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

Stout Red Pine Salvage and Reforestation Project

The summary of proposed actions are as follows: 1) clearcut and salvage approximately 158 acres of dead red pine 2) site prep and reforest approximately 215 acres with red pine seedlings 3) rehabilitate and or close user-impacted areas.

Under Analysis

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.

06 Recreation Event - Black Bear Bicycle Tour

The Grayling Rotary Club conducts an annual bicycle tour from Grayling to Oscoda, Michigan in conjunction with the Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon. The event is held the Sunday of the marathon.

Alcona Canoe Livery Special Use Authorization Renewal for Storage Yard Permit

Issue new authorizations for 5-year periods to the Alcona Canoe Rental for a stockpile/storage yard on National Forest System lands.

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.

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.

Carr Private Road Permit

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from Lynn Carr for legal access, year-round use, and maintenance of an existing, gated road. The road right-of-way is approximately 1,320 feet x 12 feet wide or .36 acres

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.

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.

High Bridge North Country Trail Reroute

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

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

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.

Nixon Guided Hunting 5 Year Permit

Mr. Wade Nixon wishes to obtain a 5 year special use permit for leading guided bear hunting trips on Forest Service from 2015 - 2019. About 6 groups of hunters(1-2 hunters each) will hunt over bait piles at specific locations during the legal season.

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.

Nummerdor Driveway Construction

Gregory and Donna Nummerdor wish to build a new driveway to access their private property on Pine Lake. They must cross approximately 150 feet of Forest Service land.This access road will be new construction.

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.

Sled Dog Recreation Events 2016-2020

Great Lakes Sled Dog Association and Mid-Union Sled Haulers are proposing to conduct 1-2 events each, on National Forest lands for the next five (5) years (2016-2020) on the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District.

The Iosco County Stockpile Permit Special Use Authorization Renewal

The Iosco County Road Commission has requested the continued use of the retired gravel pit near Five Channels Bridge for the stockpile of sand to be used for County road projects. This stockpile of sand was generated from the M65 bridge project.

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.

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.

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.

Wright Private Road Permit

The Huron-Manistee National Forests received an application from Duane and Laurie Wright for legal access, year-round use, and maintenance of an existing, gated road. The road right-of-way is approximately 2,640 feet x 12 feet wide or .72 acres

Analysis Completed

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.

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

Marciniak Private Road Special Use Permit

Mr. and Mrs. Marciniak have submitted an application to use an unclassified Forest Service Road to access their private property. No other access exists.

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.

Seely Private Road Special Use Permit

Bret Seely and Julie Sullivan, have submitted an application for a private road special use permit for legal access, year-round use, and maintenance of an existing road. The road is ~965 feet x 12 feet or .27 acres

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.

Project Archive

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