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

South Branch Trail Camp CE

Cut oak trees in the Recreation site to remove dead and dying oak trees and prevent spread of oak wilt and thin red pine. Upto 70 acres will be treated.

Under Analysis

05 Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon Recreation Event

The Huron-Manistee NF received a request to continue to conduct a portion of the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon on dispersed and designated sites along the river from Grayling to Oscoda, MI over the next five years, 2016 - 2020.

05 Big Creek Township Antenna at Luzerne Tower Project

The HMNF's received a request from Big Creek Township to install an antenna, associated equipment and improvements at the Luzerne Tower Site located on the Mio Ranger District, NW¼NW¼, Section 5, T25N, R1E, Big Ck Twp, Oscoda Cnty, MI.

05 Callewaert Forest Road Use Project

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from Tom Callewaert for legal access, year-round use and maintenance of Forest Service Roads (FSR) 4444 and 4445 across National Forest System lands on the Mio Ranger District.

05 Mack Lake Homeowners Association Brush Disposal Area Project

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received a request from the Mack Lake Homeowners Association to use and maintain an existing brush disposal site located on NFS lands on the Mio Ranger District.

05 MDOT Environmental Sensor Station Project

The HMNF's received a request from the Michigan Department of Transportation to install an Environmental Sensor Station in the SW corner of the intersection of M-33 and the southern route of Loon Lake Road (CR 486) on the Mio Ranger District.

06 Freel Private Road Permit Project

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from the Freel family for legal access, year-round use and maintenance of an existing user-created route across National Forest System lands on the Tawas Ranger District (Huron Shores).

Atwood Temporary Haul Road

Atwood Timber & Lumber, Inc. wish to utilize existing roads (including FR 8936) across forest land to move harvested timber from private land to the nearest county roads. No vegetation will be removed and no ground will be disturbed.

Basin Pipeline, LLC Permit Reissue

Reissue a 20-year permit to Basin Pipeline, LLC for the purpose of maintaining an existing underground sour gas pipeline. Project involves maintaining an 8" pipeline, 50' wide, 132' long, and 48" under and along Forest Trail Road.

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

Cadillac Winter Promotions Groomer Barn Addition

Cadillac Winter Promotions, an FS partner who grooms snowmobile trails on FS lands, is requesting an addition to their existing storage barn, so they can store all their grooming equipment inside.

Cedar Creek Angler Trail

Construct a foot path to provide walk-in angler access to Cedar Creek. The trail will be approximately 1,000 feet and will be constructed from the end of FR9844. It will provide a gradual transition from the upland to the stream.

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.

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.

Fryling Driveway Construction

Mr. Fryling wishes to construct a driveway to access his private property across approximately 369 feet of Forest Service lands. His neighbors have denied access across their property. He is requesting a 12 foot wide road.

Grasman Property Access Road Permit

Mr. Grassman wishes to obtain a permit to legally access his private property, using Forest Road 8397 and a short unnamed driveway. No ground disturbing activities or major vegetation removal will occur.

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.

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.

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

ITC/METC West - Power Transmission line

Amend SUP to add 35' to width of line.

Kidd Private Property Access Road

Mr. and Mrs. Kidd wish to construct a road across Forest lands to access their private property. They wish to use an old administrative road for part of the distance, but the last leg will require new construction.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Lake Sturgeon Rearing Station

Partner with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to support holding ponds for the purpose of rearing Lake Sturgeon fry. A 2" hose and would lie across 150' of Forest land, with a pump and electric line to provide water from the Manistee River.

Martin Marietta Brine Pipeline Construction

Construction of a new brine pipeline, and construction of a temporary access road to allow equipment to access the construction site. Removal of a gate that is no longer needed.

Martin Marietta Brine Pipeline Permit Reissue

Renewal of a permit for existing brine pipelines on Forest Service lands on the Manistee/Cadillac district. Lines are already in place and have been for many years. The current network consists of 7.33 miles and 27.10 acres in Mason County.

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.

Sauble River Bridge Replacement - North Country Trail

Remove the existing bridge over the Sauble River and replace it with a Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) material. Location is the same as the existing bridge on the North Country Trail. Bridge will be 4' wide x 85' long.

Tippy South

Stabilize banks at heavily eroded sites using a combination of rock, wood, and other native materials. Revegetate bare soils using native seeds and plants. Design and construct a low maintenance trail system that accesses the river.

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.

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.

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

Gardner Land-for-Land Exchange

Land-for-Land Exchange

North Country Trail Relay Recreation Event

A running relay race on the North Country Trail from Uppers River Road to Bowman Bridge Campground. Event is proposed for the second Saturday in June from 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 2016-2020. All activity takes place on existing and designated 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.

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.

On Hold

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.

Frontier Communications Pole Purchase Amendment

Frontier have purchased ownership of 33 existing poles, already located on Forest Service lands, from Great Lakes Energy. They wish to have their existing permit amended to include these 33 poles. No ground disturbing activities will occur.


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.

Irrigation Storage Pond

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

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