Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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,  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 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
01/2013 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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)  Completed  Actual: 10/03/2011  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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=22211
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:03/2012
 
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,   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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/23/2011  06/2012 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.
Coddington Snowmobile Trail Project
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Linda Burke
218-835-3129
lburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to allow the Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club from Northome, MN to improve portions of an abandoned railroad grade on the forest to use as a snowmobile trail.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T150N R27W Section 26 and T149N R27W Section 3. Located near Coddington Lake and Wirt, MN.
Farley Resource Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2015 Thomas Heutte
907-228-4132
theutte@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber sale, reforestation, and various other associated projects
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Itasca. LEGAL - T 146 N to T 149N , R 27 W to R 30 W. Bounded on the north by Skimmerhorn Lake, on the south by Lake Winnie, on the east by Round Lake and on the west by Decker Lake.
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 03/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Ann Long-Voelkner
218-835-3116
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Wagner Lake Resource Management
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 10/07/2011  09/2013 Linda Burke
218-835-3129
lburke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber sale, reforestation, and various other associated projects.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33623
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
Larch Research Study Research Studies
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Northern Research study the effects of thinning on red pine, white spruce and European larch to develop quality saw logs.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T 58 N, R 25 E Section 12. The Marcel experimental forest on the Deer River District of the Chippewa National Forest.
Pine Grove Resort move cabin #6
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/09/2011  12/2011 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:01/2012
 
01/2012 Eric Raitanen
218-246-3475
ericraitanen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Six mile dam is dilapidated and not functioning and is a barrier to fish migration. This project 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.
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.
Talmoon Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/22/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
01/2013 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: located in the eastern portion of the Chippewa National Forest
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37215
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Township 58 North, Range 26 West; Township 59 North, Range 26-27 West; Township 60 North, Range 26-27 West; T147N R 25-26 W; T148N R 25–26 W; T149N R25-26W. eastern portion of the Chippewa National Forest.
Variable Density Thinning Research Areas
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Research and Development 
Completed  Actual: 12/22/2011  01/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: 20 acres of thinning contrasting standard row thinning, a ”variable density thinning”- gap and reserve approach, and a control area in a mid-rotatation, overstocked, Red pine stand.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37950
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T 148 N, R 27 W, Sections 25, 36, 26;T 147 N, R 27 W, Sections 13, 14;T 147 N, R 27 W, Section 4. East of County Road 34 on forest roads 2539 and 2539A.
Voyageur’s Classic Sled Dog Race
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/20/2011  01/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Sled dog race using snowmobile trails from Squaw Lake to Northome to Effie to Bigfork to Marcell to Squaw Lake to Northome
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca, Koochiching. LEGAL - T147N R25W;T148N R25W;T148N R26W;T148N R27W;T148N R28W;T149N R26N; T149N R27W ; T149N R28W ; T150N R28WT60N R26W;T59N R26; T59N R27W. Sled dog race using snowmobile trails from Squaw Lake to Northome to Effie to Bigfork to Marcell to Squaw Lake to Northome.
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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
Former Cass Lake Ranger District Office
CE
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@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.
Pine Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
06/2012 Deborah Overton
218-547-6002 x130
doverton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Commercially thin plantation origin conifer on the Walker Ranger District to improve growth and vigor, forest health, and species diversity.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37583
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - east from Cass Lake to Bena along Hwy 2, south to Federal Dam then easterly to T141N, R26W, to the south Forest boundary. project area encompasses the Walker Ranger District, Cass County, Minnesota.
Portage Creek Dam Removal
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/27/2010 
Expected:05/2012
 
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.
West Branch Site
CE
- Facility management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Christine Brown
218-335-8661
christinembrown@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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