Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Huron-Manistee 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, Huron-Manistee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Huron-Manistee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Huron-Manistee National Forest,  Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Huron-Manistee National Forest,  Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Huron-Manistee National Forest,  Huron Shores Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Huron-Manistee National Forest,  Mio 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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Huron-Manistee 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
HMNF Land and Resource Management Plan Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/28/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
02/2012 Lee Evison
231-775-5023
levison@fs.fed.us 
Description: To remedie defeciencies identified by the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit - evaluate an alternaitve to the 2006 Forest Plan that would ban firearm hunting and snowmobile use in SPNM areas and Wilderness, subject to exisiting rights.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-lrmp
Location: UNIT - Huron-Manistee National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Wexford, Alcona, Crawford, Iosco, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Oscoda. Semiprimitive Nonmotorized management areas and Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Michigan State University Research Permit Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/14/2011 
Expected:06/2011
 
06/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211
poconnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue MSU a special use permit for research across the Manistee NF on beach bark disease.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Wexford, Manistee, Mason, Oceana. Beech bark disease research would be conducted on NFS land in Manistee, Mason, Wexford, and Oceana Counties across the Manistee NF.
Mio/Harrisville/Tawas - MichCon Consolidation and Reissuance of Gas Pipeline Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of special use authorization and consolidation of existing gas pipeline rights-of-way (ROW), use and maintenance in Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda Counties in the Huron-Manistee National Forests
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/PlanningandProjects/mio.htm
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District, Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda. LEGAL - Sec. 30-31, T28N, R9E in Alcona Cnty; sec. 1,2, & 10, T23N, R8E in Iosco Cnty; sec. 6 & 7, T24N, R3E in Ogemaw Cnty:sec. 6, 7, 18, 19, 29, 30, 31, & 32, T25N, R3E and sec 31,T 26N, R3E in Oscoda Cnty. ROW are located along F-41, 6 miles north of Lincoln, MI in Alocna Cnty; along S River Rd and SW from Foot Site Village in Iosco Cnty; along M-33 inOscoda & Ogemaw Counties.
North Country Trail Relay Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/21/2011  06/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211
rvenegas@fs.fed.us 
Description: A running race on the NCT in the Manistee National Forest to raise money for the Alzheimers Association. There are 15 segments ranging from 2.3 to 9.4 miles. Each relay team consists of 6 participants,12 miles each.. ! day Annual event from 2011-2015
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Manistee, Mason. LEGAL - Beginning in T23N, R13W, Section 13, Manistee County; through Mason County, and ending in T18N, R14W, Section 2, Lake County. North Country National Scenic Trail, from M-115 to Bowman Bridge Campground. Manistee and Baldwin Districts.
Southeast-Peacock Fuels Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/08/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Mark Herberger
(231) 723-2211
mherberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approx. 3722 acres of timber harvesting including pine thinning, shelterwood, seed tree, overstory removal, and clearcutting; 366 acres of wildlife habitat improvement and opening creation; 3763 acres of fuel reduction; and invasive plant removal
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-cm
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Wexford, Lake, Manistee. T21N, R13W, Section 36; T21N, R12W, Section 29-32; T20N, R13W, Sections 1-4,9-34; T20N, R12W, Section 6; T19N, R13W, Sections 3-5,8-10,15-33; T18N,R13W, Sections 4-16;.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest,   Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
AT&T Telephone Fiber Optic Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Judith Skiera
231-723-6121 ext. 3101
jskiera@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a special use permit to ATT for the operation and maintenance of fiber optic line. The permit will be issued for a period of 10 years and will cover ~12.39 acres.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Newaygo. Various locations in Newaygo and Lake Counties. The permit area is approximately 12.39 acres.
Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District Office Construction
EA
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 05/16/2011  09/2011 Leslie Russell
231-745-4631
lerussell@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District proposes to redevelop its administrative site. The project includes renovation of existing warehouses; construction of a new office, 2 warehouses, and bunkhouse; and demolition of 6 buildings.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. 650 N Michigan Ave., Baldwin, MI 49304.
