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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- Superior National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Superior National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District
- Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District
- Superior National Forest, LaCroix Ranger District
- Superior National Forest, Laurentian Ranger District
- Superior National Forest, Tofte Ranger District


Superior 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
Northern Minnesota Federal Mineral Withdrawal EIS
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/13/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 02/2019 07/2019 Matthew Judd
218-626-4382
mjudd@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service requested a withdrawal of National Forest System lands, for a 20-year term, within the Rainy River Watershed. An EIS will be prepared to inform the Secretary of Interior's decision and may prepare a Forest Plan Amendment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50938
Location: UNIT - Superior National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - See Federal Register Notice and Forest Service Withdrawal Application. The 234,328 acres of Federal land in this proposed request for withdrawal are located within the Rainy River watershed on the Superior National Forest and are adjacent to the BWCAW and MPA.
School Trust Land Exchange
EIS

   *UPDATED*
- Land ownership management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/11/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
05/2018
Expected: 08/2018 08/2018 Peter Taylor
218-626-4368
prtaylor@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would exchange federal Superior National Forest lands located outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) for Minnesota School Trust land located inside the BWCAW.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45943
Location: UNIT - Superior National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - multiple lands within Cook, Lake and Saint Louis Counties, Minnesota multiple lands within Cook, Lake and Saint Louis Counties, Minnesota
Superior National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Frontier Communications
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/02/2016
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue permits to Frontier Communications to continue the use of the current right-of-ways the company is using for telephone lines and fiber optic lines across the Superior National Forest. No new construction is authorized.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District, Kawishiwi Ranger District, LaCroix Ranger District, Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Multiple lands within Cook and Saint Louis Counties, Minnesota
Lake Large Wood Recruitment
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/02/2016
Expected: 09/2017 12/2017 Amy Wilfahrt
218-387-3211
awilfahrt@fs.fed.us
Description: Deposit large wood in Swamper, Clara and Ward Lakes.Four to five large whole trees averaging 6-8 DBH would be removed and then bundled together in clumps and deposited in the lake with the ends anchored on shore with biodegradable rope.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District, Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake. LEGAL - Twp 64E R 1E Sec19; Twp 60N R 3W Sec 6; Twp 61N R 3W Sec 8 Activities will be in Clara, Swamper and Ward Lakes.
Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Zone Seed Collection
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) On Hold N/A N/A Myra Theimer
218-387-3243
mtheimer@fs.fed.us
Description: Felling small numbers of tamarack, as, yellow birch, paper birch, white spruce, black spruce, and jack pine trees to allow ripened seed to be collected.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake. LEGAL - Not Applicable In various locations across the Gunflint and Tofte ranger districts.
Ester Lake Campsite Closure and Opening
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/04/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Ryan Blaisdell
218-663-8603
rblaisdell@fs.fed.us
Description: The Wilderness program wants to close down Ester Lake #3 and open a new campsite on Ester Lake (see map below).Ester Lake #3 is located too close adjacent campsites and impacts wilderness character, impacting visitor opportunities for solitude.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Township 66N Range6W Section 35 %u2013 Current campsite. Township 66N Range 6W Section 26 - Proposed campsite In the BWCAW on the East side of Ester Lake.
Forest Road 152K Decommission
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2017
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Daniel Avery
218-387-3217
davery@fs.fed.us
Description: FR 152K will be decommissioned to remove 0.12 miles from the NFS road system.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T 64N R 1W, Sec 36 This road is a short spur between FR315 and FR152.
