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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
02/2015
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
01/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
02/27/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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: 01/2015 03/2015 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
Enbridge 1373 Test Wells Installation
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2015
Actual: 02/19/2015
02/2015 Scott Maki
906-474-6442 x134
smaki@fs.fed.us
Description: Install 4 or 5 eight inch diameter wells to monitor groundwater conditions at the site of a historic crude oil release.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44870
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T 41 N, R 19 W, SE1/4 of SE1/4 of Section 14 Along Enbridge Line 5, Mile Post 1373.13 in Nahma Township, Michigan.
Michigan Department Of Transportation Ogontz River Bridge Replacement
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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.
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
03/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2016 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, 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.
Dukes Snowmobile Trail
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2014
Expected: 01/2015 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.
Graham Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management Cancelled N/A N/A Sharon Hagstrom
906.428.5889
shagstrom@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to exchange federal lands for privately owned lands on Grand Island National Recreation Area. Section 106 consultation for heritage resources is in process. The NEPA process will continue once Section 106 is closer to consensus.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36609
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - Federal land T48N, R19W, Section 16, part of government lot 1. Non-federal land T47N, R19W, Section 24, part of government lot 2 Grand Island National Recreation Area
Valley Spur Trailhead Improvements
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2015
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
Enbridge Integrity Dig MP 1369.9115
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2015
Actual: 01/16/2015
02/2015 Scott Maki
906-474-6442 x134
smaki@fs.fed.us
Description: The pipeline site will be excavated, inspected, and repaired as needed. The excavation will be approximately 60-80 feet long, 30-40 feet wide, and up to 10 feet deep. Repair may consist of welding a metal sleeve around and recoating the pipeline
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44213
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - NE 1/4 T41N R19W, S20 NE 1/4 T41N R19W S20
Hiawatha National Forest, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Overstory Removal
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) Analysis Completed Expected: 12/2014
Actual: 12/17/2014
02/2015 Marjorie Allmaras
906-643-7900 ext 125
mallmaras@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove overstory trees from 9 shelterwood units.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43365
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is scattered across the Sault Ste. Marie District. Includes stands from Raco Plains EA (C29S26,C5S21,C74S10), Sand Clay EA (C91S71,C103S76,C104S42), Lake Superior Highlands EA (C72S43,C72S51)
Raco Natural Resource Management
EA
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 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.
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
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 07/2015 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: 02/2015 06/2015 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: 01/2015 01/2015 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.
Smithers RAPRA Master Plan Update and Special Use Permit Reissuance
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/14/2014
Est. Comment Period
03/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5835
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed project will include a site Master Plan update and reissuance of the Special Use permit with additional buildings and site development.
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - Section 28, T46N R4W excepting N 1/4 of N 1/2 and SE 1/4 of SE 1/4. The S 1/2 of NE 1/4 and N 1/2 of SE 1/4, Section 29, T46N R4W. The NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 and NW 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 33 T46N, R4W. 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.
St. Martin's Point and Government Island Dispersed Recreation Improvements
EA
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2014
Est. Comment Period
02/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 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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