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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:00 pm 
Grant, Catron, Sierra, Socorro, and Hidalgo Counties in New Mexico within the Gila National Forest and Wilderness

The Gila National Forest is seeking comments on the following separate proposals located across each district on the forest. The Forest Service has made a preliminary determination that each of the proposals fall within a category of actions listed in regulations at 36 CFR 220.6, that are excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement, and that there are no extraordinary circumstances that would preclude use of a categorical exclusion. A general description of each of the proposals is provided below.

Black Range RD:
Beaver Creek Riparian Improvement: The purpose of the proposal is to improve upon existing riparian conditions. There is a need to protect and improve riparian and habitat conditions within a +½ mile corridor of Beaver Creek while continuing to allow livestock access to perennial water. The proposed action will construct livestock enclosure fence +0.8 miles in length in Beaver Creek and install +200 feet of pipe fence across two sections of Beaver Creek. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Beaverhead Airstrip:
The purpose of the proposal is to increase pilot and passenger safety by removing woody vegetation from around the airstrip and to keep it from encroaching in the future. The proposed action will cut all ponderosa pine, pinyon juniper, and alligator juniper within the 233 acre Beaverhead Airstrip administrative site utilizing a chainsaws. Alligator juniper stumps would be treated with a registered herbicide. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(d)(3).
Mackey Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to improve existing water sources on the Mackey Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install +2.2 mile pipeline, 2 storage tanks, and 4 troughs. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
NM Backroads: The purpose of the proposal is to issue a new long term special use permit for outfitting and guiding for 4-wheel drive trips and photography. The proposed action will issue a long term permit that would allow 4-wheel drive trips and photography on open existing roads. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(15).

Quemado RD:
Agua Fria Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to improve existing water sources on the Agua Fria Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install +2.7 mile pipeline, 1 storage tank and 2 troughs. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Centerfire Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to increase existing water sources on the Centerfire Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install 1 new well and 2 additional storage tanks to provide reliable seasonal water. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
East Sand Flat Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to increase existing water sources on the East Sand Flat Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install 3 new wells, +2 miles of pipeline, and storage tanks along the pipeline. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Jewett Gap Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to increase existing water sources on the Jewett Gap Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install a pipeline and storage tanks along the pipeline within the Gallo pasture. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Spur Lake Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to increase existing water sources on the Spur Lake Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install +3.3 miles of pipeline and storage tanks along the pipeline. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
West Demetrio Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to increase existing water sources on the West Demetrio Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install 1 new well, +3.5 miles of pipeline, storage tank, and water troughs. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Mangitas Water System: The purpose of the proposal is to increase existing water sources on the Mangitas Allotment. These water improvement structures will benefit wildlife and livestock. The proposed action will install 1 new well, +1 mile of pipeline, storage tank, and water trough. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Pasture Division Fencing: The purpose of the proposal is to increase management flexibility associated with grazing to address wolf/cow issues. The allotments are located within the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery area and are within the home range of packs. Depredation has occurred on the Allotments. The proposed action will install a fence to divide a single pasture on each allotment to provide great flexibility to permittees to move cattle away from areas of wolf activity. The proposed action will benefit both wildlife and livestock. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).

Glenwood RD:
Illegal Route Closure: The purpose of the proposal is to address illegal motorized intrusions occurring in wilderness and within wilderness study areas. The proposed action will block motor vehicle intrusions into wilderness and wilderness study areas. The actions taken may include installation of wooden or metal posts in concrete bases, placement of large boulders, or falling of trees to block the motorized paths. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(20).

Reserve RD:
Tularosa Riparian Enhancement: The purpose of the proposal is to enhance approximately 5.5 miles of the Tularosa River riparian habitat and facilitate watershed and riparian restoration. This project will provide protection to four threatened and endangered species and their habitat, improve riparian vegetation and will also provide alternate water sources for wildlife and adjacent permitted livestock. The proposed action will construction sediment retention structures along or beside the river to stabilize the banks and sediment entering the Tularosa River; plant willows, cottonwood trees and other native riparian plants; construct a barrier fence along known problem areas along the river, to prevent motorized vehicle use; replace, relocate and enhance existing non-motorized barrier fences; drill a well and install an associated water system within the area to provide an alternate water source for wildlife and permitted livestock; and construct an elk proof fence for the protection of riparian plants and other activities associated with wetland restoration. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(18).


