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

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.

Under Analysis

Big Muddy River Bottoms Habitat Improvement II

The project would authorize herbicide application to prevent the re-sprouting of woody vegetation after timber stand improvement. It also proposes to increase the area of bottomland to be treated by 6500 acres and adds 330 acres of 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.

Kinkaid Lake Shoreline Stabilization 2

This project proposes to allow stabilization of all Forest Service shoreline on 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

Lusk Creek Canoe Launch

This proposal would develop a canoe launch area on Lusk Creek near the bridge on the Eddyville blacktop.

Ramsey Branch Hardwood Restoration

The proposed actions encourage resilient forest conditions through silvicultural treatments including commercial thinning that will enhance the diversity of native vegetation on about 53 acres.

Water Supply Watersheds Gully Stabilization

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

Analysis Completed

Ameren Powerline Reconstruction Project

Ameren Power Generating Company needs a new permit to reconstruct seven-miles of an existing permitted electric transmission line system, to include lines, poles, and supporting structures. The line runs from Grand Tower to Makanda.

BV Waterline

The proposal is to issue a special-use permit to allow for installation, maintenance, and operation of a 1,300 foot by 2 foot or .06 acre right-of-way across Forest land for an underground water transmission pipeline.

Electrification of Pine Ridge Campground at the Pounds Hollow Recreation Area

The proposal involves providing electric hook ups to Pine Ridge Campground. The power will be supplied by Southeastern Illinois Electric Coop via a new utility corridor consisting of 0.4 mile of new overhead line, and 0.3 mile of new undergroundline.

Hutchins Creek Watershed Improvement

About 3500 feet of eroding streambank will be repaired using stone-toe protection and wing-walls. Rock will be placed to protect the eroding bank.

Jerrels Small Tracts Act Conveyance

Conveyance of .24 acre of federal land in part of Section 12, Township 11 South, Range 8 East, 3rd Principal Meridian, Hardin County, Illinois pursuant to the authority of the Small Tracts Act, P.L. 97-465.

Non-Native Invasive Species Management

Forest-wide assessment of the management of non-native invasive species. Potential treatments include pulling, hand-torching, controlled burns, and herbicides.

Phragmites Eradication

We plan to eradicate two invasive species; common reed (Phragmites) and reed canarygrass, while populations are relatively small and the chance for success is high.

Project Archive

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