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

Developing Proposal

2014 Gypsy Moth Slow-the-Spread Project

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

Kabetogama Project

The LaCroix Ranger District proposes to create young forest, manage forest roads, and conduct vegetation management through harvest, nonharvest, and planting.

Under Analysis

Brown Access Proposal

The Brown Access Request is for access across federal land utilizing approximately 0.35 miles of existing road to access private property.

Chik-Wauk Proposal

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is proposing to construct five buildings within their 50-acre permitted area. Buildings are proposed to be constructed where buildings existed in the past.

Conveyance Project, Ely Service Center, Case 4549; NEPA Project

This proposal allows for the sale of a former Administrative Site which includes three warehouses, two garages, one dwelling, a carpenter's shop, associated sheds and outbuildings and a 200' self supporting communication tower.

Cook County Land Exchange

A land exchange is proposed with Cook County, Minnesota. 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 approximately 1620 acres of federal land. Scoping comments on the project are most useful if recieved by December 21, 2012.

Kevin Woodward Access Proposal

Atv Access to Private Land.

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. The legal notice for the EA comment period was published in the Duluth News Tribune on January 17, 2014.

Lake One Campsite Project

The Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest is proposing to add two campsites to Lake One which is located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Mixed Use Motorized Use Project

The Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest is accepting scoping comments until April 18th, 2013 for a proposal 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.

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.

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. See the website www.mndnr.gov/polymet for the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement and information on how to submit comments on the project. The Draft Biological Assessment and Draft Biological Evaluation are posted here. The land exchange legal notice will be posted here after the Notice of Availability of the SDEIS is published in the Federal Register.

Northshore State Snowmobile Trail Enhancement Project

Lake County and the Minnesota DNR propose to upgrade segments of the Northshore Snowmobile Trail on the Superior National Forest to accomodate ATV use.

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.

Rokeh Access Request

Access to private land

Timothy Bassett Proposed Access to Private Lands

Access will mostly be on private land, in order to avoid a wet land the access will curve on FS lands for approximately 275 feet with a width of 25 feet.

Twin Metals Minnesota Hydrogeologic Study Special Use Permit

Purpose is to obtain hydrogeologic data to prepare models to characterize the existing groundwater environment, baseline groundwater quality, and the relationship of the groundwater with the surface water conditions within and beyond the potential mine project area. The data will be used for predicting the potential interaction amongst groundwater, surface water, and wetlands in the vicinity of any mining project that Twin Metals Minnesota may propose.

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.

Analysis Completed

2013 Gypsy Moth Slow-the-Spread Project

Treatment of forest lands to slow the spread of the non-native invasive species, gypsy moth. The treatment is a species specific pheremone called disparlure. Scoping comments on the proposal are most useful if received by March 31, 2013.

Beaver Trail- Jonvick Reroute

This proposed re-route is designed to connect the existing trail corridor on federal land with the recently completed trail re-route on private land.

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. It is anticipated that the legal notice of decision will be published in the Duluth News Tribune on August 30, 2013.

Crane Lake Sustainable Land Corporation Land Exchange Proposal

This is a land exchange proposal involving federal land located within and adjacent to the Town of Crane Lake for private land in the general vicinity of Crane Lake and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The legal notice for the decision is anticipated for publication in the Duluth News Tribune on August 23, 2013.

Mesabi Black Quarry Grout Pile Expansion

Cold Spring Granite Co. has submitted a request to expand their wast-rock (grout) stockpile approximately 14 acres. This expansion is beyond what is currently approved in their operating plan for the quarry.

Skibo Vegetation Management Project

The proposed activities in the project area are intended to move vegetation from its existing condition toward the desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by managing forest vegetation age, composition, structure, and spatial patterns.

Cancelled

Ann Krane Proposal

Proposed Walking Trail to Private Land

Temporary seasonal access request from the MN DNR.

The request is for new construction of a short-term seasonal access road for management of state land.

Project Archive

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