Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Hiawatha National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Hiawatha National Forest, Manistique Ranger District
- Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District
- Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River Ranger District
- Hiawatha National Forest, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District
- Hiawatha National Forest, St. Ignace Ranger District


Hiawatha National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bass Boot
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
04/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Brenda Rebitzke
906-474-6442 ext. 117
brebitzke@fs.fed.us
Description: Project involves vegetation management, wildlife habitat improvement, and fuels management.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42995
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - T 44 N, R 17 W T 44 N, R 17 W
Cloverland Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit Amendment
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
10/15/2013
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 Robert West
906-643-7900
robertwest@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit Amendment for the construction of three new underground lines and the adoption of a new Operation and Maintenance Plan.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40849
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac. LEGAL - Not Applicable St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, and Manistique Ranger Districts.
East Red Pine 3
EA
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
02/27/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Marjorie Allmaras
906-643-7900
mallmaras@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thin 3,704 ac. of red pine. Under plant white pine on 1,205 ac. Underburn 410 ac. of red pine stands. Construct about 1.4 mi. of new roads. Reinforce 15 existing road closures.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34243
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - Not Applicable Throughout the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Enbridge 1359 Site and Road Construction
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/15/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Scott Maki
906-474-6442 x134
smaki@fs.fed.us
Description: Within existing corridor, Enbridge Energy LP proposes to exacavate section of pipeline to install emergency flow restriction device, install valve control building and communication pole with gravel and fence around, and construct gravel access road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44866
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T 41 N, R 21 W, SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 15 Northeast of Rapid River, Michigan, on the east side of County Road 509
Michigan Department Of Transportation Ogontz River Bridge Replacement
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Brenda Rebitzke
906-474-6442
brebitzke@fs.fed.us
Description: Michigan Department of Transportation proposes installing a temporary road and bridge for US Highway 2 traffic, while replacing the existing bridge on Highway 2 crossing the Ogontz River.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44880
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T 41 N, R 20 W, Section 34 The project area is approximately 8 miles east of Rapid River, Michigan, at US Highway 2 and the Ogontz River.
Nahma Multi-Use Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 09/2015 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct approximately 3 miles of multi-use trail (both motorized and non-motorized use) between Nahma Junction and the community of Nahma to improve year-round recreational opportunities.
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T 40 N, R 19 W, Sections 6, 7, 17, 20 From US Highway 2 (T 40 N, R 19 W, Section 6) at Nahma Junction travelling south along FH-13 to Nahma (T 40 N, R 19 W, Section 20).
Hiawatha National Forest, Manistique Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Crooked Lake Lot 2 Dock Addition
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Brenda Rebitzke
906-474-6442
brebitzke@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit holder would rebuild the existing dock at their recreation residence and also build a new section of dock.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46702
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Township 44 North, Range 17 West Crooked Lake Lot 2
Sturgeon River Lot 5 Recreation Residence Power Pole Installation
CE
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Brenda Rebitzke
906-474-6442
brebitzke@fs.fed.us
Description: Permittee would install a power pole at their recreation residence so electric lines could be removed from trees.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46703
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Township 41 North, Range 19 West, Section 3 Sturgeon River Lot 5
Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Au Train River Parking Area
EA
- Road management
- Recreation management
On Hold N/A N/A Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us
Description: Construction of a 20 vehicle parking lot near the AuTrain River take out point on AuTrain/Forest Lake Road. This take out point can get very crowded during peak of summer use.The purpose of the project is to eliminate congestion and improve safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40371
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T47N R20W Section 32 Near the Doucette Bridge over the AuTrain River on the AuTrain/Forest Lake Road.
Blythefield Hills Baptist Church Youth Group Trip (Special Use Permit)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Mark Bender
906-387-2512
markbender@fs.fed.us
Description: Youth group to hike and bike on Hiawatha National Forest trails every other year under special use permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46786
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable Valley Spur Trail, Bruno's Run Trail, Grand Island
Brownie Number 10 Cabin Removal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Eric Drake
906-428-5800
ericdrake@fs.fed.us
Description: Removal by owner of a private structure and improvements from NFS lands on Grand Island and restoration of disturbed areas upon termination of recreation residence special use permit.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46626
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T 47 N, R 19 W, Section 22 Grand Island, Michigan
Dukes Snowmobile Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2014
Expected: 04/2015 06/2016 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will construct and designate a new state groomed snowmobile trail that connects Trail 8 and Trail 417.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40375
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Marquette. LEGAL - T46N R23W Section 14, 23, 27, and 35; T45N R23W Section 2 Forest Roads 2918 and 2915 in the Dukes Experimental Forest and the abandoned rail road grade north and south of M-94 near Dukes.
