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
CenturyLink Fiber 2018
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/21/2017
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-2461
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Installing fiber optic cable for less than 15 miles in Ashland and Oconto Counties.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52896
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Along roads in Ashland and Oconto Counties
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
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 Landscape Management
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management
In Progress
Comment Period
01/05/2018
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 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.
Gravel Prospecting at Multiple Locations
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology In Progress
Scoping Start
12/01/2017
Expected: 02/2018 04/2018 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5874
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us
Description: Multiple test holes would be dug at several locations to determine if an area has the potential for gravel pit expansion or development. See map.
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable Various locations across 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
Trail 5 ATV Trail Reroute
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/15/2017
Expected: 01/2018 01/2018 Chad Jacobson
715-264-2511
chadjacobson@fs.fed.us
Description: Relocate about one mile of ATV Trail #5 located east of Forest Road 320 and north of Forest Road 164 or Moose Lake Road.
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable T41N, R6W, Section 8, 9, 16 and 17
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2018 Road-Stream Crossing Repair and Maintenance
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2018
Expected: 02/2018 02/2018 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us
Description: Replace five culvert throughout the district in Forest and Oconto Counties.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53198
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Forest and Oconto Counties.
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
Forest Roads 2309 and 2346A Reconditioning
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Road management Cancelled N/A N/A Patrick Hampston
715-762-5134
phampston@fs.fed.us
Description: The road are in need of heavy maintenance and pull outs to increase safety.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53189
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Two different areas include the southeast part of Lakewood and Bear Lake areas.
Joe K Gravel Pit Expansion
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology Analysis Completed Expected: 01/2018
Actual: 01/23/2018
02/2018 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 26
gknight@fs.fed.us
Description: Expansion of the pit to provide material for roads and trail maintenance.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52712
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pit location is off Forest Road 2136, just east of the Town of Blackwell.
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Forest products In Progress
Scoping Start
12/13/2016
Est. Comment Period
03/2018
Expected: 06/2018 08/2018 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

   *UPDATED*
- Forest products In Progress
DEIS NOA in Federal Register
12/30/2017
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
03/2018
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us
Description: Vegetation and Road Management Project (to access click on "Analysis" for the Draft EIS). If you are having trouble viewing these documents in Internet Explorer please try a different web browser such as Chrome, FireFox or other web browser.
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
Wisconsin Public Service Projects 2018
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
11/14/2017
Expected: 01/2018 04/2018 Jonathan McNeill
928-467-3200
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us
Description: Bury power lines to replace old over head lines and one new line would be installed.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52495
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable Lakewood-Laona Ranger 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
03/2018
Expected: 02/2019 03/2019 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.
Smith Rapids Equestrian Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2018
Expected: 04/2018 06/2018 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@fs.fed.us
Description: Developing a proposal to reroute the Smith Rapids Equestrian Trail in order to avoid 3 stream crossing structures, one of which is currently closed. Proposed reroute will be from Smith Rapids Campground north into the Buffalo Farms area.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=53092
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable Town of Eisenstein, Township 40 North, Range 2 East, Sections 24 and 25.
Winter Sports Road Electric Line Burial
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
02/2018
Expected: 04/2018 05/2018 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
Birch Grove Campground Rehabilitation Project
EA
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2017
Expected: 05/2018 06/2018 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us
Description: Rehabilitation of Birch Grove Campground after July 2016 wind storm. May include reconfiguration of existing sites, creation of a new group site loop, toilet building removals and replacements.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=52637
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Bayfield County, WI. T49N, R6W, Section 36 Birch Grove Campground on FR435 on the Washburn Ranger District near Washburn WI
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
12/07/2016
Expected: 05/2018 07/2018 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
- Road management
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- 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.
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