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
Flood Damage Repairs
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
12/2016
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Michael Martin
Glidden Office: 715-264-2511 Hayward Office: 715-634-4821
mikemartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Flood damage repairs on multiple sites in the Great Divide and Washburn ranger districts from June 11,2016, storm event.
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District, Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various flood damage locations in the Great Divide and Washburn ranger districts.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Eagle River-Florence Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Morgan Lake Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
05/31/2016
Expected: 02/2017 05/2017 Adam Felts
715-528-4464x126
afelts@fs.fed.us
Description: Move forests to desired conditions, contribute toward wood products demand, provide an efficient road system, increase public safety related to wildfire potential, enhance wood turtle habitat,and maintain Mud Lake hunter hiking trail and openings.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48101
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest. LEGAL - T38N, R16E; T38N, R15E; T38N, R14E; and T38N, R13E The project area is in the southeastern portion of the District, stretching from east of Morgan Lake Campground to HWY 55.
WI Public Service 2016 Electric Reliability Project, Eagle River-Florence
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/04/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of approximately 5.8 miles of underground electric cable and the removal of approximately 1.5 miles of overhead electric lines to improve electric reliability to rural communities.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49233
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable T39N, R11E, Sec 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 23, 26, 34; T40N, R11E, Sec 34, 35, 35; T40N, R12E, Sec 28, 29
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Great Divide Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Black Torch
EA
- Forest products
- Road management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Comment Period
03/21/2016
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5874
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would use timber management to move the forest towards the forest plan desired conditions. It would include timber harvest, prescribed burning, reforestation, modifications of the transportation system and wildlife habitat improvements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47680
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Sawyer. LEGAL - It includes portions of the Townships 40-44 North and Ranges 3-5 West. It is located east and south of Clam Lake, WI in Ashland and Sawyer counties; includes portions of townships Chippewa, Draper, Gordon, Marengo, Round Lake, Shanagolden, Spider Lake, and Winter.
Morgan Falls Trail Realignment and Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Chad Jacobson
715-264-2511
chadjacobson@fs.fed.us
Description: Flood damage repair, reconstruction and realignment, including trailhead parking area relocation and expansion, trail segment construction, reconstruction, and repair, construction and installation of boardwalk over Morgan Creek and more
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - T45N R4W Section 30 Morgan Falls/St. Peters Dome Trailhead
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
Xcel Energy Power Line Reconstruction
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2017
Actual: 01/18/2017
02/2017 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to relocate a powerline from a cross-county location to along Bayfield Co. Hwy. M. The existing line was built in wetlands, relocating the line would reduce impacts to wetlands, and improve access for future maintenance.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50057
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest System lands along Bayfield County Highway M in T43N R6W Sections 17, 18, 19, and 20.
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 On Hold N/A N/A 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
Bear Paw Snowmobile Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management On Hold N/A N/A Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us
Description: Rerouting the snowmobile trail off private land and onto closed Forest Service roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50567
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Bear Paw Lake.
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-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
12/13/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2017
Expected: 05/2017 05/2017 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us
Description: Correct aspen age to meet the forest plan
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48644
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lakewood-Laona Ranger District
Nicolet Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products On Hold N/A N/A 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
Townsend Project
EIS
- Forest products In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
05/29/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2017
Expected: 07/2017 10/2017 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
WI Public Service 2016 Electric Reliability Projects, part 2
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/23/2016
Expected: 06/2017 06/2017 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of approx. 8,448 feet of underground electric line within the existing road right-of -way on Oconto Hwy T, old Hwy 32,and Tar Dam Road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49521
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable T31N, R16E, Section 3; T32N, R15E, Section 8; T32N, R16E, Section 21; Oconto County, Wisconsin
Wolf River 65" or less Connector Trail Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 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
Kidrick
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
06/2017
Expected: 06/2018 09/2018 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us
Description: This project is primarily a vegetation management project with focus on mid to late successional hardwood forest. Primary purpose is to maintain forest health and diversity. Project will also include a transportation analysis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50889
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located in the northwest portion of the Forest within Taylor County in T32N, R2-3W and T33N, R1-3W.
Medford Aspen II
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
07/07/2016
Expected: 03/2017 05/2017 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us
Description: Timber harvest and forest regeneration activities for aspen are being considered along with associated ground based access. Some road construction,reconstruction, maintenance and decommissioning proposals will be considered.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48388
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project area is located in the northern portion of Taylor County on the Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, of the Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, approximately 10 miles northwest of Medford, Wisconsin.
Perkinstown Motorized Trail Maintenance and Extension
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/17/2017
Expected: 04/2017 05/2017 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Based on a safety audit report, the Forest Service is proposing to address safety concerns on about 3,000 feet of the trail where widening and reshaping is needed. Also being considered is the addition of about 1.6 miles of trail on existing roads.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50888
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Location of trail is east of Chequamegon Waters Flowage in T31N, R2W and T32N, R2&3W in the Towns of Cleveland and Grover.
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

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/07/2016
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44889
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.
Greenwood Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management
- Fuels management
- Forest products
On Hold N/A N/A Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation and transportation management in the northern part of the District. Management actions would include clearcut and shelterwood systems to regenerate oak, aspen, and pine, and thinnings to promote growth and vigor in pine plantations.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47446
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Townships 47, 48 and 49 North Ranges 6, 7 and 8 West, 4th Principal Meridian Project is located approximately seven miles northeast of Iron River, Wisconsin and in the Townships of Barksdale, Clover, Iron River, Keystone, Pilsen, Port Wing, Tripp, and Washburn.
Norvado Fiber Install
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/09/2016
Expected: 01/2017 02/2017 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to install approximately 1.4 miles of underground fiber optic cable and associated equipment. All of the installation would be adjacent to existing roadways. This project would provide faster and more reliable internet service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50058
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable T44N R7W Sections 26, 27, 34, & 35, Bayfield County, WI
Twin Lakes Salvage and Restoration
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
01/23/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage of timber and forest restoration projects following the July 21, 2016 wind and rain storm event. This proposal is to treat approximately 3,000 acres of damaged timber, based on an aerial imagery analysis.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50192
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable The north end of the Washburn Ranger District. Concentrations of damage in the Twin Lakes and Birch Grove Campground area
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