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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- Huron-Manistee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Huron-Manistee National Forest , Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District
- Huron-Manistee National Forest , Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District
- Huron-Manistee National Forest , Huron Shores Ranger District
- Huron-Manistee National Forest , Mio Ranger District


Huron-Manistee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Great Lakes Energy - Amendment #1
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Katie Nelson
231-745-4631
klnelson@fs.fed.us
Description: Great Lakes Energy has submitted 5 projects,including rebuilding in place (2), realigning and rebuilding (2), and new construction of overhead and underground power lines (1) on the Baldwin/White Cloud and Cadillac/Manistee Ranger Districts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43913
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Newaygo, Wexford. LEGAL - Not Applicable The 5 projects are located in 6 Townships in 3 Counties.
Mio/Harrisville/Tawas - MichCon Consolidation and Reissuance of Gas Pipeline Authorization
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of special use authorization and consolidation of existing gas pipeline rights-of-way (ROW), use and maintenance in Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda Counties in the Huron-Manistee National Forests
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm8_046426.pdf
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District, Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda. LEGAL - Sec. 30-31, T28N, R9E in Alcona Cnty; sec. 1,2, & 10, T23N, R8E in Iosco Cnty; sec. 6 & 7, T24N, R3E in Ogemaw Cnty:sec. 6, 7, 18, 19, 29, 30, 31, & 32, T25N, R3E and sec 31,T 26N, R3E in Oscoda Cnty ROW are located along F-41, 6 miles north of Lincoln, MI in Alocna Cnty; along S River Rd and SW from Foot Site Village in Iosco Cnty; along M-33 inOscoda & Ogemaw Counties.
Huron-Manistee National Forest , Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bigelow-Newaygo Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/20/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
09/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Mark Herberger
231-723-2211 ext3109
mherberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Manage stands of oak, pine, and existing openings to enhance habitat diversity by managing for areas with unique ecological characteristics, such as prairie, grass, and savanna habitats, for the benefit of rare and endangered plant and animal species
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44135
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo. LEGAL - T13N,R10W,Sec 30; T12N,R10W,Sec 20; T12N,R11W,Sec 13,30,31; T12N,R12W, Sec 1-4,8-10,25-27,34-36; T13N,R11W,Sec 30-32; T13N,R12W,Sec 22,23,27,34,35 Aetna Township, Mecosta County; Reynolds Township, Montcalm County; Croton, Brooks, Big Prairie, Everett Townships, Newaygo County, Michigan
Great Lakes Dual Sporters Motorcycle Club Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Kathy Bietau
231-745-4631
kbietau@fs.fed.us
Description: The Great Lakes Dual Sporters Motorcycle Club has applied for a special-use permit to hold a 2-day non-competitive street legal motorcycle trail tour on designated ORV trails and roads in multiple counties the first weekend in June.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43922
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Newaygo, Oceana. LEGAL - Not Applicable Portions of the designated Forest Service Big O and Little O ORV trail systems and Forest Service and County Roads in Lake, Newaygo,and Oceana Counties.
Hungerford Games Marathon Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2014
Expected: 05/2014 09/2014 Kathy Bietau
231-745-4631
kbietau@fs.fed.us
Description: Ben Talsma has applied for a special-use permit to hold a one-day competitive race including a half, full and ultra-marathon in the Hungerford Recreation Area. The race will be held the last Saturday of September.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43923
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Newaygo. LEGAL - Not Applicable A portion of each race would take place in the Hungerford Recreation Area on National Forest roads and trails in Norwich and Barton Townships. All races begin and end on private property.
Infantryman's Challenge Adventure Race Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Kathy Bietau
231-745-4631
kbietau@fs.fed.us
Description: Infantryman's Challenge has applied for a special-use permit to hold a one-day Adventure Race on the last Saturday of July. Portions of public lands will be used including two forest roads, McCarthy Lake recreation site, and a segment of the NCT.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43921
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Not Applicable Two forest roads, McCarthy Lake recreation site, and the North Country Trail from McCarthy Lake north to Mack Road. The entire event is in Sauble Township, Lake County.
Nichols Lake Wood Augmentation; Fishing Platform Maintenance on Nichols and Benton Lakes
CE
- Facility management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress

02/07/2013
Expected: 06/2014 11/2014 Chris Riley
231-723-2211-3122
criley01@fs.fed.us
Description: The objective of this project is to augment wood in the form of whole trees in the littoral zone of Nichols Lake. In addition, maintain and/or replace the fishing platforms at Nichols Lake and Benton Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40251
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Newaygo. LEGAL - Nichols Lake - T15/16N, R13W, Sec 5,6,31,32; Benton Lake - T15N, R13W, Sec 20 Nichols and Benton Lakes in the Brohman/Woodland Park area of the Baldwin-White Cloud Ranger District.
