Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2011 to 12/31/2011
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
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 12/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 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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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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 04/01/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 06/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
08/2012 Peter Taylor
218-626-4368
prtaylor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Broadscale analysis to address FS consent and BLM issuance of federal hardrock mineral prospecting permits and operating plans (present and future). The Notice of Availability for the DEIS is anticipated for April 1, 2011.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=18155
Location: UNIT - Superior National Forest All Units. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Koochiching, 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.
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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
BWCAW Non-native Invasive Plant Management Project
EIS
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register 06/2011 
Expected:01/2012  06/2012 Jack Greenlee
218-229-8817
jackgreenlee@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal for an integrated pest management approach to treat non-native invasive plants beginning with approximately 13 acres of infestations scattered across the 1.1 million acre BWCAW and possibly expanding up to 20 acres over the next 10 years.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34293
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District, Kawishiwi Ranger District, Tofte Ranger District, LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake, St. Louis. Over 1000 small treatment sites are located throughout the 1.1 million acre BWCAW, primarily at campsites, portages, and old cabin/resort sites.
North Shore Vegetation Management Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 Rebecca Bartol
218-387-3207
rbartol@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is to revitalize and maintain a healthy ecosystem along the North Shore of Lake Superior by restoring/maintaining native trees and associated forest communities. This project is in conjunction with the North Shore Forest Collaborative.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36159
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District, Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake. LEGAL - T62N R4E, 3E, 2E, 1E, 1W, 2W; T61N R1W, 2W, 3W, 4W, 5W. The project area is approximately three to five miles inland, along teh North Shore of Lake Superior.
PolyMet Land Exchange
EIS
- Land management planning  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/13/2010
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
06/2013 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
Gunflint Trail Fire Department Expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/01/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Request to expand the Mid Trail Fire Hall & Upper Gunflint Fire Hall.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - First location, T64N, R 1W, Section 9 and the second location is at T66N, R4W, Section 5. Location for the first fire hall expansion is located in the Mid Trail area, across the road from the Mid Trail communications tower and the second location is located near the Seagull Lake boat landi.
Lima Green
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/11/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 Rebecca Bartol
218-387-3207
rbartol@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to enhance moose habitat, restore red & white pine, enhance the scenic quality along the Gunflint Trail & improve forest conditions through vegetation management, harvests and planting. Temporary roads would be used for access.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34282
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook, Lake. T63N R1W, 1E & 2E and T64N R1W, 1E & 2E.
MN DNR 1072-66 Special Use Access
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2010 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporary 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.
Mid Trail And Upper Gunflint Trail Fire Hall Expansion.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/01/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add two new buildings to the Mid Trail location, 40 foot by 48 foot. Expand Upper Gunflint fire hall for a combination of fire hall and incident command post. 48 foot by 80 foot
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T64N, R1W, Section 9 NESW & T66N, R4W, Section 5 NENW. Mid Trail Fire Hall is in the Mid Trail location just off the Gunflint Trail & The upper Gunflint Fire Hall is located by Blankenberg Landing.
Norpine Ski Trails - Deeryard/Pioneer Connector Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/07/2011  10/2011 Joseph Mundell
218-663-8084
jamundell@fs.fed.us 
Description: A 0.2 mile section of the Norpine Ski Trails that passes through a beaver pond will be decommissioned and approximately 0.4 mile of new trail will be constructed through an upland maple ridge.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T 61 North, R 2 West, Section 34 of Cook County. The Norpine Ski Trail System is about 9 miles west of Grand Marais Minnesota.
South Fowl Lake Snowmobile Access Project EIS
EIS
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 08/25/2011  05/2012 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=29665
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T64N R3E Section 10, 11, 12. McFarland Lake/South Fowl Lake area.
Swamp River Marsh Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011  10/2011 David Grosshuesch
218-387-3236
dgrosshuesch@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to treat 427 acres along the Swamp River flood plain corridor to enhance & maintain marsh habitat, as well as providing quality moose browse habitat. This will be conducted in cooperation with the Minnesota DNR.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. Township 63 North, Range 4 East, Sections 5 & 33. Approximately 10 miles north of Hovland Minnesota along the Swamp River.
