Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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- Chippewa National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Chippewa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Chippewa National Forest, Blackduck Ranger District
- Chippewa National Forest, Deer River Ranger District
- Chippewa National Forest, Walker Ranger District


Chippewa National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Enbridge Permit Reauthorization
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/17/2017
Expected: 10/2017 12/2017 Lois Pfeffer
218-335-8643
comments-eastern-chippewa@fs.fed.us
Description: New term permit authorization of Enbridge Pipeline Permit CAL401902 which expires 12/31/17.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50183
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Crosses through the middle of the Forest; generally parallel to Hwy 2. On the Leech Lake Reservation.
Site Preparation and Regeneration Activities
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Rosemary Johnson
218-547-1044 x 128
rrjohnson@fs.fed.us
Description: Site preparation and/or planting/seeding of stands salvage harvested after a 2012 wind storm.
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Cass, Itasca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Stands are primarily on the Blackduck district but also includes stands on the Walker and Deer River Districts. Stands are within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Chippewa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Long Lake Vegetation Management Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/10/2017
06/2018 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us
Description: This purpose of the project is to move toward achieving Landscape Ecosystem vegetation objectives, and restoring conditions more representative of native vegetation communities. Outside the LLBO reservation boundary
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48175
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District, Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T141N R25W Sec3-6, 8-9, 13-17, 20-36;T142N R25W Sec3-6,8-11,18-22,28-34; T143N R25W Sec1,3,4-6,8-17,19-24,26,28-33; T143N R26W Sec1&24; T144N R25W Sec5-9,16-23,26-36; T144N R26W Sec12-14, 23-26-36 This project is located south of Hwy 2 and North of the National Forest boundary and on the very eastern side of the Forest.
Noma Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
05/12/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 David Morley
218-547-5122
damorley@fs.fed.us
Description: Management of: vegetation composition/age class through harvest, site prep, planting; wildlife/pollinator habitats through diversity planting, seeding; riparian/wetland through harvest, diversity planting; forest system roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48011
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District, Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T149N R25-27W and T150N R 25 -27W Northeastern portion of Blackduck District and extends into northwestern part of Deer River district. Project area lies between Big Fork and Dora Lake. Project is outside Leech Lake Reservation.
Chippewa National Forest, Blackduck Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lydick Oak Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Cory Mlodik
307-276-5808
corymlodik@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve vigor and future acorn production by thinning young oak stump sprouts. The project area consists primarily of recent timber harvest areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50844
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T145N R29W Sec 12; T145N R30W Sec 8; T146N R29W Sec 31, 32, and 33; T146N R30W Sec 25, 26, 35, and 36 The project area is south of the Mississippi River and east of Cass Lake inside the Leech Lake Reservation Boundary.
Miss Bigfork Watershed Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us
Description: Road fill removal from Mississippi floodplain near abandoned Old Third River Road bridge and removal of Sugar Lake, Bowstring, and Grass Lake impoundments to restore wetlands. Projects occur within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51777
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. LEGAL - Sugar lake Impoundment: T146 R29 Sec 22; Bowstring Impoundment: T149 R27 Sec 25; Grass lake Impoundment: T145 R29 Sec17; and Mississippi River Flood Plain: T146 R29 Sec 19. Four project sites: abandoned Old Third River Road crossing over Mississippi, Sugar Lake and Grass Lake impoundments west of Lake Winnie, and Bowstring impoundment east of Bigfork River.
Norway Beach Recreation Area Redesign Project
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/11/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 David Morley
218-547-5122
damorley@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement of the existing wastewater treatment system with 3 localized systems, replacement of vault toilets, and campsite redesign to improve public safety/enjoyment and efficiency of facilities management/maintenance.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49969
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Norway Beach Recreation Area is 7 miles east of Cass Lake, MN, 1 mile north of U.S. Highway 2, on southeast side of Cass Lake. Located within the Leech Lake Reservation Boundary.