CSX Groundwater Monitoring Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Diane Walker
231-745-4631
dtwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a special use permit to continue groundwater monitoring at the site of a CSX train derailment in section 10, Merrill Township, Newaygo County in 1978. A new permit will be issued for a term of 20 years.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Newaygo. LEGAL - NE1/4 section 10 and SE1/4 section 3, Merrill Township (T15N, R13W), Newaygo County, MI. M 37 south to 11 Mile Road. West on 11 Mile to permit location (south and north side of 11 Mile Road).
Carr Telephone Fiber Optic Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Judith Skiera
231-723-6121 ext. 3101
jskiera@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue a special use permit to Carr Telephone Company for the operation and maintenance of fiber optic line. The permit will be issued for a period of 10 years and will cover ~.32 acres.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - NE1/4 NE1/4 section 10, Lake Township (T17N, R14W), Lake County, MI. Go west on 56th Street from Baldwin to location.
Gleason's Landing Site Improvements - Pere Marquette National Scenic River
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special area management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:12/2011  02/2012 Diane Walker
231-745-4631
dtwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project includes making the existing launch a back in launch, providing additional parking for spring and fall peak seasons, and designating up to 4 walk-in camping sites on the adjacent Jorgenson property.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - NE1/4 NE1/4 section 13, Lake Township (T17N, R13W), Lake County, Michigan. From Baldwin west on 56th Street 4.5 miles; south on 60th Street 1 mile; and south on Brooks Road 3/4 mile to site.
Great Lakes Energy Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/23/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 Diane Walker
231-745-4631
dtwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Great Lakes Energy's current special use permit will expire 12/31/10. The project consists of issuance of a new special use permit for continued use of NFS lands for electric distribution and transmission lines.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana. Multiple townships and counties on the Baldwin and White Cloud Districts.
Guetschow Private Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
09/2011 Diane Walker
231-745-4631
dtwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 30-year private road easement across National Forest System lands to Lisa Guetschow to access her private property in section 28, Otto Township, Oceana County. No other reasonable means of access exist.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oceana. LEGAL - Parts of sections 21 and 28, Otto Township (T13N, R16W), Oceana County, Michigan. McKinley Road to Forest Service gate just off the curve.
Horse Charity Event Ride to Benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/24/2011  05/2011 Kathy Bietau
231-745-4631
kbietau@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a special use permit for a non-competitive horse event on the designated Hungerford Horse Trail. Donations accepted to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-bwc
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Newaygo. LEGAL - T15N R11W, Newaygo Co., MI. Hungerford Horse Trail, Hungerford Recreation Area, Newaygo Co., MI.
M-20 Snowmobile Trail Reroutes
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011  12/2011 Dave Jaunese
231-745-4631 Ext. 3122
djaunese@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct trail to connect to a new staging area on land owned by the Newaygo Snowmobile Club and to bypass the M-20 trailhead. The new staging area is needed because the M-20 ORV trailhead has been paved and can no longer be used by snowmobiles.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Newaygo. M-20 west 4 miles from White Cloud to M-20 Motorsport Trailhead (north side) and 1.75 miles west to new staging area and trail route north.
Michigan Consolidated Gas Special Use Permit Reissuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
12/2011 Diane Walker
231-745-4631
dtwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue expiring permits to Michigan Consolidated Gas Company for the continued use and maintenance of gas transmission pipeline corridors and associated improvements. Two separate permits will be combined and issued for a term of 30 years.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana. LEGAL - Various locations in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Lake, and Mason counties for a total of 13.26 miles and/or 64.27 acres. Various locations in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Lake, and Mason counties for a total of 13.26 miles and/or 64.27 acres.
