Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2013 to 09/30/2013
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, 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,  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, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Road and Stream Crossing Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/08/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
11/2013 Mark Fedora
906-932-1330
mfedora@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore up to 21 crossings by replacing impaired culverts with appropriately designed structures to allow for fish and other aquatic organism passage; improve water quality; restore stream characterisics; accommodate at least a 100 year flow event.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41874
Location: UNIT - Ottawa National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon. LEGAL - State of Michigan: Gogebic, Ontonagon, Iron, and Houghton Counties. Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer, Bergland, Watersmeet, Ontonagon, Kenton, and Iron River Districts.
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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
2013 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/10/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
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:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/06/2013 
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 4 separate landowners to reach their private properties on the Bergland, Kenton, and Ontonagon Ranger Districts.
Location: UNIT - Bergland Ranger District, Kenton Ranger District, Ontonagon Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Houghton, Iron. LEGAL - Krueger T46N R35W Section 9; Kearly T47N R35W Sec 17,16, 20; Minerick T50N R36W Section 36; Petrie T47N R41W Section 15 and 22. Krueger spur off FR 2125 near Marten Lake; Kearly FR 2108-F 4 miles SE of Sidnaw; Minerick spur off FR 2276 south of Alston, MI; Petrie FR 6938 and un-named spur 9 mi south and west of Ewen, MI.
2013 Special Use Road reissue for the South Zone
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2013 
Expected:09/2013  09/2013 Caleb Butcher
906-932-1330 x308
cbutcher@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to reissue 9 special use road permits that have been issued for 10 years or longer. Each road will be issued to a different individual for their use and maintenance of the road.
Location: UNIT - Bessemer Ranger District, Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Gogebic, Ontonagon. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These 9 road reissues are located on the Watersmeet and Bessemer districts. One is located on the Bessemer District and 8 are located on the Watersmeet district.
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. Notice of Initiation 07/2013 
Expected:01/2014  01/2014 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:08/2013
 
09/2013 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 
Completed  Actual: 06/07/2013
09/18/2012 
08/2013 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.
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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
AT&T Fiber Optic Installation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2008
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/2013 
Expected:11/2013
 
12/2013 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.
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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2013 
Expected:08/2013  09/2013 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:08/2013
 
09/2013 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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 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
Pori Junction Vegetative Management Project
EA
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  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.
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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
Dix Special Use Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/16/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 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 use and maintenance of a non-system road segment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42421
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T46N, R40W, Sec. 3. Project area is on north side of CR 527, using FR 6945 and a non-system road to private property in Sec. 3, SWNW.
Ellenbecker Sugarbush
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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:08/2013
 
09/2013 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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013  10/2013 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
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2013 
Expected:09/2013  09/2013 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.
Sunnyside, LLC Special Use Access
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/16/2013 
Expected:08/2013
 
08/2013 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 use and maintenance of a non-system road segment.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=42422
Location: UNIT - Watersmeet Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Ontonagon. LEGAL - T47N, R38W, Sec. 30 and 31. Project is west of Calderwood Road, on FR 5383-D and a non-system road segment to private land.
University of Madison Research Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/04/2012 
Expected:08/2013
 
09/2013 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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