Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Hiawatha National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R9 - Eastern Region, Hiawatha National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Hiawatha National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Hiawatha National Forest,  Munising Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Hiawatha National Forest,  Rapid River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Hiawatha National Forest,  Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Hiawatha National Forest,  St. Ignace 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
- 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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Hiawatha 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
2010 Reissuance of Expired Special Use Permits
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/17/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: There are 9 Special Use Permits expiring in 2010. The permits are for 4 directional signs, 4 roads, and 1 communication antenna.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33268
Location: UNIT - Hiawatha National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac. Permits are located on both the Eastside and Westside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Treatment of Non-native Invasive Plants
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/15/2009 
Expected:03/2011
 
05/2011 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: HNF proposes to use mechanical, manual, chemical and biological techniques, either singly or in combination, to treat and control Non-native Invasive Plant infestations on approx. 5,000 acres of FS land across the entire HNF
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29346
Location: UNIT - Hiawatha National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac. On Forest Service land across the entire Hiawatha National Forest.
Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) O&M Plan
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2011 
Expected:05/2011  05/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: The development of an operation and maintenance (O&M) plan for the existing powerline corridor that crosses National Forest land.
Location: UNIT - Hiawatha National Forest All Units. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac. The powerline corridor is found on the Westside and the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
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Hiawatha National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
American Transmission Company (ATC) - 6904/6905 Powerline Rebuild
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/19/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:05/2011
 
12/2011 Lyn Hyslop
906-643-7900
lhyslop@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rebuild and up grade of an existing powerline from St. Ignace, MI to Rudyard, MI. The upgrade will increase the voltage from 69 volts to a 138KV transmission line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29911
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - T43N R3W, S. 12-14, 22, 23, 33, 34; T42N R3W S 4, 8, 17-19, 30, 31; T41N R4W S 1, 12, 13, 24, 25, 36; T40N R4W S 1, 12. Powerline corridor is found on the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest. The 6904/6905 Line Corridor is from St. Ignace, MI to Rudyard, MI.
Cloverland Electric Company Operation and Maintenance Plan
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Developing the Operation and Maintenance Plan for the powerline corridor.
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. The project is located in Chippewa and Mackinac counties, Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
East Red Pine III
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:11/2011  05/2012 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning of red pine stands throughout the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. Throughout the Eastside of the HNF.
Great Lakes Gas Pipeline Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/10/2010  01/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renewal of Special Use Permit for an existing gas pipeline corridor crossing National Forest System Land
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31233
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac. Gas pipeline corridor is found on the Westside and the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
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Hiawatha National Forest,   Munising Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mirrorwood
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2010 
Expected:08/2011  06/2016 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management to promote forest health, stand growth and quality, move stands toward Forest Plan goals, maintain early seral classes, and establish woodlots.
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T46N,R18W, Sec 18-33; T46N,R19W, Sec 20, 21, 24, 25-36; T45N,R20W, Sec 1, 15, 19-21, 28-34; T45N, R19W, 31-33; T45N, R18W, 6, 7, 18, 19; T44N, R20W, Sec 4-9, 16-18. This project is located in the north central part of the Munising Ranger District.
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Hiawatha National Forest,   Rapid River Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Chatham Telephone Company Fiber Optic Cable Installation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/22/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
04/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue an amendment to the Chatham Telephone Company SUP for installation of a fiber optic cable crossing National Forest land. The cable will be buried in a road ROW following existing telephone corridor. No vegetation will be removed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33797
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger, Delta. Corridor is located on the Westside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
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Hiawatha National Forest,   Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
American Transmission Company (ATC) 6952 Maintenance
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/08/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
02/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: ATC is proposing to rebuild their 6952 powerline to correct many safety issues with low hanging powerlines. Rebuild will be within the existing corridor to provide reliable and safe service to rural customers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32602
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T46N R3W, Secs 15, 18 & 19; T46N R4W , Secs 13-18; T46N R5W, Sec 23. Powerline corridor is found on the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest parallel to Highway M-28.
Chippewa County Emergency Services/911 Central Dispatch
EA
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a Special Use Permit for the installation of a communication tower on National Forest System Land.
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T47N R3W Sec. 16. Powerline corridor is found on the Westside and the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
East Unit Spawning Habitat
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  05/2011 Chuck Bassett
906-789-3336
cbassett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Increase natural reporduction of brook trout by installing spawning habitat in Bear Creek, Biscuit Creek, and Creek Number Nine. Design would duplicate previous successful projects.
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T44N, R4W, Sections 17, and 26; T46N, R6W, Section 24. Project activities located on various streams (Biscuit Creek, Bear Creek, Creek Number Nine) on the Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery Construction Enhancements
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Completed  Actual: 12/13/2010  04/2011 Jim Ozenberger
307-739-5431
jozenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: USFWS is proposing to update their facilities at Pendills Creek NFH. Some of these upgrades would occur on Forest Service system land
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T47N, R4W, Sections 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34. South of Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway on Forest Road 3157.
Sault Ste. Marie Conveyance
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/09/2009 
Expected:01/2011
 
06/2011 Stevan Christiansen
906-643-7900
sjchristiansen@fs.fed.us 
Description: Hiawatha National Forest is proposing to sell the Sault Ste. Marie District Office
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31392
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. The Sault Ste. Marie District Office is located at 4000 I-75 Business Spur, Sault Ste. Marie.
Strongs Grade Culvert Removals
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:02/2011  07/2011 Chuck Bassett
906-789-3336
cbassett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve aquatic organism passage in tributaries to the East Branch Tahquamenon River by removing culverts on the Strongs Grade that are no longer needed and often plugged by beaver.
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T46N, R6W, Section 24 SW-SE; T46N, R5W, Section 30 NW-NW; T46N, R5W, Section 30 NW-NE. Creek Number Nine, Unnamed creek, and Creek Number Eight along the Strongs Grade.
Trout Brook Pond Habitat Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Chuck Bassett
906-789-3336
cbassett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restore productivity of existing brook trout habitat by removing approximately 15,000 cubic yards of sand and organic sediment. Provide spawning habitat by installing approximately 80 cubic yards of gravel in spring upwelling zones.
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T44N, R4W, S22, Chippewa County. Located 11 air miles west of Rudyard and 12 miles east of Trout Lake on north side of H-40.
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Hiawatha National Forest,   St. Ignace Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Shores
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/19/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:04/2011
 
09/2011 Daniel Range
906-643-7900
drange@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management to provide forest products and wildlife habitat needs; and for insect and disease control/prevention. Provide a safe and efficient transportation system by decommissioning unneeded roads/constructing new roads where needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29344
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mackinac. This project is located along the north lake shores of Lakes Huron and Michigan. The city of St. Ignace is located south of project area.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.