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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- 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, Bergland Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest, Iron River Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest, Ontonagon Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest, Watersmeet Ranger District


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
Forestwide Designated Motorized Use Project
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
08/10/2016
Expected: 09/2017 04/2018 Susanne Adams
906-884-2085 x14
smadams@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of motorized access system to provide diverse and quality Forest access experiences. Proposed Action includes opening 110 miles to off-highway vehicles, 263 miles open to all motorized vehicles and closure of 49 miles to all access.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49931
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Several routes across all Ranger Districts on the Ottawa National Forest.
Planting for Forest Health and Diversity
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
On Hold N/A N/A Christopher Kovala
906-852-3500
christopherskovala@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would improve forest structure and diversity, create winter cover for deer and other wildlife, provide future structure for streams, enhance habitat diversity for aquatic and terrestrial species; and to protect water quality.
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable This is a project that would take place across the Ottawa National Forest.
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
2016 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/15/2016
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: 5 long time permit holders are requesting to reissue their access permits to private lands across Forest Service lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49826
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable FR 841, 841-C off Gardner Road North of Trout Creek; FR 360-G off Hwy64 N of Bergland; FR 375 N of Bergland; FR 710,715,715-F, 715-F5 South of Rockland.
2016 South Zone Special Use Road Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is to reissue 8 special use road permits on the Watersmeet and Iron River Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable one permit is located on the Watersmeet Ranger District and the other 7 are located on the Iron River Ranger District
Michigan & Wisconsin Realty Land Exchange Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management Cancelled N/A N/A Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Michigan & Wisconsin Realty, LLC, has proposed a land exchange with the Ottawa. The proposed land exchange includes approximately 259.38 acres of non-federal land and 218.25 acres of National Forest System lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49457
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Non-Federal: T50N, R40W, Parts of Sec. 36, SE; T49N, R40W, Parts of Sec.1 and Sec. 2, SE. T45N, R39W, Sec.15, NESE. Federal: T44N, R41W, Parts of Sec.9, S1/2 and Sec.16, N1/2. Two Non-Federal parcels are located on the west and SW side of Victoria Reservoir, and one is located NE of Watersmeet, MI. The federal parcel is SW of Watersmeet near the MI and WI border.
Ottawa National Forest, Bergland Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 12/2015 12/2015 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue Special Use permits to 9 current permittees for their continued access to their private land across Forest Service Land.
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - 1)Bultsma2)Hokans T47NR41W FR6930-Y;3)EricksonCreekAssoc T49NR39W FR733-F; 4)Juntunen T50NR36W FR1656;5)Livingston T49NR41WSec2;6)Millard7)Purdy8)Shamion T50NR40W FR696/696C;9)Mannikko T49NR40W FR730J FR 6930-Y 10 mi SE of Bergland;FR733-F and 730-J 9 mi SW of Rockland;FR1656 5 mi SW of Nisula, MI; Livingston off Norwich Road 12 mi S of Ontonagon; FR696/696-C 5 mi S of Ontonagon off Norwich Rd.;
Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Strand Special Use Proposal, OHV Access
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a special use permit to an individual for construction, use and maintenance of an OHV trail to access private property. Approx. 0.27 miles of route would be on existing FR 8173, and 0.30 miles would be new construction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50360
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T46N, R44W, Sec. 17, S1/2SE, SESESW; Sec. 20, NENW Project is located off of FR 8170, approx. 4 miles south of U.S. Hwy. 2.
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
East Iron - Phelps OHV Connector Route
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/25/2016
Expected: 11/2016 02/2017 Christopher Kovala
906-852-3500
christopherskovala@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposed project would allow OHV use on Forest Roads 3110, 3210, 3270 and 3920.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49220
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Roads 3110, 3210, 3270, and 3910 in Gogebic and Iron Counties.
Kosinski Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/10/2014
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use authorization to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 3409 (1.10 miles x 15'), to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48519
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T45N, R36W, Sec. 8, Iron County, MI FR 3409 is off of CR 657 (Gibbs City Road), approx. 1.50 miles east of FH16.
Pangrazzi Special Use Proposal, Blockhouse Road
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 2184 and an existing non-system road to access private property. Proposed access is approx. 0.75 miles long x 15 feet wide.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50361
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T45N, R35W, Sec. 25, NW; Sec. 26, NE, NESE Project area is located on the east side of FR 2180, approx. 2 miles south of its intersection with Ponozzo Road.
Strack Special Use Proposal, Elmwood
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 4020 and a non-system road, to access private property. Proposed access is approx. 0.30 miles long x 20 feet wide.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50365
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T44N, R37W, Sec. 9, NENE; Sec. 10, NWNW Project is located on the south side of Old U.S. 2, approx. 1 mile west of FH16.