Valley Spur Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 08/2015 10/2015 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us
Description: The project consists of expansion of the parking lot and construction of a garage to house ski trail grooming equipment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40379
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T46N R19W Section 20 Valley Spur trailhead is 8 miles southwest of Munising, MI.
Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Rapid River Cross Country Ski Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would increase the size of the existing ski trailhead parking lot and would involve installation of a storage building for trail grooming equipment.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46700
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Township 42 North, Range 21 West, Section 19 Rapid River Cross Country Ski Trailhead
Hiawatha National Forest, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Raco Natural Resource Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Stephen Sjogren
906-643-7900x134
ssjogren@fs.fed.us
Description: Manage natural resources to restore ecological conditions of a fire-dependent sand-plain. Adaptive management will be used to harvest and regenerate trees, manage fuels and improve habitat for fire-adapted species like Kirtland's warbler.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45336
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Raco Sand Plains area in north central part of the Eastern Administrative Unit of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Smithers RAPRA Special Use Permit Reissuance
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
03/18/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5835
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposed activities include reissuance of a 20-year SUP for use of the abandoned National Guard air base in Raco, Michigan (Raco Airbase). The existing permit was put in place on October 4, 1996, and expires on October 4, 2016.
Web Link: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=45228
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - Township (T) 46N, Range (R) 4W, Section 26. The site is an abandoned National Guard airbase in Raco, Michigan along Highway 28, approximately 18 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie. The site has been used for vehicle testing under permit since 1972.
Hiawatha National Forest, St. Ignace Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Lake Road Reconstruction
EA
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2014
Est. Comment Period
06/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5835
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: The primary purpose of this project is to provide safe, more reliable access along East Lake Road while maintaining the remarkable natural features this area has to offer. The project will include culvert improvements and road reconstruction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43475
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - T42N, R4W, sections 29, 32, 20, 17, 16, 9, 10, and 3, T43N, R4W, sections 34, 27, 22, 15, 10, and 3,and T44N, R4W, sections 34, 27, and 28 The reconstruction of East Lake Road spans from Charles Moran Road in Brevort Township of Mackinac County to H40 in Trout Lake Township of Chippewa County, Michigan.
Establishment of New Lakeside Daisy Population
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2014
Expected: 02/2016 06/2016 Stephanie Blumer
906-643-7900 x155
sblumer@fs.fed.us
Description: Propose to introduce lakeside daisy (federally threatened) plants by direct seeding, propagation and outplanting, or a combination of these methods, at several new locations on the St. Ignace Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41817
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mackinac. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is of a programmatic nature, and activities may be implemented in multiple areas of the St. Ignace Ranger District, Mackinac County Michigan
Little Bear Creek North Country Trail Relocation and Boardwalk Removal
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/27/2014
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 Frances Verwiebe
906-428-5267
fverwiebe@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate trail to a dryer location away from wetlands and remove old boardwalk.
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T 44 R 4 sections 25,26,27, 34,35,36 North Country Trail segment near Little Bear Creek.
St. Martin's Point and Government Island Dispersed Recreation Improvements
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 01/2016 06/2016 Lyn Hyslop
906-643-7900
lhyslop@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve dispersed recreation opportunities; fix resource damage; do Outfitter and Guide needs assessment; rehabilitate unauthorized OHV trails; improve Search Bay Road (FR3436) to maintenance level (ML)3 road; close or decommission some ML1 roads.
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - T41N R1W sections 9 and 10; T41N R2W sections 2,3,10 and 11; T42N R2W sections 22-27 and 34-36 St.Martins Point is located by north shore of Lake Huron, east of St. Martins Bay and west of Search Bay. Government Island is nestled in the Les Cheneaux Islands near the north shore of Lake Huron.
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