SOPA Quarterly Report

Four times a year, the Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA). To view our Schedule of Proposed Actions, please visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the White River National Forest.

White River National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Golden Horseshoe Trail Construction

Summit County is proposing the construction of 5.6 miles of summer multi-use non-motorized trails within the Golden Horseshoe SUP boundary.

Under Analysis

Berlaimont Estates Road Improvement Project

The Proposed Action would authorize Berlaimont to improve those existing segments of NFSR 774 and 780 as they lead up to the southeastern corner of the Berlaimont property from local public roads in Edwards.

Copper Mountain Resort - Lumberjack Chairlift replacement project

Proposal from Copper Mountain Resort to replace the existing Lumberjack Chairlift and install snowmaking near the top terminal.

El Jebel Administrative Sites, Upper and Lower Parcels, Conveyance Project

Proposal to sell two adjacent parcels of land (approx. 40 acres and 30 acres in size), and the associated water rights and mineral estate in El Jebel, Colo. pursuant to the Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2015.

Hill Creek C&H Livestock Facility

This project involves the construction of a corral with loading chute and a small 'beef pasture' (7 ac) for livestock ingress and egress to the Hill Creek C&H grazing allotment.

Holy Cross Energy (HCE) Avon-to-Gilman Electric (115-kV) Transmission Line

Holy Cross Electric Association, Inc. proposes to construct 8.65 miles of new 115-kV transmission line between the Gilman and Avon substations along the Eagle River valley, crossing 3 miles of the White River National Forest and the Town of Minturn.

Mountain Comm #SOP371 Sunlight Peak Powerline Line Burial

This project will replace the existing overhead power line supply with a buried power supply. A buried conduit and line system will be installed from the existing power pole to facilities operate under Sunlight Peak Communications Site Lease #SOP371.

Natural Resources Conservation Service SNOTEL Special Use Permit Reissuance

White River National Forest (WRNF) Master Special Use Permit Reissuance to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the operation and maintenance of 16 existing SNOTEL sites and 12 Snow Courses

North Elk Creek Backcountry Barrier Project

To construct one or more temporary fish barriers in the upper North Elk Creek watershed.

Ruby Ranch Fuels Reduction

A proposed fuels reduction project to reduce the risks and repercussions of a wildfire escaping the Eagles Nest Wilderness and posing a threat to community safety and private and public infrastructure.

Summit Public Radio & TV Powerline Replacement and Realignment

Installation of buried electric power and fiber optic cable along a new alignment crossing roughly 4,422' of National Forest to replace an existing buried powerline serving Summit Public Radio and TV's Bald Mountain broadcast site.

White River Aspen Management Project

The WRNF is proposing to conduct vegetation management activities (mechanical and prescribed fire) within forest stands that contain aspen. Management would improve the resiliency of aspen forests to disturbance agents and improve wildlife habitat.

Yellowjacket Project

The Blanco Ranger District is proposing approximately 2,300 acres of vegetation management activities within the Wilson Park, Sawmill Mountain and Ellison Mountain area.

Analysis Completed

Amend PSCo (XCEL) Permit DIL796 to replace failing structures 63 and 85

PSCo transmission line 9188 needs to replace 2 failing structures and addition of weights to 1 structure in order to correct identified deficiencies.

AT&T Communications Site (at Copper Mountain) Lease Renewal

AT&T has applied for the renewal of their Copper Mountain Communications Site Lease. Currently AT&T operates a communication site on National Forest Lands within Copper Mountain Ski Resort's Special Use Permit Area. No new disturbance are proposed.

Keystone Bergman Bowl Project

Proposal to add lift-served terrain in Bergman and Erickson Bowls at Keystone Resort.

Vidler Tunnel Phase 2 Pipeline Replacement

In-kind replacement of 3,216 linear feet of existing, aboveground pipeline used to capture and convey water to the western portal of the Vidler Tunnel in the Peru Creek drainage for municipal drinking water.

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.

White River Forest Health and Fuels Management Project

White River National Forest proposes to perform density reduction treatments in over-crowded regenerating stands of trees. Treatments would reduce the number of trees per acre to improve overall stand health.

On Hold

Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project

The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area.

Redstone to McClure Pass Trail

Pitkin County has proposed a native surface trail connecting Redstone with McClure Pass. The 5 mile section of trail on NFS would lie within the CDOT right of way or along the historic wagon road.


American Tower- A-Basin Communications Site

New authorization for construction of cellular phone comm site along US Highway 6 between Loveland Pass and Keystone (A-Basin). The facility will be multi-carrier facility consisting of one prefabricated equipment shelter and two towers.

American Tower- East Dillon Communications Site

New authorization for construction of a cellular phone comm site along I-70 between the Eisenhower Tunnel & East Dillon. The facility will be a multi-carrier facility consisting of one prefab equip shelter and 2 towers.

Blanco Ranger District Five Year Recreation Event Special Use Permit Issuance

Issuance of five year recreation event permits to authorize 2 recreation events to operate on the Blanco Ranger District. Events have been authorized in prior years under temporary permits. Events are ATV and snowmobile rides.