MN DNR Temporary Access Request - GUN1073-01
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T63N R1W Section26.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T63N R1W Section 26 T63N R1W Section 26
MN DNR Temporary Access Request - GUN1073-02
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/04/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T63N R1W Section 34.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T63N R1E Section 34 T63N R1E Section 34
Shokoshoe Project
EA
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
04/01/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 Chelsey Coley
218-663-8616
chelseykcoley@fs.fed.us
Description: The Shokoshoe Project proposes to manage vegetation and roads to promote diverse, productive, and healthy ecosystems and wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels and provide sustainable forest products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49564
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 65N Range 2W, 1W, 1E. Township 64N Range 1W,1E,2E,3E,4E,4W. Township 63N Range 3E,2E,4E. Township 62N Range 3E. This project is approximately 20 miles north of Grand Marais. It encompasses the Mid Gunflint Trail on the east side, and borders the Grand Portage Reservation from the west side
Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
HiLo Project
EIS
- Road management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special use management
- Minerals and Geology
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/09/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Linda Merriman
2183652095
lmerriman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Kawishiwi Ranger District proposes activities to move vegetation toward desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by reducing hazardous fuels, conducting forest vegetation, and managing wildlife and other resources.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47208
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - T63N R12W, T63N R13W, T64N R11W, T64N R12W, T64N R13W, T65N R13W Approximately 4 miles northwest of Ely.
Twin Metals Minnesota Hydrogeologic Study Special Use Permit
EA
- Minerals and Geology
- Special use management
On Hold N/A N/A Matthew Judd
218-626-4300
mjudd@fs.fed.us
Description: Twin Metals Minnesota has requested special use permit for access to collect baseline hydrogeologic environmental data to data to assist the company's prefeasablity study for a mining project to ensure that the environment is appropriately protected.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40756
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - T 60N R12W S4, T 61N R12W S11, T 61N R12W S13, T 61N R11W S18, T 61N R11W S6, T 62N R11W S23, T 62N R11W S24, T 62N R11W S26, T 62N R11W S28, T 62N R11W S31, T 62N R11W S32, T 62N R11W S33 Approximately seven miles Southeast of Ely, Minnesota near Birch Lake and the Kawishiwi River.
Superior National Forest, LaCroix Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 LaCroix Reissues
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue of existing special use permits
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various area across district
Jeanette
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 Matthew Judd
218-626-4382
mjudd@fs.fed.us
Description: The LaCroix Ranger District proposes to create young forest, manage forest roads, reduce hazardous fuels, increase wildlife habitat, and conduct vegetation management through harvest, nonharvest, and planting.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50194
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Not Applicable LaCroix Ranger District of the Superior National Forest
Johnson Access
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/19/2017
Expected: 01/2018 02/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private land across federal.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T66N R17W sec 34 & 35 1 mile east of Buyck, MN
Lake Vermilion Day Use Sites CE
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Tim Engrav
218-666-0025
tengrav@fs.fed.us
Description: To identify and construct one or two new day use (Shorelunch picnic sites) on Lake Vermilion to enhance day use opportunities.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T63N-R16W sections 26 & 27 Northern shoreline of Lake Vermilion, northwest of Pine Island.
Rokeh Access Request
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/28/2012
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private land
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38087
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T66N R18W sec18 8 miles NE of Orr, MN
Voyageur Snowmobile Trail Re-route
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/03/2017
Expected: 09/2017 11/2017 Tim Engrav
218-666-0025
tengrav@fs.fed.us
Description: To construct a new snowmobile trail re-route and designate trail on an unclassified road in the area south of Echo Lake.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T65N R17W sec2, T66N R17W sec 27,34,35 South of Echo Lake, unclassified road near Forest Road 1005 and new trail north of County Road 116.
Wolf Lake Birding and Hiking Trail CE
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Tim Engrav
218-666-0025
tengrav@fs.fed.us
Description: To design and construct a primitive hiking trail near Wolf Lake to enhance bird watching and hiking day use opportunities.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T63N R16W Sections 19,20,21,27,28 North of Lake Vermilion, from the Wolf Lake Portage to St. Mary's Bluff northwest of Pine Island.
Superior National Forest, Laurentian Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Laurentian Re-issues
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue of existing special use permits.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various area across district
Seven Beavers Snowmobile Trail Re-route
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 06/2018 08/2018 Tim Engrav
218-666-0025
tengrav@fs.fed.us
Description: To construct a new snowmobile trail re-route in the Skibo road area (Forest Road 120).