Ottawa National Forest, Ontonagon Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
O Kun de Kun Trail Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2016
Actual: 10/14/2016
08/2017 Shelly Garber
906-884-2411
shellygarber@fs.fed.us
Description: This Trail segment is part of the North Country Hiking Trail. It is in need of reconstruction in some areas to improve trail surface, rutting and ponding issues. A segment of trail will be rerouted and a foot bridge placed to avoid a step area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49765
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable The O Kun de Kun waterfall trailhead is located on the east side of M45, approximately 8 miles north of Bruce Crossing. The trail runs approximately 1.3 miles to the East to the Baltimore River and O Kun de Kun waterfall.
Pioneer Trail Reconstruction
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2016
Actual: 11/01/2016
06/2017 Shelly Garber
906-884-2411
shellygarber@fs.fed.us
Description: The Pioneer Trail is a 23-mile long multiple use trail that is open to Off-Highway Vehicles. The trail has sections of erosion and improper drainage that need to be addressed. A new trailhead and parking area will also be created East of Bergland, MI
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49764
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable The trail, located on the Bergland and Ontonagon Ranger Districts, starts just east of Bergland, Michigan and extends to Victoria.
Prickett Vegetation Management Project
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
11/16/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Christopher Kovala
906-852-3500
christopherskovala@fs.fed.us
Description: The Ottawa National Forest is proposing to manage approximately 14,100 acres on Forest Service land as well as the transportation system needed to facilitate timber harvest and provide recreational access near Prickett Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50625
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Houghton. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located on the Ontonagon Ranger District in Baraga and Houghton Counties. The project area is 36,000 total acres; of which 24,000 acres are National Forest land.
Ottawa National Forest, Watersmeet Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Dix-Kennedy Special Use Access
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2013
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: To issue new special use permits for use and maintenance of FR 6945, and use and maintenance of existing, non-system road segments to two private landowners to access private property via OHV. Total area approximately 1.71 miles long, 12 feet wide.
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, W1/2SW; Sec. 10, W1/2 Project area is on north side of CR 527, using FR 6945 and non-system roads to private property in Sec. 3 and 4.
Ellenbecker Sugarbush
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2012
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 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
Scoping Start
04/04/2012
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 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.
Kafczynski Special Use Proposal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/19/2015
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to an individual, for reconstruction, use and maintenance of FR 6942, 6942-C and a non-system road, in order to access private property. Total length approx. 1.16 miles by 15' wide.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50343
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T46N, R40W, Sec. 9 Project is on the north side of CR 527, approx. 6.5 miles west of its intersection with U.S. 45.
Keweenaw Land Special Use, Mallard Lake
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/19/2015
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a special use authorization to a corporation for reconstruction, use and maintenance of existing roads in order to access private land for a timber sale. Road system is approx. 0.61 miles x 20' in width.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50348
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T45N, R37W, Sec. 21, E1/2NE Project is on the south side of FR 3340, approx. 2 miles west of its intersection with FH16.
LeBeau Special Use Proposal, County Line Lake
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/04/2015
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue long-term special use permits to individuals for use and maintenance of FR 5135 and an existing non-system road in order to access private land. Road system approx. 0.42 miles in length, by 20' wide.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N, R40W, Sec. 2, N1/2NE Project area is on the east side of County Line Lake. It is located on the north side of CR 206, approx. 5 miles west of its intersection with U.S. 45.
McNichol Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/19/2015
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use authorization to an individual for use and maintenance of an existing, non-system road approx. 500' long x 20' wide, in order to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48517
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T47N, R40W, Sec. 6, NENE; T47N, R40W, Sec. 31, SESE, Ontonagon County, MI Access is directly off of FR 6930, approximately 0.75 miles north of the Cisco Branch Ontonagon
Sebela Special Use Proposal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 6950-E and a non-system road, in order to access private property. Proposed access is 950 feet long by 20 feet wide.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50364
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T46N, R40W, Sec. 10, NE; Sec. 3, SWSE Project area is located off of FR 6950, approx. 1 mile north of its intersection with CR 527.
Sorenson Special Use Proposal, Marion Lake
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/04/2015
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: To issue a long-term special use permit to an individual, for use and maintenance of an existing road in order to access private property. Driveway is approx. 260 feet in length x 20 feet wide.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50350
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N, R28W, Sec. 30, SWSE Project is located on the west side of Marion Lake, approx. 1.5 miles north of U.S., off of FR 3980.
VanLaanen Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/18/2015
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a special use permit to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 3212.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47267
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T43N, R37W, Sec. 10, W1/2, NWNE Access is from FH 16 south, to FR 3210, then approx. 1 mile to FR 3212 on the right.
Wester Special Use Proposal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/04/2015
Expected: 11/2016 12/2016 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to an individual for construction, use and maintenance of a road in order to access private property. Existing road is approx. 600', and new construction would be approx. 300'.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N, R38W, Sec. 2, SENE, NESE Project is approx. 1.5 miles north of Burned Dam campground, and is located off of FR 4514.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.