Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Superior National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest,  Gunflint Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest,  Kawishiwi Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest,  LaCroix Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest,  Laurentian Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Superior National Forest,  Tofte Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
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

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
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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Superior 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
Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permit EIS
EIS
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/19/2008
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:05/2011
 
09/2011 Shirley Frank
559-920-6358
safrank@fs.fed.us 
Description: Broadscale analysis to address consent and issuance of federal mineral prospecting permits (present and future) and consent by Forest Service and approval by Bureau of Land Management. This analysis will support both Forest Service and BLM decisions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18155
Location: UNIT - Superior National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - Project covers the entire forest except for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Mining Protection Area (approximately 1,7 million acres). Forest-wide, broad scale analysis.
Minnesota Middle Mile Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:01/2011  05/2011 Todd Hess
218-626-4371
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project would install broadband cables underground along road rights of way on several locations of the Forest.
Location: UNIT - Superior National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties. Several locations along road rights of way on the Superior National Forest.
Rifle Lake Land Exchange
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/01/2009 
Expected:10/2010
 
01/2011 Patti DeShaw
(218)663-8080
pdeshaw@fs.fed.us 
Description: A land exchange of federal lands in T56N R9W, T57N R9W, T58N R8W and T63N, R11W, for Lake County-owned lands in the BWCAW.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=6514
Location: UNIT - Superior National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. Approximately 12,000 acres in Lake County on the Superior National Forest.
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Superior National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Minnesota Power and Light
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/04/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Todd Hess
218-626-4371
tahess@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuing a 20 year permit for an existing power line. No new lines will be added.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District, Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, St. Louis. LEGAL - St. Louis and Lake Counties. Kawishiwi and Laurentian Ranger Districts.
PolyMet Land Exchange
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 10/2010 
Expected:09/9999  09/9999 Thomas Hale
559-920-7748
thale@fs.fed.us 
Description: A land exchange of federal lands in: T59N, R12W, T59N, R13W, and T60N, R13W. Non federal lands being proposed are located throughout the Superior National Forest in St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33908
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District, Gunflint Ranger District, Kawishiwi Ranger District, LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - Federal: T59N, R12W, Sections 6 &7; T59N, R13W, Sections 1 thru 12, 17, & 18; and T60N, R13W, Sections 33 thru 35. Federal lands located in St. Louis county near Hoyt Lakes. Non federal lands located in St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties.
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Superior National Forest,   Gunflint Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Fishhook Lake Campsite
CE
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2009 
Expected:07/2010
 
08/2010 Steven Schug
218-663-8083
sschug@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create a new wilderness campsite on the shore of Fishhook Lake within the BWCAW. This project entails installation of a fire grate & wilderness latrine and minor vegetative clearing within the campsite area & to access the site from the hiking trail
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. T65N R4W Section 28; Fishhook lake is located approximately 2.5 miles east of the Brule Lake Rd (FR 326) & about 2.25 miles east of the wilderness boundary.
MN DNR 1072-66
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporay access to State Timber Sale in T62N, R2W, Section 9
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T62N, R2W, Section 9. North of Swamp Lake.
MN DNR 1072-68
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporary access to State Timber Sale North of East Twin Lake
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T63N, R1W, Section 25. North of East Twin Lake.
MN DNR 1072-69
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporary access to a State Timber Sale
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T63N, R1E, Section 26. North of West Twin Lake.
MN DNR 107267
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporary access to State Timber Sale
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T64N, R1E, Section 30. South of Swamper Lake.
Pincushion Single Track Bike Path
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:11/2010  06/2011 Steven Schug
218-663-8083
sschug@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a single track bike path in the vicinity of Pincushion Mountain Ski Trail System. This bike trail system will be located adjacent to an already established single track bike trail on Cook County land.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 61 North, Range 1 East, Section 11. Adjacent to Pincushion Ski Trail system.
Proposed Underground Electric Cable
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Arrowhead Electric Proposed Underground Cable
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T62N, R4E, Section 5. In the Hovland area, within the Tower Road right of way.
South Fowl Lake Snowmobile Access Project EIS
EIS
- Recreation management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/26/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
05/2011 Peter Taylor
218-626-4368
prtaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Provide safe access for snowmobilers/anglers to South Fowl Lake. This would route current access off County roads to improve safety for drivers and snowmobilers. An EIS is being prepared to comply with a Minnesota District Court ruling.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior/projects/
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T64N R3E Section 10, 11, 12. McFarland Lake/South Fowl Lake area.
Twins Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/12/2010 
Expected:09/2010
 
