San Juan National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.

Developing Proposal

  • Lands - Sun Side Mining Claims Acquisition

    Acquisition of patented mining claims, consisting of 30.754 acres, in the vicinity of Ice Lake, wholly within the San Miguel Colorado Roadless Area.

  • Recreation and Forest Products - Jackson Mountain Recreation and Vegetation Management project

    Landscape level analysis of recreation and veg mgmt opportunities in the Jackson Mountain area, including consideration of mountain bike trails and associated facilities (parking areas, toilets, etc), and vegetation and fuels management opportunities

  • Special Uses - Xcel Energy Jackson Mt Valve Rebuild

    Xcel Energy proposes to rebuild the valve at the intersection of Hwy 160 and Jackson Mountain Road (NFSR 037)

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.

  • Lands - Atlantic Richfield STA Case No. 2020

    The Forest Service proposes to convey 39.9 acres of NFS lands to Atlantic Richfield under the mineral fraction category of the Small Tracts Act.

  • Lands - McPhee Dam and Reservoir Area Land Withdrawal

    This EA evaluates the withdrawal, for a period of 100 years, of 953.06 acres of public lands and 309.56 acres of National Forest System lands for reserved used by Reclamation and the USFS in connection with McPhee Dam and Reservoir.

  • Minerals - Alianza Minerals Limited Twin Canyon Exploration Drilling Project

    Alianza Minerals Limited (Alianza)has submitted a preliminary Plan of Operations to explore its Twin Canyon property in the Caviness Mountain area for locatable minerals through a limited exploratory drilling program.

  • Minerals - Beaver Rim Pit Expansion

    This project would expand the Beaver Rim Pit in order to extract rock for use to upgrade the road system.

  • Special Uses - Farny Road Authorization

    This project would authorize a change an existing trail easement to a motorized access easement and transfer ownership from David and Sharon Farny to Cindy Farny.

  • Special Uses - Shelton's Spring Special Use Permit

    Issue a 30-year FLPMA permit for the use and maintenance of existing spring and pipe facilities on NFS land.

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.

  • Fire Prevention Sign Installation Project

    54 signs with fire prevention information would be installed across the district.

  • Forest Health - Salter Vegetation Management Project

    Proposed ponderosa pine vegetation management actions including tree cutting, tree planting and activity fuel burning covering approximately 35,000 acres.

  • Forest Health - Southern HDs Landscape Restoration Project

    Vegetation treatment to restore the area (about 34,000 acres) to more natural conditions. Treatments could include prescribed fire, tree thinning, small commercial wood sales, fuelwood gathering, mowing, and targeted grazing.

  • Lands - Valle Seco 2019 Land Exchange

    The Forest Service proposes to exchange approximately 452 acres of SJNF lands in ten Federal parcels for approximately 880 acres of one non-Federal parcel of land adjacent to NFS land managed by the SJNF.

  • Recreation - Purgatory Resort Ice Creek Pod Project

    Constructing new quad ski lift and four new ski runs. Rerouting of snowmobile access trail. Would require 2.5 acres of ground disturbance and 25.9 acres of tree removal.

  • Recreation - Rico Trails Project

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

  • Special Uses - Carter Ditch Transfer - Englehart to Gardner & Roundtree

    This project would transfer the Carter Ditch Easement (DOL505402) from Cordy Englehart to Gloria Gardner and Alice Roundtree for agriculture irrigation or livestock water system use.

  • Special Uses - Kremen Ditch Re-Authorization

    The Kremen Ditch (0.9 miles) provides irrigation water to private property in the Starvation Gulch drainage, within the Cherry Creek watershed. The proposed re-authorization does not change any operating conditions for the ditch and right of way.

  • 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.

On Hold

  • 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.

  • Special Uses - Gloge Property USFS Access Road

    Grant a special use permit for construction of dirt driveway across Forest Service lands to access a residential property.

  • Special Uses - True Creek Motorized Trail Access

    Authorize motorized trail access, via FLPMA Private Trail Permit, to an isolated private parcel.


  • 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 - Junction Creek Road and CG Grooming

    Proposal to groom portions of the Junction Creek Road (NFSR #171) and Junction Creek Campground in the Durango area for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking, while maintaining existing motorized uses.

  • 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.

  • Recreation - Sage Hen Motorized Trail

    Proposal for an approximate 4.5 mile motorized trail was withdrawn by project proponent due to natural resource concerns. NEPA analysis has been cancelled.

  • 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 - Century Link Master Lease Agreement

    The lease agreement would apply to existing buried and overhead telephone and fiber optic lines throughout the San Juan National Forest

  • Special Uses - Ditch Bill Easements - Group #10

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

  • 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.

  • Special Uses - Kremmen Ditch Permit Renewal

    Reissuance of an existing water transmission ditch for a 30-year term

  • Special Uses - Reddert Ranch Forest Road Use Permit

    Issuance of a new 20-year special use permit to enable Reddert Ranch to access their private property via existing Forest System Roads and trails

  • 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

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