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.

Report Contents (click to jump to a section):
- Projects Occurring Nationwide
- Ottawa National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Ottawa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Ottawa National Forest , Iron River Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest , Kenton Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest , Ottawa National Forest All Units
- Ottawa National Forest , Watersmeet Ranger District


Projects Occurring Nationwide
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Incorporating Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans (Wyoming)
EIS
- Land management planning
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Cancelled N/A N/A Danielle Chi
801-625-5667
dkchi@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service will be a cooperating agency with the BLM (lead agency) in preparing programmatic EISs to incorporate greater sage-grouse conservation measures into land management plans, including the Thunder Basin NG plan, through plan amendment
Web Link: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable UNIT - Thunder Basin NG portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt NF; WY; multiple counties involved
Ottawa 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
Aspen Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/05/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
09/2014
Expected: 03/2015 06/2015 Susanne Adams
906-884-2411x14
smadams@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will implement Forest Plan Objectives for aspen. We propose to clear cut approximately 1700 acres of aspen each year for 10-20 years, up to 30,000 acres. Road maintenance and reconstruction will also be proposed, as needed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43532
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area includes aspen stands covering approximately 30,000 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands within management areas 1.1a, 3.1a, 4.1a, and 4.2a.
Ottawa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2014 Bergland and Ontonagon Special Use Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Four separate parties, previously under permit, request continued access across Federal lands to their private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43548
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Carlson T49N R36W Sec7 FR 1550, 1552,un-named spur Houghton Co; Darbyshire T49N R39W Sec21 FR 730-B Ontonagon Co; Johnson T50N R35W Sec31 FR 2270-R Houghton Co; McCoy T48N R42W Sec24 FR558 OntonagonCo Carlson12 miles n. of Kenton, MI east of FH 16;Darbyshire 6 miles s. of Rockland, MI west of US45;Johnson 14 miles w. and s. of Baraga, MI off FR2270; McCoy 6 mi. east of Bergland, MI then s. off M28.
2014 Special Use Road Reissues - South Zone
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/22/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to reissue 11 special use road permits for access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District, Iron River Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable 2 special use roads on the Bessemer District, 6 special use roads on the Iron River District & 3 special use roads on the Watersmeet District.
Beauchamp,Helka,Shamion-Kalousdian Property,and Tucker Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/17/2013
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Mr. Beauchamp, Mr. Helka, Mr.s Kalousdian and Shamion, and Mr. Tucker request access to their private separate properties via Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43634
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Beauchamp T46NR36W S 1&12 FR 2127-K,K5,& un-named spur IronCty; Helka T47NR36W S6 FR1219 Houghton Cty; Shamion-Kalousdian T50NR41W S9,10,15 FR639,639-B,unnamed spur;Tucker T49NR41W S16 FR 530-S OntCty Beauchamp 10 mi S of Sidnaw and west on FR 2127;Helka 2 miles E of Kenton off M-28 to FR 1219; Kalsd.Shamion 11mi sw of Ont off Norich Rd;Tucker 2 mi E of Bergland to FR 530, 6 mi northeast to 530-S.
Interior Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management
- Minerals and Geology
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
04/07/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Marlanea French-Pombier
906-358-4551
mfrenchpombier@fs.fed.us
Description: Developed through public collaboration efforts, the project would maintain and/or improve conditions based on Forest Plan direction to provide for healthy/resilient/diverse ecosystems; and actions outlined in local Community Wildfire Protection Plans
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37967
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Ontonagon. LEGAL - T45N R38W S 3-5, 9, 10; T46N R38W S 3-10,15-22, 28-33; T46N R39W S 1-18, 22-27, 34, 36; T47N R38W S 7, 8, 16-21, 28-33, T47N R39W S 13-36; T47N R40W S 13, 24, 25, 36 Project is located on Watersmeet and Kenton Ranger Districts in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties.
Northern Land & Sales Land Exchange Project
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/16/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
10/2014
Expected: 04/2015 07/2015 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed land exchange with Mr. Norman Pestka, proposes to exchange approx. 81.07 acres of federal land, for approx. 48.70 acres of non-federal land in Houghton and Ontonagon Counties of Michigan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44689
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Federal Parcel 1: T49N, R42W, Sec. 3, N1/2NW, Ontonagon Co. Federal Parcel 2: T47N, R37W, portion of land in Sec. 2, SESE, Houghton Co. Non-Federal: T50N, R39W, Sec. 20, portion of SWNE, Ontonagon, Co Federal Parcel 1: approx. 0.75 mls. north of Bergland, MI. Federal Parcel 2: approx. 0.25 mls. north of Kenton, MI, adjacent to cemetery. Non-Federal Parcel: approx. 1.5 mls. SW of Rockland, MI.
Red Pine Thinning Project
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
07/18/2014
Expected: 09/2014 09/2014 Barbara Van Alstine
541-426-5581
bcvanalstine@fs.fed.us
Description: 14,700 acres of red pine plantation thinning to maintain health and quality; maximize optimal growth rates; address insect and disease factors; and provide long-term source of timber products. Transportation refinements would facilitate harvest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42975
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - This area covers several sections within the township and ranges of the counties identified. More information is available from the project contact. The project area includes several plantation stands, and groups of plantations, across the Iron River, Kenton, Ontonagon and Watersmeet Ranger Districts.
Ottawa National Forest , Iron River Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T Fiber Optic Installation
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of Fiber Optic Cables along existing power lines and utilities coridor. In T 43N, R 35 W, Section Section 4.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T 43N R 35W Section 4 Iron Lake Road and Geniron Road
Tarsi Special Use Proposal, Net River
CE
- Special use management In Progress