11/2010 Rebecca Bartol
218-387-3207
rbartol@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes creating a young forest through final harvest, improving stand diversity through intermediate harvest and restoring forest conditions through site preparation and prescribed burning. Temporary roads would be used for access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28971
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. T63N R1W & R1E and T62N R1W & R1E.
Vegetable Lakes Campsites and Portage Trails Project
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:11/2010  06/2011 Steven Schug
218-663-8083
sschug@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a system of portage trails and campsites in the area of Cucumber, Melon and Bean Lakes. This project coincides with the establishment of a semi-primitive non-motorized recreation area as proposed in the SNF Land and Resource Mgmt Plan.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 64 North Range 1 East, Sections 13, 14, 23 and 24; and Township 64 North Range 2 East Sections 17 and 18. General project locations include Township 64 North Range 1 East, Sections 13, 14, 23 and 24; and Township 64N Range 2 East Sections 17 and 18.
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Superior National Forest,   Kawishiwi Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Birch Project
EA
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/21/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
11/2011 Connie Rose
218-666-0054
clrose@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Kawishiwi Ranger District proposes to manage the vegetation and road system in the Birch Project Area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/superior/projects
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - Activities could be located on National Forest System (NFS) land in portions of Townships 61 to 63 North, and Ranges 11 to 13 West. The Birch Project Area is located near Ely, MN and south and west of Ely.
Conveyance Project, Ely Service Center, Case 4549; NEPA Project
CE
- Land management planning  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:09/2011  12/2011 Elizabeth Roat
218-626-4373
eroat@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal allows for the sale of a former Administrative Site which includes three warehouses, two garages, one dwelling, a carpenter's shop, associated sheds and outbuildings and a 200' self supporting communication tower.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T63N,R12W, Section 33, Parts of SWNE, NWSE, SESE and lots in Fortiers Addition, containing 3.51 acres, more or less. Within the City of Ely.
FR 424 Reconstruction
EA
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 10/07/2009  06/2010 David Mattei
218-365-7617
dmattei@fs.fed.us 
Description: Minor road realignment, widening and paving of FR 424 (Denley Road) and minor ATV/snowmobile trail reroutes on the Stony Spur Trail.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R12W - T60N R10W. Southeast of Babbitt MN.
Hebl private access to property near the Dunka River.
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/12/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
11/2010 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to utilize an old roadbed scheduled to be decommissioned for year-round, long-term road access to and from private land.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N, R12W, Sections 26 and 35. Just east of the Dunka River near the intersection of the Dunka and Pieler Roads.
Kawishiwi Minerals Exploration - Encampment Minerals Inc. Revised Plan of Operation
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Encampment Minerals Inc. has submitted a revised plan of operation for one approved in the Kawishiwi Minerals Exploration EA. The revised plan added 3 core drilling sites to the original 41 and re-located 17 sites with associated access.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T62N R11W Section 25, T61N R11W Section 2, 10. Located south of the Spruce Road near the South Kawishiwi River, St. Louis County, MN.
Laurentian Education Ventures Incorporated
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2010 
Expected:01/2011  01/2011 Joan Weckman
(218)365-7569
jweckman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissuance of Education Center Special Use Permit, for a twenty year term.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T63N,R11W, Section 19, Government Lot 1. Laurentian Education Center, referred to locally as the Outdoor Learning Center, is located approximately five miles east of Ely, Minnesota onthe south shore of Fall Lake, in Lake County, MN.
Ott private access to property near the Stony River.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/12/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
11/2010 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to utilize an old temporary roadbed that was previously closed to all motorized use as year-round, long-term road access to and from private land.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - North Half of the Northwest Quarter of T60N, R11W, Section 10. Just north of the Stony River and west of Chow and Fran Lakes.
Re-issuance of two special use access authorizations that are expiring the end of 2010.
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/14/2010  12/2010 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two separate routes: 1) Constance Road and 2) a motorized trail that each provide long-term year-round access to private land.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T61N, R12W, Section 33 and T60N, R12W, Section 4 and T64N, R10W, Section 35. The Constance Road off St. Louis County Road 623 and a motorized trail north of Tofte Lake.
Trail Corridor Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/04/2010 
Expected:07/2010
 
