Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2018 to 06/30/2018
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
CenturyLink Fiber 2018
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/14/2018  03/2018 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-2461
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Installing fiber optic cable for less than 15 miles in Ashland and Oconto Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52896
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Along roads in Ashland and Oconto Counties.
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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
Fourmile Vegetation Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 10/2018 
Expected:05/2019
 
06/2019 Adam Felts
715-528-4464x126
afelts@fs.fed.us 
Description: Move forest vegetation to desired conditions, provide an efficient road system, continue Forest research projects, maintain public safety related to wildfire, maintain hunter hiking trails, and contribute toward wood products demand.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51959
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - T40N, R11E; T40N, R12E; T39N, R11E; T39N, R12E; T38N, R11E; and T38N, R12E. 7 miles east of Eagle River, stretching south from Highway 70 to Highway 32 (or the southern border of the Argonne Exp. Forest) and stretching approximately 4-7 miles wide.
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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
Bayfield Electric SUP 2018
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/16/2018 
Expected:04/2018
 
04/2018 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: To replace about 3,000 ft of existing overhead powerline with a new underground line within the existing utility corridor. New buried cable would be within the existing right-of-way. Proposal includes the removal of overhead supporting infrastructure
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53593
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - T 44 North, R 5 West, Sec 4, Bayfield County, WI. Near Marengo Lake Road (FR 384), Town of Grandview, the section runs between FR 202 and FR 384.
Beaverdam Lodge Complex Decommissioning, Maintenance and Access Repairs
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Facility management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2018 
Expected:06/2018  07/2018 Michael Martin
Glidden Office: 715-264-2511 Hayward Office: 715-634-4821
mikemartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposed action/undertaking: decommission dilapidated Beaverdam Lake buildings; designate and/or repair access roads for dam and spillway testing, inspection, maintenance, or repair; and implement ongoing dam maintenance and repairs.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53737
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Beaverdam Lodge Complex is located about 15 miles southwest of Mellen in northern Wisconsin, Township 45 North, Range 4 West, sections 1 and 2.
Black Torch Landscape Management
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 03/22/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
05/2018 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.
Gravel Prospecting at Multiple Locations
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 01/09/2018  04/2018 Nicole Molitor
906-428-5874
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Multiple test holes would be dug at several locations to determine if an area has the potential for gravel pit expansion or development. See map.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53167
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations across district.
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.
Restoration of Forest Road 383 and 150 Segments, Trail 25 Realignment and River Bank Stabilization
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2018 
Expected:01/2019  05/2019 Michael Martin
Glidden Office: 715-264-2511 Hayward Office: 715-634-4821
mikemartin@fs.fed.us 
Description: As a result of the July 11, 2016, flood damage, the district is proposing to decommission and restore segments of Forest Road 383 and Forest Road 150, realign a segment of Snowmobile Trail 25, and stabilize a section of the Marengo River bank.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53743
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. FR 383 segment from North Country Trail to FR 383B. FR 150 segment south of FR 199. Snowmobile Trail 25 segment north of FR 199C to FR 187. Marengo River Bank southwest of FR 384C.
Trail 5 ATV Trail Reroute
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 01/19/2018  01/2018 Chad Jacobson
715-264-2511
chadjacobson@fs.fed.us 
Description: Relocate about one mile of ATV Trail #5 located east of Forest Road 320 and north of Forest Road 164 or Moose Lake Road.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53199
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T41N, R6W, Section 8, 9, 16 and 17.
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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
2018 Road-Stream Crossing Repair and Maintenance
CE
- Watershed management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace five culvert throughout the district in Forest and Oconto Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53198
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest and Oconto Counties.
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.
Forest Roads 2309 and 2346A Reconditioning
CE
- Road management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Patrick Hampston
715-762-5134
phampston@fs.fed.us 
Description: The road are in need of heavy maintenance and pull outs to increase safety.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53189
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Two different areas include the southeast part of Lakewood and Bear Lake areas.
Joe K Gravel Pit Expansion
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 01/23/2018  02/2018 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 26
gknight@fs.fed.us 
Description: Expansion of the pit to provide material for roads and trail maintenance.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52712
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Pit location is off Forest Road 2136, just east of the Town of Blackwell.
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/13/2016
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 03/2018 
Expected:06/2018
 
08/2018 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.
Townsend Project
EIS

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 04/01/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation and Road Management Project (to access click on "Analysis" for the Draft EIS). If you are having trouble viewing these documents in Internet Explorer please try a different web browser such as Chrome, FireFox or other web browser.
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.
Wisconsin Public Service Projects 2018
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/20/2018  04/2018 Jonathan McNeill
928-467-3200
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Bury power lines to replace old over head lines and one new line would be installed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52495
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lakewood-Laona Ranger 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
Kidrick
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2018 
Expected:05/2019  06/2019 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project is primarily a vegetation management project with focus on mid to late successional hardwood forest. Primary purpose is to maintain forest health and diversity. Project will also include a transportation analysis.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50889
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located in the northwest portion of the Forest within Taylor County in T32N, R2-3W and T33N, R1-3W.
McKenzie Creek Bridge Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2018 
Expected:08/2018
 
09/2018 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Culvert removal and installation of a bridge on Perkinstown Motorized Trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53648
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. At the existing culvert crossing of the trail and McKenzie Creek in Taylor County, Grover Township, Township 31 North, Range 2 West, Section 27.
Smith Rapids Equestrian Trail Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/19/2018 
Expected:05/2018
 
06/2018 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jdarnell01@fs.fed.us 
Description: Developing a proposal to reroute the Smith Rapids Equestrian Trail in order to avoid 3 stream crossing structures, one of which is currently closed. Proposed reroute will be from Smith Rapids Campground north into the Buffalo Farms area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53092
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Town of Eisenstein, Township 40 North, Range 2 East, Sections 24 and 25.
Winter Sports Road Electric Line Burial
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a proposal by Clark Electric Cooperative to convert about 4 1/4 miles of overhead electric line to underground electric wires within their existing utility corridor in order to provide a safer and more reliable electric service.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51504
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located in the Town of Grover (T32N, R2W) along Winter Sports Road (FR 119)starting at Spruce Lake Road going north to Beaver Creek Road (FR 121) and then a short distance east.
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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
Birch Grove Campground Group Site Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us 
Description: Creation of a new group camping site(s) near Birch Grove Campground on the Washburn Ranger District
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52637
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Bayfield County, WI. T49N, R6W, Section 36. Birch Grove Campground on FR435 on the Washburn Ranger District near Washburn WI.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2016 
Expected:05/2018
 
07/2018 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@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

           *UPDATED*
- 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.
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