Twins Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 10/14/2010  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 utilized 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  Completed  Actual: 08/05/2011  06/2012 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 07/01/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
12/2011 Susan Catton
218-365-7572
scatton@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.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32691
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 10/2011 
Expected:05/2012  07/2012 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 2.74 acres, more or less. Within the City of Ely.
Four separate access requests from the MN DNR.
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/24/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Two access requests are for long-term, all season use of existing old roadbeds. One access request is for temporary, all season access and one access is for temporary winter access.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - T59N, R11W, Sec. 1; T65N, R13W, Sec. 35; T62N, R12W, Sec. 19 & T62N, R13W Sections 24 & 25; T62N, R13W, Sec. 15;. Various locations across the Kawishiwi Ranger District.
Laurentian Education Ventures Incorporated
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:12/2011  01/2012 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.
Re-issuance of private access special use authorizations that are scheduled to expire on 12/31/2011.
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 06/2011 
Expected:10/2011  10/2011 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: The special use authorizations expiring the end of 2011 include two road permits, one motorized trail permit, and one combination non-motorized trail and dock area permit.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake, St. Louis. LEGAL - T63N, R12W, Section 11; T63N, R12W, Sections 5 & 6; T64N, R12W, Section 34; and T63N, R10W, Sections 14, 23 & 24. Various locations across the Kawishiwi Ranger District.
Serpentine Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 03/07/2011  04/2011 Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Encampment Minerals, Inc. has proposed four mineral exploration core holes with related temporary access and leased private reserved mineral subsurface on National Forest System lands .
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34147
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N, R12W, Section 21. Project area is approximately four miles southeast of Babbitt, MN.
Shamrock Lake Gravel Pit Expansion Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is proposing to expand the Shamrock Lake gravel pit less than five acres to extract of approximatley 130,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel. The material would be used for the Hwy 1 reconstruction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36839
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Township 61 North, Range 10 West, Section 23. The Shamrock Lake gravel pit is located approximately 16 miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota.
Slim Lake Campsite Project
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/03/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Carl Skustad
218-349-8907
cskustad@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest is proposing to add a campsite on Slim Lake which is located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36171
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Section 27, T 64 N, R 13W. Slim Lake is located near the North Arm of Burntside Lake, North of Ely, MN. Access is via the Echo Trail and the North Arm Trail.
Temporary winter access request from Lake County, MN.
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/24/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Katherine Westlin
218-365-7618
kwestlin@fs.fed.us 
Description: This request is to utilize approx 0.9 mile of an existing old winter route and construct approx 900 feet of new road to provide temporary winter access to county land. The right-of-way width would be 20 feet, encumbering approx. 0.14 acres.
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T63N, R10W, Section 10. Off the Fernberg Road (County Route 18) near Ojibway Lake.
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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
Barefield Access Request
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/25/2010 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to private land across federal
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T64N R15W sec 5-8. This project is located approximately 10 miles east of Buyck, MN.
Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corporation Land Exchange Proposal
EA
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:06/2012  09/2012 Elizabeth Roat
218-626-4373
eroat@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a land exchange proposal involving federal land located within and adjacent to the Town of Crane Lake for private land in the general vicinity of Crane Lake and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Federal land: T67N, R17W, Sec. 23 & 26, Non Federal land: T67N-R16W, Section 7 and T65N-R17W, Sections 4 and 15. Both the federal and nonfederal property are located in the general vicinity of the Town of Crane Lake, Minnesota.
Pelican 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:
Scoping Start 09/02/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
09/2012 Linda Merriman
218-365-2095
lmerriman@fs.fed.us 
Description: The LaCroix Ranger District proposes to create young forest, promote existing white pine regeneration, enhance scenic quality, reduce hazardous fuels, manage forest roads, and conduct vegetation management through harvest, non-harvest, and planting.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36056
Location: UNIT - LaCroix Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T65-68N, R17-20W. Activities would be located on NFS lands in portions of the Pelican Project Area which is bounded by state Hwy 53 on the west, county Hwy 23 on the south, and the Vermilion River on part of the east.
