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.

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Shawnee National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

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.

Indian Kitchen Lodge Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit

This project would authorize the issuance of an outfitter/guide special-use permit (SUP) to the proprietors of Indian Kitchen Lodge (IKL), near Eddyville, Illinois. They would be allowed a maximum of up to ten riders per day.

JP Road Use Permit

Access to private lands using an existing non-system road that crosses forest lands.

M.M. Road Permit

The proposal is to renew an existing special-use permit , which allows use of a 2,000 foot by 20 foot or 0.91 acre, right-of-way across Forest land to access private property.

Under Analysis

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.

Hamburg Hill Trail of Tears Enhancements

This project will provide Trailhead improvements and historic and environmental restoration for a trailhead at the top of Hamburg Hill on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

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

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.

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.

Analysis Completed

Cave Hill, Dennison Hollow, Stoneface, and Simpson Barrens Vegetation Management

Prescribe burn a total of about 3600 acres around 4 natural areas and adjacent lands for vegetation management (other than forest products) and animal habitat improvement.

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. The appeals information below is from old appeals on older documents. It does not really apply to the current project documents. We leave it visible to the public for consistency.


AK Road Special-Use

On March 28, 2012, the Forest Service received an application for a right-of-way special-use permit across 20 feet of Shawnee National Forest land.

American Land Holdings of Illinois, LLC Land Exchange Proposal

We propose to exchange 384 acres of National Forest System land in Gallatin County for three non-Federal land tracts. These tracts are located in Pope and Jackson Counties, and total 831 acres.

Holy Boulders Special-Use Permit

This is a proposal for a new special-use permit, to the Access Fund, authorizing a right-of-way to develop a parking area/trailhead off of Macedonia Road and convert an old roadbed into a hiking-only trail for access to private property.

Project Archive

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