San Juan National Forest Project Spotlights

Travel Management - Rico West Dolores Roads and Trails Project

Forest Service road and trail planning includes reviewing, changing or re-designating the road and trail system, including types and season of motor vehicle use, maintenance levels of open roads, and decommissioning un-needed routes.

All Current and Recent Projects

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Under Analysis

AML - Abandoned Mine Lands projects on the San Juan National Forest.

Various Abandoned Mine Lands remediation projects, including Bonita Peaks Mining District Superfund activities, and other CERCLA actions.

Forest Health - Baldy Mountain Vegetation Management Project.

Harvest of conifer trees on 3100 acres, including beetle-killed salvage, as well as affected green trees, to reduce tree competition and promote healthy forests. The project may also include nearby trail maintenance and fisheries improvements.

Forest Health - Dolores Aspen Landscape Vegetation Management

Treatment of 4,000 ac - 6,000 ac of mature aspen-dominated forest using even-aged treatments. Connected actions include slash treatment; temporary road construction & obliteration; and reconstruction of existing system roads.

Forest Health - Lone Pine Vegetation Management Project

Proposed pine vegetation management actions to move forest from 'mature closed' to 'mature open' and establish patches of young forest. Includes salvage of dead trees from recent beetle outbreak.

Forest Products - Sand Bench Vegetation Management Project

Project focuses on the salvage harvest of dead and dying merchantable trees and the selection harvest of green trees. Opportunities for fisheries improvement projects are also being considered.

Minerals - Petrox Northern Extension Pipeline and Horizontal Drilling Project

Construction of a pipeline on FS, state, and private lands; construction of 1 new gas well pad and access road on FS land; and re-completion of 2 existing gas wells located on FS. The wells would be drilled with horizontal drilling techniques.

Range - Mancos Rangeland Management Project

Proposal to reauthorize term grazing permits and modify grazing management on all or portions of four allotments: Spring Creek, Turkey Creek, Jersey Jim and Gold Run

Recreation - Purgatory Mountain Bike Trails

Purgatory has requested to build four new trails and reroute two current trails within the ski area permit boundary for a total of about 10 miles, or 4 acres of new disturbance.

Analysis Completed

Forest Health - Prescribed Fire Pine Ecosystem Restoration for the Dolores District

Proposal to use prescribed fire to treat roughly 240,000 acres of ponderosa pine. Purpose is to maintain healthy ecosystems and reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Forest Health - Vallecito-Piedra Integrated Vegetation Management Project.

Utilize a combination of mechanical treatment, hand treatment, prescribed fire and managed natural ignitions on approximately 80,334 acres for the purposes of improving ecosystem diversity and resilience, and for supporting fire on the landscape.

Lands - Trimble Administrative Site Sale

Sale of the San Juan National Forest Trimble Administrative Site under competitive bidding procedures. Approximately 20 acres including mineral and water rights. The property consists of land plus three garage-type structures and miscellaneous sheds.

Planning - Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan

Develop a management plan to guide the long-term management of the Hermosa Creek Watershed, including the Special Management Area, new wilderness, and project level travel management.

Range - Elkhorn Allotment Gravel Pit Corral

Construct a corral at the gravel pit on Missionary Ridge to help manage livestock grazing.

Special Uses - Purgatory Ski Area Gelande Chairlift, Terrain Project, and Boundary Adjustment.

Approval of changed alignment for the Gelande Lift (previously-approved but not constructed). Realignment would result in the need to expand the ski area permit boundary and the corresponding Forest Management Area 8 boundary by about 26 acres.

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.


Fisheries - Spring Creek Culvert Replacement for Aquatic Organism Passage

Replace a culvert where FR547 crosses Spring Creek. The new culvert would include a bottomless arch to improve fish passage in Spring Creek.

Forest Health - Purgatory Vegetation Management Project

The project entails tree cutting to maintain stand health and vigor over 250 acres within the Purgatory ski area permit boundary. This work is being conducted in response to spruce budworm infestations and the potential spruce beetle epidemic.

Minerals - Elm Ridge Resources Five Goose Creek Gas Wells.

Determine conditions of approval for construction of 5 well pads and access roads with co-located pipelines.Total surface disturbance would be about 20 acres. Tiers to former landscape-scale EIS analysis.

Range - Livestock Corral near Purgatory

Construction of a pipe corral for use in conjunction with an existing grazing permit to facilitate livestock loading and unloading. Corral would cover approximately 2 acres.

Range - Thomas Mtn Reservoir and Oliver Reservoir on Lone Mesa Allotment

Proposal for construction of two new reservoirs on Hunt Creek to improve livestock distribution. Side benefit: providing water for wildlife.

Range - Weminuche Landscape Grazing Analysis

Analysis of grazing, including domestic sheep, on 13 active or vacant allotments in the Weminuche Landscape:Burnt Timber, CanyonCrk, Cave Basin, E.SilverMesa, FallCrk, FlintCrk, JohnsonCrk, Leviathan, PineR, RockCrk, Spring Gulch, and Virginia Gulch.

Recreation - Logchutes Downhill Mountain Bike Trail

Authorize a downhill mountain bike trail in the Logchutes trail system. Route would be approximately 3.5 mi long using existing alignments. Additionally, the project would rehabilitate other non-system trails in the area.

Special Uses - American Tower Coal Bank Pass Communications Site Road Use Permit Reissuance

Reissue a 20 year FLPMA road use permit for continued access to communications facilities. There is no proposed change in use of the existing road.

Special Uses - Ditch Bill Easements - Group #10

Agricultural water facilities may be authorized under Public Law 99-545 ("Colorado Ditch Bill").

Watershed - Red Mountain Pass Fen Restoration.

Restore hydrologic function of the fen complex by removing an old roadbed, stabilizing existing ditches, spreading mulch, and vegetating exposed ground.

Project Archive

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