Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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: 01/2018 02/2018 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.
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
Monitoring Plot Research
CE
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@fs.fed.us
Description: MNDNR to monitor three plots on NFS lands on Walker and Blackduck Ranger Districts.Actual ground disturbance is less than 5 acres. The project is inside the Leech Lake Reservation. Permit action where No Decision Memo required under 7CFR 1b.3(a)(3).
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52412
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District, Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. LEGAL - Walker Ranger District (Sec.. 24-T.143-R.28 & Sec.12-T142-R26); Blackduck Ranger District (Sec.14-T.149, R.28) Two south side Forest, one north side of Forest
Noma Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
05/12/2017
Expected: 01/2018 03/2018 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
Blake Cabin Decks East Beach #18
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/18/2017
Expected: 11/2017 06/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Deck work on Blake Recreation Residence; Start Island East Beach tract, Lot #18. Remove 8%u2019x10%u2019 deck off front of cabin and add 5%u2019x14%u2019 deck on back of cabin.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52724
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T146N, R31W, Sec. 36 East side of Star Island, on Cass Lake and inside the Leech Lake Reservation.
Lydick Oak Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
08/01/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 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
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A 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
- Recreation management
- Facility management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/11/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Kenneth Hansen
218-835-3116
khansen@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.
Su-Bi-Gosh Lodge Trail Permit renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/14/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Su-Bi-Gosh Lodge has requested renewal of their permit, which is needed to access private property for their maple syrup company. The use would be between February 15th and April 30th when ice may not be safe for travel.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - S1/2SE1/4, S. 13, T. 146N, R. 29 NE part of Forest in Itasca County; within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Swadner vault toilet install project, Mississippi River Lot 3
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2017
Actual: 12/20/2017
01/2018 Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue permit to Al Spears to maintain 1.2 miles of FR 2691 (Mikes Lake Road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52499
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Mississippi River Summer Home Tract, 2-145-29, Itasca County, Minnesota Within Mississippi River Lot #3; outside of the Leech Lake Reservation
Third River Snowshoe Hare Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/01/2017
Expected: 06/2018 02/2019 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
09/01/2017
Expected: 07/2018 09/2018 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
Chippewa National Forest, Deer River Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pine Grove Lodge Cabin 5 Expansion
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/08/2017
Expected: 02/2018 04/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Pine Grove Lodge has requested approval to add 20 feet to Cabin 5 This project is not on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53105
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 6, T. 147N, R26W, Itasca County Within the Pine Grove Resort permitted area. Resort is eligible for the National Historic Register. Resort is along the Bowstring River, adjacent to Sand Lake, north of Deer River, MN.
South Winnie Lot 5 Deck install
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/06/2017
Expected: 01/2018 04/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install new 199 square foot deck attached to the existing cabin on Lot 5, South Winnie Tract This is within the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52977
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - SE1/4 Section 12, Township 145N, Ranger 29W Deck proposed to be installed on the Lake side of cabin in Lot 5, South Winnie Tract.
Northeast
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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.
Northern Fiber Permit Renewal
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2018
Actual: 01/10/2018
02/2018 Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@fs.fed.us
Description: Northern Fiber has applied for renewal of their existing permit. There will be no ground disturbance. The fiber optic lines are located in several parcels This project is on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53097
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - 60N-26W; 59N-26W; 59N-27W; 147N-25W and 142N-25W, Itasca County, MN NE part of Forest in Itasca County in 60N-26W; 59N-26W; 59N-27W; 147N-25W and 142N-25W, Itasca County. All but three forties in 147N-R25W are off the LL Reservation
Chippewa National Forest, Walker Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
FS 2067 Lewandowski Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/28/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: FR 2067 will be used as an access road to private property. New land owner requested to plow snow, and generally keep the road maintained by dragging it and keeping brush trimmed back. No other plans to change the surface or alter the road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52654
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T141N, R26W, S9 Road FS2067 on south side of Big Sand Lake, near Remer, MN. Outside the Leech Lake Reservation.
Greiner Septic System
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 01/08/2018
02/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of new septic system on Recreation Residence lot under Special Use Permit; Big Rock Addition Tract, Lot #2. Involves pump and fill of old tank, new 1500 combo tank, and new mound.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52498
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T142, R30W, Sec.10 Lot 2 of Big Rock Addition tract on Leech Lake, south of Stony Point Campground; inside the Leech Lake Reservation.
Hartkopf FS2666 Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/18/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a special use permit for the Hartkopf family to maintain FR2666. Permit will allow light surface maintenance (dragging), light brushing, and snow plowing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52723
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T141N, R30W, Sec. 3 E on Hwy 200 from Walker, on S side of Leech Lake. Also known as the Jack Lake Road. Inside the Leech Lake Reservation.
Leech Lake Band Water Sampling Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/18/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Leech Lake Band is requesting vehicle access to and insertion of a geoprobe into the ground at 20, 60, and 80 foot depths to collect water samples near Pike Bay. All disturbances will be restored and work would occur during frozen conditions.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - NW1/4, Section 14, T. 145N, R. 31W, Cass County, MN The parcel is located east of the channel connecting Pike Bay and Cass Lake; within the Leech Lake Reservation.
Oak Point Lodge Cabin Porches
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 01/08/2018
02/2018 Donna Schackman
218-335-8615
djschackman@fs.fed.us
Description: Extend existing porches at the Snowy Owl and Bear Cub cabins. Installation of concrete pads and wooden posts are included in the designs. Projects occur inside the Leech Lake Reservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52405
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T143N, R31W, S26, 5th PM Located along Oak Point Road, south of Cass Lake, MN, on Steamboat Bay of Leech Lake.
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