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, Kenton 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

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- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
05/31/2017
Expected: 12/2017 12/2017 Susanne Adams
906-884-2085 x14
smadams@fs.fed.us
Description: Improving the motorized access system to provide diverse and quality Forest experiences. The Proposed Action was modified using public input to open 86 miles to off-highway vehicles; 428 miles open to all vehicles; and closure of 54 miles of road.
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.
Forestwide Planting for Forest Health and Diversity
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2017
Expected: 10/2017 06/2018 Pamela Nankervis
906-852-3500 x19
pnankervis@fs.fed.us
Description: Tree planting within ash dominated stands, traditional deer winter range including connective corridors, and along warm water streamside riparian areas. To restore/enhance, where possible, the diversity and structural composition within these areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51336
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forestwide
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: 08/2017 08/2017 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.
2017 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/06/2016
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of 23 permits across the North Zone of the Ottawa, 20 on the Kenton RD, 2 on the Ontonagon RD and 1 on the Bergland RD
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51517
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Marquette, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Forest Roads 1134 and off 2400,Pescheke Grade, 3500, 1300, 1180, T47R36S28, T46R36S12, T47R38S22,T49R38S12, T48R44S23; FR3657, 2127-H,2149-P,3614-Q,2465-M,2130-B, 2493-D&D2,5356-B,1226,3611,4584. Forest Road and Private Road special use permit reissues across the North Zone of the Ottawa National Forest as shown on the included map from Bergland MI to Kenton MI.
2017 North Zone Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/20/2017
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: 4 individuals have applied for Special Use Permits for access to their private land across Ottawa National Forest, 3 on the Kenton Ranger District and 1 on the Bergland Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton. LEGAL - Rajala T47NR35W Sec 3,10,11,2 FR 2400, 2410; Sherwood Off FR 3660 T47N R37W Sec 24; Brodt off FR 180 T50N R44W Sec22; Merrill Off 3660 T47NR36W Sec 3 FR 3660-T. Rajala FR 2400 two miles east of Sidnaw, MI. Merrill and Sherwood Off FR 3660 4-7 miles south of Kenton, MI; Brodt FR 180 12 miles west and south of Bergland MI.
2017 South Zone Special use road reissues
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/21/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is to reissue 5 separate special use road permits that had previous been issued, but are expiring at the end of 2017.
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable four roads located on the Bessemer and Watersmeet Ranger Districts
North Zone Gravel Pit Development and Expansion Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/28/2017
Est. Comment Period
01/2018
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us
Description: Land clearing for gravel pit development or expansion in 5 areas, totaling approximately 9.5 acres. Updates to, or development of, pit plans would be included, which details pit operations and reclamation measures.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52155
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga, Houghton. LEGAL - Township(T) 47N, Range(R) 35W, Sections(Sec)1 and 18; T48N, R36W, Sec 6 and T49N, R37W, Sec 3 Coontail Pits A and B; Lake 13 Pit and Onion Creek Pit are on the Kenton Ranger District. Forest Road 1470 Pit is on the Ontonagon Ranger District.
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.;
Al Hokens Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/09/2015
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Hokens permit expiring, resource survey of original route FR 6930Y w/2 other permittees using 6930 signed 4/2016. 3/2016 requested to keep .5 mi of orig routeadd .5 mi of new rd and drop .6 mi old rd OR drop.5 mi of orig rd add new 550'in sec 2.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51251
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - Not Applicable 10 mi SE of Bergland, MI off Hwy28 to Matchwood Tower Road known as FR 6930 . At Wannigan Creek, gated road FR 6930-Y heads east just north of the creek.
Lehmann Recreation LLC Forest Road and private road special use permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/26/2016
Expected: 05/2018 05/2018 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: Access is requested by Mr. Lehmann and his family to utilize Forest system and non-system travelways to their private land.
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T50N R40W Sections 3, 4, 9, 10, 16 Approximately 8 miles south of Ontonagon on Norwich Road, then 6 miles east on Forest Road 690, to 696, then 696-C north into the NWNW corner of Section 3.
Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Pickett Special use road reconstruction (previously Kessler)
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us
Description: This will cover the reconstruction of a previously issued special use permit road for access to private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50791
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N R42W Section 24, SESE Special use road located on the Bessemer Ranger District, near Langford Lake.
Strand Special Use Proposal, OHV Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 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
Campo Bello Association Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2013
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to a landowner Association, for use and maintenance of FR 3460 and other existing roads approx. 0.83 miles in length on NFS lands in order to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T44N, R36W, Sec. 1, SESE, SENW; Sec. 12, N1/2NW and T44N, R35W, Sec. 6, SESW Project is located off of CR 657, approx. 2 miles west of it's intersection with Gibbs City Road.
Kosinski Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/10/2014
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/22/2016
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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, Kenton Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beaver Creek Artesian Breach Project
CE

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- Watershed management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2017
Actual: 08/22/2017
01/2018 Ellen Lesch
906-932-1330 ext. 347
elesch@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair of a breached groundwater confined aquifer on the Kenton District in Houghton County, Michigan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51781
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kenton District
North Perch Plat Association Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/28/2016
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us
Description: This travelway was built across FS lands to access cabins along the north side of Perch Lake approx. 50 years ago & an easement was never acquired. Permit is required to perform maintenance on the road and provide access to 9 current cabin owners.
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T46N R35W Sections 14, 22, 23. The travelway proposed for continued use lies on the north side of Perch Lake, approximately 10 miles south and two miles east of Sidnaw, MI.
Perch River Wayside Decommission
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Watershed management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2017
Actual: 08/21/2017
10/2017 Shelly Garber
906-884-2411
shellygarber@fs.fed.us
Description: The Perch River wayside is no longer being maintained as a developed site. The original parking area remains, but amenities such as a restroom facility and picnic table have been removed. Proposed is to return the parking area to its natural state.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51982
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Baraga. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kenton District. East of Sidnaw, Michigan
Ottawa National Forest, Ontonagon Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
North Country Trail (NCT)Reroute Middle Branch Ontonagon River
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2017
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Melissa Simpson
906-932-1330 ext 511
mdsimpson@fs.fed.us
Description: Reroute short section of NCT along the Middle Branch Ontonagon River where trail conditions are wet and has sections that are steep and eroding. This project proposes to move this section of trail to a less wet and steep location.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51335
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable Ontonagon District
Prickett Vegetation Management Project
EA

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- Road management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
06/21/2017
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
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/16/2013
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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: 11/2017 11/2017 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: 11/2017 11/2017 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: 09/2017 09/2017 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 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: 09/2017 09/2017 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.
McNichol Special Use
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/19/2015
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017
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: 09/2017 09/2017 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: 09/2017 09/2017 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 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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