Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2022 to 03/31/2022
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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Projects Occurring Nationwide
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)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Locatable Mining Rule - 36 CFR 228, subpart A.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sarah Shoemaker
907-586-7886
sarahshoemaker@fs.fed.us 
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes revisions to its regulations at 36 CFR 228, Subpart A governing locatable minerals operations on National Forest System lands.A draft EIS & proposed rule should be available for review/comment in late 2020
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57214
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. LEGAL - Not Applicable. These regulations apply to all NFS lands open to mineral entry under the US mining laws. More Information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/geology/minerals/locatable-minerals/current-revisions.
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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
Forestwide Oak Wilt Disease Management
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 12/20/2021  12/2021 Nicole Molitor
715-634-4821 x2327
nicole.g.molitor@usda.gov 
Description: We propose to allow prompt treatment (using a variety of tools) of oak wilt infection centers wherever found as soon as possible following discovery to slow and control the spread of oak wilt on Forest lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57903
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. Forestwide.
Recreation Facility Strategy
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/30/2017 
Expected:01/2022
 
01/2022 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667 x 5261
sarah.holmes@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
2022 Forest Wide Watershed Improvement Project
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:03/2022  04/2022 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
jennifer.maziasz@usda.gov 
Description: Proposal to replace 23 aging stream crossing structures within the Forest Service road and trail systems. Two of the sites are replacements or rehabilitation of road bridges. The other 21 sites are replacements of culverts.
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, Washburn Ranger District, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Oconto, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. 23 locations across the National Forest.
Krawze Land Exchange
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Land acquisition  On Hold  N/A  N/A Mary Scheuerman
715-362-1331
mary.scheuerman@usda.gov 
Description: Exchanging land on the east side of the forest. Lakewood-Laona Ranger District in Forest County would be exchanging land for land in Eagle River-Florence Ranger District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59900
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East side of the forest in Forest and Florence Counties.
Nicolet Gravel Pit Expansion
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Comment Period Public Notice 11/20/2021 
Expected:02/2022
 
02/2022 Greg Knight
715-748-4875 ext 7484826
greg.knight3@usda.gov 
Description: This project would expand 16 existing gravel pits on the east side of the forest.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59901
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest, Oconto, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. East side of the forest.
North Country Trail Dispersed Campsite Development and Improvements
CE
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/12/2019 
Expected:05/2022
 
05/2022 Katherine LeMoine
715-634-4821 x2326
katherine.lemoine@usda.gov 
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
2021 Brule Controlled Burn CE
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/08/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
04/2022 Steve Janke
715-276-6333 x4229
steve.janke@usda.gov 
Description: To maintain a wildlife opening by the Brule River and extend fire boundaries to the Brule River to act as a natural fire line instead of creating dozer dug control lines. Using the Brule River as a fire control line will better protect firefighters.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59328
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The maintenance of a large wildlife openings at the Brule River Opening (T41NR15E, Section 24 and T41NR16E Section 19). The area is a remnant farm field near the Brule River in Florence County, Wi.
Aspen-Spruce-Fir Restoration Project
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/17/2020
Est. Comment Period Public Notice 01/2022 
Expected:05/2022
 
05/2022 Chad Kirschbaum
715-479-2827
chad.kirschbaum@usda.gov 
Description: The Aspen-Spruce-Fir Restoration Project (ASFR) proposes to treat pockets and areas of dead, dying, diseased, and other hazard trees across the entire ERFL district. Up to 9,200 acres are proposed for active management actions.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59159
Location: UNIT - Eagle River-Florence Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Florence, Forest, Oneida, Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Spread across the entire Eagle River-Florence Ranger District.
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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
2021 Special Use Permits Second Batch
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/28/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
01/2022 Kelly Scarbrough
715-362-1314
Kelly.Scarbrough@usda.gov 
Description: Authorize requests for four new road permits.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60878
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Various locations on the Great Divide Ranger District.
Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association Trail Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Reroutes
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:06/2022  07/2022 Katherine LeMoine
715-634-4821 x2326
katherine.lemoine@usda.gov 
Description: Restore trails in the Namakagon Cluster of the CAMBA mountain bike trail system to the sustainable standards to which they were originally constructed and reroute some sections from timber sale haul routes to single-track routes.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61353
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. CAMBA Mountain Bike Trail System - Namakagon Cluster.
Forest Lodge Nature Trail Trailhead Parking Area and Traffic Circulation
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Watershed management
- Facility management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 05/28/2021 
Expected:09/2022
 