Wheatlake/DeYoung
CE
- Land ownership management On Hold N/A N/A Paul Salvatore
231-775-5023
psalvatore@fs.fed.us
Description: Land-for-Land Exchange
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana. E½ NE¼ SW¼ SE¼, Section 21, E½ NE¼ SW¼ SE¼, Section 30, T13N, R16W, S½ S½ NW¼ NW¼, Section 4, T12 N, R12W, NW¼ SW¼, Section 30, T15N, R10W
Huron-Manistee National Forest , Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ace Communications
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a new 20-year permit to maintain telephone lines, consisting of underground conduit, wire, and splicing stations.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N,R10W,Sec 19,30; T21N,R11W,Sec 14,21,22,26,29,30; T21N,R12W,Sec 15,16,19-21,27,28,33,34; T22N,R12W,Sec 26,27,35; T23N,R11W,Sec 22,26; T23N,R12W,Sec 23,28,30-33; T21N,R13W,Sec 2,11,25,35 Cherry Grove, Henderson, South Branch, Slagle, Antioch, Springville Townships, Wexford County; Norman Township(E), Manistee County, Michigan
Black Locust Fuelwood EA
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/20/2013
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
05/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Matthew McQueen
231-723-2211 x3121
mmcqueen@fs.fed.us
Description: Convert two black locust stands (19 acres total) to upland openings. Treat black locust with a combination of herbicide and firewood cutting. After the trees are removed the openings would be planted and maintained with prescribed fire.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43807
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Wexford. LEGAL - T23N, R12W, Sections 25 and 26 Springville Township, Wexford County, Michigan
Buchanan Private Road Permit
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
In Progress

03/21/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new 20-year permit to use and maintain an existing road to allow access to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43924
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R15W, SE1/4, SW1/4 of Section 23 Stronach Township, Manistee County, Michigan
Cherryland Electric
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue an expired permit for the maintenance of both buried and overhead electric distribution lines across National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42712
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T22N, R13W, Sections 4,8,9,15,16; T22N, R14W, Sections 10-12,22,24,28-30 Dickson Township, East and West, Manistee, Michigan
Consumers Energy
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a new 5-year permit to maintain an interpretive sign at Red Bridge River Access Site.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T22N, R13W, Section 22 Dickson Township(East), Manistee County, Michigan
Great Lakes Energy
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/24/2012
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211x3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a new 30-year permit for the continued operation of electric distribution lines.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39688
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Manistee, Mason, Wexford. LEGAL - Wexford, Manistee, Lake, Mason Counties, Michigan 44.3 acres in Wexford, Manistee, Lake, and Mason counties.
High Bridge North Country Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Christopher Frederick
231-745-4631x3138
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate existing trail away from eroding bank along the Big Manistee River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37612
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T22N, R14W, Section 28, NW 1/4; Dickson West Township, Manistee County, Michigan East of Highbridge Road on the north bank of the Big Manistee River.
