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

Pere Marquette National Scenic River - River Access and Bank Stabilization Projects

The purpose of the project is to implement the management actions from the 2008 Pere Marquette River Management Plan for Lower Branch Bridge, Logmark, and Maple Leaf recreation sites and to complete riparian restoration and stabilization activities.

Under Analysis

2016 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project

Improve existing openings to provide food and cover for a variety of wildlife species, reduce encroaching tree saplings, and promote native vegetation.

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.

Big Jackson Project

Treatment of 3,300 acres including: aspen clearcut, opening creation/maintenance, jack pine treatments, oak shelterwood overstory removal, savanna restoration, red/jack pine thinning, prescribed burning, recreation mgmnt. &transportation mgmnt.

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.

Consumers Energy M-55

Relocation of an existing powerline. The current line is parallel to M-55, and the corridor is heavily used by snowmobiles. The line will be relocated to the shoulder of M-55, improving safety and limiting disturbance.

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.

Great Lakes Energy Irons Road

Construction of a new buried electrical transmission line along the west side of Irons Road, to be installed via plowing. The line will provide electrical service to nearby private property.

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.

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.

Lavigne and Czarnopsis/Nelson Association Private Road Special Use Permits

To issue 20-year Private Road Permits to Ms. Lavigne and the Czarnopsis/Nelson Association for year-round use and maintenance of existing unclassified forest roads to access their private properties.

Lumberjack 100 Recreation Event

To conduct a 100 mile mountain bike event on the Big M Trail System for the next five (5) years (2016-2020) on the Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District.

Luzerne/Big Creek Boardwalk Reconstruction

improve the safety and comfort for boardwalk users at this site, better refine recreational use to manage for both hikers and equestrians, improve vehicle traffic flow and parking

Mapes Private Property Access Road

Mr. Mapes wishes to obtain a permit for a road to access his private property. The proposed road follows FR8677 until it ends. A new access route will be constructed to connect this road with his property boundary.

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 and reissue the permit for the existing brine line.

Michigan Consolidated Gas Company/DTE Permit Reissue

Reissue a permit to MichCon/DTE for an existing natural gas transmission pipeline across 0.93 miles of Forest Service lands in two sections, in Grant Township, Mason County.

North Country Run Marathon Recreation Event

To conduct two (2) 13.1, one (1) 26.2, and one (1) 50 mile marathon event on the Big M Trail System for the next five (5) years (2016-2020) on the Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District.

Pere Marquette Watershed Council Fishing Fundraiser

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from John Karakashian, of the Pere Marquette Watershed Council, to conduct a one-day fishing fundraiser on the Pere Marquette River for the next five (5) years (2016-2020).

Pine River Stream Bank Erosion Project

Place filter cloth on eroded stream bank and use a helicopter to place 50-100 trees on the slope. Revegetate after trees are in place.

Pine River/Buhl Dam Area Habitat Restoration Project

Remove the remaining dam structures and pedestrian footbridge, restore natural stream function and install a new footbridge structure that will connect to the existing trail system. Location is the same as the existing footbridge and dam.

Road Maintenance Level Changes Project EA

Changing the maintenance levels of seven Level II system roads to Level I or historic roads. A total of 4 miles of Forest Roads would be changed, and .3 miles would be Level I needed for access to private property.

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.

Wagner Island Project

Eradicate oak wilt in Wagner and Island Lake campgrounds by salvaging infected trees and removing additional live oaks to prevent future oak wilt infection sites. Red pine less than 70 acres will also be thinned to improve growth for residual trees.

Weyerhaeuser NC Company Haul Special Use Road Permit

Weyerhaeuser has requested to temporarily use and maintain existing Forest Service roads 3170, 4042, 4323, 4609 and an unclassified road to haul timber products from private property.

Workman Forest Road Special Use Permit

To issue a forest road special use permit for access to private property in the W1/2, Section 27 and E1/2, Section 28, T18N R14W, Sweetwater Township, Lake County, Michigan.

Analysis Completed

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

Gardner Land-for-Land Exchange

Land-for-Land Exchange

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.

Red Zone Project

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Irrigation Storage Pond

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

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.

Project Archive

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