Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Chippewa National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R9 - Eastern Region, Chippewa National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chippewa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chippewa National Forest,  Blackduck Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chippewa National Forest,  Deer River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chippewa National Forest,  Walker Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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Chippewa National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Non-native Invasive Plants (NNIP) Management Project
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/14/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
06/2012 Thomas Heutte
907-228-4132
theutte@fs.fed.us 
Description: Use an adaptive management driven multi-agency approach to 1) Prevent the further spread of NNIP 2). Prevent and reduce impacts from existing NNIP infestations in the area. 3). Restore the land's resistance to NNIP
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Cass, Itasca. Forest-wide.
Reservoir Operating Plan Evaluation (ROPE) Study
EIS
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
FEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/02/2009 
Expected:10/2011
 
06/2010 Luke Rutten
218-335-8666
lrutten@fs.fed.us 
Description: Operation of Federal dams and coordination with operators of non-Federal dams in the headwaters of the Mississippi River area between Bemidji and St. Paul
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Cass, Itasca. Upper Mississippi River between Bemidji and St. Paul.
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Chippewa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Great Lakes Gas Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/25/2011  04/2011 Catherine Thompson
218-335-8655
cjthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use authorization to replace an expiring one. The changes are administrative. There are no changes to the facilities.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District, Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. Forest-wide. Location available upon request.
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Chippewa National Forest,   Blackduck Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Arrowhead Communications Buried Fiber Optic Cable
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Jeff Allison
218-835-3115
jmallison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of buried fiber optic cable along HWY 2 and County Highway 91
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T145N R28W Sections 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, and 29. located along Higway 2 and Highway 91, south of Lake Winniebigoshish in Cass County, MN.
Pennington Woodcock Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 01/26/2011  03/2012 Cory Mlodik
218-835-3119
corymlodik@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat for woodcock by shearing alder/aspen near water and maybe some mowing in existing wildlife openings. Combined areas total about 45 acres.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T146N R30W Sections 2, 3, 10, 11, and 15. About two miles southeast of Pennington by various creeks.
Popple River Rock Spawning Reef
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jeff Allison
218-835-3115
jmallison@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sept. 15, 2010 decided to put on Hold waiting for DNR approval. Reef of small rocks in Popple River for walleye spawning. Waiting on DNR approval of the project design.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T149N R27W Section 15. In Popple River near bridge on County Road 126 (FR 3673).
Rabideau CCC Camp Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Special use management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/13/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
04/2012 Ann Long-Voelkner
218-335-8616
alongvoelkner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Updates to the use and management of the CCC camp, including seasons of use, maintained buildings, and non-structural land uses.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33624
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T148N R31N Sections 12 and 13, T148N R30W Section 18. Rabideau CCC Camp.
Rabideau Conservation Academy and Learning Center (CALC) Site
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Linda Burke
218-835-3129
lburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Site preparation for the installation of temporary greenhouses and high tunnels and for the planting of sweetgrass for education and employment opportunites through Rabideau CALC.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T148N R31W Section 12 and 13. Located near Historic Rabideau CCC camp 7 miles south of Blackduck MN.
Scenic Gravel Pit Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Linda Burke
218-835-3129
lburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expand the Scenic Gravel pit downward into the water table to get more gravel. Consider gating the access road.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami. LEGAL - T148N, R30W, Section 6 and T149N, R30W, Section 31. East of the Scenic Highway 4 miles south of Blackduck.
Wagner Lake Resource Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2013 Linda Burke
218-835-3129
lburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber sale, reforestation, and various other associated projects.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T148N R27, 28, 29W; T149N R27, 28, 29W; and T150N R27, 28N. Between Island Lake, Round Lake, and Wagner Creek.
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Chippewa National Forest,   Deer River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Clark Septic Lot#5 South Highbanks summer home tract
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2011  06/2011 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Septic tank and mound system
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - S31 T146N R27W. Lot #5 South Highbanks summer home tract.
