Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
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,  Manistique Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
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
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 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 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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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
2011 Reissuance of Expired Special Use Permits
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/14/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: There are 15 special use permits expiring in 2011. The permits are for 3 directional signs, 10 roads, and 1 water storage tank.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36172
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 Forest.
Treatment of Non-native Invasive Plants
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
05/2012 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 National Forest System lands across the entire Hiawatha National Forest.
Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) O&M Plan
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 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 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
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  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:11/2011  11/2011 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
- Forest products  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2011 
Expected:11/2011  10/2016 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning 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 Hiawatha National Forest.
Eastside Timber Stand Improvement
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/18/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
07/2013 Marjorie Allmaras
906-643-7900
mallmaras@fs.fed.us 
Description: Pre-commercial thinning on approximately 1,348 acres and pruning on about 3,474 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35681
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. Located on scattered stands throughout the Westside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Merit Network Fiber Optic Cable
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:01/2012  03/2012 Anne Davy
906-789-3335
adavy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of a buried and overhead fiber optic cable along the existing road right-of-ways for approximately 24 miles.
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Delta, Mackinac. The fiber optic corridor runs the length of the Forest on US Highway 2 from Rapid River to St. Ignace.
Snomobile Trail Relocation and Wetland Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate wetland segments of snowmobile trails to higher, drier ground to prevent wetland damage resulting from illegal ORV use on the snowmobile trail during the snow-free season. Old wetland segments would be closed and rehabilitated.
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Delta. Snowmobile trail segments on the Rapid River and Manistique ranger districts, including Snowmobile Trails #2, #411, #413, and #7.
West Unit Sediment Trap Maintenance
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/19/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Chuck Bassett
906-789-3336
cbassett@fs.fed.us 
Description: Maintain productivity of existing brook trout and steelhead spawning habitat by removing sand and organic material from 17 existing sediment basins.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35677
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District, Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Alger, Delta. 17 sites in Alger, Delta, and Schoolcraft counties.
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Hiawatha National Forest,   Manistique Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Beech Bark Disease Revision
EA
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  09/2011 Tracy Anderson
906-474-6442
tlanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct a road to gain access to a landlocked parcel of National Forest System land and change the maintenance level of Forest Road 2284 from ML2 to ML1.
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - T45N, R17W, Section 20, 29, and 32. Five miles south of Shingleton, MI on the westside of Hwy 94 and west of Boot Lake.
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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
City of Munising Land-for-Timber Exchange
CE
- Heritage resource management
- Land ownership management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/12/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Sharon Hagstrom
906.789.3389
shagstrom@fs.fed.us 
Description: Acquisition of a tract from the city of Munising using timber fund receipts from the Little Pole Timber Sale in Alger and Delta counties. Project receipts will provide financing for Munising's fire department building project.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35638
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T47N, R19W, Section 28. Part of government lot 2 north of M-28 adjacent to National Forest System land to the west and adjacent to the city of Munising lands to the east.
Grand Island North Lighthouse Land Exchange
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Land ownership management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2012  11/2012 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to exchange approx 1 acre of federal lands underlying a privately-owned historic lighthouse for approx 2.4 acres of privaley-owned lands within the Grand Island National Recreation Area. Also reconstruct existing access to federal tract.
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - Federal land T48N, R19W, Section 16, part of government lot 1. Non-federal land T47N, R19W, Section 24, part of government lot 2. Grand Island National Recreation Area.
Mirrorwood
EA
- Land management planning
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2012 
Expected:04/2012
 
10/2013 Mary Maercklein
906-474-6442 ext. 117
mmaercklein@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management, watershed and fisheries habitat improvements, mountain bike trail construction, non-native invasive plant treatments, non-significant Forest Plan amendment, and road construction, closures, and decommissioning.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=33446
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.
Munising RD Stand Improvement Project 2011
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2011 
Expected:12/2011  05/2012 Lauri LaBumbard
906-387-2512
llabumbard@fs.fed.us 
Description: Perform stand improvement projects throughout the district via the personal use firewood program, including some stands that are not currently within the emerald ash borer quarantine area.
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. Across 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
Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association County Road KK Powerline Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of 1,980 feet of powerline in the County Road KK road right-of-way. The line would feed power to an Enbridge Energy pipeline emergency shut-off valve.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36018
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T41N, R19W, Sections 14 and 23. Westside of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association Pole Replacement
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/01/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
06/2012 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replacement of 15 damaged electric poles recently purchased from the Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35675
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T40N, R20W, Sections 1-4, T41N, R20W, Section 31, 34, & 35, and T41N, R21W, Section 27. The powerline corridor is on the west side of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Chatham Telephone Co. Fiber Optic Cable Installation -- Amendment #1
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/26/2011  06/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amend the Chatham Telephone Co. special use permit for installation of a fiber optic cable crossing National Forest System land. The cable would be buried in a road right-of-way following an existing telephone corridor. No vegetation removal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35683
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T42N, R21W, Sections 23 and 26. The corridor is on the Rapid River Ranger District.
Enbridge Valve Installation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/16/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2012 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install an emergency flow restriction device to allow fast remote shut-off of the pipeline in case of emergency.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=35676
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T40N, R20W, Sections 1-4, T41N, R20W, Sections 31, 34, & 35, and T41N, R21W, Section 27. West side of the Hiawatha National Forest where the pipeline crosses County Road KK.
UPPCO Powerline
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/14/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Change overhead powerlines to underground powerlines within the US 2 right-of-way.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36168
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T40N, R20W, Sections 2-4 and T41N, R20W, Sections 35 and 36. Corridor on the Westside of the Hiawatha NF along US-2.
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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
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.
Cloverland Electric M-123 Line Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/10/2011  06/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Install 2,600 feet of buried powerline within the M-123 road right-of-way.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36025
Location: UNIT - Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa. LEGAL - T46N, R6W, Section 35. Eastside of the Hiawatha National Forest in Chippewa County.
East Unit Spawning Habitat
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/11/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
07/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=31956
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.
Sault Ste. Marie Conveyance
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/09/2009 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 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 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/11/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
09/2011 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32314
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.
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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
Cloverland Cooperative Electric Company Powerline Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/14/2011 
Expected:08/2011
 
08/2011 Susan Alexander
906-789-3327
smalexander@fs.fed.us 
Description: Removal of overhead powerline lines and poles and replace with underground line within the existing corridor.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=36166
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mackinac. LEGAL - T42N, R5W, Sections 22 and 27. On the St. Ignace Ranger District.
Saint Ignace Ranger District Interpretive Trail
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2011 
Expected:09/2011  11/2011 Jim Ozenberger
906.643.7900 ext.157
jozenberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a multi-purpose, non-motorized, community-based trail network on the 80-acre National Forest parcel adjacent to the St. Ignace Ranger District office.
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Mackinac. LEGAL - T40N, R4W, W1/2, NE1/4 of Section 8. 80-acre National Forest System land adjacent to the St. Ignace Ranger District.
Shores
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/20/2011 
Expected:07/2011
 
12/2011 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. Located along the north 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.