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 is then 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

Otto-Grant Road and Recreation Improvement Project

FS lands in Otto-White River area have been heavily impacted from illegal offroading and extensive camping use. The road system would be managed by redesignating use, road closures, moving roads to a more sustainable route, and designating campsites.

Under Analysis

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.

East Zone Riparian and Aquatic Restoration Project

The purpose of this project is to restore ecological functions of damaged riparian areas and the adjacent aquatic habitat within rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes of the East Zone of the Forest.

Forest-wide Forest Health Project

The Forest will use integrated pest management processes to control infestations/infections of trees across the Forest.

Iosco Exploration Trail Project

This project will authorize the construction of 28.3 miles of non-motorized trail as part of the State's Iron Belle Trail System using volunteer and cooperative agreements. This project will also provide connectivity to existing USFS trail systems.

Lake Huron Project

Managing timber resources, forest openings and barrens for wildlife, Kirtlands warbler (KW) habitat creation, prescribed fire and hazardous fuels management, non-native plant species infestations and maintaining the Tuttle Marsh area.

Mt. Tom Project

This includes reducing wildfire potential, managing timber resources, maintaining early successional habitat (forest openings) for wildlife, suppressing non-native plant species infestations, and rehabilitating illegal ORV open-use areas.

River North Wildlife Habitat Project

Proposed activities include prescribed fire; felling and mechanical treatment of encroaching trees and shrubs; development of wildlife water sources; and discing, seeding, and planting of native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs.

Zone Aspen Project

The goal of this project is to manage the aspen forest resource of the West Zone of the HMNF to: improve the growth and vigor of aspen stands; achieve a diversity of age-classes; provide a healthier ecosystem; and, improve wildlife habitat.

Analysis Completed

Au Sable North EA

Project includes managing timber resources, wildlife habitat management, reducing wildfire potential, managing water control structures, non-native plant species management and maintaining/improving recreational sites.

County Line Red Pine Project

objectives include Kirtland warbler habitat, timber resources, early successional habitat, reducing hazardous fuel loading, , recreation management, and suppressing non-native invasive plant populations.

Federal Park Environmental Assessment

Promote vegetation distribution, composition, and age classes; enhance wildlife habitat; address non-native invasive species; reduce hazardous fuels and reintroduce fire; enhance recreation facilities; and, manage the transportation system.

Forest Road 5134 Reconstruction Project

Reconstruct FR 5134 to Forest Service standards for level 4 Forest Roads. The proposed work area includes 40 feet each side of the road centerline for the entire length of the road, approx. 3 miles.

Four Mile Project

Objectives: Create Kirtland Warbler Habitat, managing timber resources, creating/improving other wildlife and plant diversity habitat, reducing hazardous fuel loading, recreation access management, and suppressing non-native invasive species.

Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Project

Treat Hemlock trees infested with non-native Hemlock Woolly Adelgid with injection of systemic pesticide in trees with a DBH over 4 inches to preserve Hemlock in the wilderness and to aid in eradication of the pest in MI.

Olga Lake Project

Promote desired vegetation distribution, composition, age classes; enhance existing wildlife habitat; treat non-native invasive plants; reduce hazard fuels and reintroduce fire; enhance recreation infrastructure; manage transportation system.

Six Mile Bridge Road Daylighting

Cut Approximately 180 trees along Six Mile Road right-of-way

Whirlpool Parking Lot Enhancement

Expand the parking Area of the current Whirlpool Access Site to meet the increased use at the site. This action will also decrease the runoff to the Au Sable River.


Asher Private Road Special Use Permit

Earnest Asher has submitted an application for legal access, year-round use, and maintenance of an existing road. The road is not open to public vehicle use and the installation of a gate will be considered.

Au Sable Township Water and Sewer Permit Renewal (TAW482)

To renew a special use authorization for existing right-of-way (ROW) containing water and sewage transmission lines Serving the Oscoda School System adjacent to River Road.

Baldwin Municipal Airport Glide Path Special Use Permit

The Huron-Manistee National Forests has received an application from the Baldwin Municipal Airport Manager for a special use permit to allow for the removal of obstructions, i.e. trees, within the glide path of the airport runway.

CenturyLink Telco Upgrades

request from Century Link Telco Company for authorization within an existing 10 ft. linear ROW for placement of buried copper and fiber cable and Telco equipment paralleling the Channel Rd and M-65 Hwy existing ROW.

Consumers Energy Amendment 19

Conversion of an existing overhead electrical line to an underground buried line.

Consumers Energy at Hodenpyl

Consumers Energy has a permit to use up to 15 acres of Forest Service land in Wexford County adjacent to Hodenpyl Dam. The permit expires December 31, 2018, and Consumers requested that the permit be reissued.

Consumers Energy M-55

Relocation of an existing powerline. The current line is parallel to M-55, and the corridor is heavily used by snowmobiles. The line will be relocated to the shoulder of M-55, improving safety and limiting disturbance.

Cran-Hill Ranch Father Son Event Special Use Permit

The Huron-Manistee NF has received an application for a father-son outing. The group will be camping for 2 nights at South Branch Trail Camp.

Equestrian Distance Rides

To coordinate and host horseback endurance rides on the Shore to Shore trail for the next 5 years 2020-2024 on the Mio and Huron Shores Ranger Districts, Shore to Shore Trail, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, and Iosco Counties.

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.

Irelan Private Road Permit Renewal (MIO432)

To renew a special use authorization for an existing driveway to connect private property with River Road (County Road 602).

Irrigation Storage Pond

Issue a 5 year permit to John Urka for the purpose of a storage pond for irrigation.

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.

Muskegon River Watershed Riparian Planting on Private Land

The USFS is proposing to partner with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly to plant native trees in riparian corridors on private lands with landowner agreements in the Muskegon River watershed in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Mecosta counties.

Nixon Hunting Permit Renewal

Reissue of a commercial guided bear hunting permit to Mr. Wade Nixon. Up to 6 groups of 1-2 hunters each will hunt over bait piles placed in pre-approved locations west of Lake Mitchell in Wexford County. State regulations will be followed.

Snowmobile Relocation Elk Township, Lake County

Remove the western portion of Snowmobile Trail 614 from the system, decommission a segment of Snowmobile Trail 614 through Bear Swamp, and develop a new route for Snowmobile Trail 614.

Temporary Resistance Board Weir Substrate Rail Special Use Permit

The USFS would authorize a Special Use Permit to allow the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to anchor a temporary weir to the bottom of the Manistee River, the only land in the Project Area under the jurisdiction of the USFS.

Wurtsmith MDEQ Water Sampling - Duplicate

The Huron Shores Ranger District on the Huron-Manistee National Forest is proposing to allow for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Sampling Plan around the Wurtsmith Air Force Base Water Sampling Project.

Project Archive

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