Cruzville Wildlife Habitat Improvement: The purpose of the proposal is to improve wildlife habitat within pinyon-juniper woodland and ponderosa pine forest vegetation types by reducing tree densities. Reduced tree densities would increase the amount of herbaceous vegetation available to wildlife, increase woody material on the ground surface, and promote a diversity of tree species and size that provide cover and food for wildlife. The proposed action will use mechanical and/or hand thinning to cut trees. Treatment of slash will include a combination of piling, bucking, lop/scatter, broadcast/jackpot burning, and pile burning. Off-road vehicle travel will be allowed to aid in removal of forest and woodland products. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).
Negrito Campground Re-location: The purpose of the proposal is to relocate the existing South Fork Campground out of the existing floodplain. The proposed action will relocate the infrastructure (Toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings) to two separate campgrounds. The first campground would be located directly across Forest Road 141. The second campground would be located approximately 2 miles west of the existing campground in the "Gwynn Tank" area. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(19).
Salt Lick: The purpose of the proposal is to improve wildlife habitat for species like mule deer, elk, and pronghorn by reducing tree densities in the Upper Moraga and Burro landscapes. The proposed action will use mechanical and/or hand thinning to cut trees. Treatment of slash will include a combination of piling, bucking, lop/scatter, broadcast/jackpot burning, and pile burning. Off-road vehicle travel will be allowed to aid in removal of forest and woodland products. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6).

Silver City RD:
Little Walnut CDNST Trailhead: The purpose of the proposal is to create a more sustainable trailhead. The proposed action will develop a larger parking area, install a kiosk, vault toilet, and trash receptacles. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(1).

For additional information about a district specific project, please contact that district directly: Black Range - 575-894-6677; Quemado - 575-773-4678; Glenwood - 575-539-2481; Reserve - 575- 575-533-6321; Silver City RD - 575-388-8201

Forest Wide:
Re-Issuance of Recreation Special Use Permits: The purpose of the proposal is to re-issue special use permits for outfitting and guiding for hunting, hiking, backpacking, and outdoor experiential education; and events such as mountain biking, archery shoots, and long distance runs. There is a need to issue special use permits for increasing public use of National Forests and providing economic opportunities for local and regional economies. The proposed action will re-issue a long-term permit to allow these existing activities. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(15).
Issuance of Recreation Special Use Permits: The purpose of the proposal is to issue new special use permits for outfitting and guiding for hunting, hiking, backpacking, and outdoor experiential education; and events such but not limited to mountain biking or long distance runs. There is a need to issue special use permits for increasing public use of National Forests and providing economic opportunities for local and regional economies. The proposed action will issue a permit to allow these activities. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3).


Re-Issuance of Non-Recreation Special Use Permits: The purpose of the proposal is to re-issue expired permits to allow for continued use of things like storage tanks, buried pipelines, waterlines, driveway permits, road permits, water ditch permits all for domestic use. In addition, this category includes the Catron County target ranges. The proposed action will re-issue existing non-recreation special use permits. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(15).
Issuance of Non-Recreation Special Use Permits: The purpose of the proposal is to issue a permit to allow for the use of things like storage tanks, buried pipelines, waterlines, driveway permits, road permits, water ditch permits all for domestic use. The proposed action will issue a new non-recreation special use permit. The proposed decision memo would use 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3).

For additional information about a forest-wide project, please contact the Gila National Forest Supervisors Office at 575-388-8201.

This public scoping represents the only opportunity that will be offered to comment on these proposals. This scoping period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by a proposal an opportunity to request additional information and make their concerns known before the responsible official makes a decision. Written, facsimile, hand delivered, and electronic comments concerning these actions will be accepted. It would be most helpful to receive comments by January 18, 2017.

Written comments may be mailed to: Gila National Forest; ATTN: CE Comments; 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM 88061; faxed to 575-388-8222; or electronic comments to: comments-southwestern-gila@fs.fed.us. Electronically filed comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), portable document format (.pdf), text (.txt), and hypertext markup language (.html).


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