Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
Chequamegon / Nicolet 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, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,  Eagle River-Florence Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,  Great Divide Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,  Lakewood-Laona Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,  Medford-Park Falls Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,  Washburn 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 10/2012 
Expected:10/2012
 
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  Completed  Actual: 03/23/2012  08/2012 Brenda Halter-Glenn
202-260-9400
bhalterglenn@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.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet 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 Plan Amendment ORV Definition and Standard
CE
- Land management planning  Cancelled  N/A  N/A William Johnson
715-362-1335
wcjohnson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest originally proposed an amendment to its 2004 Plan related to off-road vehicles (ORV). Recent State law and rule changes no longer require any changes to Plan standards, and minor definition changes will be "administrative" (2012 Rule).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=34747
Location: UNIT - Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Forest, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Forest-wide.
Heterobasidion Root Disease Prevention
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 06/17/2011 
Expected:08/2012
 
08/2012 Brian Quinn
715-762-5176
bquinn@fs.fed.us 
Description: The forest proposes to treat cut stumps with borax to prevent colonization by Heterobasidion annosum, a root disease of pine and other conifers.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36264
Location: UNIT - Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Forest-wide.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Maintenance of roads, trails, utility corridors, and right-of-ways
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 05/09/2012 
Expected:07/2012
 
07/2012 Jeff Seefeldt
618-658-2111
jseefeldt@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would perform routine maintenance on roads, trails, utility corridors, and right-of-ways. This project is programic maintenance for both Eagle River-Florence and Lakewood-Laona Ranger Distircts. No construction or reconstruction
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39247
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Eagle River-Florence and Lakewood-Laona Ranger Districts. T31N-T43N, R17E-R11E; T36N, R8E, Section 8.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,   Eagle River-Florence Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Phelps and Lily Pad Road Snowmobile Trail Relocations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:08/2012  09/2012 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Phelps would constuct/designated .15 miles of trail and Lily Pad Road would designate 2 existing corridors to remove the trail from private land onto public land.
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Vilas. LEGAL - T42N, R11E, Sections 27 and 34; T40N, R14E, Section 15. One is near the Town of Phelps and the other is near Lily Pad Lake.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,   Great Divide Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
20 mile Creek Restoration
EA
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 06/27/2012  07/2012 Jim Mineau
715-762-5182
jmineau@fs.fed.us 
Description: This action would restore a segment of Twentymile Creek by removing the old abandoned railroad grade crossing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38840
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - The grade crosses 20 Mile Creek in T44N, R5W, Section 6. About 5 miles southeast of Grandview, WI near Forest Road 378.
Relocation of FR 201 and FR 213 intersections with C.T.H. D
EA
- Road management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Debra Proctor
715-634-4821
debralproctor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate the intersections of County Highway D with Forest Road 201 and Forest Road 213 north of the current locations. Construct new sections and decommission unneeded sections of Forest Roads 201 and 213 (new and old approaches to intersection).
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Township 44 North Range 6 West Section 11. Intersection of County Highway D with Forest Roads 201 and 213 in Bayfield County approximately 5 miles south of Grand View, Wisconsin.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,   Lakewood-Laona Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
2010 Lakewood-Laona Gypsy Moth Control
EA
- Recreation management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
On Hold  N/A  N/A John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us 
Description: Apply Bt (biologic control) to control dispersal of gypsy moth from infested recreation and administrative sites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=32868
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - T31-38N, R12-18E. Lakewood-Laona Ranger District.
2013-2017 Chili Ski-In 5-year Permit
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 08/2012 
Expected:09/2012  10/2012 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replaces annual permits with a 5 year permit. No changes in factilities or activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38586
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T35N, R16E, Section 34, NESE. Lakewood.
Diamond Roof ATV route
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:10/2012  10/2012 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate ATV's on existing snowmobile trail.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T33N, R15E, Section 18. Diamond roof to Engels Road.
Hemlock Springs Pond
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 06/10/2012  07/2012 Thomas Moris
715-674-4481
tmoris@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project conitues dredging the spring pond by increasing the size of the disposal areas, building a berm, maintenance of access roads, and laying a dredge line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38419
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T33N, R15E, Section 1. Hemlock Spring northeast of Townsend.
Lakewood ATV Trails 2012
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012  09/2012 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Adding/designating ATV trails/routes around the Lakewood part of the Lakwood-Laona Ranger District
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T31-33N, R15-16E. Lakewood District.
Lakewood Southeast Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 04/07/2011
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
10/2012 Marilee Houtler
715-276-6333
mhoutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal would use timber management, prescribed fire, and planting to move the forest toward the forest plan desired conditions. It would include timber harvest, prescibed burning, stand tending and reforestation, access, and wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=33426
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T31-32N, R17E. Southeast part of the Lakewood-Laona District, to the southeast of the Town of Mountain.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,   Medford-Park Falls Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Mondeaux Hardrock Prospecting Permits
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/02/2012
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 07/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Request for prospecting for valuable ore deposits with ground geophysical surveys and potential follow-up with bed-rock core sampling.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38285
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Township 33 North, Range 1 West. North and west of the Mondeaux Flowage in Taylor County, WI.
Park Falls Hardwoods
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/23/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2012 
Expected:09/2012
 
12/2012 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and transportation management projects primarily for restoring a landscape of uneven aged northern hardwoods, treatment for reducing threat of emerald ash borer, and other vegetation treatments to improve forest resiliency.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=28545
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Primarily the eastern sections of T37N, R3E; T38N, R3E; and T39N, R3E. The project location is about 20 miles southeast of Park Falls, WI and adjacent to the eastern boundary of Price County.
Taylor to Price Snowmobile Trail Connecter
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Evan Miller
715-748-4875
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designation of a snowmobile trail connection between a Taylor County trail in the vicinity of Mondeaux Flowage and a southern Price County snowmobile trail system using primarily existing travel corridors.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=11114
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - T33N, R1W and R2W. From the Mondeaux Flowage, northwest to Price County.
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Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest,   Washburn Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Community Wildlfire Protection Plan Hazardous Fuel Treatment Project
CE
- Forest products
- Fuels management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project entails reducing the hazardous fuels along several road corridors near the Town of Drummond.
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T45N, R7W, Sections 33, 5, 4 &15. Several roads near the Town of Drummond including Hwy 63, Lake Owen Drive and Lake Owen Station Drive.
Independence Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 04/10/2012  05/2012 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us 
Description: In July 2011, High winds damaged about 900 acres of timber on the District. The Forest Service is proposing to treat up to 600 acres of damaged timber through a salvage harvest. Access would use existing roads, trails, and 2 mile of temporary road
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36907
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T44N, R7W, Sections 1-3, 8-11 and 16. Project is located east of Highway 63 in the Town of Drummond, Bayfield County, Wisconsin.
Lake Access Project
EA
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Teresa Maday
715-373-2667
tmaday@fs.fed.us 
Description: The purpose of this project is to designate appropriate campsites, day use areas, and improve boat access points to minimize impacts from dispersesed recreation at Sawdust and Hoist Lakes.
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Township 47 North, Range 7 West, Section 8 & Township 48 North, Ranger 7 West, Section 2. Sawdust and Hoist Lakes in the northern portion of the Washburn Ranger District.
Ronkowski Road SUP
CE
- Special use management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed new issuance of a special use authorization for access to private property across NFS lands. Affects about 1/2-mile of existing, unclassified road. Some maintenance will be needed.
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T44N, R7W, Section 7. Two miles SW of the town of Drummond, WI.
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