Eastside Impoundment Reclamation Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/21/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal and revegetation of six non-functioning impoundments on the Deer River Ranger District.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. Deer River Ranger District.
Metal Roof on cabin
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2011  06/2011 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Metal roof on cabin
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T147N R26W S31. Lot #12 LCFS summer home tract.
Paul Bunyan Telephone Fiber Optic Lines
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/18/2011  05/2011 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of exiting lines with fiber optic
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T57N R26W S14; 232 ft, T57N R26W S11; 1202 ft, T145N R28W S25,26; T145N R27W S29,30,35,36; T145N R26W S31,33. Multipule locations in Itasca County.
Pine Grove Resort move cabin #6
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:05/2012  06/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pine Grove Resort has asked permission to move cabin #6 from behind lodge to a more central location with lake view.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. LEGAL - T148N R26W S6. T148N R26W S6, west side of Bowstring River access to Sand Lake.
Six Mile Dam
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/09/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Six mile dam is delapidated and not functioning and is a barrier to fish migration. This poject will replace the dam with a structure that passes fish and has low maintenance.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T144N R27W S17. Deer River Range District Cass County, MN.
Spruce EA
EA
- Research and Development  Completed  Actual: 06/10/2011  06/2011 Randall Kolka
218-326-7115
rkolka@fs.fed.us 
Description: Research project with climate change manipulation focusing on the combined response of multiple levels of warming at ambient or elevated CO2 levels.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32706
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T158N R25W. Southern unit of the Marcell Experimental Forest.
Suomi Hills Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized Area Trail Project
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ann Long-Voelkner
218-335-8616
alongvoelkner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conversion of low standard roads to trails, new trail construction, building trail shelters, installation of gates/berms on system roads/unclassified roads, and parking areas within the Soumi Hills SPNM Area.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T 58 N, R 26 W. The project area is located west of MN Highway 38; south and east of Itasca County Road 48; and north of the forest boundary. The project is within the designated Soumi Hills SPNM Area as defined by.
Teardown and rebuild screen porch
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/10/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Teardown and rebuild screen porch
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T147N R27W S35. Lot #4 East McAvity summer home tract.
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Chippewa National Forest,   Walker Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Bag Lake and Ketchum Impoundment Removals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/16/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2012 David Morley
218-547-1044
damorley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove the existing impoundment structures down to the natural stream grade. An alternative option may include replacing the existing impoundment structures with natural grade control structures.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T145N R29W Sec36 . Bag Lake and Ketchum Impoundment (SE of Sucker Lake).
Former Cass Lake Ranger District Office
CE
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/24/2004 
Expected:10/2011
 
09/2011 Catherine Thompson
218-335-8655
cjthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of old district office
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. Old administrative site in Cass Lake, MN.
Portage Creek Bridge Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/27/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2012 David Morley
218-547-1044
damorley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace the existing culvert on FR2131, roughly 3 miles south of the junction with SH 200, with a bridge.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T144N R29W Sec1 . FR2131, 3 miles south of junction with SH200.
Portage Creek Dam Removal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/27/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2012 David Morley
218-547-1044
damorley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace the existing dam on the Soo Line Trail, about 0.3 of a mile west of the junction with FR2131, with a natural grade control structure and span the newly constructed opening with a bridge.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T145N R29W Sec36 . SOO Line Trail and FR2131.
South Leech Lake 2 Resource Management Project
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/22/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
12/2011 Deborah Overton
218-547-6002 x130
doverton@fs.fed.us 
Description: SLL2 area timber sale, reforestation, timber stand improvement, seeding/planting; road decommissioning for aquatic/soil resources; update MVUM; wildlife habitat maintenance/ improvement using fire; small projects to maintain/improve other resources
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T142N R28-31W and T142-145N R28-31W. South of Leech Lake to Forest boundary, between Ten Mile Lake and County Highway 125.
West Branch Site
CE
- Facility management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Catherine Thompson
218-335-8655
cjthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sale of surplus facility.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. SW 1/4 lying northerly and easterly of the centerline of Township Road 10 as it existed in 1998.
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