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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- 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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Warming Winters Research Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
11/24/2014
Est. Comment Period
05/2015
Expected: 07/2015 09/2015 Christel Kern
218-326-7133
cckern@fs.fed.us
Description: This research is looking at the effect of warming winters on the sustainability of US forests.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45638
Location: UNIT - Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oneida. LEGAL - Not Applicable Argonne and Harshaw Experimental Forests
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
2015 Culvert replacement
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/23/2015
Expected: 05/2015 05/2015 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us
Description: Culvert replacement on unnamed tributary to Armstrong Creek/FR 2163, Haymeadow Creek/FR 2205, Lilypad Creek/FR 2424, Lauterman Lake outlet/Lautermen Lake ski trail, and South branch of the Popple River/FR 2162A
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45956
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Armstrong Creek near the east boundary of the district.
Chequamegon Red Pine Thinning
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2015
Est. Comment Period
06/2015
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 08/2015 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).
West Side Road Permit Renewals 2014
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/06/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: The forest proposes the renewal of various expired or expiring road special use permits on the west side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44891
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 Various location on the West side of the Chequamegon Nicolet NF.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Eagle River-Florence Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Revised Lake Habitat Restoration Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
03/18/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Scott Anderson
715-479-2827
scottanderson@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would add more fish cribs the Butternut Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46432
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 40 North, Range 12 East, Section 27
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Great Divide Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cold-water Streams Riparian Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special area management
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/09/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 Debra Proctor
715-634-4821 ext. 327
debralproctor@fs.fed.us
Description: Convert aspen stands within the 450 foot riparian areas of cold-water streams (Frames and Waboo) and the Marengo River to longer-lived species by girdling some of the aspen trees and underplanting white pine
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Some of the areas within 450 feet of Frames, Springbrook and Waboo Creeks and the Marengo River that are dominated by aspen.
Multi-year Upland Opening Maintenance GD
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2015
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
Snowmobile Trail 70 Re-route
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 06/2015 06/2015 Elizabeth Tichner
715-634-4821
etichner02@fs.fed.us
Description: Re-route a short section of snowmobile trail off a private golf-course and onto National Forest land
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T43N R6W S21 Along Lakewoods Resort Golf Course southern boundary starting from FR 207 and heading west approximately 750 feet.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
ANR Pipeline Company Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 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
Lakewood Southeast Additional Burn Unit
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2015
Actual: 04/06/2015
04/2015 Scott Linn
715-674-4481
slinn@fs.fed.us
Description: An additional burn unit would be added to the original Lakewood Southeast Project.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46431
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southeast boundary of the district, T31N, R17E, Section 1
Mosquito Creek Crossings
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
02/26/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us
Description: Improve two of Mosquito Creeks Crossings at Hwy 32 and Diamond Roof Road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45892
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Mosquito Creek Crossings on Hwy 32 and Diamond Roof Road.
Townsend Project
EIS
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
04/2015
Expected: 01/2016 04/2016 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
Little Willow Access Roads Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/02/2015
Expected: 07/2015 08/2015 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Little Willow Hunting Club is requesting a special use permit for use of two existing roads on National Forest System land to access a timber sale and cabin on their property which lies to the east of the Forest boundary.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46767
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable The requested access is located off of Forest Road 130 in T38N, R3E, SE ΒΌ of Section 24 about 18 miles east of Phillips, WI.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Washburn Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chequamegon Communications Cooperative Inc. Ino Tower generator project
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/07/2015
Expected: 04/2015 04/2015 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: The Cooperative mistakenly installed a generator at the Ino Tower facility without approval. Proposal is to amend an existing permit to allow for the generator and associated equipment within the fenced area. Footprint (fenced area) remains the same.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46380
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Eight miles east of Iron River, WI.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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.
Hwy 63 CWPP Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/18/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us
Description: Community Wildfire Protection Plan project to reduce ladder and surface fuels located within 200 feet of each side of Hwy 63. Ladder fuels treatments improve health and vigor of the timber stands by removing brush and tree vegetation competition.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46457
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Hwy 63 corridor south of Drummond, Wisconsin
Native Seed and Plant Establishment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/05/2015
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 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.
Sawdust Lake Stewardship Project
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2015
Actual: 04/17/2015
09/2015 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to maintain / restore the Sawdust Lake dispersed camping site. Activities include: maintenance on the roads and boat launch, leveling campsites, erosion control, blocking off of illegal use, and installation of wilderness toilets.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45991
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T 47 N, R 7 W, Section 8 Sawdust Lake located adjacent to FR 241 about 6.5 miles east of Iron River, Wisconsin.
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