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
Chequamegon Red Pine Thinning
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Comment Period
05/21/2015
Expected: 04/2016 04/2016 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 Trout Stream Restoration - Brush Bundles
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/07/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us
Description: Stream habitat maintenance and restoration on 15 Class I and II trout stream systems. Stream restoration would include brushing and placement and maintenance of brush bundles/mats within the stream channel.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48964
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 Fifteen stream locations across the western Ranger Districts of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
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 In Progress
Scoping Start
11/10/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Adam Felts
715-528-4464x126
afelts@fs.fed.us
Description: The general purpose and need is to promote healthy forests in the various Management Areas and satisfy the demand for wood products.
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.
State Corridor 10 Snowmobile Trail Relocation Project
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/27/2016
07/2016 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us
Description: The Forest Service has identified a need to construct and designate a segment of trail, as well as designate an existing corridor as snowmobile trail in response to an existing segment of snowmobile trail no longer able to be used.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49295
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along Forest Road 2197, south of Anvil Lake
WI Public Service 20016 Electric Reliability Project, Eagle River-Florence
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 08/2016 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
2016 Gravel Test Holes
CE
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 04/2016
Actual: 04/13/2016
05/2016 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 26
gknight@fs.fed.us
Description: 3 areas across the District would be inventoried for potential gravel. Up to 20 holes approximately 8 x 6 feet in size spaced about 200 feet apart dug with an excavator, studied for gravel, and filled in shortly after digging.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49147
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Cranberry Lake Pit #40006 at T40N R3W S14 SWSW, S15 SESE, and S22 NENE Trout Lake FR715 Pit at T41N R6W S21 NENE FR 204 Barrow Pit #40026 at T43N R5W S30 NESW
Black Torch
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Road management
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
03/21/2016
Expected: 01/2017 05/2017 Debra Proctor
715-634-4821
debralproctor@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: 05/2016 06/2016 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
Multi-year Upland Opening Maintenance GD
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants Analysis Completed Expected: 05/2016
Actual: 04/01/2016
06/2016 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.
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
Watershed Improvement
CE
- Watershed management
- Road management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/11/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us
Description: Repair, replace and/or maintain 8 culverts and the removal of the Spring Brook Dam to restore the flow of waters into natural channels.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48928
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. Spring Brook Dam is located at SW1/4; SW1/4; Sec26; T45N; R4W, Ashland County.
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
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Project
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 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
Lakewood-Laona Programmatic Wildlife Openings Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
04/18/2016
Expected: 05/2016 05/2016 Thomas Moris
715-674-4481
tmoris@fs.fed.us
Description: Programmatic project to maintain wildlife openings on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48103
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable T34N, R16E, Section 28 Northeast of Turtle Lake.
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
05/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 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
WI Public Service 2016 Electric Reliability Projects
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1316
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us
Description: Installation of approximately .7 miles of underground electric cable and the removal of approximately .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=49186
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Project is located at T31N, R16E, Sec 25, 36; T33N, R15E, Sec 11; T34N, R14E, Sec 7
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
Medford Aspen II
EA
- Road management
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 12/2016 01/2017 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.
Native Seed and Plant Establishment
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
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.
Town of Bell Road Right-of-Way Maintenance
CE
- Road management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/29/2015
Expected: 10/2015 11/2015 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: The Town of Bell has plans to improve Forest Road 439 (North Boundary Road) and has requested that the Forest Service prepare a timber sale to remove the merchantable trees within the 50-foot road right-of-way.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47865
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T49N R6W Sections 1-6 Approximately six miles along Forest Road 439 (North Boundary Road)
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