Peuler Private Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Kathy Bietau
231-745-4631
kbietau@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mr. Peuler's special use permit for access to his property across National Forest System land expires 12/31/2011. He has requested a 30-year private road easement that would allow for continued access. No other reasonable means of access exists.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oceana. LEGAL - SW1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 section 31, T13N, R16W (Otto Township), Oceana County, Michigan. 116th Avenue south to section 31 (Otto Twp) drive is located on the west side of 116th.
Savanna Ecosystem Restoration Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Completed  Actual: 05/04/2011  09/2011 Christopher Frederick
231-745-4631x3138
cfrederick@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restorstoration and Creation of savanna by reducing forest canopy to 10-50% canopy closure, burning, seeding of nectar plants, and herbicide treatment of invasive plant species. Treatment area is 3,000 acres.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-cm
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Muskegon, Oceana. LEGAL - T13N, R17W, Sec 36, T13N, R16W Sec 1-5, 9-16, 19-36, T13N R15W Sec 2-10, 16-18, 19,20,29,30, T11-12N, R 17 W Sec 1,2, T12N, R16W Sec 4-6. Grant , Otto & Greenwood Townships, Oceana County, Montague-White Hall & Blue LakeTwsp, Muskegon Co.
Scotch Pine Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/20/2010 
Expected:12/2011
 
12/2011 John Huschke
231-745-4631
jhuschke@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of approximately 400 acres of Scotch Pine, prescribed burning, and/or seeding to return the areas to a more natural state. The purpose is to improve wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels, and control non-native invasive species.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana. LEGAL - Walkerville, Ferry, White Cloud, and Holton. Multiple locations on the southern end of the Manistee National Forest.
Syers Creek Channel Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 04/21/2011  06/2011 Chris Riley
231-723-2211 x3122
criley01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Objective is to narrow the bankfull width of the channel to create greater depth and pool habitat, along with restoring conifer species in the riparian habitat. Proposal would remove in-channel alder, add wood to channel, and plant riparian conifers
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T19N, R13W, Section 3. Syers Creek from its confluence with the Little Manistee River upstream about 400 feet to the M-37 culvert outlet.
Yates Township Playground Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/01/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Kathy Bietau
231-745-4631
kbietau@fs.fed.us 
Description: Yates Township has applied for a special use permit to operate a playground in section 5, Yates Township. The permit would include a basketball court, ball diamond, and allow for mowing. These are encroachment remants from the former Yates School.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - NE1/4 SE1/4 NE1/4 section 5, Yates Township (T17N, R12W), Lake County, MI. US 10 east from Baldwin to South Nelson Road. South on S. Nelson Road. Permit area is on west side of road.
Yderstad Private Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/06/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Diane Walker
231-745-4631
dtwalker@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 30-year private road easement on an existing gated road to provide access to the Yderstad's private property. The property owners have no other reasonable access to their property.
Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - NE1/4 NW1/4, Section 11, T17N, R14W, Lake Twp., Lake County, MI. From Baldwin west on Carr's Road (56th Street) approximately 5 miles; the road is on the south side.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest,   Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2011 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Chris Schumacher
231-723-2211 x118
cmschumacher@fs.fed.us 
Description: Habitat improvement activities in existing upland openings inlcude approximately 107 acres of burning, 84 acres of brushing, 29 acres of mowing, 4 acres of shrub planting, install 1 waterhole and 4 bird houses, and repair damage caused by ATVs.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-cm
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Wexford, Lake. Openings scattered across the Cadillac-Manistee Ranger District in Lake and Wexford Counties.
Big M Trail Relocation Project
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/20/2011  07/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211, ext. 3108
rvenegas@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-locate and construct a short section (approximately 100 feet in length) of Big M trail system (Camp 24 Trail) and rehabilitate the existing trail, in Section 24, T21N, R15W, Stronach East part, of Manistee County, Michigan.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - Section 24, T21N, R15W, Stronach East part, of Manistee County, Michigan. Reloate portion of Camp 24 trail within the Big M trail system.
