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.


The Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) are potential future projects and current projects under analysis:

Ottawa 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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2018 North Zone Special Use Reissues

To reissue 6 existing special use road authorizations currently issued to private landowners and one special use authorization issued to a Township for use of an existing utility line.

2018 South Zone Special Use Permit Reissues

This project is to reissue 21 special use road permits located on the Bessemer, Watersmeet and Iron River Ranger Districts.

Drumloid Vegetation Management Project

The project proposal includes vegetation treatments (est. 200 MMBF), hazardous fuels reduction, refinements to transportation system and old growth classification, wildlife and aquatic habitat improvement (including WSR treatments) and gravel pits.

East Branch Ontonagon River Restoration Project

This project proposes to restore stream connectivity, remove aging structures and reduce available habitat for invasive sea lamprey reproduction in the East Branch of the Ontonagon River within the Ottawa National Forest.

Forest Road (FR) 1360 Improvements II Project

FR1360 has multiple areas of erosion and drainage issues resulting in rutting and sedimentation into adjacent wetlands and streams. Recent surveys have identified the need to replace additional culverts within drainages, not associated with streams.

Lode Creek 2 - Whear Special Use Proposal

Use and maintenance of an existing non-system road to access private property.

Michigan & Wisconsin Realty Land Exchange Project

Michigan & Wisconsin Realty, LLC, has proposed a land exchange with the Ottawa. The proposed land exchange includes approximately 259.38 acres of non-federal land and 218.25 acres of National Forest System lands.

Project 51754 Forest Road and private road special use permit

Access is requested to utilize Forest system and non-system travelways to their private land.

Silver Mountain Radio Repeater Project

This project proposes to place a new radio repeater tower on Silver Mountain replacing the Greenland radio tower, which is no longer working properly.

Bessemer Ranger District

Forest Road 8100 Bridge Replacement South Branch Presque Isle River Project

The bridge on FR8100 spanning the South Branch Presque Isle River WSR has deteriorated with time and currently is posted for reduced load limits. This project proposes to replace the existing bridge with a new one.

Iron River Ranger District

2130 M Trail Association - Special use road request

proposal for a special use road permit that covers Forest Road 2130-M for use and maintenance to access private property. Approximately 0.45 miles of road.

Project 50897 Special Use

The proposal is to issue a long-term special use permit to a landowners for use and maintenance of FR 3460 and other existing roads approx. 0.83 miles in length on NFS lands in order to access private property.

Kenton Ranger District

Davidson Lakes Project

Proposal to use prescribed fire to improve wildlife and plant habitat conditions and reduce fuels within the Davidson Lakes hunter walking trail (HWT) area. The project area is on the Kenton Ranger District.

Forest Road 3500 Bridge Project

The FR3500 Bridge spanning the East Branch Ontonagon River has deteriorated with time and currently is posted for reduced load limits. Therefore, there is a need to improve and maintain safety for users, while protecting water quality and free flow.

Kenton to Sidnaw Culvert Replacement Project

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking to replace a culvert on the Kenton to Sidnaw portion of Snowmobile Trail 8. This analysis is for extending the culvert onto National Forest Service lands outside of the state's right of way.

Ontonagon Ranger District

Bergland-Presque Isle Vegetation Management Project

Vegetation management project with associated resource projects.

Project Archive

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