10/2022 Debra Proctor
715-580-0412
debra.proctor@usda.gov 
Description: Improve Forest Lodge road and trail infrastructure to accommodate increased use of Forest Lodge and the Nature Trail - parking, road and trail capacity, drainage, stormwater treatment, traffic sight lines within the complex and ingress and egress.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58868
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Lodge is located about eight miles east of Cable, Wisconsin.
Forest Road 164 Reconstruction
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Road management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:08/2022  09/2022 Eric Lynch
715-762-5137
eric.lynch@usda.gov 
Description: The 11.6-mile-long project area will be cleared and grubbed within 16 feet of the road centerline or as needed to create ditching. All cross-drain culverts will be replaced with polymer coated arch pipes. The entire road length will be resurfaced.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61289
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Ashland. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Forest Road 164 between County Highway GG and Forest Road 163.
Landscape Management in the Moose Two Axe Project Area
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Watershed management
- Road management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 03/2022 
Expected:02/2023  03/2023 Nicole Molitor
715-638-0272
nicole.g.molitor@usda.gov 
Description: Vegetation treatment to improve health, productivity, and resiliency of northern hardwood, spruce, pine balsam fir, birch, and aspen stands. Wildlife, fisheries, and rare plant habitat management. Fuels treatments. Road network improvements.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61327
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Southwest portion of the Great Divide Ranger District.
Snowmobile Trail 8 - Reroute to Clam Lake
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 09/28/2021 
Expected:05/2022
 
05/2022 Chad Jacobson
715-264-2511
chad.jacobson@usda.gov 
Description: Due to changes in access to private land, a new connector route is needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60875
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield, Sawyer. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Snowmobile Trail 8 Spider Lake and Namakagon townships.
Veikko Cross-Country Trail Improvement and Development
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2022 
Expected:08/2022  08/2022 Katherine LeMoine
715-634-4821 x2326
katherine.lemoine@usda.gov 
Description: The Veikko Trail, an old cross-country ski trail in the St. Peter's Dome area developed by a local ski group, will be improved and realigned to fix drainage issues. Additional trail will be developed to connect to the St. Peter's Dome Trail network.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=58459
Location: UNIT - Great Divide Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest. LEGAL - Not Applicable. St. Peter's Dome area.
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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
Jones Springs Project
EA
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 05/2022 
Expected:08/2022  08/2022 Evan Miller
715-674-4481
evanmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: This recreation area was heavily impacted by the 2019 blowdown. This project is reviewing the recreation opportunities in the area to see if any changes are needed.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59902
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. The Jones Springs area, legal T33N, R14 and R15E; T32N, R14 and 15 E.
Lakewood-Laona Plantation III
EA

           *UPDATED*
- Forest products  On Hold  N/A  N/A Benjamin Walker
715-276-6333
benjamin.walker@usda.gov 
Description: Lakewood-Laona Ranger District is planning on thinning red pine plantation across the district.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59903
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project is located at Townships 31-37 North and Ranges 12-17 East.
Lakewood-Laona Programmatic Salvage II
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2022 
Expected:12/2022  12/2022 John Lampereur
715-276-6333
jlampereur@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would salvage timber on the district under certain criteria and design features. Each site will have a specialist review.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59925
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Forest, Langlade, Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Lakewood-Laona Ranger District.
Twin Pines Additional Burn
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Linn
715-674-4481
slinn@fs.fed.us 
Description: This project would use burning to restore and maintain pine barrens in the southeast corner of the district.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59904
Location: UNIT - Lakewood-Laona Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Oconto. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Located in the southeast corner of the district, legal is Township 31 Norther, Range 17East, Sections 27, 28, 33, and 34.
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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
2021 Clark Electric Underground Utility Line Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/02/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
01/2022 Kelly Scarbrough
715-362-1314
kelly.scarbrough@usda.gov 
Description: Clark Electric Cooperative proposes to install and bury approximately 9,924 feet long of 7.2kv overhead primary distribution line along the existing ROW on the west side of Wintersports Road to replace an overhead line.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61036
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Taylor. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T31N, R2W, Sections 17, 20 and 29.
2021 Price Electric Underground Cable Installation
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 11/02/2021 
Expected:01/2022
 
