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 , 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
Highway 2 Corridor Improvement Project
EA
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/28/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct 3 passing lanes, several turn lanes, and thin stands on south side of Highway 2 from Cass Lake to Ball Club to improve safety conditions. FS to issue easement along Hwy 2 corridor to MnDOT.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43371
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Cass, Itasca. LEGAL - Not Applicable Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Deer River. Project is within Leech Lake Reservation.
Chippewa National Forest , Blackduck Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Knutson Dam Improvement Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/15/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 11/2014 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us
Description: Project focuses on structural maintenance needs of current dam structure in order to prevent possible structural failure. Improvements would allow for passage of aquatic organisms. Project is within LLBO Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39573
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - Not Applicable Dam in located on the Mississippi River at the outlet of Cass Lake.
North Winnie Mountain Maple Regeneration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2014
Actual: 04/01/2014
05/2014 Cory Mlodik
218-835-3119
corymlodik@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose is to regenerate mountain maple stands to improve white-tailed deer winter range by increasing the availability of winter browse. Activities are hand cutting about 8 acres of mountain maple in two stands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43746
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T147N, R28W, Sections 15 and 18 Within the LLBO Reservation; along Forest System Roads 2383 and 3139 north of Lake Winnibigoshish in T147N, R28W, Sections 15 and 18.
Rabideau CCC Camp Management
EA
- Special use management
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
07/26/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Ann Long-Voelkner
218-835-3116
alongvoelkner@fs.fed.us
Description: Updates to the use and management of the CCC camp, including seasons of use, maintained buildings, and non-structural land uses.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33624
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T148N R31N Sections 12 and 13, T148N R30W Section 18 One-half mile west of County State Aid Highway 39 and 6 miles south of Blackduck, MN, in Beltrami County (legal description: T148N, R31N, sections12, 13; T148N, R30W, section 18.
Three Private Road Permits
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue 3 SUPs for existing roads across Forest Service lands, into privately owned properties.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44247
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Itasca. LEGAL - S1, T149N R27W; S21 T146N R31W; S15 & 22 T148N R28W three separate short roads on Chippewa National Forest
West Winnie Boat Launch
EA
- Facility management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
02/21/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Cory Mlodik
218-835-3119
corymlodik@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of the West Winnie Boat Launch Project is to reduce the risk of transporting the aquatic invasive faucet snail (Bithynia tentaculata) to other bodies of water on boats/trailers and improve launch safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38945
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - TWP 146N RNG 29W SEC 35 Within LLBO Reservation, end of Winnie Campground Road (FR 2163) on West Shore of Lake Winnibigoshish
Chippewa National Forest , Deer River Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change on the Chippewa National Forest
CE
- Research In Progress
Scoping Start
05/30/2013
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us
Description: Research in red pine stands to study the effects of silvicultural treatements designed to increase forests resistance, resilience, and adaptability to climate change. Inside the LLBO reservation boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42654
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T147N R 27 W Sections 9,10,14,15 This study is located on the Cutfoot Experimental Forest of the Chippewa National Forest
Bear Brook Impoundment Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us
Description: This project aims to restore natural hydrology, prevent sedimentation, and allow aquatic organism passage(AOP) by removing a failing water fowl impoundment.The forest service will propose to replace the impoundment with an AOP culvert.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T144N R 27 W Sec 15 Water fowl impoundment on Bear Brook at forest road 2171
Laurentian Vegetation Managment Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
12/10/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
10/2014
Expected: 12/2014 05/2015 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 prepresentative of native vegetation communities. Outside the LLBO reservation boundary
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43639
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T57N R25-26W; T58N R25-27W; T59N R26W; T60N R 26-27 W; and T149N R 25-26W This project area is located in the eastern part of the Deer River District on the Chippewa National Forest.
Niedermann Well Installation
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2014
Actual: 04/10/2014
05/2014 James Davis
218-246-3486
jamesdavis@fs.fed.us
Description: Approval, modification, or continuation of minor special uses of National Forest System lands that require less than five contiguous acres of land. Installation of a well and bored lines to cabin and garage in Lot #4 of the Winnie Dam tract
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43893
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T146N R27W Sec 25 5th P.M. Winnie Dam/Plug Hat Point Area
Chippewa National Forest , Walker Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Portage Culvert Replacement Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Analysis Completed Expected: 03/2014
Actual: 03/31/2014
04/2014 David Morley
218-547-5122
damorley@fs.fed.us
Description: The Project would replace the existing box culvert on Portage Road (Forest Road 2131) with a bridge at a point roughly 3 miles south of the junction with US Hwy 2.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43067
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - Not Applicable Within LLBO Reservation, Forest Road 2131, roughly 3 miles south of the junction with US Hwy 2
Soo Line Trail FSR 3036 Reroute Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress

02/13/2014
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 David Morley
218-547-5122
damorley@fs.fed.us
Description: Reconstruct FSR3036 (now open to all vehicles) to accommodate the range of motorized uses currently on the Soo Line Trail; scarify old trail bed, then seed with native grasses and forbs; install signs; close decommissioned access points (boulders).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43196
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - Not Applicable Within LLBO Reservation boundary, roughly 3.5 miles southwest of Bena, MN. Begins near FSR 2126 and extends northwesterly to intersection with FSR 3036.
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