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 , Iron River Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest , Kenton Ranger District
- Ottawa National Forest , Ottawa National Forest All Units
- 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
Aspen Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
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.
Openings maintenance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Robin McCartney
906-932-1330
rmccartney@fs.fed.us
Description: We propose to maintain numerous non-forested openings across the Ottawa National Forest. Openings consisiting of various grass, forb and shrub species require periodic maintenance to prevent forest growth from overtaking them.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42830
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Marquette, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest-wide
Riparian Restoration Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/13/2014
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Mark Fedora
906-932-1330
mfedora@fs.fed.us
Description: Restore long lived tree species within some cold and cold water transitional stream riparian areas on the Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42851
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forestwide cold and cold-transitional stream riparian areas
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
2013 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/10/2012
Expected: 04/2014 06/2014 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewed use of National Forest System lands to access private property has been requested by 3 separate permittees on the Ontonagon and Bergland Ranger Districts. The parcels are not contiguous.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41062
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Dix T50N R41W SESW Sec 35 Bergland Ranger District; Dekker T49N R41W NWNE Sec 11 Bergland Ranger District; Lusk T50N R35W Sec 16 FR 2279-B. (Dix) appx 14 mi south of Ontonagon off Norwich Road and FR 630; (Dekker) appx 16 mi south of Ontonagon off Norwich Road; (Lusk) 10 mi west of Baraga off FR 2270.
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.
Helka 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. Tucker and Mr. Helka request access 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, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Helka T47N R36W Section 6 Forest Road 1219 Houghton County; Tucker T49N R41W Section 16 Forest Road 530-S. Helka 2 miles east of Kenton off M-28 to FR 1219; Tucker 2 miles east of Bergland, MI on M-28 to FR 530, 6 miles northeast to 530-S.
Interior Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
04/02/2014
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.
Red Pine Thinning Project
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/31/2014
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 Barbara Van Alstine
541-426-5581
bcvanalstine@fs.fed.us
Description: 15,000 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: N/A 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
Pori Junction Vegetative Management Project
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders In Progress
Comment Period Public Notice
03/24/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
05/2014
Expected: 08/2014 11/2014 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
Besson Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/23/2013
Expected: 04/2014 07/2014 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15 or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Private land owner requesting use of Forest system roads to access their private land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43580
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - T49N R37W Sec.19,30; T49N R38W Sec 24,25 Forest Road 1157, 1157-G, and spur road into private. Approximately 13 miles south of Mass City, MI off Forest Road 1100.
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.
Sunnyside, LLC Special Use Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2013
Expected: 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=42422
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T47N, R38W, Sec. 30 and 31 Project is west of Calderwood Road, on FR 5383-D and a non-system road segment 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: 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

04/04/2012
Expected: N/A 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: N/A 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.
Rucinski Special Use Tamarack Lake
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/17/2013
Expected: N/A Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal includes issuing a special use permit for the use and maintenance of an existing road, approximatley 300' in length.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41774
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R37W, Sec. 7, SWSW; Sec. 18, NWNW The proposed project area is on the north side of FR 3940, providing access to private land on the south end of Tamarack Lake.
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