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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- 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, 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
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Comment Period
04/01/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Joanne Sanfilippo
970-870-2210
jmsanfilippo@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
08/2016
Expected: 11/2016 01/2017 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.
Long Riders Relic Ride (5 years recreation event)
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 07/12/2016
09/2016 Rebecca Cain
906-387-2512
rcain@fs.fed.us
Description: Jack Pine Lodge is requesting a 5 year permit for their annual snowmobile fundraising event. Fundraising event will take place throughout state designated snowmobile trails and forest roads.
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable 23 miles of southern snowmobile trails and 38 miles of northern snowmobile trails and forest roads.
Nahma Multi-Use Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2015
Expected: 07/2016 09/2016 Rebecca Cain
906-387-2512
rcain@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44158
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).
Plumb Bruno Integrated Resource Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Recreation management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
02/04/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 Shirley Frank
559-920-6358
safrank@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action includes vegetation management, recreation facilities rehabilitation, wildlife habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, riparian structure management, non-native invasive plant control, and road system work.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48026
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable The analysis area is located on the west unit of the Hiawatha National Forest. Munising is the closest town, but Marquette, Wetmore and Manistique are also located in the general vicinity.
West Zone Permanent Openings Management
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/02/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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.
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
01/04/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 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 In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2015
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Cory Henry
812-275-5987 ex 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.
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.
Skandia West Branch Township Water Authority Special Use Permit Renewal and Well Installation
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/17/2015
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Charles Marsh
308-432-0300
crmarsh@fs.fed.us
Description: The Skandia/West Branch Township Water Authority requests a renewal of a 30-year special use permit (SUP), the inclusion of the water tank location into the SUP, and permission to dig a new well.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48496
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Marquette. LEGAL - Overall project area is in the SW, NW to NW, SW of Section 29, T46N, R23W. The proposed new well location is in the NW, NW, SW of Section 29, T46N, R23W. Project area is located on the east side of US 41, approximately ½ mile north of the intersection between US41 and M94.
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
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Fuels 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: Integrated resource management project addressing ecological and cultural resource needs at a landscape scale.
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.
Ebli Road Authorization and Canull Road Authorization
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/11/2015
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Joanne Sanfilippo
970-870-2210
jmsanfilippo@fs.fed.us
Description: The HIF proposes road authorizations for access to the Tony Ebli property and the Jeff Canull property that they have recently purchased. Previous owners had road authorizations to access the properties.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48500
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Ebli Road Authorization: NW quarter, NE quarter Section 14, T43N, R19W and Canull Road Authorization: SW, NW Section 5 of T43N, R20W Ebli: Access is by FR 2317 and a dirt trail and a wooden boardwalk. Canull: South of Pole Lake
Pasi Road Authorization Renewal and Sundstrom Road Authorization Renewal
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/17/2015
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Joanne Sanfilippo
970-870-2210
jmsanfilippo@fs.fed.us
Description: The HIF is proposing road authorization renewals for access to the Allan Pasi property and the Mark Sundstrom property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48497
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Pasi Road Authorization: T39N, R20W, Sundstrom Road Authorization: SW, NE of Section 6, T38N, R21W Pasi: Property is 1/8th of a mile away from County Road 503 Sundstrom: Property access road is in the SW, NE of Section 6, T38N, R20W on the Stonington Peninsula
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
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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.
Sand Clay Salvage
CE
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Joshua LeDuc
906-643-7900 X129
jnleduc@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage and reforestation of approximately 111 acres of spruce plantation due to budworm infestation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49746
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T46N, R3W, Sections 20 and 29 Compartment 52, Stands 12,73,74, 75 and 77.
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
Comment Period
05/29/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 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.
Little Bear Creek North Country Trail Relocation and Boardwalk Removal
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/27/2014
Expected: 07/2016 07/2016 Frances Verwiebe
906-428-5267
fverwiebe@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate trail to a dryer location away from wetlands and remove old boardwalk.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44118
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.
Roy, Tyner, and Laux Road Authorization Renewal
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/15/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Karina Hawley
906-428-5833
khawley@fs.fed.us
Description: Renewal of 3 existing special use permits. Authorization will allow land owners continued access to their private land across National Forest land.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49907
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - Not Applicable Roy - private road off Forest Road 3474 near Halfaday Creek. Tyner - private road off Forest Road 3811. Laux - private road off Forest Highway 42 (Lakeshore Drive).
St. Martin's Point and Government Island Dispersed Recreation Improvements
EA
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A 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.
White Spruce EA
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/07/2016
Est. Comment Period
01/2017
Expected: 04/2017 06/2017 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 - 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.
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