01/2022 Kelly Scarbrough
715-362-1314
Kelly.Scarbrough@usda.gov 
Description: Price Electric Cooperative is proposing to install primary underground electric cable and facilities within Vilas County, WI of the Medford-Park Falls Ranger District for access by a land-locked private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61035
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Vilas. LEGAL - Not Applicable. T40N, R4E, Sections 18 & 19.
John's Creek Gravel Pit Expansion
EA
- Minerals and Geology  On Hold  N/A  N/A 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 02/2022 
Expected:11/2022  11/2022 Leesha Howard-McCauley
715-748-4875 x37
leesha.howard-mccauley@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.
Lake Eleven TS Snowmobile and Snowmobile 120 Trail Reroute
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/30/2021  09/2021 Ann Dassow
715-748-4875 ext.7484824
ann.dassow@usda.gov 
Description: Temporarily move the snowmobile trail to the Lake 11 Timber Sale haul road location to address timber sale for public safety. Reroute of a portion of Snowmobile Trail 120 near FR132 and FR519 to eliminate wetland crossing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57940
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Project located in T31N R1W section 14 R2W Section 13, Township of Grover, Taylor County, WI, FR117, FR553, W156362; T39N R3E, Section 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, and 33, Price County, Wisconsin.
Round Lake Fish Passage and Water Level Control
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Jason Krebill
715-362-1300
jason.krebill@usda.gov 
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.
Wintergreen Snowshoe Trail Construction
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 12/2021 
Expected:01/2022  01/2022 Ann Dassow
715-748-4875 ext. 7484824
ann.dassow@usda.gov 
Description: Designation of a snowshoe trail system within the area of the Wintergreen Ski Trail area. Construction consists of clearing forest debris from marked trail.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57939
Location: UNIT - Medford-Park Falls Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Price. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Within the Wintergreen Ski Trail System just north of State Hwy 70.
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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 Geological Sampling
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2022 
Expected:02/2022  05/2022 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667 x5261
sarah.holmes@usda.gov 
Description: The Forest Service and Wisconsin Geological Natural History Survey (WGNHS) are proposing to drill up to 4 boreholes to collect and describe the sediment in the Bayfield Peninsula to better understand the area hydrogeology.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61329
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Sites are located north of US Hwy 2 and about 15 miles west of Washburn, WI. Two sites are along FR 237, the others are along FR424.
Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership SUP
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 12/07/2016 
Expected:04/2022
 
05/2022 Jennifer Maziasz
715-373-2667
comments-eastern-chequamegon-nicolet-washburn@usda.gov 
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.
Wildcat Motorized Trail Projects
CE

           *UPDATED*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 06/07/2021 
Expected:06/2022
 
06/2022 Sarah Holmes
715-373-2667
sarah.holmes@usda.gov 
Description: Two actions: 1)Add 4 miles of ATV/UTV use from Town of Drummond south to Lake Owen Station Road (includes trail stabilization on hills); 2) a 0.11-mile reroute (on snowmobile only portion of trail) to avoid a lowland area which is not freezing.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59920
Location: UNIT - Washburn Ranger District. STATE - Wisconsin. COUNTY - Bayfield. LEGAL - Not Applicable. Wildcat Motorized trail south of the Town of Drummond to Lake Owen Station Road.
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