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, 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
- Land management planning
- Minerals and Geology
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
01/13/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
06/2018
Expected: 01/2019 01/2019 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
- Land ownership management In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
08/11/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2018
Expected: 11/2018 11/2018 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, Gunflint Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chik-Wauk Amendment Request
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/19/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has requested to construct an additional parking area at the Chik-Wauk site.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T66N, R4W, Section 30 T66N, R4W, Section 30
Dog Mushing/ATV Turnarounds
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/06/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Ryan Blaisdell
218-387-3220
rblaisdell@fs.fed.us
Description: Positive Energy Outdoor has applied to be an Outfitter/Guide on the SNF. Proponent is requesting multiple turnarounds for their guided mushing trips & ATV/Dog training. Turnarounds won't be added to Superior NVUM.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T61N R2W Sec. 3, 7, 9 T62N R2W Sec. 22, 23 Mark Lake Area; Pike Lake Road, Mississippi Creek Road, Mark Lake Road
Ester Lake Campsite Closure and Opening
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/04/2017
Expected: 05/2018 09/2018 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: 01/2018 05/2018 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 Access Request GUN107303
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/01/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has requested an access road in order to access a State timber sale.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T62N, R1W, Section 34, SE 1/4 T62N, R1W, Section 34, SE 1/4
SHT Pincushion Re-route
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 Cathleen Quinn
218-387-3240
cquinn@fs.fed.us
Description: Project proposes rerouting the Superior Hiking Trail near Pincushion Mountain. Rerouting the trail on its own corridor to preserve the ski trail and reduce user conflicts.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T61N, R1E, Section 15 The ski trail is approximately 1 mile up the Gunflint Trail off of County Road 12 in Grand Marais, MN.
Shokoshoe Project
EA

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- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Watershed management
Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2018
Actual: 01/11/2018
01/2018 Chelsey Coley
218-663-8616
chelseymckay@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
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special use management
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
06/09/2017
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2018
Expected: 07/2018 08/2018 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.
Mesabi Trail Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Carl Skustad
218-365-7615
cskustad@fs.fed.us
Description: This permit would allow St Louis County to construct a portion of the Mesabi Trail over 500 linear feet of National Forest System land.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Not Applicable This segment of the Mesabi Trail is located approximately 8 miles west of Ely, MN adjacent to Highway 169.
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
Jeanette
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 08/2018 09/2018 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
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: 09/2018 09/2018 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
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
Beaver River
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Road management
- Special use management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
05/2018
Expected: 11/2018 12/2018 Linda Merriman
218-365-2095
lmerriman@fs.fed.us
Description: The Laurentian Ranger District proposes activities to move vegetation and wildlife habitat toward desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by managing vegetation with prescribed fire, harvesting, and other mechanical means.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53027
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Not Applicable Beaver River is located in the southeast corner of the Superior National Forest, approximately 9 miles northwest of Silver Bay, MN.
Seven Beavers Snowmobile Trail Re-route
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2018
Expected: 08/2018 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
08/03/2017
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 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
St. Louis County Dark River Bridge
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/08/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: St. Louis County will be re-aligning the road and replacing the bridge north of the current location on County State Aid Highway 65.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R19W sec30 7 miles west of Sand Lake
St. Louis County Gilmore Creek Bridge
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/08/2017
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: St. Louis County will be replacing the bridge where it crosses Gilmore Creek on CR491.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T61N R20W sec25 Gilmore Creek on CR491
St. Louis County LAU1002-60
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/08/2017
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to county land for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T57N R12W sec 25 2 miles SW of Toimi, MN
Teck American LAU402202
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/05/2014
Expected: 06/2018 06/2018 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
Kawishiwi Lake Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2017
Expected: 03/2018 05/2018 David Grosshuesch
218-663-8076
dgrosshuesch@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes wildlife habitat enhancement activities through prescribed burning and non-harvest site preparation. No roads would be constructed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51506
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 project area 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
Lutsen Mountains Ski Area Expansion Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 06/2019 07/2019 Alison Dawn Laybolt
218-6264305
alaybolt@fs.fed.us
Description: Lutsen Mountains has expressed interest in expanding their ski resort on 550 acres of adjacent National Forest System lands administered by Superior National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52440
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lutsen Resort in Cook County, Minnesota
MnDOT ARMER - Lima Mountain
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/06/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: MnDOT has requested a communication site facility for the ARMER project located on Lima Mountain. The site will include 180' tower, 12' x 30' equipment shelter, 1,000 gallon propane tank. Power will be brought to site by Arrowhead Electric.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 64 North, Range 1 West, Section 35 Township 64 North, Range 1 West, Section 35
MnDOT ARMER - Seagull
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/06/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: MnDOT has requested a communication site facility for the ARMER project located at the existing Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Seagull Fire Hall #3 station. The site will house an 80' communication tower, 12' x 24' equipment building.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 65 North, Range 4 West, Section 5 Township 65 North, Range 4 West, Section 5
Private Access Request TOF588801
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/06/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: A private landowner has requested to construct and maintain a road for access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 59 North, Range 4 West, Sections 3, 4, & 5 Township 59 North, Range 4 West, Sections 3, 4, & 5
Private Access TOF588901
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/06/2017
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 Christina Tampio
218-663-8080
christinatampio@fs.fed.us
Description: A private landowner is requesting a short-term private road special use permit to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Township 60 North, Range 8 West, Sections 19 & 20 Township 60 North, Range 8 West, Sections 19 & 20
Tofte Road Maintenance Level Designation
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2016
Expected: 03/2018 03/2018 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/03/2017
Est. Comment Period
01/2018
Expected: 06/2018 07/2018 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.