Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Restoration Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 05/2015 Matthew Bushman
715-373-2667
mmbushman@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve 180 acres of habitat at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in the next 10 years; activities include prescribed burning, site preparation planting, tree and native seed planting, plowing/tilling, and grazing for NNIS control.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45933
Location: UNIT - Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T47N R5W Sec 2 W 1/2 Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Bayfield County WI
Warming Winters Research Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
11/24/2014
Expected: 01/2015 10/2015 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
Chequamegon Red Pine Thinning
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/19/2014'T'00:00:00
Est. Comment Period
01/2015'T'00:00:00
Expected: 06/2015'T'00:00:00 08/2015'T'00:00:00 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).
Flambeau and Dead Horse Motorized Trail Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015'T'00:00:00
Actual: 01/20/2015
06/2015'T'00:00:00 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Trail reconstruction for allowance of utility terrain vehicles < 65 inches in width (UTVs). Activities include widening of corners and reshaping or resurfacing the trail tread.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44678
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Price, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in parts of T39-40N, R1-3E in Price County, WI (Flambeau Trail)and in parts of T40-43N, R3-4W in Ashland and Sawyer Counties (Dead Horse Run Trail), WI.
West Side Road Permit Renewals 2014
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 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.
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
2015 Culvert replacement
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us
Description: Culvert replacement on Armstrong Creek
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45956
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Armstrong Creek near the east boundary of the district.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Great Divide Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2015 Road-Stream Crossing Repair and Maintenance
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 06/2015 Debra Proctor
715-634-4821 ext. 327
debralproctor@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair, replace and/or maintain culverts and bridges along existing roads and trails with identified drainage problems at 15 sites. Stabilize about 1.5 miles of FR 383 and 0.25 miles of FR 378A to reduce road surface erosion and sedimentation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45935
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Road-stream crossings scattered across the Great Divide Ranger District
Cold-water Streams Riparian Restoration
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Special area management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 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.
Crystal Lake Fish Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 Carrie Nelson
715-634-4821
carrielnelson@fs.fed.us
Description: Build and install fish structures with the DNR and volunteers. Proposal includes trees donated by an adjacent private land owner and the harvest of 70 jack pine trees, ranging in DBH from 4" to 10", from Forest Service lands south of Crystal Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45936
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T43N R7W S5 Crystal Lake and the red and jack pine stand 1/8 mile south of the boat launch. Stand is accessed via Forest Roads 211 and 1391.
Forest Lodge Cow Pasture Prescribed Burn
CE
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Debra Proctor
715-634-4821
debralproctor@fs.fed.us
Description: Conduct a prescribed burn on the 3-acre grassy opening known as the Forest Lodge cow pasture as a first step in reducing hazardous fuels, re-establishing fire on the landscape, treating non-native invasive species, and restoring native species.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45937
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T43N R6W S15 The area of the Forest Lodge Historic District Special Management Area known as the cow pasture.
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.
Northland Education and Research SUP
CE
- Special use management
- Research
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 Debra Proctor
715-634-4821
debralproctor@fs.fed.us
Description: Special Use authorization for Northland College to conduct educational and/or research programs, activities, tours, and fundraising events at Forest Lodge and other sites across the Great Divide Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45939
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Specific sites on the Great Divide Ranger District as requested and approved in advance. Sites under consideration include a portion of the Forest Lodge site on Lake Namakagon and Mineral Lake launch.
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 Pipeline Rehabilitation Erosion Control Site 2
CE
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/20/2015'T'00:00:00
Expected: 03/2015'T'00:00:00 04/2015'T'00:00:00 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair of heavy erosion and devegetation due to off road vehicle use of the pipeline area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44808
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located on the ANR Pipeline on the east boundary of the Lakewood Ranger District.
ANR Pipeline Company Permit Reissuance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/01/2015'T'00:00:00
Expected: 01/2015'T'00:00:00 01/2015'T'00:00:00 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
Mosquito Creek Crossings
CE
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 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
01/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 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 Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 05/2015 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
Taylor Electric Cooperative Red Pine Road Line Installation
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 02/2015'T'00:00:00
Actual: 01/20/2015
03/2015'T'00:00:00 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Replacement / burial of electric line along Red Pine Road to improve service, access for maintenance, and to reduce impacts from stream/water crossings with old line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45994
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Hammel, T31N, R1W, Section 6.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Washburn Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cisco Lake and Nymphia Lake Road Maintenance: Culverts
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 05/2015 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve roads and watersheds by restoring proper drainage at three sites. Road maintenance to minimize watershed impacts includes: gravel surfacing, crowning the road, re-establishment of outlet ditches, and installing/replacing culverts.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45957
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T 45N, R7W, Sec. 13, 21, and 28 Sections of Cisco Lake Road (FR 397) and Nymphia Lake Road (FR 224) located north of Drummond Wisconsin.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 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.
Sawdust Lake Stewardship Project
CE
- Recreation management
- Road management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2015
Expected: 04/2015 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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