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T58N-R13W Sections 20,21,22,23,24,29,30; T58N-R14W Sections 22,23,24,25,26 In the Skibo Road area, County Road 569 and Forest Road 120
Sipila Access
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private land across federal.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R17W sec 5 & 6 10 miles N of Virginia, MN
Teck American LAU402202
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/05/2014
Expected: 08/2017 08/2017 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Install stream gauges in Partridge Watershed and access to monitor gauges.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T59N R13W sec22,23,25&26 9 miles NE of Hoyt Lakes
Superior National Forest, Tofte Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Britton Peak to Lutsen Single Track Mountain Bike Connector Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/06/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Jonathan Benson
218-663-8085
jabenson@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of approximately 15 miles of single track mountain bike trail connecting the Britton Peak bike trail system to Lutsen Mountain's trail system. The construction will also include loops stemming from the connector trail and campsites.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T59N, R4W, Sec. 26 Britton Peak is located 4 miles up the Sawbill Trail from Highway 61 in Tofte. Lutsen Mountains is located 2 miles from Highway 61 in Lutsen. The trail will connect Tofte to Lutsen.
Kawishiwi Lake RACR Wildlife Enhancement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 David Grosshuesch
218-663-8076
dgrosshuesch@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes wildlife habitat enhancement activities in the Kawishiwi Lake RACR.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T 61N R 4W Sec. 6; T 61N R 5W Sec. 1, 2, 3; T 61N R 6W Sec. 1; T 62N R 4W Sec. 30, 31; T 62N R 5W Sec. 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36; T 62N R 6W Sec. 36. The Kawishiwi Lake RACR is roughly located, east to west, between the Sawbill and the Kawishiwi Lake Road, and bounded north to south by the BWCAW and CR 3/7
MN DN Temporary Access Request - TOF1077-78
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/09/2017
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T58N R9W Section 1.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T58N R9W Section 1 T58N R9W Section 1
MN DNR Temporary Access Request - TOF1077-72
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/15/2015
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Christina Iozzo
218-663-8080
cmiozzo@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T60N R3W Sections 9 & 21.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T60N R3W Sections 9 & 21 East, and southeast of Barker Lake.
MN DNR Temporary Access Request - TOF1077-79
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/04/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T60N R6W Section 14.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T60N R6W Section 14 T60N R6W Section 14
MN DNR Temporary Access Request - TOF1077-80
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/04/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T60N R3W Section 3.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T61N R6W Section 36 T61N R6W Section 36
MN DNR Temporary Access Request TOF1077-71
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Christina Iozzo
218-663-8080
cmiozzo@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed temporary access to state timber sale, located in T59N R4W Section 9.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T59N R4W Section 9 Proposed access connects state land in Section 16 to state land in Section 8 of T59N R4W, east of the Sawbill Trail.
Pagami Release
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Erica Hahn
218-626-4368
ehahn@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will release jack pine regen from brush and aspen to ensure jack pine establishment in areas burned in the Pagami Creek Fire. Release would occur on 266 acres. These were mature stands dominated by jack pine, black spruce,birch and aspen
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T61N R7W and T61N R8W This area is outside of the BWCAW where the Pagami Burn Occurred.
Tofte Road Maintenance Level Designation
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2016
Expected: 07/2017 08/2017 Chelsey Coley
218-663-8616
chelseykcoley@fs.fed.us
Description: The project is to change Road Operational Maintenance level designations from OML 2 to OML 1 on select roads.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake. LEGAL - Not Applicable Tofte Ranger District
TomaInga Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/03/2017
Est. Comment Period
12/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Chelsey Coley
218-663-8616
chelseykcoley@fs.fed.us
Description: The TomaInga Project proposes to manage vegetation and roads to promote diverse, productive, and healthy ecosystems and wildlife habitat, improve moose habitat, reduce hazardous fuels and provide sustainable forest products.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51182
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T59N R7W,8W,9W,10W; T60N R7W,8W,9W,10W; T61N R8W,9W The left side of the project area borders the Kawishiwi Ranger District. The north edge of this project borders the BWCAW and encompasses the city of Isabella.
Van Den Berg - Maple Tap Expansion
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: Special use authorization to expand maple tap expansion.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T61N, R3W, Sections 32 & 33; T60N, R3W, Section 4 Approximately a third of a mile south of Christine Lake on Barker Lake Spur A.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.