Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS, EA, or CE) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision (ROD, DN, or DM) which, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is implemented on the ground. The Forest Projects below are projects that we are analyzing or have analyzed under the NEPA process. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.

Huron-Manistee National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Note: Not all projects may appear on map. See list below for complete list of projects with more information or documentation.
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Developing Proposal

Issuance of a New Special Use Authorization for Air Force Ground Water Monitoring Wells

The Forest Service proposes to issue a new special use permit to the United States Air Force for a 30-year period to replace a permit expiring 12/31/2015. 131 ground water monitoring wells are placed as part of a ground water remediation project.

Warbler Road KW Project

Conduct 338 acres high intensity and 1609 acres low/moderate intensity prescribed burning. Approve a 3,806 acre Maximum Manageable Area for prescribed burning. Site prep/plant 283 acres Kirtland's warbler habitat. Create 78 acres pine barrens.

Under Analysis

05 - Chamberlain Forest Service Road Use

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from Shelley and Kenneth Chamberlain for legal access, Year-round use and maintenance of an existing FDR 4306 aka Wilcox Rd off of McKinley Rd on the Mio Ranger District.

05 Rec Event - Oscoda County Riverfest Event

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from the Oscoda County Chamber of Commerce to conduct a 5k walk/run event for the next five years (2015-2019) on the Mio Ranger District.

2015 Pine River Bank Stabilization Project

This project proposes creation of fish structures and stream bank stabilization of up to twenty sites along the Pine River in Alcona County, Michigan. Stabilization of the erosion sites would reduce sediment delivery and improve aquatic habitat.

AuSable River Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project

Placement of approximately 225 trees per acre along a ten mile stretch of the AuSable River. Multiple trees (5-15) will be used to create debris jams along the river banks to created aquatic habitat. Trees would be anchored in place along the river.

Basswood Drive ORV Damage Restoration Project

Address illegal ORV use off of Basswood Drive and 58th Street by closing the play area to motorized vehicles and restoring the site. Because of the size of the area, the restoration and closure of the area would take place over several years.

Bigelow-Newaygo Project

Manage stands of oak, pine, and existing openings to enhance habitat diversity by managing for areas with unique ecological characteristics, such as prairie, grass, and savanna habitats, for the benefit of rare and endangered plant and animal species

Briggs and Bridge KW and Hazardous Fuels Project

Clearcut and plant 583 acres of KW habitat,thin 1779 acres of red pine, prescribe burn 606 acres for fuels reduction,construct 380 acres of fuelbreaks,create 151 acres & maintain 137 acres of wildlife openings, close 1.9 miles of Forest roads

Chase Red Pine Fuels Project

A total of 4,705 acres are proposed. The treatments include: aspen clearcut, fuelbreaks, opening creation/maintenance, jack pine treatments, oak shelterwood/savanna, red/white pine thinning, prescribed burns, and transportation system activities.

Cherryland Electric

Reissue an expired permit for the maintenance of both buried and overhead electric distribution lines across National Forest System lands.

Chesapeake Media 1, LLC

Change of ownership and extending the term of lease for communication site at Harrietta.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Extreme Hike

A hike on the North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail and the Manistee River Trail for the next two (2) years (2015-2016) on the Cadillac/Manistee RD.

Double Nickel Project

Red and jack pine, aspen, and hardwood harvesting; wildlife habitat improvements, including upland opening maintenance and creation; savanna creation, prescribed burns, and NNIP control; aquatic habitat improvement; and, road system improvements.

Fairview Red Pine HFRA Project

Thin ~1800 acres of red pine and perform ~467 acres of timber stand improvement. Create ~54 acres of oak/pine barrens. Prescribe burn ~163 acres. Maintain ~64 acres of wildlife openings.

FDR 2145 and FDR 4543 Road Closure Project

Physically close a quarter mile segment of Forest road 2145 and all of Forest road 4543 and remove these roads from the Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Map published annually identifying roads open to public highway legal vehicles.

Fun Promotions 10K & 15K Running Event

A trail running event on the day prior to an associated mountain bike event. The event would be capped at no more than 200 participants. There would be no ground disturbance.

Gardner Land-for-Land Exchange

Land-for-Land Exchange

Great Lakes Energy Amendment 2

Amend permit to combine GL Energy's permits across the Manistee NF and reissue Cadillac Manistee portion for a 30-year term (continued operation of electric distribution lines).

Great Lakes Energy Rebuild Project. Permit Amendment 3

Realignment of existing buried powerline. Existing deteriorated line, 2500' of buried line through wooded area between 12 Mile Rd and Michael Rd, will be abandoned in place. New buried line will be along Seaman Rd and Sand Lake Dr.

