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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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.

Big M Groomer Building

To construct, use and maintain a storage building at the Big M Trailhead, on the Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District. A permit will be issued to the Manistee Ski Council and Shoreline Cycling Club for this project.

Consumers Energy Amendment #17

To install an underground electrical line on National Forest land in the SE1/4 NE1/4 NE1/4, Section 20, T20N R11W, Dover Township, Lake County, Michigan. The proposal measures approximately 375 feet in length x 12 feet wide or .10 acres

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.

Echo Drive North Country National Scenic Trail Relocation

Construct approximately 4 miles of new trail to relocate the existing trail off of the shoulder of Echo Drive and Centerline Road.

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-wide Aquatic Organism Passage

Replace or remove road stream crossing structures such as bridges or culverts to allow for fish & other aquatic organism to pass under roads & restore natural stream flow.

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.

Fowler Road Kirtlands Warbler and Red Pine Project

Project includes developing breeding habitat for the endangered Kirtlands warbler, managing timber resources, creating and improving early successional habitat, reducing hazardous fuel loading, and suppressing non-native invasive plant population.

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.

Reissue of Expired or Expiring Permits 2018

Reissuing expired and expiring permits for telephone (Ace Communications) and electrical lines (Wolverine Power), a road accessing private property (Yoberosa Partners. No changes are proposed.

River Road

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

Rollways Road/South Branch River Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP)

The proposal is to design and install in-stream structures(road culvert)to raise the downstream water-surface elevation such that stream flow velocities no longer exceed upstream swimming capabilities of target fish species.

Whelan Lake Environmental Assessment

Management activities that promote desired vegetation distribution, composition, and age classes; reduce fuels loading and reintroduce fire; manage wildlife habitat; manage transportation system and recreation infrastructure; treat non-native plants.

White Lake ORV Damage Restoration Project

Address illegal off-road vehicle (ORV) use on national Forest land where no roads or trails exist.

Wilsdon Private Road Special Use Permit

A proposal for a private road special use permit in the SE1/4, Section 19, T15N R13W, Merrill Township, Newaygo County, Michigan.

Analysis Completed

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.

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.

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.

Mathew Bondie Road Use Permit Request

The purpose of the decision is from a request from Matthew & Dawn Bondie for legal access, gate, and year-round use and maintenance of an existing undesignated forest roads to access their private inholdings. This is a one year temporary permit.

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.

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.

Schiefer Road Use Permit Request

To authorize a gate, year-round legal access, and occasional maintenance of an existing undesignated Forest Road to allow Brian Schiefer access to private property off Loon lake Day-Use Site Entrance Road

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.

Three Lakes Aspen and Hardwoods Project

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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