Irrigation Storage Pond
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a 5 year permit to John Urka for the purpose of a storage pond for irrigation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43936
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T22N, R14W, S1/2, N1/2, NW1/4, NE1/4 of Section 11 Dickson Township(West), Manistee County, Michigan
Manistee County Transportation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/11/2013
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-745-4631x3138
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Re authorize use of antenna on communication tower at Udell Hills
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43656
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - Section 23, T21N, R15W, Manistee County Stronach Township, Manistee County
Radio North
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a new 30-year permit to maintain an antenna and equipment at the existing Udell Hills Communication Site for VHF trunking radio system (PMRS), providing communications for Radio North and other businesses in the Manistee and Bear Lake area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43925
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R15W, SW1/4, NW1/4 of Section 23 Stronach Township, Manistee County, Michigan
Recreation Special Use Application from Brent Walk of Fun Promotions LLC
CE
- Special use management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Brent Walk of Fun Promotions will hold a one-day competitive mountain bike event on the designated and existing Big M Trail System in July for the next five years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43935
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R15W, Section 25 Stronach Township, Manistee County, Michigan
Sheep Dip Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
02/27/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Mark Herberger
(231) 723-2211
mherberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Approximately 1097 acres of red pine treatments, 42 acres of hardwood treatments, 391 acres of aspen clearcuts, 337 acres of upland opening improvement, 21 acres of opening creation, road management, and invasive plant control.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37078
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Wexford. LEGAL - T21N, R 11W, Sections 4-9 and 16-21, Henderson Township; and T21N, R12W, Sections 1, 12-18, and 20-24, South Branch Township; Wexford County, Michigan Between Caberfae Ski Area and Hoxeyville, north and south of M55
Upper River Road Trailhead for the North Country Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress

02/20/2014
Expected: 03/2014 03/2014 Christopher Frederick
231-723-2211 ext. 3105
cfrederick@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the trailhead parking area to accommodate 20 vehicles. Project work would include removing some trees, grading the area and may include adding gravel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43933
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T22N, R13W, SE1/4, NW1/4 of Section 22 Dickson Township(East), Manistee County, Michigan
Huron-Manistee National Forest , Huron Shores Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
06 John T. Boone Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management
- Road management
In Progress

01/29/2013
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a 20-year private road special use permit for access from National Forest System lands to private lands. The special use would include a gate on Forest Road 2192 to control public motor vehicle use.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40968
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Linear right of way in the NE SW Section 16, T24N R5E, Iosco County, Michigan. From Jose Lake Drive, less than 1/2 mile west along Jose Lake Road to the Boone Access Road and Forest Road 2193.
Air Force - PFOA/PFOS Remediation Project
CE
- Special use management
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Provide a special use permit authorizing the Air Force and contractors to operate a ground water remediation facility involving a water pipeline and an infiltration trench on National Forest System lands within an area of groundwater contamination.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44106
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Part of the South 1/2 of Section 30 T24N R9E, Oscoda Township, Iosco County, Michigan. The project is south of the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base runways and north of the Clark's Marsh area.
Bamfield Road Safety Improvement Project
CE
- Road management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a 30-year term, Forest Supervisor special use authorization to the Alcona County Road Commission for the reconstruction and maintenance of Bamfield Road between the AuSable Vista access road and AuSable Road/snowmobile trail crossing.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44042
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona. LEGAL - Sections 13 & 14 of T25N R5E Curtis Township, Alcona County, Michigan. From M65 & Glennie, follow Bamfield Road for 3 miles to AuSable Road and the east end of the project. Approximately 1/4 mile of the project involves National Forest System lands.
Corsair/Sand Lake
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Land management planning
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Land ownership management
- Road management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
04/09/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Kari Vanderheuel
989-739-0728x3026
kvanderheuel@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a landscape management project that would include vegetative treatments such as oak habitat restoration, red pine thinning, underburning, fuelbreak creation and maintenance, wildlife habitat improvements, trail re-routes, and NNIS abatement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39578
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Township 22 North, Range 7 East The project area is approximately five miles northwest of Tawas and approxmately seven miles east of Hale, Michigan.
FDR 2097 Culvert Replacement
CE
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: The Huron-Manistee National Forests received 2014 funding to replace an inadequate culvert on Forest Development Road 2097 serving road access needs to dispersed camping and other National Forest System lands south of Foote Pond on the AuSable River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44104
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Section 22 of T24N R7E, Oscoda Township, Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest community is Oscoda and the project is approximately 12 miles west of Oscoda on River Road and then approximately 3 miles north of River Road beyond the end of Cooke Dam Road.
FDR 2145 and FDR 4543 Road Closure Project
EA
- Road management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 07/2014 08/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Physically close a quarter mile segment of Forest road 2145 and all of Forest road 4543 and remove these roads from the Forest's Motor vehicle Use Map published annually identifying roads open to public highway legal vehicles.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44102
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - 2145 is located in Section 18 of T23N R6E Plainfield Township Iosco County. 4543 is located in Sections 14 & 23, T23N, R8E, Wilbur Township, Iosco County. 2145 is found from Hale, MI travelling 2.5 mile east on Esmond Road to Iargo Trail and then north .5 mile. 4543 is found from AuSable/Oscoda, Mi travelling 4.25 miles along Old 23 to the project.
Iosco Transit Radio Antenna
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Place communication antenna on the Silver Valley Radio Tower and a 100 watt repeater within the communication building managed by the Forest Service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43963
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - NW 1/4 Section 21, T23N R7E, Wilbur Township, Iosco County, Michigan. From the Tawases take Monument Road to Tuttle Road. Turn east approximately 1/4 mile to the gated administrative road. This site is for communication site purposes and is closed to public access.
