As part of carrying out the mission of the Forest Service, agency resource specialists develop proposals that will enhance or maintain resource values on public lands, as well as generate products. In addition, the public may submit proposals for various uses such as rights-of-way, land exchanges, and recreational events. A necessary part of the planning for these is the environmental analysis and documentation, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and agency direction.

Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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Shawnee National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

Harris Branch Prescribed Burn Expansion

Expand the burn around the timber sale to move control lines to existing barriers and expand the benefits of the prescribed fire to the adjacent areas.

Lusk Creek Canoe Launch

Construct a small parking lot and stream access ramp for launching small watercraft.

Under Analysis

Big Muddy River Bottoms Habitat Improvement II

The project would use herbicide to prevent re-sprouting of woody vegetation after timber stand improvement. It also proposes to increase the area of bottomland to be treated by 6500 acres, treat invasive species and adds prescribed fire.

Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration

This project proposes about 3,000 acres of pine thinning, 15,000 acres of prescribed fire, treatment of invasive species, maintenance of barren habitats, development of vernal ponds and roadwork.

G.G. Road Permit

A proposal to develop a new right-of-way (ROW) across 0.25 miles of Shawnee National Forest land, in Pope County, Illinois. The ROW would connect private land to Bushwhack Road.

Illinois American Water Special Use Permit

A proposal to amend a special-use permit issued to Illinois American Water, which would allow for installation, maintenance, and operation of a 3,500 foot by 2 foot right-of-way across Forest land for an underground 4 inch water transmission pipeline

Little Cache Ecological Restoration and Habitat Enhancement

The proposed actions will encourage resilient forest conditions through silvicultural treatments that will enhance the presence of the oak-hickory hardwood forest-type.

Natural Area Restoration at Six Sites

Landscape-scale prescribed burns and selective tree and shrub removal are being proposed to restore the following natural areas: Copperous Branch, Gibbons Creek, Leisure City, Pleasant Valley, Whoopie Cat and Wolf Creek.

Analysis Completed

Erosion Abatement

This project would stabilize gullies and headcuts along tributaries to Cedar Lake, Kinkaid Lake and Lake of Egypt.

Johnson Creek Boat Launch Dredging Project

The project involves hydraulic dredging of sediment from a shallow cove to maintain an open channel where small boats can launch and reach further into Kinkaid Lake.

Lee Mine Hardwood Restoration

The proposal includes: 1)Commercial timber sale to thin 681 acres of pine; 2)Timber-stand improvement on 681 acres of smaller, shade-tolerant species; 3)About 1500 acres of prescribed fire 4)Small wetland creation; 5)Road maintenance


T.P. Access Special Use Permit

Mr. Perkins is requesting to reconstruct a proposed right-of-way (ROW) across 0.6 miles of Shawnee National Forest land, located at Section 27, Township 11 South, Range 10 East, 3rd P.M., Hardin County, Illinois.

Project Archive

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