Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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R9 - Eastern Region, Ottawa National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
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,  Watersmeet Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

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
2013 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/10/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewed use of National Forest System lands to access private property has been requested by 3 separate permittees on the Ontonagon and Bergland Ranger Districts. The parcels are not contiguous.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41062
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Dix T50N R41W SESW Sec 35 Bergland Ranger District; Dekker T49N R41W NWNE Sec 11 Bergland Ranger District; Lusk T50N R35W Sec 16 FR 2279-B. (Dix) appx 14 mi south of Ontonagon off Norwich Road and FR 630; (Dekker) appx 16 mi south of Ontonagon off Norwich Road; (Lusk) 10 mi west of Baraga off FR 2270.
2013 North Zone Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 Dawn Buss-Glodowski
906-884-2411, ext 15, or 2085
dbussglodowski@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access across National Forest System lands has been requested by 3 separate landowners to reach their private properties on the Bergland, Kenton, and Ontonagon Ranger Districts.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41094
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Houghton, Iron. LEGAL - Krueger T46N R35W Section 9; Minerick T50N R36W Section 36; Petrie T47N R41W Section 15 and 22. Krueger un-named spur off FR 2125 near Marten Lake; Minerick un-named spur off FR 2276 south of Alston, MI; Petrie FR 6938 and un-named spur 9 mi south and west of Ewen, MI.
Interior Healthy Forest Restoration Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/28/2012
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
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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:04/2013
 
03/2013 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39291
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.
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:
Scoping Start 05/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013
Actual: 09/18/2012 
09/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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  Completed  Actual: 02/27/2013  06/2013 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: To issue a new special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing Forest Road, and reconstruction, use and maintenance of a non-system road segment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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  Completed  Actual: 03/28/2013  04/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39738
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  Completed  Actual: 11/27/2012  03/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39127
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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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.
Ned Lake Special Use, Smoky Lake Road
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project includes issuing a special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing road, to access private land.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T43N, R36W, Sec. 19, NWSW, W1/2NW. The project area is on the north side of Smoky Lake Road, west of Homan Lake.
Tarsi Special Use Proposal, Net River
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36436
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).
WE Energies Special Use Permit Amendment #4, FH16
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  05/2013 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project includes issuing a permit amendment authorizing the placement, use and maintenance of approx. 650 feet of buried electric line. The line is proposed to be buried in the cleared ROW of FH16 and an existing road, to serve private property.
Location: UNIT - Iron River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Iron. LEGAL - T46N, R37W, Sec. 36, NESE, Iron County. The project area is within the cleared area of FH16 and a road leading to private property on the east side of FH16.
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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  Completed  Actual: 01/31/2013  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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39674
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.
Pori Junction Vegetative Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Minerals and Geology
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Notice of Initiation 08/2013 
Expected:06/2014  08/2014 Leann Colburn
906-852-3500, ext. 21
lscolburn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Pori Vegetative Management Project includes timber, wildlife, riparian, and recreation projects, and is designed to promote a healthy and resiliant forest ecosystem that is well positioned for the long term effects associated with climate change.
Web Link:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/ottawa/projects
Location: UNIT - Kenton Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Houghton, Ontonagon. LEGAL - T50N, R37W, Sec. 3-5, 8-10, 15-17, 20, 21, 29, 30-33; T49N, R38W, Sec. 1-3, 10-15, 22-27, 35, 36; T49N, R37W, Sec. 3-10, 15-22, 27-34; T48N, R38W, Sec. 1, 12; T48N, R37W, Sec. 4-8, 17, 18. The project is located in both Ontonagon and Houghton Counties, Michigan, and is positioned west of Highway 16, south of Highway 38, north of Kenton and east of Mass City.
Weber Forest Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 01/31/2013  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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39615
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,   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  Completed  Actual: 11/27/2012  03/2013 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
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39292
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:05/2013
 
06/2013 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://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/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:04/2013
 
05/2013 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36437
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.
PG Road Association Special Use Duck Lake
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  05/2013 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes issuing a special use permit for the use and maintenance of an existing road. It also includes construction of approx. 200' of road to realign the intial segment of road for improved seasonal access.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R39W, Sec. 19, NENESW, SENE. The project is located to the east of FR 6320, on the west side of Duck Lake.
Rucinski Special Use Tamarack Lake
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:06/2013  06/2013 Michelle Holland
906-358-4021
mholland@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal includes issuing a special use permit for the use and maintenance of an existing road, approximatley 300' in length.
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic. LEGAL - T44N, R37W, Sec. 7, SWSW; Sec. 18, NWNW. The proposed project area is on the north side of FR 3940, providing access to private land on the south end of Tamarack Lake.
University of Madison Research Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
05/2013 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.
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