Third River Snowshoe Hare Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 11/2017 06/2019 Cory Mlodik
307-276-5808
corymlodik@fs.fed.us
Description: Enhance habitat for snowshoe hare using a variety of management practices including timber harvest and creating coarse woody debris on about 100 acres inside the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52039
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T147N-R29W, in portions of Sections 25, 26, 35, and 36 About 2 mile Northwest of Lake Winnibigoshish.
Upper Pigeon Aspen Snag Enhancement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Cory Mlodik
307-276-5808
corymlodik@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove the tops of 20 older aspen trees using blasting to improve wildlife habitat by increasing structural diversity in a 34 acre mixed aspen stand. The project is within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51606
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T148N, R28W, Section 35 About 2 miles Southwest of Round Lake
Upper Third River Impoundment Decommissioning
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management
Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2017
Actual: 03/27/2017
09/2017 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us
Description: The project removes the Upper Third River Impoundment control structure and culvert and replaces it with a larger culvert. Project is within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T 147 R28 Sec 7 Forest Road 2384 between Dixon lake and Lake Winnibigoshish.
Chippewa National Forest, Deer River Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Edminster cabin addition and shed replacement
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/29/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Audrey Gustafson
218-246-3473
argustafson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue permit to Ron and Kathy Edminster to add onto cabin and replace shed. This is located within the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52134
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T146N, R27W, S29, 5th Principal Meridian The Edminster cabin is located on Highbanks Recreation Residence Tract, Lot 1, on the east shore of Lake Winnibigoshish about 7 miles northeast of Bena, MN.
Install fiber optic cable for the Bigfork Hospital
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/31/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Audrey Gustafson
218-246-3473
argustafson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue permit to Paul Bunyan Telephone to install fiber optic cable to provide service to the Bigfork Hospital. This project is outside the Boundary of the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52294
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T60N, R26W, Sections 1 (SWSW and SESW) and 3 (SESW and SESE), 4th Principal Meridian, Itasca County, Minnesota This project area is located on the north side (and within the existing cleared right-of-way) of Itasca County Road 7, about 3-4 miles southeast of Bigfork, MN.
Northeast
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Comment Period
06/08/2017
Expected: 06/2018 09/2018 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management to improve resiliency of the forest, improve water quality and aquatic habitats, provide wildlife and botanical enhancements, address road needs and other.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51089
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T57N R25W S2-4, 9-20, 13,14, T58N R25W S1-11,14-23. 27,28,34-35 & 26W S1,12-14,24, T59N R25 S 6,7,18 & 26W S1,2,5,9,11-15, 21-24, 26-28, 34,35, T50N R26 S4-9, 13-24, 26-35 & 27W S1, 12-13,25 This project is centered near Marcell and extends to the east, north and south to the forest boundary of the Deer River RD. It is outside the boundary of the Leech Lake Band Ojibwe Reservation.
Spears road maintenance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/23/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Audrey Gustafson
218-246-3473
argustafson@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue permit to Al Spears to maintain 1.2 miles of FR 2691 (Mikes Lake Road). This is not on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52095
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T59N, R26W, S12; T59N, R25W, S7, Itasca County, Minnesota FR 2691 (Mikes Lake Road) is located about 5 miles ENE of Marcell, MN, north of Clubhouse Lake and Clubhouse Lake campground.
Chippewa National Forest, Walker Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Otter Tail Telephone Amendment 2
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 06/16/2017
07/2017 Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Install approximately 1320 feet of underground telephone line 55 feet from centerline of North side of Hwy 200, east of Walker, MN. Project is within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51840
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T141N, R29W, S8, GL3 (NENW) Project located on north side of Hwy 200, approximately 7.5 east of the junction of Hwy 371 and Hwy 200.
Enbridge Temporary Workspace - Nushka Lake
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 06/2017
Actual: 06/20/2017
06/2018 Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Creation of a temporary workspace on CNF land to facilitate shutting off flow during Line 4 replacement on adjacent MN DNR land. The project occurs within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51686
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - Sec 4, T144, R26W, 5th PM; Sec 32 & 34, T145, R27W, 5th PM; Sec 34, T145, R28W, 5th PM South of US Highway 2, near Nushka Lake
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