Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
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, 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 09/2012 
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.
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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
Blowdown Restoration Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 Sharon Klinkhammer
218-335-8660
sklinkhammer@fs.fed.us 
Description: July 2012 wind storm resulted in 43,000 acres of moderate/severe blowdown. Project focuses on ecosystem restoration, some salvage, reforestation activities, and landscape level burns.
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Cass, Itasca. Damage area is roughly 10 miles by 40 miles through the middle of the Forest and on either side of Hwy 2.
Hazard Tree and Blowdown Removal along Infrastructure with Sale of Trees
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 09/10/2012  09/2012 Todd Tisler
218-335-8629
ttisler@fs.fed.us 
Description: Remove blowdown and hazard trees along FS system roads and access roads to recreation residences; around residences, admin sites, and in campgrounds; and along system trails. Merchantable trees salvaged will be sold. Slash will be removed from sites
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40101
Location: UNIT - Chippewa National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Beltrami, Cass, Itasca. 10 x 40 mile wide corridor along Hwy 2 . Includes Norway Beach, Pike Bay area, Tamarack Point, and South Winnie.
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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)  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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 03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
08/2013 Deborah Overton
218-547-6002 x130
doverton@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber sale, reforestation, and various other associated projects
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:07/2013  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 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
01/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Facility management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Installation of above-ground gas tank at Eagle Nest Lodge
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/09/2012  08/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is for installing a new above ground gas tank at Eagle Nest Lodge.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39953
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 22, T147N R27W. Eagle Nest Lodge Section 22, T147N R27W.
Ball Club
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage, Regeneration and site prep after a July 2012 windstorm
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T 146N R26W and T145N R26W of Itasca county. South East of Little Ball club lake and north of hwy 46.
Bowen Lodge Issuance of Marina Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/09/2012  08/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/01/2012  08/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: for issuance of a recreation residence permit
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
East Missy
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:10/2012  12/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage, Regeneration and site prep after a July 2012 windstorm
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T145N R26 & 27W in Itasca County. North of Hwy 2 and East of the Mississippi River.
Grewe Road Special Use Permit Issuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/04/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39113
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. Section 20, T60N R26W.
Highbanks
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  11/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage, Regeneration and site prep after a July 2012 windstorm
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T146N R27W. Between the Tamarack Point Road and Lake Winnibigoshish.
Lake County Power
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/04/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Little Ball
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage, Regeneration and site prep after a July 2012 windstorm
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - T145N R26W. Between Little Winnibigoshish lake and Little Ball Club lake south of hsy 46.
Little Cut Foot Sioux summer home tract, Lot#5
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/01/2012  08/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: A proposal is for issuance of a recreation residence permit to a new owner & termination of the current permit under the sellers name, there are no changes or increases in the scope or intensity of authorized activities.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39952
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 36, T147N R27W. Little Cut Foot Sioux summer home tract, Lot#5 Section 36, T147N R27W.
North Star, Lot #1 SUP
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/01/2012  08/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: To issue a special use permit for recreation residence at North Star Lot #1
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39971
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. North Star Lot #1.
O’Brien – Lot#9 Highbanks Summer Home Tract
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/01/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Pine Grove Lodge House/Garage/Worksho
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
11/2012 Mary Humenberger
218-246-3455
mhumenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal is to build a structure apx 47’x69’ which will be a house/garage/workshop located within the permitted boundaries of the Pine Grove Lodge.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39970
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Itasca. LEGAL - Section 6, T147N R26W. Itasca County, Minnesota , Pine Grove Lodge.
Ruby Lake Camp storage
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/11/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
11/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
SE Winnie
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage, Regeneration and site prep after a July 2012 windstorm
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T145N, R 27 & 28 W. SE of Lwke Winnibigoshish on both sides of County hwy 9.
South Highbanks summer home tract, Lot#2
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/01/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/01/2012  08/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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  Completed  Actual: 08/29/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/11/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
West Missy
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012  12/2012 Barb Knight
218-246-2362
bknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage, Regeneration and site prep after a July 2012 windstorm
Location: UNIT - Deer River Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cass. LEGAL - T146N R27W. West of the Mississippi River and south of Lake Winnibigoshish.
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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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:01/2013  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.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.