Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Hiawatha National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Hiawatha National Forest , Hiawatha National Forest All Units
- 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/17/2014
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
12/2014
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 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 Public Notice
08/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 Jim Ozenberger
307-739-5431
jozenberger@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use Permit Amendment for: Construction of two new underground lines; one in sec 6 T45N R6W, other in secs 2,11,14 T44N R6W, both in Chippewa Co. Adoption of 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 East side unit of the Hiawatha National Forest
East Red Pine III
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/27/2013
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice
07/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Bradley Cooper
906-643-7900
bradleylcooper@fs.fed.us
Description: Commercial thin 4,000 ac. of red pine. Under plant white pine on 1,000 ac. Underburn 437 ac. of the 4,000 thinned ac. of red pine stands. Under burn an additional 2,300 ac. Constuct about 1.7 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.
Great Lakes Distance Riding Association (Special Use Permit)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Mark Bender
906-387-2512
markbender@fs.fed.us
Description: Great Lakes Distance Riding Association is proposing a horse and rider endurance race on the Grand Island Bay de Noc Trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44152
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta. LEGAL - T 46 N, R 20 W, Section 34 Event utilizes existing roads and trails from near Ackerman Lake: T46N, R20W, Sec 34 (northern most portion of event) to near Upper Eighteenmile Lake: T43N, R20W, Sec 17 (southern most portion).
Nahma Multi-Use Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 07/2015 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).
Rudyard
EA
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Objection Period Legal Notice
12/11/2013
Expected: 04/2014 05/2014 Bradley Cooper
906-643-7900
bradleylcooper@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation management, wildlife habitat improvement, transportation management, and non-native invasive plant management
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38836
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - T42N R2W, Sec 4-6; T42N R3W, Sec 1-2; T43N R2W, Sec 2-8, 17-20, 29, 30-32; T43N R3W, Sec 1-16,22-24,25-27,34-36; T43N R4W, Sec 1, 2 11,12; T44N R3W, Sec 18,19,27-34; T44N R4W, Sec 23,24, 25-28, 33-36 In the SE portion of Eastside unit, south of Trout Brook Pond, east of East Lake, north of road FH84, and west of Hill Lake.
Hiawatha National Forest , Hiawatha National Forest All Units R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Lake Road Reconstruction
EA
- Facility management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
05/2014
Expected: 12/2014 01/2015 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5835
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: The reconstruction of East Lake Road includes the adjustment of the road profile in numerous locations, improved water and fish passage structures, and road resurfacing to improve driving conditions.
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.
Graham Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management In Progress
Scoping Start
07/25/2011
Est. Comment Period Public Notice
01/2015
Expected: 05/2015 07/2015 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
St. Martin's Point and Government Island Dispersed Recreation Improvements
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
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.
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
- Recreation management
- Road 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.
Clear Lake Education Center Triathlon (Special Use Permit)
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 07/2014 Rebecca Cain
906-387-2512
rcain@fs.fed.us
Description: Clear Lake Education Center (CLEC) is proposing a triathlon (kayak, bike, run) at the CLEC facility and surrounding woods roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44144
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - T 45 N, R 17 W, Section 34 Clear Lake Education Center
Dukes Snowmobile Trail
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 06/2014 10/2014 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 On Hold N/A N/A 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 08/2014 08/2014 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.
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) In Progress
Scoping Start
11/13/2013
Expected: 07/2014 09/2014 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)
Hiawatha National Forest , St. Ignace Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Establishment of New Lakeside Daisy Population
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 05/2014 06/2014 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. 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2014
Expected: 08/2014 09/2014 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.
Waiska River Road (FS 3352) Spile Dams Removal
CE
- Watershed management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2014
Expected: 09/2014 05/2015 Danding Gan
906-643-7900 ext 138
dgan@fs.fed.us
Description: Remove two spile dams with new crossings and to restore aquatic organism passage and the hydrology of the affected area back to a more natural state.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43477
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T46N R3W Sections 32 and 33 Approximately two miles south of Raco, MI. Located on Waiska River Road (FS-3352), at the intersection with Bons Creek and an unamed creek just south of Bons.
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