Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)

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)  Completed  Actual: 11/28/2012  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.
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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
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/15/2012  01/2013 Patrick Malta
906-428-5827
prmalta@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
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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
2013-Cloverland Electric Cooperative Special Use Permit Re-issue
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:11/2013  12/2013 Patrick Malta
906-428-5827
prmalta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Special use permit re-issue to Cloverland Electric Cooperative for all distribution line rights-of-way, all amendments, electric substations at Eckerman and Raco, construction of two new underground lines, and a new Operation and Maintenance Plan.
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District, St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac. East side unit of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Camel Riders Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  08/2013 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project involves relocation of Snowmobile Trail 7 so as to improve safety and to facilitate more efficient maintenance and grooming of the trail. The new route will eliminate steep hills and sharp curves.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41081
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T43N R19 and 18 Sections 11,14,13,18,7,17,8,5, and 6. Between FH 13 and CR 440 in Delta County approximately 16 miles north of US 2. Approximately 1000 feet of new construction. Involves woods roads FR 2317,2109,2688,2690,2225, 2225B, 2720A, 2720.
Clear Lake Boat Launch and Trail Relocation; PWC Restriction; Issuance of Camping Permits
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  08/2013 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocating existing back-in boat launch approximately150 feet to the west of the current launch site. PWCs will be prohibited from the lake. Permits will be required for camping at the campsite. Existing hiking trail will be relocated to the south.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41084
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - T44N R17W Section 3. Hiawatha National Forest-Rapid River Manistique Ranger District-south end of Clear Lake.
Murphy Creek Bridge Replacement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  08/2013 Anne Okonek
906-474-6442 ext. 119
aokonek@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project involves replacement of an existing trail bridge over Murphy Creek on Snowmobile Trail 413 three miles southeast of Thunder Lake. The existing bridge has deteriorated and is not capable of accommodating the weight of grooming equipment.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41082
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District, Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft. LEGAL - T42N R17W Section 4. Hiawatha National Forest-Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District-Snowmobile Trail 413.
Rudyard
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/26/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013
 
06/2013 Bradley Cooper
906-643-7900
bradleylcooper@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation management, wildlife habitat improvement, transportation management, and non-native invasive plant management
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38836
Location: UNIT - St. Ignace Ranger District, Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Chippewa, Mackinac. LEGAL - T42N R2W, Sec 4-6; T42N R3W, Sec 1-2; T43N R2W, Sec 2-8, 17-20, 29, 30-32; T43N R3W, Sec 1-16,22-24,25-27,34-36; T43N R4W, Sec 1, 2 11,12; T44N R3W, Sec 18,19,27-34; T44N R4W, Sec 23,24, 25-28, 33-36. In the SE portion of Eastside unit, south of Trout Brook Pond, east of East Lake, north of road FH84, and west of Hill Lake.
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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
Goody Two Shoes
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/09/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
02/2013 Tracy Anderson
209-532-3671 x 375
tlanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest disease infested red pine from banded red pine rows which are infesting red pine regeneration.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40380
Location: UNIT - Manistique Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T 42N, R 19W, sec 23 & 26. Project is located just south of County Road 442 and 2 miles east of Forest Highway 13.
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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
Lefty Salvage
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/08/2012 
Expected:12/2012
 
05/2013 Tracy Anderson
209-532-3671 x 375
tlanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Harvest windthrown red pine due to a wind event in September 2012 in the Hickey Creek area on the Munising Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40381
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T 46N, R 18W, sec 23, 24, 25, & 26. Project is located just north of M-28 and 2 miles west of Shingleton, MI.
Au Train River Parking Area
EA
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2013 
Expected:05/2014  07/2014 Richard Anderson
906-387-2512
raanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of a 20 vehicle parking lot near the AuTrain River take out point on AuTrain/Forest Lake Road. This take out point can get very crowded during peak of summer use.The purpose of the project is to eliminate congestion and improve safety.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40371
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T47N R20W Section 32. Near the Doucette Bridge over the AuTrain River on the AuTrain/Forest Lake Road.
Bruno's Run Sustainable Trail Locations
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  10/2013 Richard Anderson
906-387-2512
raanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project involves several minor relocations of Bruno’s Run Hiking/Biking Trail to eliminate erosion and damage to the trail surface so as to improve riding conditions.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40374
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Schoolcraft, Alger. LEGAL - T44N R19W Section 12, T44N R18W Section 7. Bruno’s River Hiking and Biking Trail located 20 miles south of Munising, MI along FH13.
Dukes Snowmobile Trail
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:06/2013  09/2013 Richard Anderson
906-387-2512
raanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will construct and designate a new state groomed snowmobile trail that connects Snowmobile Trail 417 west of Au Train with Trail 8 south of Dukes.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40375
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Marquette. LEGAL - T46N R23W Section 14, 23, 27, and 35; T45N R23W Section 2. Forest Roads 2918 and 2915 in the Dukes Experimental Forest and the abandoned rail road grade north and south of M-94 near Dukes.
Graham Land Exchange
EA
- Land ownership management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/25/2011
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 03/2013 
Expected:06/2013
 
