Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2017 to 03/31/2017
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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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)

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
Bayfield Electric Power Line Reconstruction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/06/2016  10/2016 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: An amendment to the Special Use Permit to maintain and reconstruct electric lines: approximately 3.9 miles of line replacement, 3.2 miles of underground line installation, and 2.9 miles of overhead line removal.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49932
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Great Divide District sections are near Lake Five Road and Ryans Lane Road in Cable, WI. The Washburn sections include Finger Lake Road in Delta, WI and Lake Owen Station Road in Drummond, WI.
Flood Damage Repairs
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2016 
Expected:04/2017  05/2017 Michael Martin
Glidden Office: 715-264-2511 Hayward Office: 715-634-4821
mikemartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Flood damage repairs on multiple sites in the Great Divide and Washburn ranger districts from June 11,2016, storm event.
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various flood damage locations in the Great Divide and Washburn ranger districts.
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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
Morgan Lake Vegetation Management Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/17/2016 
Expected:02/2017
 
05/2017 Adam Felts
715-528-4464x126
afelts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Move forests to desired conditions, contribute toward wood products demand, provide an efficient road system, increase public safety related to wildfire potential, enhance wood turtle habitat,and maintain Mud Lake hunter hiking trail and openings.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48101
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest. LEGAL - T38N, R16E; T38N, R15E; T38N, R14E; and T38N, R13E. The project area is in the southeastern portion of the District, stretching from east of Morgan Lake Campground to HWY 55.
WI Public Service 2016 Electric Reliability Project, Eagle River-Florence
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/04/2016 
Expected:10/2016
 
10/2016 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of approximately 5.8 miles of underground electric cable and the removal of approximately 1.5 miles of overhead electric lines to improve electric reliability to rural communities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49233
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T39N, R11E, Sec 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 23, 26, 34; T40N, R11E, Sec 34, 35, 35; T40N, R12E, Sec 28, 29.
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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
Black Torch
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 03/21/2016 
Expected:09/2017
 
09/2017 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5874
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us 
Description: This proposal would use timber management to move the forest towards the forest plan desired conditions. It would include timber harvest, prescribed burning, reforestation, modifications of the transportation system and wildlife habitat improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47680
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Sawyer. LEGAL - It includes portions of the Townships 40-44 North and Ranges 3-5 West. It is located east and south of Clam Lake, WI in Ashland and Sawyer counties; includes portions of townships Chippewa, Draper, Gordon, Marengo, Round Lake, Shanagolden, Spider Lake, and Winter.
CenturyLink Fiber Install
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 11/07/2016  11/2016 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to allow the install of about 10 miles of underground fiber optic cable, 700 ft. of copper cable and associated equipment. Most of the installation would be adjacent to existing roadways or within existing utility corridors.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50384
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Townships of Spider Lake and Round Lake, Sawyer County, WI.
Forest Lodge Lease
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Heritage resource management
- Special use management 
Completed  Actual: 12/08/2016  01/2017 Michael Martin
715-264-2511
mikemartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to issue a long term lease under the Historic Preservation Act for the Occupancy and Use of Forest Lodge Historic District for education, interpretation, & research to create a premier center for environmental leadership and conservation.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49602
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Lodge Historic District and areas across the Great Divide District (e.g. North Country Trail, Porcupine Lake Wilderness, Rock Lake Trail, Forest Lodge Nature Trail, and recreation sites).
Morgan Falls Trail Realignment and Reconstruction
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2017 
Expected:04/2017  05/2017 Chad Jacobson
715-264-2511
chadjacobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Flood damage repair, reconstruction and realignment, including trailhead parking area relocation and expansion, trail segment construction, reconstruction, and repair, construction and installation of boardwalk over Morgan Creek and more
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - T45N R4W Section 30. Morgan Falls/St. Peters Dome Trailhead.
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.
Snowmobile Trail 90 Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 11/10/2016  11/2016 Chad Jacobson
715-264-2511
chadjacobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Snowmobile Trail 90 Reroute
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50668
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Sawyer. LEGAL - T44N, R6W, Sections 26 and 27. 0.81 of a mile of Snowmobile Trail 90 located adjacent to the Marengo River.
Xcel Energy Power Line Reconstruction
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2016 
Expected:01/2017
 
02/2017 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to relocate a powerline from a cross-county location to along Bayfield Co. Hwy. M. The existing line was built in wetlands, relocating the line would reduce impacts to wetlands, and improve access for future maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50057
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest System lands along Bayfield County Highway M in T43N R6W Sections 17, 18, 19, and 20.
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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
ANR Pipeline Company Permit Reissuance
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue an existing special use permit to ANR Pipeline Company for an interstate natural gas pipeline. No new construction.
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest and Oconto Counties.
Bear Paw Snowmobile Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rerouting the snowmobile trail off private land and onto closed Forest Service roads.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50567
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Near Bear Paw Lake.
Bilberry and opening habitat
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Anderson
715-674-4481
scottanderson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improve habitat for the Dwarf Bilberry and maintain openings
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. In Ocotno County.
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/13/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 02/2017 
Expected:05/2017
 
