Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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:03/2012
 
01/2013 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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 and in 32 submitted prospecting permit application areas.
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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) 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/21/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2012 
Expected:08/2012
 
09/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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/nepa_project_exp.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 the 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/nepa_project_exp.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
Ann Krane Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed Walking Trail to Private Land
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T63N, R1W, Section 24. North of Eggers Lake, Off of Forest Road 152C.
Gunflint Trail Fire Department Expansion
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been combined with another project.
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. First fire hall expansion is located in the Mid Trail area, across the road from the Mid Trail communications tower, the second location is located near the Seagull Lake boat landing.
Kevin Woodward Access Proposal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2011 
Expected:06/2012  07/2012 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Atv Access to Private Land.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T62N, R2W Sections 26 & 27. Trail would start at the end of Forest Road 329.
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/nepa_project_exp.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:04/2012
 
04/2012 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 & Upper Gunflint Fire Hall Expansion.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/26/2011  11/2011 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expand Mid Trail Hall with 2 New Buildings Expand Upper Gunflint Fire Hall to a 48 foot by 80 building for a combination of fire hall and incident command post.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T64N, R1W Section 9 & T65N, R4W, Section 5. One hall in the Mid Trail area to be expanded and one hall in the upper Gunflint Trail area to be expanded.
Mid Trail And Upper Gunflint Trail Fire Hall Expansion.
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description:  This project was listed multiple times.
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.
Mid Trail and Gunflint Lake Towers
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:05/2012  09/2012 Bruce Green
218-387-3218
bsgreen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace existing communication towers with stronger towers and to add cell phone service to help improve communications along the Gunflint Trail.
Location: UNIT - Gunflint Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. LEGAL - T64N, R1W, Section 10 NESW and the other is T65N, R3W, Section 30, SWSE. One tower is located in the Mid-Trail area and the other is in the Gunflint Lake area.
Swamp River Marsh Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Completed  Actual: 12/15/2011  09/2012 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.
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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 
Completed  Actual: 11/04/2011  01/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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 02/2012 
Expected:07/2012  09/2012 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 
Completed  Actual: 10/26/2011  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.
Land 'O' Dixie Mineral Exploration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 11/30/2011  11/2011 Eric Wirz
(218) 626-4359
ewirz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Duluth Metals Corporation (DMC) has proposed four mineral exploration core holes on leased private mineral subsurface on National Forest System lands and access across National Forest to one drill site on private surface ownership.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37360
Location: UNIT - Kawishiwi Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - Township 60 North, Range 11 West, Sections 11, 12, 14, 15, 23, 25, 32, 33, 34, and 36. The Land 'O' Dixie Mineral Exploration project is located approximately 16 miles south-southeast of Ely, MN.
Laurentian Education Ventures Incorporated
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/01/2011 
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  Completed  Actual: 10/27/2011  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.
Shamrock Lake Gravel Pit Expansion Project
CE
- 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/nepa_project_exp.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/nepa_project_exp.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 
Completed  Actual: 10/26/2011  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:04/2012
 
04/2012 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/18/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
11/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36327
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/nepa_project_exp.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  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2011  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.
MN DNR LAU1071-53
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/18/2011 
Expected:02/2012
 
02/2012 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 - St. Louis. LEGAL - T60N R17W sec 15. 3 miles north of Britt, MN.
MNDNR 1071-54
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:06/2012  06/2012 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 - St. Louis. LEGAL - T61N R20W Sec32. 4 miles NE of Side Lake.
MNDNR LAU107017
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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.
Mud Lake Mineral Exploration Project
CE
- 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. proposes to conduct ground geophysical surveys and drill four exploratory core holes with associated temporary access on National Forest system lands on leased private reserved mineral subsurface.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/20/2011
10/20/2011 
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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Skibo Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Special use management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2012 
Expected:01/2013  06/2014 Andrew Skowlund
218-229-8810
amskowlund@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposed activities in the project area are intended to move vegetation from its existing condition toward the desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by managing forest vegetation age, composition, structure, and spatial patterns.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37817
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T56-58N, R12-14W. Activities would be located on NFS lands in portions of the Skibo Project Area East of Hoyt Lakes, MN.
St. Louis County LAU1002-23
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2011  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 LAU1002-25
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:08/2012  08/2012 Elizabeth Youngstrom
218-666-0038
eayoungstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access to county land for management activities
Location: UNIT - Laurentian Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - St. Louis. LEGAL - T61N R17W sec 29-33. 7 miles north of Britt.
St. Louis County LAU100224
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/17/2011  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 14. 6 miles Southeast of Hoyt Lakes.
St. Louis County Public Works - Folsom
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/24/2011 
Expected:06/2012
 
06/2012 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:06/2012
 
06/2012 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  Completed  Actual: 10/03/2011  09/2011 Patti DeShaw
218-663-8080
pdeshaw@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.
Swamper Lake Snowmobile Re-route
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:01/2012  06/2012 Thomas Kaffine
218-387-3206
tkaffine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Decommissioning 1500ft of snowmobile trail and opening up 900ft of re-route snowmobile trail.
Location: UNIT - Tofte Ranger District. STATE - Minnesota. COUNTY - Cook. Township 63 North, Range 1 East.
Temporary Access MN DNR - TOF1077-56
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/03/2011  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 and Pagami Fire Salvage/Restoration Project
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 12/15/2011  01/2012 Rebecca Bartol
218-387-3207
rbartol@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project proposes to treat about 1000 acres in the Windy Project Area to improve the health and productivity of red pine stands and to restore areas impacted by the Pagami Fire.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.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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