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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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.

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-wide Forest Health Project

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

Four Mile Project

Objectives: developing Kirtlands warbler breeding habitat, managing timber resources, creating/improving other wildlife and plant diversity habitat, reducing hazardous fuel loading, recreation management, and suppressing non-native invasive species.

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative Amendment 10 Baldwin Ranger District

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative lines have surpassed their life expectancy and are due for maintenance and upgrades. Upgrading the lines should increase capacity, reliability and reduce the potential for wildfire.

Great lakes Energy Cooperative Permit Amendment #2 Mio Ranger District

GLE's lines have surpassed their life expectancy and are due for maintenance and upgrades. Upgrading the lines should increase capacity and reliability. Additionally many of GLEC's lines are located within high fire prone areas.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

River Road

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

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.

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

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.


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.

Project Archive

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