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

Pine River KW Opening Maintenance Project

Improve habitat for Kirtland's warblers by maintaining openings utilizing powered hand tools such as chainsaws and/or brush saws, and/or a tractor with brush hog mower to return these small areas to an open condition. Treat 3000 acres in 7 locations.

Under Analysis

Air Force - PFOA/PFOS Remediation Project

Provide a special use permit authorizing the Air Force and contractors to operate a ground water remediation facility involving a water pipeline and an infiltration trench on National Forest System lands within an area of groundwater contamination.

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

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

Buchanan Private Road Permit

Issue a new 20-year permit to use and maintain an existing road to allow access to private property.

Cherryland Electric

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

Consumer's Energy Private Road Permit Reissuance

Consumer's Energy has a private road special use permit to access one of their facilities that will expire 12/31/14. There is a continued need for access and they have requested a new 20-year permit.

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.

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.

Gardner Land-for-Land Exchange

Land-for-Land Exchange

Great Lakes Energy

Issue a new 30-year permit for the continued operation of electric distribution lines.

Great Lakes Energy Rebuild Project

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.

Irrigation Storage Pond

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

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.

Outfitter/Guide Special Use Authorizations Issuance/Reissuance

During the next ten years about 47 fishing guide permits and 20 canoe livery permits will expire. The proposed action is to issue authorizations for a new term to replace existing or expired authorizations when only changes are administrative.

Red Zone Project

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

Reid 20-Year Private Road Permit

Issue a special use private road permit to the Reids for use of an unclassified forest road to access their private property. The road is approximately 1,280 feet long. No other reasonable means of access to their property exists.

Reissuance of the Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership Special Use Authorization

The Huron-Manistee National Forests, received a request from Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership to continue their use, occupancy, and maintenance of a pipeline and right-of-way across National Forest System lands located on the Mio Ranger District.

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.

Switzer 20-Year Private Road Permit

Issue a special use private road permit to Mr. Switzer for use of an unclassified forest road. The length of the road is approximately 2,400 feet. The permit will allow him to maintain the road. No other reasonable means of access exist.

Upper River Road Trailhead for the North Country Trail

Expand the trailhead parking area to accommodate 20 vehicles. Project work would include removing some trees, grading the area and may include adding gravel.

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.

Wilbur Creek Trail Bridge Replacement

The existing bridge spans Wilbur Creek and is part of the Michigan Shore to Shore Horseback Riding and Hiking Trail and is 36 years old. Replacement plans involve treated wood and design will meet Forest Service Horse Trail Bridge standards.

Analysis Completed

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.

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 maintain forest roads and trails

Old Runway Red Pine and Alder CE

This project will thin approximately 30 acres of red pine and improve 63 acres of alder for wildlife habitat.

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.

On Hold

High Bridge North Country Trail Reroute

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


06 Russell & Carol Jones and Donald Hyslop Private Road Special Use Permit

Issue a 20-year private road special use permit for road access across National Forest System lands on an existing 2-track road to the private lands of Russell & Carol Jones, husband and wife, and Donald Hyslop, tenants in common of private lands.

Jake Veltman Road Easement

Issue a 30 year road easement to Jack Veltman to access his private property in Section 28, T20N, R15W, Mason County, Michigan

North Country National Scenic Trail Mountain Bike Challenge

Rick Plite of Krisscross Events has applied for a special use permit to hold a scenic mountain bike challenge beginning in Mesick and ending in Baldwin, Michigan. The route includes portions of the North Country Trail open to bikes and county roads.

Project Archive

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