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
Bayfield Electric Power Line Reconstruction
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/01/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: An amendment to the Special Use Permit to maintain and reconstruct electric lines: approximately 3.9 miles of line replacement, 3.2 miles of underground line installation, and 2.9 miles of overhead line removal.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49932
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District, Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable The Great Divide District sections are near Lake Five Road and Ryans Lane Road in Cable, WI. The Washburn sections include Finger Lake Road in Delta, WI and Lake Owen Station Road in Drummond, WI.
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
Grandma Lake Salvage
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Analysis Completed Expected: 10/2016
Actual: 08/09/2016
11/2016 Adam Felts
503-808-2281
afelts@fs.fed.us
Description: The Grandma Lake area was affected by a windstorm on 7/11/16. Strong winds pushed over tree and created an area of high fuel levels and stunted timber production. This project will increase forest health and make sure stands stay w/in FP guidelines
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50061
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence. LEGAL - Not Applicable parts of Section 3, T38N R15E; Section 25 and 36, T39N R15E
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.
North Reservoir Salvage
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 09/22/2016
10/2016 Adam Felts
503-808-2281
afelts@fs.fed.us
Description: The project will treat about 232 acres of northern hardwoods through a salvage harvest this fall and winter. The North Reservoir Salvage project area was affected by a windstorm in July/August of 2016.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50287
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence. LEGAL - Not Applicable The North Reservoir Salvage project area is located on the Eagle River-Florence Ranger District in Florence County (in T41N R12E).
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/21/2016
Expected: 03/2017 06/2017 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 Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 08/17/2016
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
- Heritage resource management
- Special use management
In Progress
Comment Period
08/25/2016
Expected: 11/2016 11/2016 Michael Martin
715-264-2511
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
Xcel Energy Power Line Reconstruction
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/09/2016
Expected: 09/2016 09/2016 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
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 Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016
Actual: 08/31/2016
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 Habitat Project
EA
- Forest products Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
11/2016
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
Road-stream crossing repair and maintenance 2017
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management In Progress
Scoping Start
09/21/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us
Description: Culverts are located throughout the Lakewood-Laona District.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50241
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lakewood-Laona District
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 Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2016
Actual: 08/08/2016
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.
North Boundary Salvage
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
08/25/2016
Expected: 10/2016 01/2017 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us
Description: Salvage and thinning harvest of trees as a result of July 2016 storms.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50109
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable This project is located in parts of Sections 2 and 12 in T33N, R2W, part of Section 18 in T33N, R1E, and part of Section 1 in T32N, R1W of Taylor County, WI, Towns of Westboro and Molitor.
Price Electric Line Rebuild 2016
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2016
Actual: 08/31/2016
09/2016 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Price Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PEC) is requesting approval to upgrade / rebuild about 9300 feet of electric lines on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Price County, WI
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50000
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable The project is located along Forest Road 132 in T37N, R3E, parts of Sections 15, 22, and 27, in the Town of Emery, Price County, Wisconsin.
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Washburn Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Artemis Salvage
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
09/27/2016
Expected: 10/2016 11/2016 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal to improvement of the health of the stands affected by the storm includes harvest of the damaged timber and reforestation of affected stands. Prompt salvage, site preparation, and hazardous fuel reduction.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50190
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Individual red and jack pine stands north of Hwy 2 in Bayfield County, WI.
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
- Forest products
- Road management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management
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.
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.
Norvado Fiber Install
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
08/09/2016
Expected: 10/2016 10/2016 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
Recreation and Roads Restoration
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management
- Recreation management
Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2016 08/2016 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: A storm on July 21 caused widespread wind damage. Roads, trails and developed recreation sites are in need of maintenance to remove the damaged trees and repair damaged infrastructure.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50029
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable Birch Grove Campground, Birch Grove Trail, Hoist Lake, Horse Trails loop A, ATV/Snowmobile Trails, and roads north of Hwy 2, Bayfield County, WI.
Twin Lakes Salvage and Restoration
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
09/27/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
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.
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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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.