Jake Veltman Road Easement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/14/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 John Hojnowski
(231)723-2211
jhojnowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 30 year road easement to Jack Veltman to access his private property in Section 28, T20N, R15W, Mason County, Michigan
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mason. LEGAL - NE1/4SE1/4, Section 28, T20N, R15W, Meade Township, Mason County, Michigan. NE1/4SE1/4, Section 28, T20N, R15W, Meade Township, Mason County, Michigan.
Kisscross Mountain Bike Marathon Race Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/20/2011  06/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211
rvenegas@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 50 and 100 mile marathon mountain bike race on the Big M Trail System, 1 day event held annually from 2011-2015.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R 15W, Sections 13-16, 21-25, 27, 28; T21N, R 14W, Section 19, Manistee County, Michigan. Manistee Ranger District, Udell Hills, and Big M Trail System area.
M.I. Running Marathon Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/25/2011  08/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211
rvenegas@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 26.2, 50, and 13.1 mile running race on the Big M Trail System, 1 day event to be held annually from 2011-2015.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R 15W, Sections 13-16, 21-25, 27, 28; T21N, R 14W, Section 19, Manistee County, Michigan. Big M Trail System in the Udell Hills area, Manistee Ranger District.
Marilla Too Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
Completed  Actual: 05/27/2011  06/2011 Patricia OConnell
231-723-2211
poconnell@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed activities include: aspen clearcutting 387ac; red pine conversion to aspen; opening maintenance 235ac; red pine thinning 567ac; red pine overstory removal 40ac; snag creation; non-native invasive plant treatment; white pine underplanting
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-cm
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. T22N, R13W, Section2 2-9, 15-17, 19-22 and 28-30, Dickson twp; T22N, R14W, Sections 1-49-12,16, 19-22, 25, 28-30 Dickson Twp; T23N, R 13W, Sections 31-35, Marilla Twp; Manistee County.
Strider's Running and Mountain Biking Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/20/2011  09/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211
rvenegas@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 28 mile duathon (run, bike, run) race on the trails and Forest Service roads in the Big M Trail System area. 1 day event held annually from 2011-2015.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R 15W, Sections 13-16, 21-25, 27, 28; T21N, R 14W, Section 19, Manistee County, Michigan. Manistee Ranger District, Udell Hills, and Big M Trail System area.
Tailwind Racing Mountain Biking Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/20/2011  08/2011 Ramona Venegas
231-723-2211
rvenegas@fs.fed.us 
Description: A multiple lap racing event on the Big M Trail System, to be held for 1 day annually from 2011-2015.
Location: UNIT - Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Manistee. LEGAL - T21N, R 15W, Sections 13-16, 21-25, 27, 28; T21N, R 14W, Section 19, Manistee County, Michigan. Manistee Ranger District, Udell Hills, and Big M Trail System area.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest,   Huron Shores Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
06 Alcona County Road Commission Fowler Road and WB of the Pine River Culvert Improvement Project
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 04/26/2011  04/2011 Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Huron-Manistee NF received an application from the Alcona County Rd Commission to use and occupy an area outside the road right-of-way for a culvert replacement project on Fowler Road on the West Branch of the Pine River.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-hs
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona. LEGAL - SWSE, Section 24, T26N, R7E. From Harrisville, MI, go west on M-72 approx. 15 miles to Hubbard Lk Rd, then south approx 2 miles to Fowler Rd, then west approx 1.5 miles to the WB of the Pine River.
06 Loud Creek Trail Bridge Repair and Temporary Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:07/2011  07/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: The snowmobile and atv trail bridge over Loud Creek has received abuttment damage from high spring waters and will be reconstructed to restore a safe water crossing for this trail system. The trail will be relocated temporarily to Stout Road.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona. LEGAL - W1/2 W1/2 Section 17 of T27N R7E, Alcona County, Michigan. From M72 follow Stout Road 1/4 to 1/2 mile to the segment of proposed dual use on Stout Road. The Loud Creek Bridge is directly east on the motorized trail segment over Loud Creek.
