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.
CenturyLink Fiber Install
The proposal is to allow the install of about 10 miles of underground fiber optic cable, 700 ft. of copper cable and associated equipment. Most of the installation would be adjacent to existing roadways or within existing utility corridors.
Forest Lodge Lease
Proposal to issue a long term lease under the Historic Preservation Act for the Occupancy and Use of Forest Lodge Historic District for education, interpretation, & research to create a premier center for environmental leadership and conservation.
Medford Aspen II
Timber harvest and forest regeneration activities for aspen are being considered along with associated ground based access. Some road construction,reconstruction, maintenance and decommissioning proposals will be considered.
Morgan Lake Vegetation Management Project
Move forests to desired conditions, contribute toward wood products demand, provide an efficient road system, increase public safety related to wildfire potential, enhance wood turtle habitat,and maintain Mud Lake hunter hiking trail and openings.
North County Trail Bridge Maintenance and Reroutes Project
Proposal to reroute trail out of wet areas to higher ground close to original trail; and repair/replacement of bridges along the trail on the Great Divide District. The trail reroutes on the Washburn District are in the Rainbow Lakes Wilderness Area.
Norvado Fiber Install
Proposal to install approximately 1.4 miles of underground fiber optic cable and associated equipment. All of the installation would be adjacent to existing roadways. This project would provide faster and more reliable internet service.
Twin Lakes Salvage and Restoration
Salvage of timber and forest restoration projects following the July 21, 2016 wind and rain storm event. This proposal is to treat approximately 2,000 acres of damaged timber, based on an aerial imagery analysis.
Xcel Energy Power Line Reconstruction
Proposal to relocate a powerline from a cross-county location to along Bayfield Co. Hwy. M. The existing line was built in wetlands, relocating the line would reduce impacts to wetlands, and improve access for future maintenance.
2015 Culvert replacement
Culvert replacement on unnamed tributary to Armstrong Creek/FR 2163, Haymeadow Creek/FR 2205, Lilypad Creek/FR 2424, Lauterman Lake outlet/Lautermen Lake ski trail, and South branch of the Popple River/FR 2162A
The proposal to improvement of the health of the stands affected by the storm includes harvest of the damaged timber and reforestation of affected stands. Prompt salvage, site preparation, and hazardous fuel reduction.
Bayfield Electric Power Line Reconstruction
An amendment to the Special Use Permit to maintain and reconstruct electric lines: approximately 3.9 miles of line replacement, 3.2 miles of underground line installation, and 2.9 miles of overhead line removal.
Chequamegon Red Pine Thinning
To conduct thinning of individual red pine stands located across the Washburn, Great Divide and Medford - Park Falls Ranger Districts. The primary purpose of the project is to increase the growth and vigor of red pine stands across the forest.
NGLVC Renewable Energy Improvement Project
The purpose of this project is to create a more sustainable and economical facility by decreasing the Center's energy use. The project includes updating the building's lighting, siding, ventilation, insulation and the installation of solar panels.
Recreation and Roads Restoration
A storm on July 21 caused widespread wind damage. Roads, trails and developed recreation sites are in need of maintenance to remove the damaged trees and repair damaged infrastructure.
Town of Bell Road Right-of-Way Maintenance
The Town of Bell has plans to improve Forest Road 439 (North Boundary Road) and has requested that the Forest Service prepare a timber sale to remove the merchantable trees within the 50-foot road right-of-way.
Two Lakes Campground Maintenance
Campground maintenance proposal includes: upgrading 2 hand pump wells to solar; replacement of Lake Owen boat launch; day use parking area creation; replacing 3 older toilet buildings; dump station alarm installation; and capping of an old well.
Greenwood Vegetation Project
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.
Native Seed and Plant Establishment
The purpose of this project is to restore and enhance native vegetation
sites in the barren vegetation communities on the Washburn Ranger District. This proposed activities include native seed and tree planting and site preparation.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.