Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  08/2012 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.
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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 
Completed  Actual: 06/14/2012  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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=2521
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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/06/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38753
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District, Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. Deer River and Walker District.
Johnson Telephone Company permit issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: proposed issuance of a special use permit to Johnson Telephone for existing lines on National Forest lands
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39114
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District, Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. Walker and Deer River Ranger Districts, south of US Hwy 2.
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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
Alvwood Woodcock Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012  02/2013 Cory Mlodik
218-835-3119
corymlodik@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the project is to maintain and improve 37 acres of woodcock habitat in the Popple River Watershed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39453
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T149N, R28W, Sections 20, 21. Two miles south of Alvwood, MN.
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 09/2012 
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.
Knutson Dam Improvement Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:05/2013  06/2014 Luke Rutten
209-965-3434 x5321
lrutten@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project focuses on structural maintenance needs of current dam structure in order to prevent possible structural failure. Improvements would allow for passage of aquatic organisms.
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. Dam in located on the Mississippi River at the outlet of Cass 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 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 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.
West Winnie Boat Launch Reconfiguration
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/07/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
04/2013 Cory Mlodik
218-835-3119
corymlodik@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of the West Winnie Boat Launch Project is to reduce the risk of transporting the aquatic invasive faucet snail (Bithynia tentaculata) to other bodies of water on boats/trailers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38945
Location: UNIT - Blackduck Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - TWP 146N RNG 29W SEC 35. End of Winnie Campground Road (FR 2163) on West Shore of Lake Winnibigoshish.
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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
Bowen Lodge Issuance of Marina Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is for the issuance of a new special use authorization for a new term to replace an expired authorization for a marina on Lake Winnibegoshish.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39484
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 3, T146N R27W. On Lake Winnibigoshish, Section 3, T146N R27W.
Deer River Tree Cooler
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Facility management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/14/2012 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38508
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. Deer River administrative site, 1037 Division Street, Deer River, MN.
East McAvity summer home tract, Lot#5
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/17/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: for issuance of a recreation residence permit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39355
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 35, T147N R27W. East McAvity summer home tract, Lot#5.
Grewe Road Special Use Permit Issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is for the issuance of a permit on an existing driveway across Forest Service lands
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39113
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. Section 20, T60N R26W.
Lake County Power
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The supporting analysis for the proposed installation of a street light located in Cass County at CR 9 and US Hwy 2; and the proposed rerouting of underground electric cable in Itasca County along CR 49 in Section 27, T58N R25W
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39112
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass, Itasca. Cass County at CR 9 and US Hwy 2; Itasca County along CR 49 in Section 27, T58N R25W.
Larch Research Study Research Studies
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Research and Development 
Completed  Actual: 06/01/2012  06/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37948
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.
O’Brien – Lot#9 Highbanks Summer Home Tract
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/26/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed addition to Mr. O’Brien’s cabin on Lot#9 of the Highbanks summer home tract.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39155
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. Cass County, Section 29, T146N R27W, Lot#9 Highbanks Summer Home Tract.
Ruby Lake Camp storage
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/11/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: proposed roof-only covered storage on the east side of building #4 (supply/shop)
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39571
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 8, T58N. Ruby Lake Camp building #4.
Six Mile Dam
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 05/31/2012  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32333
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T144N R27W S17. Deer River Range District Cass County, MN.
South Highbanks summer home tract, Lot#2
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2013 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: for issuance of a recreation residence permit to a new owner & termination of the current permit under the sellers name
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39414
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 31, T146N R27W. Section 31, T146N R27W in South Highbanks summer home tract Lot# 2.
South Highbanks summer home tract, Lot#3
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: for issuance of a recreation residence permit to a new owner & termination of the current permit under the sellers name
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39416
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 31, T146N R27W. Section 31, T146N R27W South Highbanks summer home tract Lot #3.
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/14/2012 
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.
Treska, Lot#10 North Star summer home tract
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/24/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: the proposed installation of a well in Section 32, T59N R26W
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39417
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 32, T59N R26W Lot#10 North Star summer home tract. Section 32, T59N R26W.
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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
Bud Lake Woodcock Habitat Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012  02/2013 Cory Mlodik
307-276-5808
corymlodik@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintenance and improvement of 12 acres of woodcock habitat in the Portage Creek watershed. This includes shearing decadent alder and allowing it to regenerate. This project would be completed in winter under frozen ground conditions.
Location: UNIT - Walker Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. South of Hwy 2 and north of Bud Lake on the north end of the Walker RD.
D&D Homeowners Association
CE
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 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 
Completed  Actual: 06/13/2012  08/2012 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 
Completed  Actual: 05/23/2012  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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36249
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.