06 Motor Vehicle Use Map Changes for 2012 Map
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  03/2012 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: A portion of Forest Roads 4670 and 4673 will be closed within 1/8 to 1/4 mile of private property. Also, Forest Roads 2051 & 2083 will be resigned to identify the actual system road.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - S 12 T22N R6E, S3 T23N R6E. S32 T24N R7E. 4670 and 4673 are just east of Sand Lake, 2051 is just north of Shellenbarger near Iargo Road and 2083 is near Kobs and Kokosing Roads.
06 Oscoda Township Snowmobile Trail Warming Shelter
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend Challenge Cost Share Agreement with Iosco County Parks and Recreation to allow construction of a 14' by 14' warming shelter.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - T24N R7E Section 11, Oscoda Township, Iosco County. NE corner of the north-south Forest Road 4429 and the east-west snowmobile trail which turns north onto 4429.
06 Russell Jones Private Road Easement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a 30 year private road easement for access to private lands of Russell Jones.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Section 36 T24N R5E, Iosco County, Michigan. South on Britt Road from M65 to Russel Jones Property.
AuSable River Shoreline Erosion Stabilization
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stabilize eroded paths accessing the waters of the AuSable River. Work will involve the use of sand fill, waterbars, steps, topsoil, seed and mulch to maintain quality natural resources. Stabilization will occur at campsites 1-102 and day use sites
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Iosco. LEGAL - Erosion spots at campsites and day use sites in Sec. 20 & 21 (Cooke Pond south shore) & Sec. 13 & 14 (Foote Pond n & s shores) of T24N R7E & Sec are priority sites, others areas may be seleted. Shoreline erosion at Primitive Campsites 1-102 and day use sites along Cooke Dam Road, along the AuSable River.These sites are in Iosco & Alcona Counties , Michigan.
Canoer's Memorial Special Use Permit
CE
- Recreation management
- Special use management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to replace the expiring special use permit to Oscoda Township authorizing the maintenance of the Canoer's Memorial, statue, only.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Statue is at a recreation site in the NE NE Section 36 T24N R6E, Iosco County, Michigan Meridian. Located on the north side of River Road National Scenic Byway between Lumbermans Monument and Iargo Springs.
Eagle Roost Marsh Restoration and Eagle Run Trail Stabilization
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Berm and fill drainage ditches on National Forest lands to restore wetland conditions & enhance wetland natural resources adjacent to the AuSable. The project requires the replacement of existing Eagle Run Trail culverts to maintain trail integrity.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - National Forest system lands in sections 31 & 32 T24N R9E, Iosco County, Michigan. Between River Road and the AuSable River and east of the access road for Whirlpool AuSable River Access.
Forest Road 4162 Wetland Restoration
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 06/29/2011  07/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore wetland feature adjacent to a Forest Road that has been damaged by borrow operations and continued illegal motorized use. Guard rail the edge of road to close wetland, rake and restore wetland, topsoil, seed and mulch surrounding sandy area.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - A spot in the SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Section 3 T22N R6E, Iosco County, Michigan. Approximately 1/2 mile northwest of Old State Road along Forest Road 4162, 1 mile west of Sand Lake, Iosco County, Michigan.
Hale Snowmobile Trail Connector
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is proposed to connect the village of Hale, MI to the nearby snowmobile trail system.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Section 13, T23N; R5E and Section 18, T23N; R6E, Plainfield Township, Iosco Co. From the village of Hale, travel North one mile to Webb Road, follow for approximately two miles.
Harrisville Administrative Site Conveyance
CE
- Facility management
- Land ownership management  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Paul Salvatore
231-775-5023
psalvatore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conveyance of the Harrisville Administrative site through competitive sale or exchange.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona. LEGAL - Part of the SW1/4 of the NW1/4, Sec 13 T26N , R9E. City of Harrisville, approximately 3.73 acres.
