Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Hiawatha National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District
- Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River Ranger District
- Hiawatha National Forest, Sault Ste. Marie 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
Cloverland Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit Amendment
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
07/15/2017
Expected: 10/2017 10/2017 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.
Madigan, Lortz and Smaniotto Road Authorization Renewals
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/01/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Karina Hawley
906-428-5833
khawley@fs.fed.us
Description: This project includes three right-of-way authorization renewals including the Over the hill Club access road, Lortz access road and Smaniotto access road for a period of 20 years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51097
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta. LEGAL - Not Applicable Madigan: T42N R21W Section 13, Lortz: T44N R20W Sections 19 & 30, Smaniotto: T41N R21W Section 15
North Country Hunting Adventures
CE

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- Special use management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/17/2017
08/2017 Patrick Malta
906-852-3500
prmalta@fs.fed.us
Description: The North Country Hunting Adventures Inc. (NCHA) is requesting a 5 year permit for black bear baiting and hunting within Hiawatha National Forest. The NCHA has had outfitting and guiding permits for 5 consecutive years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52154
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable 41N 18W Section 17, 41N 19W Section 13, 42N 18W Section 25, 42N 19W (Sections 2,3, 17, 19, 32), 43N 19W Section 35, 44N 17W (Sections 4, 20, 26), 44N 18W Sections 5, 44N 19W (Sections 3, 5, 16, 33), 45N 19W (Sections 17, 25)
West Side Aspen and Red Pine Vegetation Management
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 10/2018 11/2018 Shirley Frank
559-920-6358
safrank@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project includes thinning, and regeneration of red pine stands; and maintaining aspen where it currently exists, and increasing the aspen component across the landscape. Temporary openings could exceed 40 acres in size.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52160
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta, Marquette, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area encompasses the West Side of the Hiawatha National forest, which includes the Munising, Rapid River/Manistique Ranger Districts.
West Zone Permanent Openings Management
CE
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
09/2017
Expected: 11/2017 04/2018 Lucas Langstaff
906-387-2512 ext. 26
langstaff@fs.fed.us
Description: Opening maintenance, wildlife habitat enhancement, and fuels management on about 5,000 acres on large opening complexes located on the West Unit of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable Large opening complexes on the West Unit.
White Spruce EA
EA

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- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/13/2017
08/2017 Samuel Barnes
906-643-7900
smbarnes@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage dead and dying white spruce plantations that are being impacted by spruce budworm.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48567
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - Not Applicable These stands are scattered throughout the St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie districts.
Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Au Train River Public Access, Parking and Rehabilitation
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/29/2017
Est. Comment Period
11/2017
Expected: 04/2018 04/2018 Rebecca Cain
906-387-2512
rcain@fs.fed.us
Description: Collaborative project with Au Train Township to address access, parking and erosion issues along Au Train River. Proposed action would include development of new parking and access sites and rehabilitation of river bank erosion.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49226
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T46 R20 Sections 5 and 6; T47 R20, Sections 31, 32 and 33; T46 R21 Section 1; T47 R21 Section 36 Au Train River Access
Brownie Number 10 Cabin Removal
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A 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
McKeever Cabin Habitat Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/23/2016
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 Cory Henry
906-387-2512 x 39
coryrhenry@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve timber stand and habitat health in the McKeever Cabin and trails area for general forest health and to improve visitor experiences. Improve native vegetation through the reduction of small stems and ground litter using prescribed fire.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49542
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project are is located off of FS Road 2163 near the McKeever Cabin site, East of McKeever Lake.
Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Camp Cooks Integrated Resource Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Road management
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/10/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Joanne Sanfilippo
906-474-6442
jmsanfilippo@fs.fed.us
Description: The project involves forest, fire/fuels, and transportation management; watershed restoration, wildlife habitat enhancement, and invasive plant treatments.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49255
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable The analysis area is extends north from the town of Nahma along the Sturgeon River and east to the Indian River near Little Murphy Creek.
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
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Lyn Hyslop
906-643-7900
lhyslop@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.
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