SOPA (Schedule of Proposed Actions) for the Ottawa National Forest

SOPA Schedule of Proposed Actions (National Website) 



Ottawa 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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Under Analysis

Alligator Eye Rock Overlook Project

Maintain the open rock native plant community. Reconstruct portions of the hiking trail leading to the overlook, such as the failing steps near the trailhead ; and to block access to the trail from unauthorized use by off highway vehicles.

Aspen Management Project

This project will implement Forest Plan Objectives for aspen. We propose to clear cut approximately 1700 acres of aspen each year for 10-20 years, up to 30,000 acres. Road maintenance and reconstruction will also be proposed, as needed.

Baraga Telephone Special Use Permit Reissue

Reissue expiring permit for Baraga Telephone lines to cross 2.42 acres of Forest Service Land to service the local community.

Ellenbecker Sugarbush

Proposal is to issue a new special use permit for maintaining and operating maple syrup collection lines and equipment on National Forest System lands.

Gough Special Use Proposal, Paulding

Proposal is to issue a special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing driveway on National Forest System lands. Driveway is approximately 75 feet long.

Land O' Lakes Cross Country Ski Trail Project

This project proposes to relocate two trail segments to improve overall user experience and provide a safer turnaround for grooming equipment; and to improve trail conditions where it crosses Forest Road (FR) 6320.

Northern Land & Sales Land Exchange Project

The proposed land exchange with Mr. Norman Pestka, proposes to exchange approx. 51.07 acres of federal land, for approx. 48.70 acres of non-federal land in Houghton and Ontonagon Counties of Michigan.

Scott and Schott Forest Road Special Use Permits

Issuance of Forest Road Special Use permits to two separate individuals for access to their private property across Forest Service lands.

Trap Hills Amateur Radio Club Permit Reissue

Continued use and access to a radio antenna owned by Trap Hills Amateur Radio Club mounted on the Forest Service Trap Hills Radio Repeater Tower, allowing for their emergency short wave radio communications.

Wilderness Lakes Bike Trail System

Wilderness Lakes Bike Trail System is the name given to the 37 mile bike trail loop surrounding the Sylvania Wilderness. This project proposes to add new bike trail segments and relocate the Whitefish Lake Trailhead parking area.

Analysis Completed

Krist Access, Englesby Lake

Proposal is to issue a new special use permit for reconstruction, use and maintenance of existing roadd, in order to access private property. Road is accessed off of Old U.S. Hwy. 2 and is approx. 1,800 feet long

Red Pine Thinning Project

14,700 acres of red pine plantation thinning to maintain health and quality; maximize optimal growth rates; address insect and disease factors; and provide long-term source of timber products. Transportation refinements would facilitate harvest.

On Hold

Dix Special Use Access

To issue a new special use permit for use and maintenance of an existing Forest Road, and use and maintenance of a non-system road segment.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.