San Juan National Forest 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 - 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 - Upper Rito Buckles Vegetation Management Project

Timber harvest on up to 2,600 acres in the Upper Rito Blanco and Buckles Lake area. This may include salvage of dead and dying trees, coppice with reserve, and improvement cuts.

Lands - Johnson Claims Acquisition.

The Forest Service proposes to purchase the surface rights to 3 patented mining claims, consisting of 27.723 acres, in the vicinity of Chicago Basin, wholly within the Weminuche Wilderness.

Lands - Valle Seco 2019 Land Exchange

The Forest Service proposes to exchange approximately 472 acres of SJNF lands in eleven parcels for approximately 900 acres of two non-Federal parcels of land adjacent to NFS land managed by the SJNF.

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.

Recreation - Chicken Creek Trails

Analysis of the existing trail system accessed from the Chicken Creek Parking Lot; analysis of approximately 20 miles of new non-motorized single track trails; and analysis of designating 1.5 miles of existing trail as open to motorized use.

Recreation - Rico Trails Project

Analysis of proposed trails, reroutes and improvements to the Spring Creek, Ryman, Rio Grande Southern and Circle trails

Special Uses - Hutcherson Pipeline

Re-Authorization of approximately 4000 feet of buried pipeline (6 feet wide) within the H.E. Freeman Ditch, which transports water from Squaw Creek to permittee's adjacent private land. No new disturbance.

Analysis Completed

Facilities - Pargin Mountain Radio Repeater Replacement

Remove old shelter building and separate tower; replace with new integrated shelter and tower. Minor hazard tree removal and brush removal.

Forest Products - 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.

On Hold

Recreation - Sage Hen Motorized Trail

Proposal for designation of a 4.5 mile OHV trail in the Sage Hen area

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.

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.

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