05/2017 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us 
Description: Correct aspen age to meet the forest plan
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48644
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lakewood-Laona Ranger District.
Nicolet Salvage Project
EA
- Forest products  On Hold  N/A  N/A Marilee Houtler
715-276-6333
mhoutler@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project NEPA would cover destructive events on the Nicolet National Forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47100
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T31-43N, R11-17E, Nicolet National Forest.
Road-stream crossing repair and maintenance 2017
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 11/29/2016  12/2016 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Culverts are located throughout the Lakewood-Laona District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50241
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lakewood-Laona District.
Townsend Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 05/29/2015
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 03/2017 
Expected:07/2017
 
10/2017 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and road Management Project
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45830
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Northeast Langlade, Northwest Oconto and South Forest Counties.
WI Public Service 2016 Electric Reliability Projects, part 2
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/23/2016 
Expected:06/2017
 
06/2017 Joan Stanfield-Smith
715-362-1300
jstanfieldsmith@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installation of approx. 8,448 feet of underground electric line within the existing road right-of -way on Oconto Hwy T, old Hwy 32,and Tar Dam Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49521
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T31N, R16E, Section 3; T32N, R15E, Section 8; T32N, R16E, Section 21; Oconto County, Wisconsin.
Wolf River ATV Project
CE
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Build a trail to connect two existing routes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45955
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. South Branch of the Oconto River on the southwest side of the district.
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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
Medford Aspen II
EA
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 07/07/2016 
Expected:03/2017
 
05/2017 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Timber harvest and forest regeneration activities for aspen are being considered along with associated ground based access. Some road construction,reconstruction, maintenance and decommissioning proposals will be considered.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48388
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The project area is located in the northern portion of Taylor County on the Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, of the Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, approximately 10 miles northwest of Medford, Wisconsin.
North Boundary Salvage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 10/13/2016  01/2017 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage and thinning harvest of trees as a result of July 2016 storms.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50109
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project is located in parts of Sections 2 and 12 in T33N, R2W, part of Section 18 in T33N, R1E, and part of Section 1 in T32N, R1W of Taylor County, WI, Towns of Westboro and Molitor.
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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
Artemis Salvage
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 10/19/2016  11/2016 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal to improvement of the health of the stands affected by the storm includes harvest of the damaged timber and reforestation of affected stands. Prompt salvage, site preparation, and hazardous fuel reduction.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50190
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Individual red and jack pine stands north of Hwy 2 in Bayfield County, WI.
Bayfield Electric Lake Half Moon
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/08/2016  12/2016 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to authorize 200' of an existing power line through an amendment to Bayfield Electric's current permit. The line was installed around 1950 without Forest Service approval and is not covered under the Bayfield Electric's existing permit.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50584
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This proposal involves a line that has already been constructed on Forest System lands in T44N R8W Sections 24, Bayfield County, WI.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2016 
Expected:04/2017
 
05/2017 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal is to re-issue a special use authorization for a new term for Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership's existing pipeline system, pumping station, and associated improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44889
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project includes 11.5 miles of existing pipeline system, the pumping station, and associated improvements on Forest Service lands north of US Highway 2.
Greenwood Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Road management 
On Hold  N/A  N/A Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and transportation management in the northern part of the District. Management actions would include clearcut and shelterwood systems to regenerate oak, aspen, and pine, and thinnings to promote growth and vigor in pine plantations.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47446
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Townships 47, 48 and 49 North Ranges 6, 7 and 8 West, 4th Principal Meridian . Project is located approximately seven miles northeast of Iron River, Wisconsin and in the Townships of Barksdale, Clover, Iron River, Keystone, Pilsen, Port Wing, Tripp, and Washburn.
Norvado Fiber Install
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/09/2016 
Expected:01/2017
 
02/2017 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to install approximately 1.4 miles of underground fiber optic cable and associated equipment. All of the installation would be adjacent to existing roadways. This project would provide faster and more reliable internet service.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50058
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T44N R7W Sections 26, 27, 34, & 35, Bayfield County, WI.
Twin Lakes Salvage and Restoration
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/27/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2017 
Expected:05/2017
 
06/2017 Leesha Howard-McCauley
715-373-2667 x240
lmhowardmccauley@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvage of timber and forest restoration projects following the July 21, 2016 wind and rain storm event. This proposal is to treat approximately 2,000 acres of damaged timber, based on an aerial imagery analysis.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50192
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The north end of the Washburn Ranger District. Concentrations of damage in the Twin Lakes and Birch Grove Campground area.
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