmann spruce sawtimber may be salvaged with this project

Getz Water Transmission Line Reauthorization

Reauthorization of a spring development and water transmission line per the decree in Division 3 Case No. 84CW0067. The current authorization expires on December 31, 2018 and the permitee has requested reauthorization.

La Garita Hills Restoration Project

Management activities needed to promote forest health and resiliency, improve wildlife habitat, salvage spruce beetle killed trees, remove trees hazardous to infrastructure or public safety, manage WUI fuels, and improve watersheds

Wilber Water Transmission Line Reauthorization

Reauthorization of a spring development and water transmission line per the decree in Division 3 Case No. CA2673 for the Hudson Ditch.

On Hold

Cat Creek Cattle and Horse Allotments EA

This is an environmental assessment analyzing seven cattle and horse allotments (Cat Crk, La Jara, Hot Crk, Alamosa, Bancos, Jim Crk and Rough Crk) for the effects of continued livestock grazing and the development of allotment management plans.

Cancelled

Bear Creek Emergency Egress

Proposal to elevate a gully crossing between Bear Creek and Sheep Creek Subdivision for emergency egress for vehicles.

Cottonwood Trail to Liberty Trailhead

To eliminate inadequate parking and reduce or eliminate private property access issues, the Saguache Ranger District would like to move the trailhead to the more adequate facility at the Liberty Road Trailhead.

De Herrera Lake Salvage Project

Salvage dead and dying trees resulting from spruce beetles and replant seedlings, as needed.

Luders Lodgepole

Treat by using salvage harvest, bark beetle infested lodgepole pine trees in and adjacent to the Luders Campground.

Project Archive

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



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