New Dawn Tawas KW Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/01/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
10/2011 Paul Thompson
989-739-0728 ext. 3028
pdthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Changed name from "New Dawn KW". Creation of apx.1,448 acres of Kirtland's warbler habitat by clearcutting and planting to jack pine. Commercially thin approximately 469 acres of red pine. Implement road closures as appropriate.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-hs
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - T23N R6E Sections 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16. Three KW units near Iargo, Trout, and Webb Roads intersections.
Oscoda Township Sewage Lagoon Monitoring Wells
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Oscoda Township has requested permission to construct and maintain long-term ground water monitoring wells, 6" diameter at 3 locations south of their sewage treatment operations, and to be placed on National Forest system lands.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - One well location in Section 30 T24N R9E and two well locations in Section 36 T24N R8E, Iosco County, Michigan Meridian. Three spots south of the Oscoda Township Sewage Lagoon operations and spread out along and just south of Forest Road 2991.
Oscoda Township Wells and Waterline Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/03/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Gordon Haase
989-739-0728 ext. 3021
ghaase@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new permit to replace an expiring special use permit authorizing the continued use of existing public water wells, waterline and electric transmission lines, service road, electrical service pad, storage buildings and ancillary equipment.
Location: UNIT - Huron Shores Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iosco. LEGAL - Linear Right of Way in Sections 4 and 5 of T23N R9E, Iosco County, Michigan Meridian. Linear right of way, just south of River Road, west of Grass Lake Road 16' by 2363' and east of Grass Lake Road 12' by 2653'.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest,   Mio Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
05 Enbridge Energy Special Use Authorization Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 05/13/2011  05/2011 Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Huron-Manistee National Forests, received an application from Enbridge Energy (Enbridge) to install an Emergency Flow Restriction Device (EFRD) on their 30 inch crude oil pipeline located on the Mio Ranger District
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-mio
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - The proposed improvements are located SESW, Section 3, T26N, R1E and SENW,, NESW, SWSE, Section 10, T26N, R1E, Big Creek Township, Oscoda County, Michigan. From Luzerne, Michigan go north on County Rd 289 approx 3.5 miles to Knott Rd, then go south approx 0.6 miles to Green Rd, then west approx 0.5 miles to the pipeline right-of-way.
05 Merit Energy Company Monitoring Wells Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:07/2011  08/2011 Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Huron-Manistee National Forests, received a request from Merit Energy Company to install ground water monitoring wells at the existing USA Big Creek 3-16 producing gas/oil well and central processing facility site on the Mio Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-mio
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - A portion of the NWNE, SWNE, section 16, T25N, R2E, Big Creek Township, Oscoda County, Michigan. From Mio, Michigan go S, 5.5 miles on M-33 to Deyardman Rd aka FSR 4155. Follow 4155 west approx 4 miles to FSR 4282, then east to 800 feet to access road to the USA Big Ck 3-16 well.
2011 Mio Early Successional Projects (formerly known as 2011 Wildlife Opening Improvement Project)
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/06/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
08/2011 Eric Oneil
989-739-0728 ext 3020
eoneil@fs.fed.us 
Description: To create and enhance wildlife habitat on the unit by providing early successional habitats, food sources and cover for a variety of wildlife.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Crawford, Oscoda. LEGAL - T25N, R1W; T26N, R1W; T25N, R1E;T26N, R1E; T25N, R2E; T26N, R2E; T26N, R3E. The project areas are across the Mio District of the Huron National Forest, primarily west of M-33 in Big Creek Township.
4001 Landing Redesign Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Carrie Scott
989-826-3252
cnscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: Site redesign to address safety and accessibility concerns.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona. 4001 Landing river access site on the Au Sable River.
Au Sable River Erosion Control Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011  04/2012 Philip Huber
989-826-3252 x3316
phuber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Stabilize erosion sites along the Au Sable River in Oscoda County. Reduce sedimentation in fish spawning habitat. Provide safe visitor access at designated recreation sites on the river.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. Multiple sites along the Au Sable River in Oscoda County.
