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, 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
Aquatic Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/02/2015
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Christopher Kovala
906-852-3500
christopherskovala@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to restore aquatic habitat over the next 10 years (2016-2026) by adding large woody material to lakes and streams across the Ottawa National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Many streams and lakes across the Ottawa National Forest could benefit from habitat improvement. Specific sites will be determined by specialists annually.
Planting for Forest Health and Diversity
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 12/2016 04/2017 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.
Road and Stream Restoration Project Phase 2
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Christopher Kovala
906-852-3500
christopherskovala@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to restore aquatic habitat connectivity by replacing existing stream crossing structures that are barriers to aquatic organisms with appropriately designed structures that allow passage for fish and other aquatic organisms.
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Varied. Dependent on structure condition and resource need.
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 South Zone Special Use Road Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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
Scott and Schott Forest Road Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/06/2014
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Issuance of Forest Road Special Use permits to two separate individuals for access to their private property across Forest Service lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47260
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - Scott T50N R37W Sec. 14,15,22 FR 1823,1674-E1; Schott T48N R42W Sec 8,16,17 FR 511, 511-G FR 1823 off of FH 16,appx. 3 mi south of MI State Hwy38; FR 511 appx. 1 mile south of Bergland, MI off East Shore Road.
Spruce and Fir Decline Fuels Management Project
CE
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2016
Expected: 10/2016 06/2017 Ted Frank
906-932-1330
tjfrank@fs.fed.us
Description: An outbreak of spruce budworm in recent years has caused extensive mortality and fuels buildup. The most affected areas are in stands of balsam fir and spruce. Project proposes activities to restore areas via forest restoration and fuels reduction.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Iron. LEGAL - Not Applicable Iron River, Watersmeet, Bessemer Districts
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.;
Norwich Openings Complex Maintenance Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/17/2016
Expected: 07/2016 06/2017 Brian Bogaczyk
906-932-1330
bbogaczyk@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to maintain openings within the Norwich Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA) to prevent them from becoming overgrown
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49246
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Bergland Ranger District, Norwich IRA
Trap Hills Amateur Radio Club Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Continued use and access to a radio antenna owned by Trap Hills Amateur Radio Club mounted on the Forest Service Trap Hills Radio Repeater Tower, allowing for their emergency short wave radio communications.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47254
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T49N R42W Section 5; T50N R42W Section 32 Radio Tower is located approximately six miles north of Bergland, MI one mile east of State Highway M-64.
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
Scoping Start
03/16/2016
Est. Comment Period
06/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 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.
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: 04/2016 04/2016 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.
Ottawa National Forest, Ontonagon Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Baraga Telephone Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15 or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Continued use and maintenance of buried telephone line across National Forest lands for 3.03 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47253
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton. LEGAL - T50N R35W Sections 6, 10, 15, 16. T50N R36W Sections 23, 36. Underground copper telephone line lies near Alston, MI, alongside portions of South Laird Road, Pricket Dam Road, and Cemetery Road.
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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
Scoping Start
04/04/2012
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 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: 05/2016 05/2016 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.
Land O' Lakes Cross Country Ski Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/29/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Melissa Simpson
715-528-4464 ext 139
mdsimpson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes to relocate two trail segments to improve overall user experience and provide a safer turnaround for grooming equipment; and to improve trail conditions where it crosses Forest Road (FR) 6320.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47574
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - Not Applicable Watersmeet District
McNichol Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/19/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016
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
VanLaanen Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/18/2015
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 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.
Wilderness Lakes Bike Trail System
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/28/2016
05/2016 Melissa Simpson
715-528-4464 ext 139
mdsimpson@fs.fed.us
Description: Wilderness Lakes Bike Trail System is the name given to the 37 mile bike trail loop surrounding the Sylvania Wilderness. This project proposes to add new bike trail segments and relocate the Whitefish Lake Trailhead parking area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47576
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - Not Applicable Watersmeet District
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