Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2012 to 06/30/2012
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, 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 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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  12/2011 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2011  01/2012 Glen Stein
801-200-2703
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
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:04/2012
 
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, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ash Diversification Collaboration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2012 
Expected:10/2012  03/2013 Gary Swanson
218-335-8652
ghswanson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stands of ash with low species diversity were identified on NF lands and adjacent ownerships. Introduction of other species through harvest and regeneration, using a collaborative approach, is planned to minimize future effects of emerald ash borer.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District, Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. Deer River and Walker District.
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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
Farley Resource Management
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/20/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
09/2015 Thomas Heutte
907-835-3107
theutte@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=37104
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 04/2012 
Expected:05/2012
 
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.
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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
Deer River Tree Cooler
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Facility management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2012 
Expected:10/2012  04/2013 Gregory Van Orsow
828-652-2144
gvanorsow@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build a tree cooler on the Chippewa National Forest at the Deer River administrative site.
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. Deer River administrative site, 1037 Division Street, Deer River, MN.
Larch Research Study Research Studies
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Research and Development 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/06/2011 
Expected:04/2012
 
04/2012 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.
Six Mile Dam
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/09/2010 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 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 2526 W; T149N R25-26W. eastern portion of the Chippewa National Forest.
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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
D&D Homeowners Association
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:05/2012  05/2012 Steven Frick
218-547-6002 ext 112
scfrick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permit for existing road. Existing road is about 350 feet. .09 miles length, 20 feet width, containing approximately .20 acres. Road provides access to homeowners.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T 141 N, R 30 W, Section 4, N 1/2 SWSW, Cass County. ROW .09 miles in length, 20 feet in width, about .20 acres.
Pine Vegetation Management Project
EA
- 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 Lake Aquatic Organism Passage
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2012 
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 or large culvert.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T145N R29W Sec36 . SOO Line Trail.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.