Bluer Private Road Use Easement
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Thompson
989 826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow continued year-round legal access to private property and maintenance of a road across NF system lands on an existing road/driveway and needed because of a change in private ownership.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - T25N, R1E, Section 27. Private driveway off Rich Road, FSR 4423, approximately 1/4 mile from Valley Road.
F-32 Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/20/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
03/2012 Philip Huber
989-826-3252 x3316
phuber@fs.fed.us 
Description: Fuel reduction & vegetation management- (following acres are Approximate) thin 538 acres of R.Pine - prescribe burn 1894 acres- create & maintain 126 ac. of fuel breaks & 259 ac of Wildlife openings, create & Mainatin 142 ac barrens, 84 ac aspen cc
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hmnf/lrm-mio
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. National Forest Systems lands in Mentor Township, Oscoda County, Michigan.
Harbauer Road Use Authorization
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mr. Harbauer requested use of an existing road to access private property. The request would include maintenance and snowplowing of the road.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - E 1/2 Section 5, T26N, R2E, Big Creek Township. Existing two track off of Mapes Road approx. 2 miles from M72.
Mio - FSR 4396 Private Road Use and Maintenance Authorization
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application for year-round use and maintenance of an existing undesignated road (4396) to access private inholdings on the Mio Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/PlanningandProjects/nepa.htm
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ogemaw. LEGAL - SSWNE, Section 5, T24N, R3E, Rose Township, Ogemaw County, Michigan. From the intersection of Beechwood Road and Mayhew Rd go east on Mayhew approx, one half mile to a driveway. Go north on the drive approx. one-half mile to National Forest sytem lands and FSR 4396.
Mio / Harrisville - Verizon Fiber Optics Telecommunication Authorization
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Verizon's Telecommunication authorization expired. Forest Service Direction requires fiber optic rights-of-way be authorized under a seperate permit. An addition to the exisiting lines is also included.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/PlanningandProjects/mio.htm
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda. LEGAL - In several sections along M-18, M-72, M-33. Located in T27N, R5E in Alcona Cnty; T25N, R1-2W, & T26N, R1W.in Crawford Cnty; T25N, R3E, T26N, R1-3E, & T27N, R4E in Oscoda Cnty.
Mio Walleye Pond Operation and Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  09/2011 Philip Huber
989-826-3252 x3316
phuber@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USFS and Michigan Dept of Natural Resources propose to continue the operation and maintenance of the impoundment and association improvements to raise walleye fingerlings for release into local lakes and streams.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Oscoda. LEGAL - T26N R2E, Sections 10,11,15. Approx. 2.7 miles west of Mio, north on FR4157 to the terminus.
Mio/Harrisville - Verizon Copper Wire Telecommunication Authorization Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Patricia Thompson
989-826-3252
pthompson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Allow the continued use and maintenance of existing National Forest System land rights-of-way (ROW) for buried copper wire telecommunications only. Fiber optic ROWs are split out into a seperate authorization. Current permit has expired.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/PlanningandProjects/mio.htm
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alcona, Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda. LEGAL - In various sections in the above Townships mostly located within road ROWs. Located in T26N, R 5-8E, T27N, R5-6E, & T28N, R9E in Alcona County, T25N, R1-2W, and T26N, R1-2W in Crawford County &T25N, R1-3E, T26N, R1-4E, T27N,R4E in Oscoda County; T24N, R3E in Ogemaw County.
USA & State South Branch Well 1-8
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A Kenneth Arbogast
231-775-5023
karbogast@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to drill an exploratory well and associated infrastructure including production facitlity and flowlines if proponet determines the well could produce a commercial product.
Location: UNIT - Mio Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Crawford. LEGAL - T25N, R1W, Sections 7, 8, 9. South Branch Township in Crawford County.
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