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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Developing Proposal

Dilley Driveway Project

Proposed is access to private property consisting of numerous patented mining claims. Some of these lodes are separated by narrow strips of NFS land. The RGNF would be authorizing the crossing of these strips for the purpose of legal access.

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.

Under Analysis

Bear Creek Emergency Egress

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

Cat Creek Water Well

A water well will be drilled in the vicinity of Cat Creek, which is located north of Terrace Reservoir. The water will be pumped into a storage tank with a gravity flow to drinkers.

CDOT Gravel Storage Area

CDOT will be applying for a permit to continue to use an existing storage area on La Manga Pass. The existing site is for gravel and waste rock storage related to maintenance of Highway 17.

CDoT Remediation Wells

CDoT will be applying for a permit for existing groundwater monitoring & remediation wells, and drill possibly more wells,on Wolf Creek Pass. The wells are to remediate an existing dissolved-phase petroleum hydrocarbon plume related to their facility

CE - Offroad Recovery Special Use Permit

The proposed action is to issue a new special use permit to Offroad Recovery Service, LLC. This proposed permit will allow for use and occupancy of approved OHV routes on the Divide District for the purpose of retrieving abandoned or disabled OHVs.

CE- Humphreys Repeater

Humphrey's dam is regulated by the FERC and they are requiring the dam owners to install a repeater to ensure emergency communication in the extremely unlikely event of a dam failure. The proposed action is to authorize a repeater.

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.

Colorado Division of Water - Reauthorization of three stream gaging stations.

The Rio Grande National Forest proposes to re-authorize three stream gaging stations owned and operated by the Colorado Division of Water Resources. The stations are located near the trailheads on Cotton Creek, Wild Cherry Creek and San Isabel Creek.

CP District-wide Salvage

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

CP-7 Allotment Analysis

Analysis for grazing reauthorization

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

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).

Fun Valley special use permit for outfitting and guiding reauthorization.

The proposed action is to issue a new authorization for Fun Valley horse day rides to replace an expired authorization. There is no change in authorized locations, activities, or service days.

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.

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.

Hidden Mile Fence Construction

Fence construction up to 1/4 mile near northwestern property line in the project area.

High Country Guest Ranch Water Transmission Line Reauthorization

Reauthorization of a spring development and water transmission line per the decree in Division 3 Case No. 86CW0011. The current special use authorization expires on December 31, 2018.

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.

Northeast Colorado Cellular, Inc. (dba Viaero) communication corridor

Viaero has submitted applications for a cellular communication corridor comprised of five sites on National Forest System land.

Ortega Guzzler Project

The purpose of this project is to provide water developments for big game species in an area with little available water during the late spring through fall. This will increase the use of the area and provide relief for neighboring private lands.

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.

RIO GRANDE WATERSHED EMERGENCY ACTION COORDINATION TEAM (RWEACT) RESEARCH

PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW RWEACT TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AND MONITORING ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND THE WEST FORK FIRE COMPLEX BURN AREA. THE ACTIVITIES WOULD BE AUTHORIZED OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.

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.

RUTH BROWN PIPELINE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

CURRENT PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REAUTHORIZE AN EXISTING BURIED WATER PIPELINE THAT MOVES WATER FROM A DIVERSION DAM ON THE ROARING FORK OF GOOSE CREEK, ACROSS FOREST SERVICE LANDS TO HAY PRESS LAKE, LOCATED ON PRIVATE LANDS.

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.

SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY CABIN PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE THE PERMIT AUTHORIZING THE VERY SAME EXISTING CABIN TO REMAIN ON PUBLIC LANDS. THIS CABIN IS USED FOR MAINTAINING THE CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM AND ADJACENT IRRIGATION INFRASTRUCTURE.

SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY, CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM ACCESS ROAD PERMIT REISSUANCE.

THE PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A PERMIT FOR THE SAME 1/4 OF A MILE LONG, ACCESS ROAD ACROSS NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. THIS IS A ROAD THE RESERVOIR COMPANY USES TO ACCESS THE WORKINGS OF THE CONTINENTAL RESERVOIR DAM.

SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR GRAVEL PIT PERMIT REISSUANCE

THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE THIS PERMIT TO AUTHORIZE THE SAME EXISTING GRAVEL PIT LOCATED ON NATIONAL FOREST LAND AND USED BY THE SANTA MARIA RESERVOIR COMPANY TO STORE MINERAL MATERIALS.

