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

C.M. Special-Use Permit Issuance

The decision would issue a new permit to allow for the construction, use and maintenance of a 600 foot by 20 foot or 0.11 mile, right-of-way (ROW) across Forest land for ingress and egress to private property.

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.

Erosion Control

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

Hick's Dome Mineral Prospecting Permit

Mineral prospecting permit to drill three initial holes and more holes if needed. Changed to an environmental assessment.

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

Lusk Creek Canoe Launch

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

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.

Camp Thirsty Stables Outfitting and Guiding Permit

We are contemplating issuing a permit near Eddyville, Illinois. Camp Thirsty Stables offers a three bedroom rental home to their customers, they can accommodate about ten overnight customers at one time.

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.

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.

Project Archive

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