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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- Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
- Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Eagle River-Florence Ranger District
- Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Great Divide Ranger District
- Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District
- Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District
- Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Washburn Ranger District


Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chequamegon Red Pine Thinning
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
05/21/2015
Expected: 02/2016 03/2016 Leesha Howard-McCauley
715-748-4875 x37
lmhowardmccauley@fs.fed.us
Description: To conduct thinning of individual red pine stands located across the Washburn, Great Divide and Medford - Park Falls Ranger Districts. The primary purpose of the project is to increase the growth and vigor of red pine stands across the forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45517
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District, Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Price, Sawyer, Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Individual red pine stands scattered across the Washburn, Great Divide and Medford-Park Falls Ranger Districts.
Chequamegon Salvage and Restoration
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
01/31/2015
Expected: 08/2015 09/2015 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of timber and forest restoration projects following an early September 2014 wind and rain storm event.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45414
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Price, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Parts of the Great Divide and Medford-Park Falls Ranger District in various areas. Concentrations of damage in the Moose Lake vicinity (GD RD) and Gates Lake vicinity (MPF RD).
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Eagle River-Florence Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 WPS Electric Utility Project- Knapp Road and WI 70.
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/28/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Wisconsin Public service proposes to install 4.8 miles of single-phase underground lines and remove 1.3 miles of overhead lines in Forest and Vilas Counties.
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Locations include Hwy 70, Fournier Road, McClane Lane and Knapp Road.
Holt Road/Thrasher Road Temporary Reroute
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/15/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would temporarily reroute a snowmobile trail while logging equipment is using the area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47016
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Legal location is Township 40 North, Range 13 East, Sections 11, 12 and 13. The local area is the intersection of Highway 70 and 55.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Great Divide Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Multi-year Upland Opening Maintenance GD
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Carrie Nelson
715-634-4821
carrielnelson@fs.fed.us
Description: Improvement of existing upland openings by hand-cutting, mowing, or burning
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45934
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Small 1 to 5 acre openings scattered across the central portion of the Great Divide Ranger District in Management Areas 1A,B,C and 4A.
Relocation of FR 201 and FR 213 intersections with C.T.H. D
EA
- Road management On Hold N/A N/A Debra Proctor
715-634-4821
debralproctor@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate the intersections of County Highway D with Forest Road 201 and Forest Road 213 north of the current locations. Construct new sections and decommission unneeded sections of Forest Roads 201 and 213 (new and old approaches to intersection)
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Township 44 North Range 6 West Section 11 Intersection of County Highway D with Forest Roads 201 and 213 in Bayfield County approximately 5 miles south of Grand View, Wisconsin
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 Strecok
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/11/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us
Description: Temporary and permanent private land access on Forest service trails and roads
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46834
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Legal area is T33N, R17E, Section 13 on the east boundary of the District.
2015 WPS Electric Utility Project-Pine Lake Road/Sawyer Lake Road, WI 52
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Wisconsin Public Service proposes to install buried electric lines on the south side of Pine Lake Rd. and along the south and east side of Sawyer Lake Rd.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Lake and Sawyer Lake Roads. T37N, R12E, Sec. 27 and T32N, R14E, Sec. 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, and T34N, R14E, Sec. 31 and 32.
ANR Pipeline Company Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue an existing special use permit to ANR Pipeline Company for an interstate natural gas pipeline. No new construction.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest and Oconto Counties
Bilberry and opening habitat
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants On Hold N/A N/A Scott Anderson
715-674-4481
scottanderson@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve habitat for the Dwarf Bilberry and maintain openings
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable In Ocotno County
Nicolet Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
07/2015
Expected: 12/2015 05/2016 Marilee Houtler
715-276-6333
mhoutler@fs.fed.us
Description: This project NEPA would cover destructive events on the Nicolet National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47100
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable T31-43N, R11-17E, Nicolet National Forest
Pine Lake Association Dock SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/13/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us
Description: Issue an special use permit for installing and maintaining an additional dock at Pine Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46835
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine Lake boat dock on the north west side of the lake. The lake is T37N, R12E, Section 16.
Townsend Project
EIS
- Forest products In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
05/29/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
01/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation and road Management Project
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45830
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Northeast Langlade, Northwest Oconto and South Forest Counties
Wolf River ATV Project
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us
Description: Build a trail to connect two existing routes.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45955
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable South Branch of the Oconto River on the southwest side of the district.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Medford-Park Falls Wildlife Opening Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/11/2015
Expected: 08/2015 08/2015 Ann Dassow
715-748-4875 ext.24
ahdassow@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to use mechanical methods or prescribed fire to restore and enhance wildlife openings to prevent natural selection succession to woody plants and by using native species when planting for wildlife habitat improvement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47070
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price, Taylor, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Parts of T31-41N, R1W-3W, R1E-R4E
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Washburn Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to re-issue a special use authorization for a new term for Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership's existing pipeline system, pumping station, and associated improvements.
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project includes 11.5 miles of existing pipeline system, the pumping station, and associated improvements on Forest Service lands north of US Highway 2.
Multi-year Fish Habitat Management Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
06/17/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Thomas Doolittle
715-373-2667 x240
thomascdoolittle@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve habitat in 21 lakes across the district by adding woody shoreline and submerged structure (e.g. fish cribs, pyramid type brush shelter, half log structures, or tree drops). This 10 year proposal would treat 1-3 lakes a year.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47036
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Located in parts of: T44N, R7W; T45N, R7W; T45N, R8W; T46N, R7W; T46N, R8W; T47 N, R7W; T48N, R6W; T48N, R7W; T49N, R6W Lakes include: Anodanta, Arrowhead, Bass Lake, Canthook, Cisco, East & West Twin, Happles, Hoist, Horseshoe, Long, Lund, Northeast, Perch, Pigeon, Pine, Sawdust, Silver, Star, Steelhead, & Wilderness
Native Seed and Plant Establishment
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 07/2015 Matthew Bushman
715-373-2667
mmbushman@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to restore and enhance native vegetation sites in the barren vegetation communities on the Washburn Ranger District. This proposed activities include native seed and tree planting and site preparation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46381
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pine barrens habitat in and around the Moquah Barrens Wildlife Management Area; 6 miles northeast of Iron River, WI.
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