04/04/2012
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use permit for use and maintenance of existing roads on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36436
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T45N, R35W, Sec. 25, S1/2, 26 and 36 Proposed access is FR 2185, east of FR 2180 (Blockhouse Road).
Ottawa National Forest , Kenton Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Lake Superior Performance Rally Special Use Permit
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
05/06/2014
Expected: 07/2014 07/2014 Marlanea French-Pombier
906-358-4551
mfrenchpombier@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to authorize a special use permit to establish a set of routes on 86 milse of Forst Roads for use in the annual Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) for to the Sports Car Club of America.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44401
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed route is located on roads currently open to motorized use on the Kenton, Watersmeet and Ontonagon Ranger Districts.
Pori Junction Vegetative Management Project
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
05/29/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Victoria Hahka
906-358-4049
vhahka@fs.fed.us
Description: The Pori Vegetative Management Project includes timber, wildlife, riparian, and recreation projects, and is designed to promote a healthy and resiliant forest ecosystem that is well positioned for the long term effects associated with climate change.
Web Link: http://fs.usda.gov/goto/ottawa/projects
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - T50N, R37W, Sec. 3-5, 8-10, 15-17, 20, 21, 29, 30-33; T49N, R38W, Sec. 1-3, 10-15, 22-27, 35, 36; T49N, R37W, Sec. 3-10, 15-22, 27-34; T48N, R38W, Sec. 1, 12; T48N, R37W, Sec. 4-8, 17, 18. The project is located in both Ontonagon and Houghton Counties, Michigan, and is positioned west of Highway 16, south of Highway 38, north of Kenton and east of Mass City.
Ottawa National Forest , Ottawa National Forest All Units R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Christensen Forest Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/29/2013
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Mr. Christensen has requested access across Forest System land to access his private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43670
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T49N R39W Sec. 13 and 21-24 Approximately 8 miles south of Rockland, MI off US Hwy 45 to Forest Roads 710, 715, and 715-G to private land.
Wisconsin Central Railroad Special Use Reissue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/31/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Wisconsin Central, LTD, a subsidiary of Canadian National Railroad, has requested to continue to operate and maintain a standard gauge railroad across Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43675
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T49N R42W Sections 1,11,12,14,15,27,28,34 The segment of railroad across Forest system lands begins 1 mile east of Bergland, MI and runs 6.3 miles to the north and east.
Ottawa National Forest , Watersmeet Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dix Special Use Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2013
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: To issue a new special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing Forest Road, and use and maintenance of a non-system road segment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42421
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T46N, R40W, Sec. 3 Project area is on north side of CR 527, using FR 6945 and a non-system road to private property in Sec. 3, SWNW.
Ellenbecker Sugarbush
CE
- Special use management In Progress

04/04/2012
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a new special use permit for maintaining and operating maple syrup collection lines and equipment on National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29482
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T.45N,. R.41W., Section 1, NENE NFS land is adjacent to Ellenbecker's private property on Beaton's Lake.
Gough Special Use Proposal, Paulding
CE
- Special use management In Progress

04/04/2012
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing driveway on National Forest System lands. Driveway is approximately 75 feet long.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36437
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T46N, R39W, Sec. 15, SWNW Driveway is located off of Old U.S. 45, south of Paulding, MI.
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