08/2010 John Pierce
218-365-7606
jpierce@fs.fed.us 
Description: Re-route portions of the Tomahawk Snowmobile Trail onto unplowed system roads. Decommission some snowmobile bridges. Designate non-motorized winter routes for skiers and dogsledders.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31556
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - Farm Lake; T62, R11W, section 3 to the Tomahawk Road (FR 377); T61N, R10W, section 32. The project is located in Lake County in a corridor of land beginning near Farm Lake, extending to the Tomahawk Road (FR 377) and bordered to the south by State Hwy 1 and the BWCAW to the north.
Two separate long-term, year-round access requests from the MN DNR.
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/13/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
11/2010 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: One access request is for long-term, year-round use of an old road bed that is part of the Forest trail system. The second route would extend an existing Forest Road 443 (Madden Creek Road) 0.35 mile to state land.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - T64N, R13W, Section 33 and T63N, R10W, Section 8. Coxey Pond Road and an extension of Forest System Road 443 (Madden Creek Road).
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Superior National Forest,   LaCroix Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Curtain Falls Portage Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/01/2009 
Expected:09/2010
 
10/2010 Tim Engrav
218-666-0025
tengrav@fs.fed.us 
Description: Curtain Falls Portage will be rerouted from its existing Iron Lake entry to a safer entry southeast of the existing portage.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T66N, R12W, Sec 6. Curtain Falls Portage between Iron and Crooked Lakes in the BWCAW.
Leinonen Access
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2010  12/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land from federal land
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T65N R18W sec 20. 7 miles east of Orr.
Re-issuance of a remote phone service facility special use authorization analysis.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:11/2010  11/2010 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The re-issance authorization is for an existing remote facility and access road with no new construction is proposed.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - SWNE of Section 26, T67N, R17W. Crane Lake remote facility off St. Louis County Route 425 near Crane Lake.
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Superior National Forest,   Laurentian Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2010 Reissues
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/03/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue of existing special use permits
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. Various locations on district.
Cliff Mining Railroad Special Use
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/23/2010  10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to construct approximately 200 ft of railroad track for an interchange between two existing tracks.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T59N; R12W; Sec. 21. Approximately 12 miles northeast of the town of Hoyt Lakes.
Feldman Request
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/01/2010  12/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T57N R10W sections 28 & 33. 10 miles NE of Brimson.
Johnson Access Request
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/14/2010  10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T58N R12W Sec 35, 34. 12 miles north of Brimson.
Lakso Access
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2010  10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T56N R12W sec 1. 3 miles north of Tommila Lake.
MN DNR Access
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/26/2009 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to state land
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T61N R17W sec 26. 15 miles north of Virginia, MN.
MN DNR Access Request LAU 1071-51
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/17/2009 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to State land for land management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T57N R14W Sections 2 & 11. 4 miles southeast of Hoyt Lakes.
MN DNR Access request LAU1071-52
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/17/2009 
Expected:12/2010
 
12/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to State land for land management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T58N R13W Sec 30. 3 miles southeast of Hoyt Lakes.
Nemanick Private Road Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/10/2007 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue permit for road access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R17W SEC 29. Permit location is approximately 10 miles north of Virginia, MN in the Britt area.
Seven Beavers Snowmobile Trail Parking Lot and Trail Relocation
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2010 
Expected:07/2010  09/2010 Cavan Fitzsimmons
208-879-4103
cfitzsimmons@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate the Seven Beavers Trail parking lot and .5 miles of trail from its current location to improve trail access and discourage unauthroized trail use.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Township 58 North, Range 13West, Section 21 and Township 58 North, Range 12 West, Section 35. Seven Beavers Snowmobile Trail, seven miles east of Hoyt Lakes, MN.
St Louis County Access Request
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/13/2008 
Expected:10/2010
 
