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

2016 North Zone Special Use Permit Reissues

5 long time permit holders are requesting to reissue their access permits to private lands across Forest Service lands.

Crooked Lake Outlet Project

Proposal would reconfigure 65 feet of the Middle Branch Ontonagon River at the Crooked Lake Outlet. This project would improve aquatic organism passage.

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.

Forestwide Designated Motorized Use Project

Improvement of motorized access system to provide diverse and quality Forest access experiences. Proposed Action includes opening 110 miles to off-highway vehicles, 263 miles open to all motorized vehicles and closure of 49 miles to all access.

Gogebic County Road Commission Culvert Replacement, CR 535

The proposed activity would authorize the Gogebic Cty. Rd. Commission (GCRC)to replace 9 culverts on CR535. The GCRC holds a 66' wide Easement for portions of CR535; this work is outside of the easement area and will need a special use permit.

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.

Kosinski Special Use

Proposal is to issue a special use authorization to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 3409 (1.10 miles x 15'), to access private property.

McNichol Special Use

Proposal is to issue a special use authorization to an individual for use and maintenance of an existing, non-system road approx. 500' long x 20' wide, in order to access private property.

Michigan & Wisconsin Realty Land Exchange Project

Michigan & Wisconsin Realty, LLC, has proposed a land exchange with the Ottawa. The proposed land exchange includes approximately 259.38 acres of non-federal land and 218.25 acres of National Forest System lands.

O Kun de Kun Trail Project

This Trail segment is part of the North Country Hiking Trail. It is in need of reconstruction in some areas to improve trail surface, rutting and ponding issues. A segment of trail will be rerouted and a foot bridge placed to avoid a step area.

Pioneer Trail Reconstruction

The Pioneer Trail is a 23-mile long multiple use trail that is open to Off-Highway Vehicles. The trail has sections of erosion and improper drainage that need to be addressed. A new trailhead and parking area will also be created East of Bergland, MI

Spruce and Fir Decline Fuels Management Project

An outbreak of spruce budworm in recent years has caused extensive mortality and fuels buildup. The most affected areas are in stands of balsam fir and spruce. Project proposes activities to restore areas via forest restoration and fuels reduction.

VanLaanen Special Use

The proposal is to issue a special use permit to an individual for use and maintenance of FR 3212.

Analysis Completed

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.

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

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.

Wild Rice Restoration Project

Proposing the establishment of new wild rice beds or the supplementing of existing ones on several proposed water bodies within the Bessemer, Iron River, Kenton, Ontonagon, and Watersmeet Districts.

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.