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
North County Trail Bridge Maintenance and Reroutes Project
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
06/23/2015
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to reroute trail out of wet areas to higher ground close to original trail; and repair/replacement of bridges along the trail on the Great Divide District. The trail reroutes on the Washburn District are in the Rainbow Lakes Wilderness Area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47184
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District, Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located on the North Country Trail between Delta and Mellen in Ashland and Bayfield Counties, WI.
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
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
05/31/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 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: 08/2016 09/2016 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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/21/2016
Expected: 01/2017 05/2017 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@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.
Fish Habitat Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Carrie Nelson
715-634-4821
carrielnelson@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to improve habitat in 20 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=48888
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lakes Include: Lake Three, Potter, Day, Little Clam, Mineral, Eas t& West Twin, Spillerburg, Gates, Black, Camp Four, Wilson, Two Axe, Ghost, Club, Coffee, Buffalo, Taylor, Twin Lakes, and Crystal
Forest Lodge Lease
EA
- Special use management
- Heritage resource management
In Progress
Scoping Start
05/31/2016
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Michael Martin
715-634-4821 ext. 222
mikemartin@fs.fed.us
Description: Proposal to issue a long term lease under the Historic Preservation Act for the Occupancy and Use of Forest Lodge Historic District for education, interpretation, & research to create a premier center for environmental leadership and conservation.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49602
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest Lodge Historic District and areas across the Great Divide District (e.g. North Country Trail, Porcupine Lake Wilderness, Rock Lake Trail, Forest Lodge Nature Trail, and recreation sites).
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
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
Birch Seedbed Preparation
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would use mechanical site preparation for a paper birch stand, creating a better seedbed for replanting paper birch.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49956
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in the southeast corner of the Lakewood Ranger District, just north of highway 64.
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Project
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Comment Period
07/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 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
08/2016
Expected: 02/2017 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: 08/2016 08/2016 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 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
Haenel Special Use - Access to Private Property
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
05/27/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: The US Forest Service is proposing to issue a special use permit that would authorize operation of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and other low impact vehicles on existing routes in order to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49577
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable Township 33 North, Range 1 West, Section 22, off of FR 569E, Town of Westboro, in Taylor County, WI.
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.
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.
Greenwood Vegetation Project
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/11/2015
Est. Comment Period
08/2016
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: Aspen and oak management in the northern part of the Washburn Ranger 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 46, 47, 48 and 49 North Ranges 5, 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, Bell, Clover, Iron River, Keystone, Pilsen, Port Wing, Tripp, and Washburn.
Native Seed and Plant Establishment
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
On Hold N/A N/A 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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