Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
Ottawa 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, Ottawa National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest,  Bergland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest,  Bessemer Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest,  Iron River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest,  Kenton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest,  Ontonagon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest,  Watersmeet 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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Ottawa 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
Eastern Off-highway Vehicle Connector
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/05/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
04/2013 Susanne Adams
906-884-2411 x14
smadams@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project designates roads for off-highway vehicle travel to provide connections between the State of Michigan Multi-Use trails, on the eastern side of the Forest .
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38997
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. Selected Forest System Roads east of Forest Highway 16 between Iron River, Sidnaw, and Mass City.
Enbridge Pipeline Maintenance Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/22/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
01/2013 Michael Jacobson
906-932-1330
mjacobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Enbridge Energy is seeking to perform maintenance on a section of pipeline that crosses under the Cisco Branch Ontonagon River (Recreational), a congressionally designated Wild and Scenic River (WSR).
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39307
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - Township 45N Range 41W Section 11. Ottawa National Forest, Gogebic County, Michigan.
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Ottawa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Great Lakes Gas Pipeline Reissue
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/11/2012  09/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to reissue a special use permit for the operation and maintenance of an existing natural gas pipeline. The mainline system crosses about 37 miles of National Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District, Iron River Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Iron. LEGAL - T47N, R45W; T47N, R44W; T46N, R42W; T46N, R41W; T45N, R41W; T45N, R40W; T45N, R39W; T45N, R38W; T44N, R38W; T44N, R37W; T43N, R37W; T43N, R36W; T43N, R35W. The existing pipeline roughly parallels U.S. 2, crossing it occasionally, as it crosses the south half of the Ottawa National Forest.
Interior Healthy Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2012 
Expected:04/2013  04/2013 Marlanea French-Pombier
906-358-4551
mfrenchpombier@fs.fed.us 
Description: Developed through public collaboration efforts, the project would maintain and/or improve conditions based on Forest Plan direction to provide for healthy/resilient/diverse ecosystems; and actions outlined in local Community Wildfire Protection Plans
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37967
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Ontonagon. LEGAL - T45N R38W S 3-5, 9, 10; T46N R38W S 3-10,15-22, 28-33; T46N R39W S 1-18, 22-27, 34, 36; T47N R38W S 7, 8, 16-21, 28-33, T47N R39W S 13-36; T47N R40W S 13, 24, 25, 36. Project is located on Watersmeet and Kenton Ranger Districts in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties.
WE Energies Special Use Permit Amendment, Tamarack Lake
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2012  08/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is issue a special use permit amendment for installation of approximately 4.50 miles of new electric line in an existing road right-of-way.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Iron. LEGAL - T44N, R38W, Sec. 13, 14, Gogebic County. T45N, R37W, Sec. 31, SE; T44N, R37W, Sec. 5, 7, 8, 18. Line would be installed along the south side of Old U.S. 2, and the west side of FR 3940.
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Ottawa National Forest,   Bergland Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Trans Superior Resources Inc. - Federal Hardrock Minerals Proposecting Project
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/10/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
02/2013 Leann Colburn
906-852-3500, ext. 21
lscolburn@fs.fed.us 
Description: Trans Superior Resources, Inc is proposing to prospect for metallic minerals that are considered federal minerals located on National Forest System lands. The company will be looking for gold, platinum, nickel, and cobalt.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38891
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T49N, R41W, in the NE and the S1/2 of the NW1/4 of Section 4; the SW1/4 of Section 5; and the N1/2 of Section 8. The project is located on the Bergland Ranger District in the Township of Matchwood in Ontonagon County, and includes about 720 acres of National Forest System lands.
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Ottawa National Forest,   Bessemer Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012 Bessemer Ranger District Special Use Road Reissue project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
09/2012 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to reissue one existing road permit on the Bessemer Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T46N R44W, Sec. 3 NE. Special use permit is on Forest Road 9322 which is off of FR9300.
Crooks Special Use Access
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/14/2012  10/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a new special use permit to landowner for access to private property via an existing road.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29496
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T49N, R46W, Sec. 32, NE, Sec. 29, SESE, Sec. 28, SWSW. Area is accessed from Copper Peak Road, then traveling east.
Linn Special Use Proposal, Wolf Mountain
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/12/2012  10/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use permit to authorize construction of approximately 0.12 miles of road, and reconstruction of approx 0.13 miles of road to access private property.
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T47N, R44W, Sec. 14, SWNW. Proposed route is accessed from private land at the end of FR 8647, north of Marenisco, MI.
Redboat Resource Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/09/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Marlanea French-Pombier
906-358-4551
mfrenchpombier@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project includes timber management, enhancement to wildlife, fisheries, and riparian habitat, recreation and transportation system improvements. This project proposes to clearcut some areas that would exceed 40 acres in size to regenerate aspen.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35518
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N R43W, Sections 5-7; T45W R44W Sections 1-12, 13-15, 22-24; T46N R43W, Sections 16-21, 28-33; T46N R44W Sections 5-9, 13-36. Southwest corner of the Bessemer Ranger District and west of the city of Marenisco, Michigan.
Teclaw Special Use Road Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:05/2013
 
06/2013 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special Use Road Permit (new issuance)
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25114
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T46N, R44W, Section 17. Located west of FR 8170.