Horseback Riding Recreation Events - Mio, Harrisville and Tawas Ranger Districts

W. Gastfield, Shore to Shore Trail Rides LTD, and the Michigan Trail Riders Association have each made application to hold recreation events for multiple dates, May-September for the next 5 years on the Michigan Shore to Shore Horseback Riding Trail.

Iosco Exploration Path

Approve a hard surface path, 10' tread width and 14' clearing limit, previously approved as the AuSable Township Sidewalk to Oscoda Schools. The Forest proposes to work with Iosco County to provide a nonmotorized path parallel to River Road.

Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary Boardwalk Removal and Replacement Project

Remove and replace the approximately 300 foot long wetlands boardwalk on the self-guided wildflower hiking trail in the existing location. The new boardwalk would be constructed of wood and have handrails and a viewing/resting area about mid-point.

Michael D. Rose Private Road Special Use Permit

Issue a 20 year private road special use permit for access from National Forest System lands to private lands. The special use is a separate authorization from an existing neighbor authorization and involves existing gates on Forest Road 2161.

Red Zone Project

The proposed activity includes approximately 3,666 acres of thinning of red pine plantations.

Roy Creek

The primary purpose of the Roy Creek Project is to create Kirtland's warbler essential breeding habitat within the Pine River KW Management Unit of the Huron National Forest.

Sweetwater Non-Motorized Winter Trail

To provide a safe environment for permitted dog sled events the Forest Service proposes to close several Forest Service roads to motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, in an area between US 10 and Wingleton Road from December 1 through March 31.

Tour de Lumberjack Bike Event

Northeast Ride Developers has made application with the Forest Service for a special use permit to host two simultaneous road bicycling tour events on portions of FS roads. The first bike event; 39-miles, the second would be 77 miles in length.

USA Merrill 1-18A Production Facility Construction

OIL Energy Inc. has filed an amendment to their Surface Use Plan of Operations to construct a tank battery, treater, flow lines, and access road to collect and market their product from the Merrill 1-18A well.

Analysis Completed

Black Locust Fuelwood EA

Convert two black locust stands (19 acres total) to upland openings. Treat black locust with a combination of herbicide and firewood cutting. After the trees are removed the openings would be planted and maintained with prescribed fire.

Blockhouse Fuels and KW Project

Create ~2000 ac of Kirtland's warbler habitat through prescribed fire, harvest and planting. Thin ~1300 ac of oak and pine forest. Prescribed burn ~2000 ac for fuels reduction & oak regen. Create 100 ac of fuelbreaks & 200 ac wildlife openings.

Charles and Gaetane Watson Private Road Permit

Issue a 20-year private road special use permit to the Watson's for access and maintenance of an existing road across National Forest System lands. This road is currently under permit to a neighboring landowner. This permit would be concurrent.

Corsair/Sand Lake

This is a landscape management project that would include vegetative treatments such as oak habitat restoration, red pine thinning, underburning, fuelbreak creation and maintenance, wildlife habitat improvements, trail re-routes, and NNIS abatement.

Hughes Lake East Aspen Project

Clearcut and regenerate 499 acres aspen in 14 units, prescribed burn and regenerate 71 acres aspen, suppress NNIS, construct temporary access roads, improve forest openings, and reconstruct and mtn forest roads and trails

Oscoda Township Sewage Lagoon Monitoring Wells

Oscoda Township has requested permission to construct and maintain long-term ground water monitoring wells, 6" diameter at 3 locations south of their sewage treatment operations, and to be placed on National Forest system lands.

Sheep Dip Project

Approximately 1097 acres of red pine treatments, 42 acres of hardwood treatments, 391 acres of aspen clearcuts, 337 acres of upland opening improvement, 21 acres of opening creation, road management, and invasive plant control.

US Geological Service Stream Gauge Permit Reissuance

US Geological Service's (USGS)special use permit for an unmanned stream gauge on the Little Muskegon River will expire on 12/31/14. USGS would like to continue to use this location and has requested a new 20-year special use permit.

On Hold

High Bridge North Country Trail Reroute

Relocate existing trail away from eroding bank along the Big Manistee River.


Emerson Pit Operations Plan

Issuance of a stockpile permit to the Alcona County Road Commission for a 5 year period to temporarily store mineral materials removed and processed from the Emerson Gravel Pit on Kimberlin Road. Minerals are State owned and a Lease is to be issued.

Irrigation Storage Pond

Issue a 5 year permit to John Urka for the purpose of a storage pond for irrigation.

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