Rio Grande National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Facility management

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.

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.

Forest products

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.

CP District-wide Salvage

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

De Herrera Lake Salvage Project

Salvage dead and dying trees resulting from spruce beetles and replant seedlings, as needed.

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

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.

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

Fuels management

CP District-wide Salvage

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

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

Powderhouse II

The project is proposing to treat up to 430 acres by underburning mixed conifer to promote re-sprouting of aspen and to stimulate growth of understory grasses, forbs, and shrubs for wildlife habitat improvement.

Grazing management

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.

CP-7 Allotment Analysis

Analysis for grazing reauthorization

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.

Land acquisition

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.

Land management planning

Land ownership management

Mineral County Landfill Conveyance

Convey 81.25 acres of NFS land to Mineral County, Colorado pursuant to the Townsite Act of July 31, 1958 (72 Stat. 438; 7 U.S.C 1012a; 16 U.S.C. 478a. The parcel is partially encumbered by the Mineral County landfill.

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.

Village at Wolf Creek Access Project

07/19/2018 a new draft decision was released based on the Alt 3 ANILCA action alternative. The Rio Grande National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the effects of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek land exchange.

Minerals and Geology

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.

Recreation management

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.

Special use management

Adventure Cycling Association Ten-year Outfitter and Guide Permit Issuance

Issuance of a ten year outfitter and guide permit to Adventure Cycling Association to authorize multiple cycling tours to operate annually on National Forest System Lands across the Rocky Mountain Region.

Bear Creek Emergency Egress

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rio Grande Fishing Club Access

The Rio Grande Fishing Club has proposed the use 2,600 feet of existing road across National Forest System lands for the purpose of legal access to private property.

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.

Vegetation management (other than forest products)

CP District-wide Salvage

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

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).

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

Luders Lodgepole

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

Watershed management

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

Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants

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

Powderhouse II

The project is proposing to treat up to 430 acres by underburning mixed conifer to promote re-sprouting of aspen and to stimulate growth of understory grasses, forbs, and shrubs for wildlife habitat improvement.

Project Archive

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



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