Schilling Springs water development project

Develop a water source on the Platoro Cattle & Horse Allotment

Schilling Springs Water Well

A water well will be drilled in the vicinity of Schilling Springs, which is located north of Terrace Reservoir. The water will be pumped into a 12,000 gallon storage tank with a gravity flow to drinkers.

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.

Tewksberry trail reroute

The proposed action is to reroute 3 sections of the Tewksberry ATV trail for a total of 1 mile. The reroutes would be constructed to ATV trail specifications with tread no wider than 50", and would reduce resource damage and soil erosion.

Triangle Earth Dams

Four earth dams for water collection will be constructed in the area known as the Triangle, just north of Terrace Reservoir. Construction is an earthen dug-out area with a dam and a spillway treated with salt to seal the bottom.

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.

WILLIAM BIEBER BRIDGE PERMIT REISSUANCE PROPOSAL

THIS PERMIT HAS EXPIRED. PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE ANOTHER SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR THE SAME EXISTING BRIDGE THAT CROSSES RED MOUNTAIN CREEK TO ACCESS THE WILLIAM BIEBER PRIVATE LAND HOLDINGS AT THE END OF FOREST SERVICE ROAD 526

WOLF CREEK CENTURY-TEL PERMIT REISSUANCE

THE PROPOSAL IS TO REISSUE A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO CENTURY-TEL AUTHORIZING THEIR EXISTING BURIED FIBER-OPTIC LINE. THIS LINE FOLLOWS US HIGHWAY 160 FROM THE PASS CREEK TUNNEL TO THE WOLF CREEK SKI AREA

Analysis Completed

*Gravel pits for USFS administrative use

The proposed action is to designate three new gravel pits for USFS administrative use

Big Country Outfitters reauthorization

The proposed action is to issue a new special use permit for outfitting and guiding to Big Country Outfitters to replace an expired permit. There are no changes in authorized locations, activities, or service days.

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.

Bristol head roadside salvage

Recover commercial economic value and provide fuelwood or sawlog material for small commercial operators from no more than 250 acres. The projects are designed to include only those areas that are within 300 feet of 3 existing gated roads.

CE- Pass Creek winter non-motorized area

Create a winter non-motorized area around Pass Creek Yurt to improve public safety and reduce user conflicts

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.

Fox Mountain roadside salvage

Recover commercial economic value and provide fuelwood or sawlog material for small commercial operators from no more than 250 acres. The projects are designed to include only those areas that are within 300 feet of 6 existing gated roads.

Kosciusko Power Line Extension

SLVREC is proposed to bury approximately 550 feet of electric line across NFS land along Forest System Road 504 in the County right-of-way.

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

North Pool Spruce Beetle Salvage Project

The Divide Ranger District is proposing to salvage approximately 1,000 acres of dead and dying Engelmann spruce trees near Hanson's Mill, east of Creede, Colorado. Approximately eight million board feet of Engelmann spruce may be salvaged.

Rio Grande Silver Corridor Extension

Exploration corridor extension along FS Road 505 totaling 9/10 of a mile.

Snow Mesa-Wishbone S&G Allotments Analysis

Environmental Analysis for domestic sheep grazing on four domestic sheep and goat allotments.

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.

Luders Lodgepole

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

Cancelled

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.

DOMESTIC WATERLINE FOR CARETAKER RESIDENCE AT RIO GRANDE RESERVOIR

Environmental Analysis (Categorical Exclusion) on the reissuance of a 1940 special use permit for a waterline serving the caretaker residence at Rio Grande Reservoir.

US MILITARY HELICOPTER TRAINING MANEUVERS

PROPOSAL IS TO ALLOW THE US ARMY TO CONDUCT HIGH ELEVATION HELICOPTER TRAINING (takeoffs/landings) IN THE SNOW MESA AREA OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED WILDERNESS. THE TRAINING WOULD BE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.

UTE CREEK GUIDING AND OUTFITTING, PERMIT

PROPOSAL IS TO ISSUE A PERMIT FOR 476 SERVICE DAYS TO "UTE CREEK GUIDING/OUTFITTING " FOR ANOTHER 8 YEAR TERM. THEY HAVE HAD A PERMIT THE LAST 2 YEARS TO DO SUMMER, FALL, AND WINTER OPERATIONS. THIS WOULD BE AN ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION, NO NEW USE.

Project Archive

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