Bowles Ditch and Pipeline Authorization

Reissuance of expired SU Permit for a spring development and pipeline approx. 1300 feet long. Also for a ditch for supplying water to fish ponds on private lands that is approx. 200 feet long. The permit will continuee to have a 10 foot wide use area

Capitol Creek and East Sopris C&H Grazing Allotments EA

Proposal to analyze cattle grazing for a total of 913 AUMs between July and October between Capitol Creek and East Sopris Allotments. If authorized, grazing would be managed in a manner that maintains or moves towards desired conditions.

Frenchman Creek Spring Redevelopment

Rebuild existing spring development for improved water quality for livestock and wildlife, reduction of riparian/ wetland area trampling, and overflow mitigation.

Gypsum Creek C&H Allotment Grazing Analysis

Proposal to continue grazing authorization for 592 cattle between June 16 and October 16 annually (3,204 AUMs), construct several range improvements to improve livestock distribution and management.

Lava Boulder Creek Exploratory Well

Ursa Resources is requesting to construct one well pad and to drill up to four wells on Federal lease #COC-66708. On Hold awaiting BLM leasing decision.

Lower Blue Sagebrush Enhancement Project

Construct water dev. to enhance sagegrouse brood-rearing habitat. Design & implement a livestock grazing prog. to enhance habitat conditions required for all sagegrouse life stages in partnership with current & future livestock grazing permittees.

McCoy Park 2020

Beaver Creek Resort is proposing to add a ski patrol egress/temporary construction access road, a gray water leach field for the previously approved warming hut, and signage corbels for the McCoy Park terrain development.

Meadow Creek Trail Realignment & Construction

The trail would be realigned to a more sustainable grade. Modern trail design standards would be incorporated including sustainable grades, grade reversals, and out sloping of the tread. The trail tread will be constructed to a 18-24 inch width.

Peregrine falcon seasonal closure at Lime Canyon

An order that restricts human occupancy in vicinity of active peregrine falcon nesting activity, May 15 to July 31, for a five year period starting 2021.

Pitkin County Colorado - Elephant Hill Communication Site Rebuild

Pitkin County is proposing to rebuild the Elephant Hill Communication facility. A second surface and shallow-buried powerline, new towers,solar panels, and building are proposed. The use may include cell phones and Internet S.P. at a future date.

Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) - Reissuance of Transmission Lines

Reissuance of transmission line permits to PSCo that have expired: Hopkins/Leadville Line, Wolcott-Avon-Vail line, and the Wolcott to Beaver Creek line.

Redevelopment of Elephant Mountain Communication Site

The building and towers currently located at the site are beyond their useful life and are in a state of disrepair, and will be replaced. The Existing six - 40 ft towers will be replaced with two 40 ft towers, and additional solar panels.

Redstone Campground Debris Flow Project

The concern for future debris flows at Redstone Campground area has initiated the Forest Service to review, analyze, and propose actions to provide camper safety and a debris management plan to minimize sediment into the Crystal River.

Shadow Creek Ranch - Smith Ditch No. 2

New authorization for operating and maintaining an existing irrigation ditch (Smith Ditch No. 2) that was previously authorized and expired in 1980. the ditch diverts water from Deep Creek to the Shadow Creek Ranch.

St. Paul Mining Claim Access Road

Special use authorization for use, occupancy, construction and maintenance of a private driveway to access private property on the St Paul Lode mining claim (MS# 8884) in the Golden Horseshoe Area east of Breckenridge, CO.

Summit County Temporary Access Mesa Cortina

Temporary access across National Forest land to facilitate removal of hazardous fuels on adjacent private land.

Supplement to the Weber Hut EA

The Dillon Ranger District will be analyzing an alternative parking lot location to the location that was analyzed in the July 2014 Environmental Assessment

Town of Carbondale, Colorado: Nettle Creek Water Treatment Facility Permit Reissuance

Re-issuance of expired special use permit SOP 109501 to the Town of Carbondale, Colorado for use of its water treatment facility and associated spring boxes, pipelines, buildings, tanks and other structures. Expired BLM easement C-0108815 is included

Travel Mgmt Plan Rev BNC Corridor Cliff/Meadow Lake, Mansfield/Clark Point and Clinetop Cow Camp

Provide access from campsites to the BNC motorized trail system. Provide access to Clark Ridge by allowing mixed motorized use on a sect. of BNC road. Correct designations and mapping errors providing motorized and non-motorized trail opportunities

Xcel Transmission Tower Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation/fuel profile management within 150 ft of all electric transmission towers on the Forest to decrease risk of critical damage to electric line support structures due to wildfire. Hand felling of live and dead trees to 30-40% canopy cover.

Project Archive

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

Please Obey All Travel Management Signs

Please Obey All Travel Management Signs

Tree on Car

Watch for Falling Trees As You Travel on the White River NF

Natural Gas Drilling Rig

Natural Gas Drilling Rig