Michael D. Rose Private Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue a 20 year private road special use permit for access from National Forest System lands to private lands. The special use is a separate authorization from an existing neighbor authorization and involves existing gates on Forest Road 2161.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43328
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Sections 1, 12 & 13 T24N R5E and Section 18 T24N R6E, Iosco County Plainfield and Oscoda Townships, Michigan Meridian. From Bissonette Road west of M65 approximately 5 miles to the Link Ranch Property access road. The permit road is beyond the gated private property and along the ITC Powerline right of way.
Roy Creek
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Land management planning
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
07/18/2013
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 12/2014 Kari Vanderheuel
989-739-0728x3026
kvanderheuel@fs.fed.us
Description: The primary purpose of the Roy Creek Project is to create Kirtland's warbler essential breeding habitat within the Pine River KW Management Unit of the Huron National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41557
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Iosco. LEGAL - T24N R7E S. 1-10, 15; T24N R6E S. 1-3, 10-12; T25N R6E S. 25, 35, 36; T 25N R7E S. 19-36 The project is located in both Iosco and Alcona Counties of Michigan. More specifically it is bordered by Cooke Pond to its south, east of M-65 and west of adjacent State Land.
Soil and Water Restoration Projects
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 05/2014 Paul Thompson
989-739-0728
pdthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Physically close and restore unauthorized roads and trails to natural conditions by placement of closure devices and reshaping natural contours to re-etablish natural drainage and restore vegetation growth.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44129
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Iosco. LEGAL - T28N R9E Section 20 ; T26N R8E Section 4 & 5; T26N R8E Section 5; T25N R6E Section 1; Alcona County: T26N R6E Section 20; T26N R5E Sections 26 & 27; T24N R7E Section 16; T23N R7E Section 28 & 33; T24N R9E Section 30; Iosco County, Michigan Reference project map and narrative attached to this notice.
Tuttle Marsh Phragmites Prescribed Burning
CE
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
On Hold N/A N/A Sierra Patterson
989-739-0728
sierralpatterson@fs.fed.us
Description: The objective is to reduce the Phragmites infestation in Tuttle Marsh. Phragmites is a non-native invasive grass species that has strongly established itself in the marsh. Burning Phragmites would reduce seed recruitment and increase native species.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Iosco. LEGAL - Township 23 North, Range 8 East, Sections 27 and 28 Tuttle Marsh is located on the Tawas Ranger District of the Huron National Forest
Wilbur Creek Trail Bridge Replacement
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 08/2014 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us
Description: The existing bridge spans Wilbur Creek and is part of the Michigan Shore to Shore Horseback Riding and Hiking Trail and is 36 years old. Replacement plans involve treated wood and design will meet Forest Service Horse Trail Bridge standards.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona. LEGAL - Section 16 of T25N R5E, Curtis Township, Alcona County Michigan. From Curtisville, Michigan this project is approximately 1/4 mile east on Bamfield Road and then 1/4 mile north along the Horseback Riding Trail.
Huron-Manistee National Forest , Mio Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
05 K&M Forest Products Commercial Haul Road Use and Maintenance Authorization
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2011
Expected: 04/2011 05/2011 Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from K&M Forest Products for temporary year-round use and maintenance of an existing classified Forest Service Road (FSR) 3103 as a commercial haul route to a private timber sale
Web Link: http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-mio
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - A portion of NE¼SE¼, Section 33, T26N, R2W, Grayling Township, Crawford County, Michigan From Grayling, MI go east on M-72 approx 8.5 miles to Chase Bridge road, then south approx 5.5 miles to FSR 3103.
2014 Mio/Au Sable Large Woody Debris Project
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress

09/04/2013
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Eric Oneil
989-739-0728 ext 3020
eoneil@fs.fed.us
Description: The US Forest Service is proposing to place large woody debris in the form of whole trees anchored to each other and the river bottom in the Au Sable River to provide habitat to fish species. 273 habitat structures are proposed. (3-5 trees per str.)