Xcel Energy Special Use Amendment
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to issue a special use permit amendment to Xcel Energy, for the construction of a 115kV, electric tansmission line corridor; the cleared area will be approx. 100'x100'. It's not expected that any structures will be placed on FS land.
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T48N, R46W, Sec. 13, SESE. The project area is approximately 4 miles northeast of the town of Bessemer, MI.
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Ottawa National Forest,   Iron 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
2012 Iron River Road Reissues Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
11/2012 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project includes reissuing special use permits to the private landowners involved, for use and maintenance of existing roads on National Forest System lands. Use of these roads is needed to access their private property.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T45N R36W Sec. 26; T44N R35W Sec. 11; T42N R36W Sec. 5; T44N R37W Sec. 4; T43N R36W Sec. 19. Iron River Ranger District.
AT&T Fiber Optic Installation
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of Fiber Optic Cables along existing power lines and utilities coridor. In T 43N, R 35 W, Section Section 4.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=25876
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T 43N R 35W Section 4. Iron Lake Road and Geniron Road.
Ehinger Special Use Proposal, Goldmine Road
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2012  09/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing road on National Forest System land, for access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T44N, R36W, Sec. 23, SW. Access is off of FR 3470 (Goldmine Road), on FR 3477.
Tarsi Special Use Proposal, Net River
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use permit for use and maintenance of existing roads on National Forest System lands.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T45N, R35W, Sec. 25, S1/2, 26 and 36. Proposed access is FR 2185, east of FR 2180 (Blockhouse Road).
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Ottawa National Forest,   Kenton Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Goodwin Special Use Permit Reissue
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  05/2013 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Continued access to private land requested on Forest Road 2119
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T46N R35W Section 6 Forest Road 2119. Approximately 7 miles south of State Hwy M-28 and Sidnaw, Michigan.
Weber Forest Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  05/2013 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land requested by private landowner across Forest Road 2135
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T46N R35W Section 23 Forest Road 2135. Iron County Approximately 10 miles south of Sidnaw, MI.
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Ottawa National Forest,   Ontonagon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Francis Forest Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2012 
Expected:01/2013  05/2013 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land requested via Forest Road 859 and an un-named travelway.
Location: UNIT - Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T49N R38W Section 19, 20 Forest Road 859. Approximately 13 miles north of Hwy M-28 and Trout Creek MI, or 13 miles south of Mass City, MI off Gardner Tower Road.
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Ottawa National Forest,   Watersmeet Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2012 Watersmeet Special Use Road Reissues Project
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/23/2012 
Expected:11/2012
 
11/2012 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to reissue 2 existing special use road permits on the Watersmeet Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N R41W Sec.11 NE, Sec. 2 S1/2SE; T46N R38W Sec. 20 NENW, N1/2NE. A road off FR5257. The other road is FR6766.
Ellenbecker Sugarbush
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a new special use permit for maintaining and operating maple syrup collection lines and equipment on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29482
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T.45N,. R.41W., Section 1, NENE. NFS land is adjacent to Ellenbecker's private property on Beaton's Lake.
Gough Special Use Proposal, Paulding
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing driveway on National Forest System lands. Driveway is approximately 75 feet long.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T46N, R39W, Sec. 15, SWNW. Driveway is located off of Old U.S. 45, south of Paulding, MI.
Krist Access, Englesby Lake
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to issue a new special use permit for reconstruction, use and maintenance of existing roadd, in order to access private property. Road is accessed off of Old U.S. Hwy. 2 and is approx. 1,800 feet long
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T45N, R38W, Sec. 23, SE. Proposed use area is on the north side of Old U.S. 2, approx. 7.5 - 8 miles east of its intersection with U.S. 45. Proposes using existing FR 4434 and an existing unnumbered road.
Peninsula Fiber Network
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/27/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to issue a permit for the installation of buried fiber optic line in the road-right-of way of FR 3940. No tree removal is proposed.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R38W, Sec. 14, SE. Project area is on the north/northwest side of FR 3940, approximately 8 miles east of Watersmeet, MI.
Three Bear Sled Dog Race Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/19/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
10/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project includes the use and maintenance of approx. .66 miles of existing roadway, and approx. 330' of new trail construction, to serve as a trail during an annual recreation event.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R39W, Sec. 18, N1/2NE, NENW, Gogebic County, MI. Proposed reroute travels between FR 6320 and West Duck Lake Rd., south of Watersmeet, MI.
University of Madison Research Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
11/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to issue a special use permit to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for continued use and maintenance of an existing, 110' research tower, as well as an area within a 164' radius of the tower, for research purposes.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R40W, Sec. 6, NE. The existing tower is located on the west side of Helen Lake, south of CR 535, oustide of the Sylvania Wilderness.
WE Energies - U.S. 45 Wayside & Private Distribution Line Amendment
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2012  08/2012 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal is to place new underground electric line to facilites in wayside from power line on U.S. 45. Proposal also includes adding an underground segment approx. 20' in length to reach private property, as well as a portion of a service box.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=17745
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R39W, Sec. 32, SENE. U.S. 45 Wayside, approximately .50 miles north of Land O'Lakes, WI.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.