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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
2011 Reissues
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/08/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue of existing special use permits.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. Various locations on the district.
Greenwood Lake South Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 03/04/2011  04/2011 Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Encampment Minerals, Inc. proposes to conduct ground geophysical surveys and drill one exploratory core hole with associated temporary access on National Forest system lands and leased private reserved mineral subsurface.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34149
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T56N, R12W, Sections 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, and 20. This project is located approximatley three miles north of Brimson, MN.
MN DNR LAU1071-53
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/18/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to state land for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R17W sec 15. 3 miles north of Britt, MN.
MNDNR LAU107017
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to state land for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T56N R11W sec 17. 4 miles Northeast of Brimson.
MNDNR LAU107018
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to state land for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T58N R10W sec 30 & 31. 2 miles South of Greenwood Lake.
MNDNR LAU107019
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/12/2011  01/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to state land for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T57N R10W sec18. 6 miles South of Greenwood Lake.
MNDNR LAU107021
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 08/12/2011  01/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to state land for management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T56N R10W sec18. 9 miles Northeast of Brimson.
Mud Lake Minerals Exploration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Encampment Minerals, Inc. has submitted a proposal to conduct mineral exploration on private reserved mineral rights on Superior National Forest lands within the Lauretian Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=37242
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Township 57 North, Range 12 West, Sections 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 27, and 28. The project is located approximately 14 miles southeast of Hoyt Lakes, MN on the Laurentian Ranger District.
Nemanick Private Road Special Use
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/10/2007 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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.
PolyMet Monitoring Well Installation Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011  10/2011 Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: PolyMet Mining, Inc. proposes to construction and install 22 water monitoring wells and associated access roads at the proposed NorthMet mine site. 15 sites are located on National Forest lands with 7 sites on land in private or county ownership.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36838
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Township 59 North, Range 13 West, Sections 1-4 and 9-12. The proposed NorthMet mine site is located approximately 8 miles northeast of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota.
St. Louis County LAU1002-23
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/18/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access across federal land for management activities
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T56N R14W sec 25. 3 miles east of Linwood Lake.
St. Louis County LAU100224
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
01/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to county land for land management activities.
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T57N R14W sec 13, 14, 24. 6 miles Southeast of Hoyt Lakes.
St. Louis County Public Works - Folsom
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/24/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment of Folsom Rd
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R19W sec 23. Lake Fourteen north of Virginia, MN.
St. Louis County Public Works - McNiven
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/28/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Realignment of McNiven Rd
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T59N R19W sec 21. 5 miles north of Buhl.
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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
Dent Lake Campsite Relocation
CE
- Special area management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
05/2012 Jonathan Benson
218-663-8085
jabenson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project proposes to relocate an existing BWCAW campsite on Dent Lake to a more suitable & sustainable location nearby. Current site is not used due to its proximity to another campsite and is also located on an area with unstable soil.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - Townships 63 North, Range 5 West, Section 5. Activities are located on National Forest System (NFS) land in Townships 63 North, Range 5 West, Section 5. This campsite is located on Dent Lake, a remote interior lake within the BWCAW.
MN DNR Temporary Access- TOF1077-58
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/15/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Randee Olson
218-387-3204
rlolson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporary access to state lands for managment activities. Near Barker Lake. Year round access. Approx. 1,900 feet along existing old road.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T60N, R3W Section 8. Near Barker Lake.
Temporary Access MN DNR - TOF1077-56
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/30/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Patti DeShaw
218-663-8080
pdeshaw@fs.fed.us 
Description: Temporary access to State lands for management activities. Access approx. 270 feet on an existing old road bed
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. LEGAL - T59N, R6W SECTION 13. Hare Lake Area.
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.
Windy Red Pine Thinning Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/09/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Rebecca Bartol
218-387-3207
rbartol@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to treat about 1000 acres of red pine stands through intermediate harvest treatments, improving growing conditions and resiliency of the forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36290
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Lake. Township 60 North, Ranges 7 & 8 West; and Township 61 North, Ranges 7 & 8 West.
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