12/2013 Sharon Hagstrom
906.428.5889
shagstrom@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 privately-owned lands within the Grand Island National Recreation Area. Also reconstruct existing access to federal tract.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36609
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.
Island Lake Campground Rehabilitation
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  06/2013 Richard Anderson
906-387-2512
raanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would decommission all but one of the non-lake side camp sites in the Island Lake Campground by closing them and reestablishing vegetation. Four closed sites and the carry-in boat access would be reopened. Replace toilet with accessible
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40377
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T45N R19W Section 26. Island Lake Campground located between the Buckhorn Road and Doe Lake Road.
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 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013
 
10/2014 Lauri LaBumbard
906-387-2512
llabumbard@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
Valley Spur Trailhead Improvements
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  07/2013 Richard Anderson
906-387-2512
raanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project consists of expansion of the parking lot and construction of a garage to house ski trail grooming equipment.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40379
Location: UNIT - Munising Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Alger. LEGAL - T46N R19W Section 20. Valley Spur trailhead is 8 miles southwest of Munising, MI.
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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
Dutch Mill Spruce Budworm CE
CE
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:04/2013  11/2013 Tracy Anderson
209-532-3671 x 375
tlanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Clearcut approximately 216 acres of plantation planted spruce due to infestation of spruce budworm which is killing the spruce trees. Some of the proposed harvested spruce areas will exceed 40 acres in size.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40383
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T 42N, R 21W, sec 16, 17, 20 & 21;T43N, R21W, Sec 25, 26, 35, & 36. Project is located approximately 8 to 12 north of Rapid River, MI and east of US Hwy 41.
CR 497 Relocation
EA
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/24/2011 
Expected:01/2013
 
06/2013 Colin Nugent
906-789-3359
cnugent@fs.fed.us 
Description: EA -- Relocate approximately 2,700 feet of CR 497 and an electric powerline to an existing railroad and utility corridor to address a meander bend in the Sturgeon River that threatens to undercut the road.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37192
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T40N, R19W, Section 6 and 7. On Delta County Road 497 along the Sturgeon River 1.8 miles south of US Highway 2.
Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Inspection and Maintenance Project
EA
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/21/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Scott Maki
906-474-6442 x134
smaki@fs.fed.us 
Description: To issue a special use permit for the excavation, inspection, and repair of the Enbridge petroleum pipeline at two sites. The sites were identified during inline integrity testing and are within the Sturgeon Wild and Scenic River Corridor.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39305
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T41N, R19W, Section 20 NE. Approximately 3 miles north of US 2 at Nahma Junction, along FH13, just north of Flowing Well Campground. Access to the work area would be along the pipeline easement approx. 1/4 mile east of FH13.
Ensign Township Fire Department Hydrant Relocation
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 08/24/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
05/2013 Patrick Malta
906.428.5827
prmalta@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to an existing special use permit to relocate a dry fire hydrant on National Forest System lands for fire suppression.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39768
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - T39N, R21W, Section 28. Ogontz Bay boat launch at the mouth of Big River off County Road 503.
Priority Watershed Riparian Planting
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 12/03/2012  05/2013 James Gries
906-789-3340
jgries@fs.fed.us 
Description: Plant long lived conifers in the riparian corridors of the priority watersheds to restore important ecological functions.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40384
Location: UNIT - Rapid River Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Delta. LEGAL - Township/Range 42N20W, Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Township/Range 42N19W, Sec. 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 31; Township/Range 42N19W, Sec. 18; Township/Range 42N19W, Sec. 36. 18 Mile Creek in various locations, Little Black Creek, Black Creek, Tributary to Sturgeon River, Sturgeon River in various locations, Tributary to Black Creek.
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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
Sault Ste. Marie Conveyance
CE
- Land management planning  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/09/2009 
Expected:05/2012
 
09/2012 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.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.
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