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

DITCH BILL EASEMENTS

The Forest has 87 applications for Ditch Bill Easements. This action involves authorizing historical facilities that qualify under the Ditch Bill. As of FY2014 there are 10 remaining applications to process.

Lujan Pass Timber Management Project

The proposed project would use ground-based logging systems for commercial timber harvesting on approximately 722 acres.

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.

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.

Poncha Timber Management Project

The proposed action consists of sanitation harvest of Douglas-fir in western spruce budworm impacted stands to reduce the presence of insects and disease.

Ute Pass Sanitation Project

The proposed action consists of sanitation harvest of Douglas-fir in western spruce budworm impacted stands to reduce the presence of insects and disease.

Analysis Completed

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

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).

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

Little Beaver Timber Management Project

Within the harvest footprint the proposed project would use ground-based logging systems for commercial timber harvesting(785 ac.),shelterwood removal(756 ac.)and salvage cutting(29 ac.). Up to 1.5 mi. of roads may be constructed for timber removal.

WOLF MOUNTAIN WINTER RANGE IMPROVEMENT

Maintain the vegetative improvements and protect the original investment on 540 acres of public land winter range using mastication as a mechanical treatment.

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.

CP-7 Allotment Analysis

Analysis for grazing reauthorization

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.

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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