10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to county lands for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T56N R12W Sec 8, 17. 2 miles SE of Fairbanks.
St Louis County Access Request LAU1002-21
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/09/2010  10/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to County lands for land management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T58N R12W Sec 35. 14 miles east of Hoyt Lakes.
St. Louis County Leases
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/03/2010  12/2010 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to 3 leased sites on county land.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T58N R12W sections 21, 22.34 and T57N R13W section 24. 2 leased sites are located in the Butterball Lake Area. One is located 2 miles north of Cadotte Lake.
Taconite State Snowmobile Trail Reroute
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 04/09/2009  08/2010 Tim Engrav
218-666-0025
tengrav@fs.fed.us 
Description: The State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has proposed a reroute of the Taconite State Snowmobile Trail across Trunk Highway 53. The new trail would cross Highway 53 at a location approximately 1/2 mile north of the existing crossing.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Section 17, Township 65 North, Range 18 West. Approximately 14 miles north of Virginia, St. Louis County, Minnesota.
Tracks Project
EIS
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/21/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2010 
Expected:10/2010
 
12/2010 Susan Duffy
218-365-2097
sduffy@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Laurentian Ranger District proposes to manage the vegetation and manage the road system in the Tracks Project. Comments on the DEIS are due within 45 days of May 21, 2010. Open house is June 14 from 3:30-6:00 pm at Toimi School community Center
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - Activities could be located on National Forest System (NFS) land in portions of Townships 56 to 59 North, and Ranges 11 to 14 West. The Tracks Project Area is located approximately 10 miles east and southeast of Aurora, MN and approximately 40 miles north of Duluth in St. Louis and Lake Counties.
Walters Access
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/09/2010  04/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land across federal
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R20W sec 30. Three miles east of Side Lake.
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Superior National Forest,   Tofte Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Earthscope - Seismic Station
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/11/2010
03/11/2010 
07/2010 Patti DeShaw
(218)663-8080
pdeshaw@fs.fed.us 
Description: Earthquake monitoring station. In place 2 years
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T61N, R7W Section 31. Sawbill Landing.
Sugarbush Single Track Bike Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2010 
Expected:11/2010  06/2011 Steven Schug
218-663-8083
sschug@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a Single Track Bike Trail in the vicinity of Sugarbush Ski Trail system in Tofte.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. Adjacent to the Sugarbush Ski Trail in Township 59 North, Range 4 West, Sections 9 and 10.
Superior Hiking Trail Re-Route
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Steven Schug
218-663-8083
sschug@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a trail re-route away from a very steep, highly erodible section of the Superior Hiking Trail in Tofte.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Township 59 North Range 4 West Section 30. West of the Temperance River Road, FR 343 on the Superior Hiking Trail.
Tomahawk Trail Victor Lake By-pass
EA
- Recreation management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Steven Schug
218-663-8083
sschug@fs.fed.us 
Description: Permission has been denied for the Tomahawk Snowmobile Trail where it is on private property near Victor Lake. The project will consider alternative trail routes.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. T60N R9W Section 13 and vicinity.
Toohey Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/26/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
05/2011 Rebecca Bartol
218-387-3207
rbartol@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Tofte District proposes to create young forest and improve stand diversity through harvest, and restore forest conditions and reduce hazardous fuels through site preparation and perscribed burning. Temporary roads would be used for access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32535
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake. LEGAL - Township 59 North, Ranges6 & 7 West; Township 60 North, Ranges 5, 6 &7 West; Township 61 North, Ranges 4,5 & 6 West; and Township 62 North, Ranges 4 & 5 West. The project area stretches about 25 miles northeast from the eastern side of Dumbbell Lake to Sawbill Lake.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.