Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
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)

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
Recreation Facility Strategy
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2017 
Expected:05/2019
 
06/2019 Timothy Vetter
715-748-4875 (34)
tvetter@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Recreation Facility Strategy prioritizes developed recreation site investments. Proposal has varying actions at 82 sites (from increased amenities to decreased maintenance) and removal of amenities at 22 sites to convert them to general forest.
Location: UNIT - Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Developed recreation sites on all ranger districts across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
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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
2019 Stream-Road Crossing Repair and Maintenance Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 02/26/2019 
Expected:04/2019
 
06/2019 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would replace ineffective culverts on the Eagle River-Florence and Lakewood-Laona Ranger Districts in Forest, Langlade, and Oconto Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55464
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Culverts would be on Forbes, Hay, Rat, tributary to Knowles, and tributary to Kingstone creek, also South Branch Oconto River.
2019 West Side Special Use Road Renewals
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2019 
Expected:09/2019  01/2020 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-
jonathan.mcneill@usda.gov 
Description: Renewal of 4 special use Forest road permits to access private land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55715
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield, Price, Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located in four locations on the Medford-Park Falls and Washburn Ranger Districts. More detailed maps will be provided on the project web page.
2019 Wisconsin Public Service Projects
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/26/2019 
Expected:05/2019
 
05/2019 Jonathan McNeill
928-467-3200
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is replacing overhead with underground electric lines in Forest, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55631
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Road right of way in Forest, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas Counties.
North Country Trail Dispersed Campsite Development and Improvements
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2019 
Expected:07/2019  07/2019 Katherine LeMoine
715-634-4821 x2326
kalemoine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Eight to 10 backpacker campsites would be developed or improved to provide long-distance hikers a consistent experience when they hike the North Country Trail in Wisconsin.
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple sites along the North Country Trail in 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
Fourmile Vegetation Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/15/2017
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 04/2019 
Expected:07/2019
 
07/2019 Kristine Vollmer
715-362-1346
kvollmer@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
Beaverdam Lake Lodge Complex Decommissioning, Maintenance and Access Repairs
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Facility management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/01/2018 
Expected:05/2019
 
05/2019 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 six miles west of Mellen in northern Wisconsin, Township 45 North, Range 4 West, section 36.
Districtwide Gravel Pit Expansion and Development
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2019 
Expected:08/2019  09/2019 Nicole Molitor
715-634-4821
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us 
Description: Creation and expansion of district gravel pits to use for future infrastructure improvement.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55340
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project proposal is still in development.
Helms Point Special Use Road Access Permit
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/15/2019  03/2019 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: A special use permit authorizing the use and maintenance of an existing road (24-foot right-of-way) to access private land for a 20-year time period is proposed. Additional gravel will be placed and grading done on the existing roadway.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55295
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T43N R6W Section 17.
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 Flood Damaged Road and Trail Segments and River Bank Stabilization
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 02/09/2019 
Expected:04/2019
 
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.
Snowmobile Trail 15 Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 03/08/2019  03/2019 Katherine LeMoine
715-634-4821 x2326
kalemoine@fs.fed.us 
Description: Avoid springs and steep slopes by constructing 320 feet of new trail and installing two water bars.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55296
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T44N R6W Sections 1 and 12.
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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
2019 WPS/Centurylink Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/13/2019  04/2019 Jonathan McNeill
928-467-3200
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: WPS wants to energize the newly installed Centurylink cable near Sunrise Lake and north of Wabeno.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55441
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Surprise Lake T32N, R17E, Section 32 and North Branch Of The Oconto (north of Wabeno)T32N, R14E, Section 1.
2019 Waupee Dam Repair
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/06/2019 
Expected:04/2019
 
08/2019 Todd Trapp
715-674-4481 x228
ttrapp@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project will repair Waupee Dam by replacing the pipe, filter material, drop inlet, and wing walls. It will also repair the emergency spillway.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55541
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Waupee Dam Repair is located at Township 32 North, Range 17 East, Section 21.
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 12/06/2018 
Expected:03/2019
 
