Projects

This Projects page provides information about projects to manage the resources and uses on the Superior National Forest. Each project listed below displays material used for public involvement and decision making through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. For more information about NEPA, click here.

Please note that planning documents produced under NEPA often have a technical component and analyze environmental effects.  For general information about the Forest, see our home page and for recreation opportunities, please see the Recreation page.

Objections Regulations

New! The Forest Service has finalized pre-decisional objection regulations that will replace the existing appeal regulations for some decisions made through the NEPA process.

Click here for questions and answers about the objection regulations.

Click here for a copy of the objection regulations. 

Mailing List

If you wish to be placed on the mailing list for planning documents produced under NEPA, please fill out the following form and send it to the Supervisor's Office (link to form). You may also email the form to r9_superior_NF@fs.fed.us.  You may specify the Ranger Districts and project topics on which you wish to receive information.    

If you experience problems finding or downloading any of our documents, please do not hesitate to call the appropriate office and we will send you the documents you request via email or through the U.S. Postal system.

 

  

Superior National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Developing Proposal

Lujenida Portage Reroute

In 2013 a beaver dam flooded 250-300' of portage including 40' of boardwalk. Erosion has occurred on multiple unsustainable paths used to avoid the flooded section. We propose to reroute about 600' of portage to higher ground.

Mesabi Project

The Laurentian Ranger District proposes activities to move vegetation toward desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by reducing hazardous fuel, conducting forest vegetation, and managing wildlife and other resources.

Powwow Trail Reroute

Reroute 500' of the hiking trail that goes through a section that is often underwater due to its poor location in a natural drainage. We propose to reroute that section of trail onto durable terrain on the east side of the trail.

Under Analysis

Barker Project

The Barker Project proposes to manage vegetation and roads to promote diverse, productive and healthy ecosystems and wildlife habitat, reduce hazardous fuels and provide sustainable forest products.

Cook County Land Exchange

With this exchange, the United States would acquire 1910.76 acres of non-federal land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in exchange for up to apapproximately 1620 acres of federal land.

Kabetogama Project

The LaCroix Ranger District proposes to create young forest, manage forest roads, and conduct vegetation management through harvest, nonharvest, and planting. Please note to email scoping comments send to comments-eastern-superior-la-croix@fs.fed.us.

Mixed Use Motorized Use Project

The Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest is proposing to allow mixed use of passenger vehicles and ATVs on 5.25 miles of Forest Roads 459 and 457 to enhance long distance recreational vehicle riding opportunities on existing road

Northmet Mining Project and Land Exchange

A land exchange of federal lands in: T59N, R12W, T59N, R13W, and T60N, R13W. Non-federal lands being proposed are located throughout the Superior National Forest in St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties.

Pearl Project

The Kawishiwi Ranger District proposes activities to move vegetation toward desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by managing forest vegetation, reducing hazardous fuel, and managing for wildlife and other resources.

Prospectors Loop Trail

The Prospector OHV Loop Project would to add linkages using existing roads and trails to create a 75 mile OHV riding loop, providing long distance recreational riding opportunities that would connect the cities of Ely and Babbitt.

Rokeh Access Request

Access to private land

School Trust Land Exchange

This project would exchange federal Superior National Forest lands located outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) for State of Minnesota land located inside the BWCAW.

Twin Metals Minnesota Hydrogeologic Study Special Use Permit

Twin Metals Minnesota has requested special use permit for access to collect baseline hydrogeologic environmental data to data to assist the company's prefeasablity study for a mining project to ensure that the environment is appropriately protected.

Analysis Completed

2014 Gypsy Moth Slow-the-Spread Project

Treatment with pheremone, disparlure, to slow the spread of the non-native insect Gypsy Moth.

BWCAW Non-native Invasive Plant Management Project

Proposal for an integrated pest management approach to treat non-native invasive plants beginning with approximately 14 acres of infestations scattered across the 1.1 million acre BWCAW and possibly expanding up to 60 acres over the next 10 years.

Lake County Fiber Optic Network (RUS)

Lake County (through Compass Consultants Inc.) has submitted a proposal requesting a special-use permit to construct, install, operate, and maintain fiber optic cable (RUS financed) on/over National Forest System (NFS) lands.

North Shore Restoration Project

This project is to restore native vegetation communities along the North Shore of Lake Superior. This project is in conjunction with the North Shore Forest Collaborative.

Windy Project

The project purpose is to promote diverse and healthy vegetation communities by creating young forest through even-aged harvest, improving stand conditions through intermediate harvests and restoring stand conditions through non-harvest activities.

Project Archive

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