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

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/17/2014
Est. Comment Period
08/2015
Expected: 09/2015 09/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- Fuels management
- Forest products
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
02/27/2015
Expected: 10/2015 10/2015 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.
Nahma Multi-Use Trail Construction
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 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
2015 Recreation Residence Improvements
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Brenda Rebitzke
906-474-6442
brebitzke@fs.fed.us
Description: Recreation residence improvements to include: Crooked Lake Lot 18 porch addition, Crooked Lake Lot 2 dock addition, Sturgeon River Lot 5 power pole installation, and Steuben Lake Lot 7 dock & shed replacement, fence & dock installation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47341
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - Not Applicable Crooked Lake, Sturgeon River, and Steuben Lake
Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Blythefield Hills Baptist Church Youth Group Trip (Special Use Permit)
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/29/2015
Expected: 07/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/12/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 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
Delta County EMS Radio Repeater Install on FS Tower
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 07/08/2015
07/2015 Brenda Rebitzke
906-474-6442
brebitzke@fs.fed.us
Description: Delta County EMS requests to install a repeater on the Hiawatha National Forest Tie Hill tower to assist with emergency response.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46977
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - Township 44 North, Range 19 West, Section 25 Township 44 North, Range 19 West, Section 25
Dukes Snowmobile Trail
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/20/2014
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 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.
Moccasin Lake Lot 2 Septic Replacement
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 07/17/2015
07/2015 Rebecca Cain
906-387-2512
rcain@fs.fed.us
Description: Permit holder would replace the failing septic system at their recreation residence.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46979
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - Township 44 North, Range 19 West, Section 1 Moccasin Lake Lot 2
Valley Spur Trailhead Improvements
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us
Description: The project consists of expansion of the parking lot at Valley Spur Trailhead, construction of a garage to house ski trail grooming equipment, installing a yurt, replacing toilet building.
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

   *UPDATED*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 09/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/01/2014
Est. Comment Period
01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 07/2016 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

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2015
Actual: 07/09/2015,
07/09/2015
07/2015 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: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?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

   *UPDATED*
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2014
Est. Comment Period
09/2015
Expected: 11/2015 12/2015 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

   *UPDATED*
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- 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

   *UPDATED*
- 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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