04/2019 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.
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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
Cheesehead19
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 03/01/2019  05/2019 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 38
jane.darnell@usda.gov 
Description: Cheesehead19 is a proposal from the University of Wisconsin to conduct research to better determine how forest vegetation and management influence the atmosphere and affect weather patterns on a local scale.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55038
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Township 40 North, Ranges 1 and 2 East, Town of Eisenstein, Price County, Wisconsin.
Chippewa Lowland Ash Stand Regeneration
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 03/21/2019  05/2019 Brian Bergman
715-748-4875, x29
brian.bergman@usda.gov 
Description: Treat some lowland ash stands by under-planting other lowland hardwood and conifer species in anticipation of over-story loss of ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native, invasive pest that results in mortality of all native ash species.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55208
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Town of Cleveland, Township 32 North, Range 3 West, Section 25; Town of Grover, Township 32 North, Range 2 West, Section 30; and Town of Ford, Township 31 North, Range 3 West, Sections 12, 13, and 24.
John's Creek Gravel Pit Expansion
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2019 
Expected:10/2019  11/2019 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 26
greg.knight.3@usda.gov 
Description: This project consists of expansion of an existing gravel pit to meet road construction, re-construction, and maintenance needs in the project vicinity. This is an existing pit that has an additional source of gravel that has not been developed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54736
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Town of Grover, Township 31 North, Range 2 West, Section 7, Taylor County, Wisconsin.
Price Electric 501 Rebuild 2019
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/11/2019  02/2019 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jonathan.mcneill@usda.gov 
Description: Amend Special Use Utility Permit to allow replacement of existing electric line in Price County.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55217
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. This project is located in Township 37 North, Range 3 East, Sections 13-15, Price County, Wisconsin.
Round Lake Fish Passage and Water Level Control
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2019 
Expected:12/2019  03/2020 Sue Reinecke
715-762-5185
sreinecke@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project will consist of reestablishing a two-way fish passage and reconnect the ecosystems of the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes and the South Fork Flambeau River.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55358
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T40N, R3E, Sections 23-26, Price County, WI.
Taylor Electric Special Use Amendments
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/19/2018  01/2019 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jonathan.mcneill@usda.gov 
Description: Amendments to an existing permit issued to Taylor Elect6ric Cooperative that would allow an upgraded electric line to be installed, a new buried line to be installed, and Special Use Permits to private landowners for road access to their property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54737
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Town of Molitor, Township 32 North, Range 1 West, Section 17 and in the Town of Chelsea, Township 32 North, Range 1 East, Section 16, Taylor County, Wisconsin.
Winter Sports Road Electric Line Burial
CE
- 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.
Xcel Energy W3477 Electric Line Rebuild
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2019 
Expected:08/2019  09/2019 Jonathan McNeill
715-762-5154
jonathan.mcneill@usda.gov 
Description: Xcel Energy is planning to rebuild their W3477 electric transmission line, a portion of which is located on National Forest. The line would be the same voltage (69 kV), but taller poles would be installed to meet current line requirements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55709
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Transmission line is located in Price and Taylor Counties with the portion on National Forest being on the eastern side of the Taylor County portion of the Medford-Park Falls Ranger District.
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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
2018 Flood Repair
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management
- Road management 
Completed  Actual: 03/22/2019  05/2019 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarahholmes@fs.fed.us 
Description: Repair and maintenance of roads throughout the District and a bridge replacement on the North Country Trail following the 2018 flood event in Bayfield County, WI. Actions on the roads include resurfacing, grading, culvert replacement and ditch work.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55531
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. A number of roads across the Washburn District in Bayfield County and the North Country Trail.
Birch Grove Campground Group Site Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Cancelled  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:07/2019
 
08/2019 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 
In Progress:
Objection Period Legal Notice 02/09/2019 
Expected:04/2019
 
04/2019 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667 ext. 5235
jennifer.maziasz@usda.gov 
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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