Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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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
2017 West Side Reissuance of Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2017
Actual: 07/13/2017
07/2017 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1316
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissuance of 27 Special Use Permits. One for the Fifield Township to display and maintain a sign and 26 separate existing permits for the continued use and maintenance of roads that access private property. No additional construction is proposed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51905
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 This action is located the Great Divide, Medford-Park Falls and Washburn Ranger Districts.
Flood Damage Repairs
CE
- Road management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
12/16/2016
Expected: 07/2017 04/2018 Michael Martin
715-634-1821 or 715-264-2511
mikemartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Flood damage repairs on multiple sites in the Great Divide and Washburn ranger districts from July 11, 2016, storm event.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50875
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
Fourmile Vegetation Project
EA
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/15/2017
Est. Comment Period
10/2018
Expected: 05/2019 06/2019 Adam Felts
715-528-4464x126
afelts@fs.fed.us
Description: Move forest vegetation to desired conditions, provide an efficient road system, continue Forest research projects, maintain public safety related to wildfire, maintain hunter hiking trails, and contribute toward wood products demand.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51959
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - T40N, R11E; T40N, R12E; T39N, R11E; T39N, R12E; T38N, R11E; and T38N, R12E 7 miles east of Eagle River, stretching south from Highway 70 to Highway 32 (or the southern border of the Argonne Exp. Forest) and stretching approximately 4-7 miles wide.
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/21/2016
Est. Comment Period
08/2017
Expected: 11/2017 12/2017 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.
Forest Lodge Wastewater System Replacement
CE
- Facility management In Progress
Scoping Start
03/01/2017
Expected: 09/2017 05/2018 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5874 x 2327
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: A new septic system would be installed to service the five buildings at Forest Lodge that will have potable water service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51332
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Parts of Townships 40-44 North, R 3-7 West Forest Lodge is located eight miles east of Cable, Wisconsin on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin.
Morgan Falls Trail Realignment and Reconstruction
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/06/2017
Expected: 07/2017 09/2017 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
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50872
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
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
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
12/13/2016
Est. Comment Period
07/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 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
Oak Seedbed Preparation
CE
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
07/13/2017
Expected: 08/2017 09/2017 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us
Description: Mechanical seedbed scarification for oak and white pine seed production in nine stands for about 230 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52179
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Nelligan Lake area
Townsend Project
EIS
- Forest products In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
05/29/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
07/2017
Expected: 11/2017 11/2017 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
Wolf River 65" or less Connector Trail 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
Kidrick
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 10/2018 12/2018 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-Park Falls Wood Turtle Nesting Restoration and Enhancement Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
06/09/2017
Expected: 09/2017 10/2017 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us
Description: Restoration and improvement of nesting habitat for wood turtle, a state threatened and Regional Forester Sensitive Species (RFSS) on the Cheqamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51980
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price, Taylor, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 32 North, Range 3 West, Section 24, Taylor County, Wisconsin about 20 miles northwest of Medford Wisconsin.
Winter Sports Road Electric Line Burial
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
08/2017
Expected: 09/2017 09/2017 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a proposal by Clark Electric Cooperative to convert about 4 1/4 miles of overhead electric line to underground electric wires within their existing utility corridor in order to provide a safer and more reliable electric service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51504
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located in the Town of Grover (T32N, R2W) along Winter Sports Road (FR 119)starting at Spruce Lake Road going north to Beaver Creek Road (FR 121) and then a short distance east.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Washburn Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2017 Bayfield Electric Power Line Burial
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/05/2017
Expected: 07/2017 07/2017 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: This is a proposal by Bayfield Electric Cooperative, Inc. to convert about 9.3 miles of overhead electric line to underground electric wires within their existing utility corridor in order to provide a safer and more reliable electric service.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=51903
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable There are two segments of line proposed for replacement: 1) about 1.3 miles along Blue Moon Road (FR 365), and 2) about 8 miles in the corridors near US Hwy 2.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE

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- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/07/2016
Expected: 10/2017 11/2017 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
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)
- Fuels management
- Road 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.
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