Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
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

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2017 
Expected:12/2019
 
12/2019 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 Bayfield Electric Line Burial
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 09/27/2019  09/2019 Nicole Molitor
715-634-4821, x 2327
nicole.g.molitor@usda.gov 
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  Completed  Actual: 09/12/2019  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.
2020 Stream-road Crossing Repair and Maintenance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2019 
Expected:10/2019  02/2020 Sara Sommer
715-362-1365
sarasommer@fs.fed.us 
Description: Replace culverts in Forest and Oconto Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56822
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The culverts are in the Townships of Hiles and Townsend.
North Country Trail Dispersed Campsite Development and Improvements
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2019 
Expected:06/2020
 
07/2020 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:12/2019
 
03/2020 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
- 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 10/2019 
Expected:01/2020
 
02/2020 Nicole Molitor
715-634-4821
nicolegmolitor@fs.fed.us 
Description: To provide mineral material for the next 10-20 years for infrastructure maintenance and other activities, we propose to expand 4 existing gravel pit sites, develop 7 new gravel pit sites and do final reclamation of 1 temporary borrow pit site.
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.
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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 Blowdown Project
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Forest products  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/07/2019
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 12/2019 
Expected:03/2020
 
03/2020 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us 
Description: Salvaging timber from the storm damaged areas in Langlade and Oconto Counties.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56538
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Langlade and Oconto Counties.
Camp One and Diamond Roof Gravel Pit Expansion
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 08/14/2019  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.
Mountain Bike Parking Area and Trail Connecter
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/08/2019 
Expected:10/2019
 
10/2019 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. The connecter trail would be from the current bike trail to Boulder Lake boat landing parking lot. The parking area would be just south of Highway 64 on Van Alstine Road (Forest Road #3268).
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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 10/2019 
Expected:06/2020  06/2020 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.
Kidrick
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2020 
Expected:09/2020  10/2020 Jane Darnell
715-748-4875, ext 7484838
jane.darnell@usda.gov 
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.
Round Lake Fish Passage and Water Level Control
CE
- 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.
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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
2019 Bayfield Electric Pigeon Lake Line Burial
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 07/31/2019  08/2019 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667 ext. 5235
jennifer.maziasz@usda.gov 
Description: An amendment to the Special Use Permit to relocate an existing powerline that is being affected by high water in Pigeon Lake with a new underground line along FR228. Proposal includes the removal of old infrastructure.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56552
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Bayfield County T45N, R8W, Sections 26 and 35.
Bayfield Peninsula Hydrogeology Project
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  Completed  Actual: 09/30/2019  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:12/2019
 
01/2020 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.
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