Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2019 to 09/30/2019
Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2017 
Expected:09/2019
 
09/2019 Timothy Vetter
715-362-1373
timothy.vetter@usda.gov 
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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55748
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

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  Completed  Actual: 06/07/2019
05/17/2019 
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 Bayfield Electric Line Burial
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:08/2019  08/2019 Jonathan McNeill
(715) 762-5154
jdmcneill@fs.fed.us 
Description: An amendment to the Special Use Permit to replace existing overhead powerline with a new underground line within the existing utility corridor right-of-way. Proposal includes the removal of overhead supporting infrastructure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56339
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Multiple locations on Great Divide and Washburn Ranger Districts.
2019 West Side Special Use Road Renewals
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/10/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
01/2020 Mary Scheuerman
715-362-1331
mary.scheuerman@usda.gov 
Description: Renewal of 4 special use Forest road permits to access private land. Renewal of 1 special use well permit to provide water to private residence.
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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 04/28/2019  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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 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.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55297
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:
Comment Period Public Notice 05/28/2019 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 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:10/2019
 
11/2019 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  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/26/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 09/2019 
Expected:12/2019
 
12/2019 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.
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 
Completed  Actual: 06/05/2019  09/2019 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.
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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 Waupee Dam Repair
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 05/03/2019  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.
Camp One and Diamond Roof Gravel Pit Expansion
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/18/2019 
Expected:08/2019
 
08/2019 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 7484826
greg.knight3@usda.gov 
Description: This project would expand current gravel pits to provide needed road maintenance material and for other uses.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56282
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Diamond Roof and Otter Lake areas.
Lakewood-Laona Early Successional Habitat Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  Completed  Actual: 04/02/2019  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.
Mountain Bike Parking Area and Trail Connecter
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:08/2019  08/2019 Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us 
Description: Parking lot and trail connector construction
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56378
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Langlade. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Starting at the Boulder area and going north past Hwy 64.T31N, R15E.
Tracy's Place ATV Access SUP and Crooked Lake Trail Reroute.
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 06/12/2019
05/28/2019 
06/2019 Greyling Brandt
218-663-8084
gbrandt@fs.fed.us 
Description: New ATV route to business under a special use permit and relocating trail 55544 to Forest Road 2327 due to poor trail conditions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55961
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Tracy's place is south of Mountain, WI on Highway 32. Trail 55544 is south of Flower Lake by the Marinette County.
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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
John's Creek Gravel Pit Expansion
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:10/2019  11/2019 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 7484826
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.
Round Lake Fish Passage and Water Level Control
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sue Reinecke
715-762-5185
sreinecke@fs.fed.us 
Description: **On hold until water modelling/engineering plans are complete** 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 Rive
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.
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

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 06/21/2019  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
Bayfield Peninsula Hydrogeology Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2019 
Expected:08/2019  09/2019 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jmaziasz@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service and Wisconsin Geological Natural History Survey (WGNHS) are proposing to drill two boreholes, collect and describe the sediment, and install monitoring wells in the Bayfield Peninsula to better understand the area hydrogeology
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56403
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Two proposed drilling locations are located on the northern portion of the Washburn Ranger District near Moquah Barrens.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2016 
Expected:09/2019
 
10/2019 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 
Completed  Actual: 04/03/2019  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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