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42711
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - Not Applicable Au Sable River, between Mio, MI and McKinley, MI. Mentor Twshp. T26NR3E and T26NR4E
Blockhouse Fuels and KW Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
02/26/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 Steve Goldman
989-826-3252
sgoldman@fs.fed.us
Description: Create ~2000 ac of Kirtland's warbler habitat through prescribed fire, harvest and planting. Thin ~1300 ac of oak and pine forest. Prescribed burn ~2000 ac for fuels reduction & oak regen. Create 100 ac of fuelbreaks & 200 ac wildlife openings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40372
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Oscoda. LEGAL - T26N, R4E S 1-3, 10-12, 13. T26N, R5E, S4-9,18. T26N, R5E, S31-32 Approximately one mile north of the town of McKinley in Oscoda and Alcona counties
Briggs and Bridge KW and Hazardous Fuels Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
09/2014
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Karlis Lazda
989-826-3252
klazda@fs.fed.us
Description: Clearcut and plant 583 acres of KW habitat,thin 1779 acres of red pine, prescribe burn 606 acres for fuels reduction,construct 380 acres of fuelbreaks,create 151 acres & maintain 137 acres of wildlife openings, close 1.9 miles of Forest roads
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43303
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Crawford, Oscoda. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on the Mio Ranger District. It spans east from Chase Bridge Rd to M-33 and south from M-72 to the Huron-Manistee National Forests boundary.
Gardner Land-for-Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 06/2014 Paul Salvatore
231-775-5023
psalvatore@fs.fed.us
Description: Land-for-Land Exchange
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42945
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - SESWNE, SWSWNE, section 7, T25N, R2E, Michigan Meridian. Oscoda County, Big Creek Township Luzerne, Michigan
Hughes Lake East Aspen Project
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
04/02/2014
Expected: 06/2014 12/2014 Kimberly Piccolo
989-826-3252 ext. 3334
kpiccolo@fs.fed.us
Description: Clearcut and regenerate 499 acres aspen in 14 units, prescribed burn and regenerate 71 acres aspen, suppress NNIS, construct temporary access roads, improve forest openings, and reconstruct and mtn forest roads and trails
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42840
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - T25N, R4E, Sections 2, 3, 4, 11 and T26N, R4E, Sections 22, 25, 26, 33, 34, 35, 36 in Mentor Township, Oscoda County, Michigan Forest Service lands south and west of South River Road and north of Keeley Road, approximately 4 miles east of Mack Lake
Mio / Harrisville - Verizon Fiber Optics Telecommunication Authorization
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Verizon's Telecommunication authorization expired. Forest Service Direction requires fiber optic rights-of-way be authorized under a seperate permit. An addition to the exisiting lines is also included.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/PlanningandProjects/mio.htm
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda. LEGAL - In several sections along M-18, M-72, M-33. Located in T27N, R5E in Alcona Cnty; T25N, R1-2W, & T26N, R1W.in Crawford Cnty; T25N, R3E, T26N, R1-3E, & T27N, R4E in Oscoda Cnty.
Mio/Harrisville - Verizon Copper Wire Telecommunication Authorization Reissuance
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: Allow the continued use and maintenance of existing National Forest System land rights-of-way (ROW) for buried copper wire telecommunications only. Fiber optic ROWs are split out into a seperate authorization. Current permit has expired.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/PlanningandProjects/mio.htm
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda. LEGAL - In various sections in the above Townships mostly located within road ROWs. Located in T26N, R 5-8E, T27N, R5-6E, & T28N, R9E in Alcona County, T25N, R1-2W, and T26N, R1-2W in Crawford County &T25N, R1-3E, T26N, R1-4E, T27N,R4E in Oscoda County; T24N, R3E in Ogemaw County.
Old Runway Red Pine and Alder CE
CE
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Antoine Bonner
989-826-3252 ext 3306
antoinebonner@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will thin approximately 30 acres of red pine and improve 63 acres of alder for wildlife habitat.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44069
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Crawford, Oscoda. LEGAL - Not Applicable The red pine stand is in Crawford County, just north of Sunrise Road. Alder units are in Oscoda County at the end of FSR 3047 and also at the junction of Meadows M33 Trail and Deyarmond Valley Road.
Reissuance of the Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership Special Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management In Progress

01/31/2014
Expected: 04/2014 04/2014 Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us
Description: The Huron-Manistee National Forests, received a request from Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership to continue their use, occupancy, and maintenance of a pipeline and right-of-way across National Forest System lands located on the Mio Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40331
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - In portions of Sections 3, 10, 15, 22, 23, and 35, T26N, R1E, and Sections 2, 11, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 35 in T25N, R1E, Big Creek Township, Oscoda County Michigan. From the intersection of M-72 and Co Rd 489 go west approximately 1.5 miles to the 60 foot pipeline right-of-way, then N or S from there.
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