Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2013 to 03/31/2013
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)  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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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
2013 CNNF Annual Motor Vehicle Use Map
CE
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Dave Campbell
715-762-5131
dcampbell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project has been cancelled. The Forest is required to update its motor vheicle use map annually. As this is purely an administrative action, it no longers requires NEPA.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39960
Location: UNIT - Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas. LEGAL - Forest-wide. Forest-wide.
Heterobasidion Root Disease Prevention
EA
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 11/15/2012  11/2012 Jerry VanCleve
715-264-2511
jvancleve@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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
Nicolet Waterways Restoration Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/22/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Scott Anderson
715-674-4481
scottanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would restore and improve rivers, streams, and creeks under a programatic waterway program for the Nicolet side of the forest. Th
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40899
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Lakewood-Laona and Eagle River-Florence Ranger Districts. Nicolet National Forest.
Turtle Nesting Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/22/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 Scott Anderson
715-674-4481
scottanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Create 3 nesting site for turtles (Regional Forester Sensitive Species) on the Nicolet side of the forest.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40901
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. Nicolet side of the forest.
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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
Snowmobile Trail Reroutes for 2012
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 11/23/2012  12/2012 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.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39535
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - T40N, R14E, Section 15. Trail relocation is nearLily 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
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.
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  Completed  Actual: 10/03/2012  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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:02/2013  03/2013 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designate ATV's on existing snowmobile trail.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39627
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T33N, R15E, Section 18. Diamond roof to Engels Road.
Grubhoe ATV Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2013 
Expected:05/2013  05/2013 Melissa Simpson
715-528-4464 ext 139
mdsimpson@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would relocated part of the Grubhoe ATV Trail.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence. LEGAL - T39N. R15E, Section 13. Grubhoe Area.
Lakewood ATV Routes 2012
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/07/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
03/2013 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: ATV routes and trails would be added to the Lakewood Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39536
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T31-33N, R15-16E. Lakewood District.
Lakewood Southeast Project
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 10/19/2012
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/2013 
Expected:02/2013
 
10/2013 Marilee Houtler
715-276-6333
hkkhljjh 
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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Phelps Snowmobile Trail Relocation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2013 
Expected:04/2013  12/2013 Melissa Simpson
715-528-4464 ext 139
mdsimpson@fs.fed.us 
Description: The snowmobile trail needs to be relocated to move it off private land. The private landowner no longer wants the trail on thier property. It would be relocated on forest.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Vilas. LEGAL - T42N, R11E, Section 27 and 34. Phelps Area.
Sullivan Springs Road ATV Connector
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:03/2013  03/2013 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Add ATV trails from the Nicolet State Trail (NST) in the Lakewood Area to Sullivan Springs Road.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - T32N, R16E, Sections 1, 3, 11, and 12; T33N, R16E, Section 36. NST in Lakewood to Sullivan Springs Road.
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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
Bunker Road Snowmobile Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 12/05/2012  12/2012 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service is proposing to designate a portion of Forest Road 103B for snowmobile trail use which would complete the bypass of the unavailable private land, leaving the trail system intact. FR 103B is currently open to public motorized use.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40520
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - T32N, R1E, Sections 7 and 8. Town of Chelsea, Taylor County, Wisconsin.
Ice Age Trail Improvement (CRAC 37)
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/11/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
03/2013 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail north of Hay Meadow Road (FR 572) has numerous existing boardwalk and puncheon sections that are ineffective and unsafe. The Forest Service is proposing to replace existing boardwalk and other structures.
Web Link:  http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40810
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - T32N, R2W, Section 23. Town of Grover, Taylor County, WI, off of Hay Meadow Rd.
Mondeaux Hardrock Prospecting Permits
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 11/03/2012 
Expected:02/2013
 
04/2013 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://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/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.
Taylor to Price Snowmobile Trail Connecter
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2013 
Expected:05/2013  09/2013 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@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
2012 Recreation Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/20/2012 
Expected:01/2013
 
01/2013 Teresa Maday
(715) 373-2667
tmaday@fs.fed.us 
Description: Washburn Ranger District, is preparing an Decision Memo for a number of recreation management activities (creation of trail connectors, toilet building installation, removal of older toilet buildings), collectively referred to as the 2012 Recreation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/cnnf/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Remove toilet T49N R7W Sec17; Create ATV trail T49N R7W Sec17 & 20; Create ski trail, install and remove toilet T49N R5W Sec7; motorized trail T45N R7W Sec 31; Snowmo. trail re-route T44N, R7W, Sec34. A number of recreation sites and trails across the Washburn Ranger District, Bayfield County, WI.
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.
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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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.