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, subject to an administrative appeals process, and is 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

Forest-wide Red Pine Management

Thin and regenerate red pine stands Forest-wide outside of wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, research natural areas, experimental forests and old growth to implement the Forest Plan.

Under Analysis

2017 CadMan Road-Stream Crossings

The purpose and need of this project is to restore aquatic organism passage and channel function by replacing nine road-stream crossings in the Peterson Creek watershed with stream simulation structures.

6 Mile Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects

Conduct 49 acres of alder hand-cutting and 249 (upland) acres of prescribed burning, mechanical treatment, and seeding of native grasses and wildflowers. The purpose is to provide early successional habitat and other habitat enhancement activities.

ANR Pipeline Company - Natural Gas Transmission Corridor Permit Reissuance

Reissue an expired permit to American Natural Resources Pipeline Company(ANR)for the continued use and occupancy of National Forest System (NFS)lands to operate and maintain 22, 24 and 30 inch natural gas pipelines in a 75 foot transmission corridor.

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.

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 Company FS RD 4694 Underground Powerline Project

Consumers Energy Company to install an underground electric line to serve a new customer within the Tawas Ranger District. The electric line installation is proposed to be located underground in the center of Forest Road 4694.

Consumers Energy Project Amendment #16

To provide electrical service to Consumers Energy customer. Installation of approximately 1,286 feet of underground electrical line, 34 feet west of centerline, 116th Ave, on National Forest land.

Gilbert Lake

Project activities include aspen and jack pine regeneration, aspen and alder hand cutting, wildlife opening management, red pine treatments including thinning and regeneration, road system activities, erosion control, and recreation improvements.

Great Lakes Energy FR7867 and FR9710

Installation of a new buried electrical line to a property that does not currently have it, and rebuilding a deteriorated electrical line while changing from overhead to buried. Both are in existing rights of way with minimal vegetation removal.

Hoist and Comstock Lakes Project

Hoist and Comstock Lakes Area will manage resources for the benefit of the ecosystem and the local economy. Treatments will include harvesting pine and hardwood stands, reducing fire risk, abatement of NNIS, and wildlife improvement projects.

Kerr Trail Improvement Association Road Use Permit Project

The goal of this project is to grant a special use permit to Kerr Trail Improvement Association for year round use and occasional maintenance of Forest Road 2251, also known as Kerr Trail.

Make-A-Wish Michigan Hike

To conduct a hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Manistee River Trail for the next two (2) years (2018-2019) on the Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District.

Megataka Vegetation Project

Includes aspen and jack and red pine clearcutting, red pine and hardwood thinning, red pine overstory removal, hardwood single tree selection harvesting, opening maintenance, road system work, NNIS treatments, and watershed activities.

Minnie Pond Recreation Area Red Pine Salvage Project

Salvage harvest red pine around areas of infection of both HRD and RP pocket mortality within 100' of edge of infected areas. Thin areas outside of infected areas (approx. 250 acres total cut). Plant mixed oak species to supplement regeneration

Pere Marquette National Scenic River - River Access and Bank Stabilization Projects

The purpose of the project is to implement the management actions from the 2008 Pere Marquette River Management Plan for Lower Branch Bridge, Logmark, and Maple Leaf recreation sites and to complete riparian restoration and stabilization activities.

Road Maintenance Level Changes Project EA

Changing the maintenance levels of seven Level II system roads to Level I or historic roads. A total of 4 miles of Forest Roads would be changed, and .3 miles would be Level I needed for access to private property.

Snowmobile Trail #614 Project

Build & designate a snowmobile trail approx.20 ft wide and 4700 ft long, on the north side of 8 Mile road from Elk Hwy to Tyndall on FS lands link with County & DNR trail. Decommission a segment of trail through Bear Swamp that is currently unsafe.

The 4th Musketeer Challenge Recreation Events, and Guiding on the Manistee River Trail and the NCT

The 4th Musketeer XTreme Challenge and other proposed events or outfitted and/or guided trips of this kind on the MRT and NCT designated trail systems during a five year period.

Three Lakes Aspen and Hardwoods Project

This project will manage for timber production, hazardous fuels accumulation, recreation facilities and trails, and wildlife habitat enhancement.

TWD Communications Fiber Optic Special Use Permit

TWD Communications is proposing to install a fiber optic cable in the right of way (ROW) of M-72 on about 4,640 feet of Forest Service lands. The equipment used will include a cable slip ditcher, horizontal drill, and small, tracked equipment.

Wolverine Power Substation Expansions

Amending Wolverine Power's special use permit to authorize the expansion and rebuilding of two existing electrical substations. Rebuilds will respond to increased electric demand and improve reliability. Old equipment to be removed following rebuild.

Analysis Completed

Double Nickel Project

Red and jack pine, aspen, and hardwood harvesting; wildlife habitat improvements, including upland opening maintenance and creation; savanna creation, prescribed burns, and NNIP control; aquatic habitat improvement; and, road system improvements.

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.

Heterobasidion Root Disease Spread Prevention Programmatic Environmental Assessment

Programmatic Evaluation of treatment of pine stumps following cutting to prevent the spread of Heterobasidion root disease in areas within 25 miles of a known infection to reduce spread of disease within pine stands on the HMNF.

Martin Marietta Brine Pipeline Construction

Construction of a new brine pipeline, and construction of a temporary access road to allow equipment to access the construction site. Removal of a gate that is no longer needed and reissue the permit for the existing brine line.

Six Mile Project

This project includes treating developing breeding habitat for the Kirtlands warbler, managing timber resources, creating early successional habitat for wildlife, treating hazardous fuel loading, increasing user access and treating invasive species.

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.

On Hold

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.

Iosco Exploration Path

Approve a hard surface path, 10' tread width and 14' clearing limit, previously approved as the AuSable Township Sidewalk to Oscoda Schools. The Forest proposes to work with Iosco County to provide a nonmotorized path parallel to River Road.

River Road

To manage for forest products for the local community, hazardous fuels reduction, recreation facilities and roads, and wildlife habitat improvement and maintenance.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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