Projects

The Land and Resource Management Plan for the Daniel Boone National Forest (Forest Plan) guides the coordination of multiple uses of the Forest while promoting sustained yields of services and products. Such uses include outdoor recreation, clean waters, fish and wildlife, timber and minerals. Forest Plan goals and objectives provide sideboards for new projects and are designed to move the Forest towards the desired future conditions described in the Forest Plan. These project proposals are subject to resource analysis in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

A Schedule of Proposed Actions published on the first of January, April, July, and October to keep you informed about Forest projects.

 

Daniel Boone National Forest Project Spotlights

    South Red Bird Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project

    This is a wildlife habitat enhancement and forest restoration project that will incorporate vegetation management (including harvests, thinnings, and reforestation), prescribed fires, habitat improvement, trail re-routes, and road maintenance.

    Blackwater Landscape Analysis

    Analysis of various projects in the Blackwater watershed in Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan Counties to implement the Forest Plan. These projects were developed from the Blackwater Project Development collaborative effort.

All 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.

Developing Proposal

  • Grove Work Center Reconstruction

    The London Ranger District proposes to reconstruct the Grove Work Center destroyed in a fire August 2021. Activities include demolition of remains, disposal, and reconstruction in the same footprint.

Under Analysis

  • Curt Pond Wooded Grassland Restoration Project

    Restore native grasses and forbs in the Highway 751/Curt Pond Ridge area of the Stearns Ranger District. The project would restore, enhance, and maintain a wooded grassland/shrubland using prescribed fire, herbicide, and mechanical treatments.

  • Hinkle Land Exchange

    The Forest Service is proposing a land exchange of four DBNF tracts, totaling 215 acres for four privately-owned tracts totaling 314 acres.

  • Hyden-Leslie Water SUP

    Construction of two concrete buildings to house water booster pumps on National Forest System Lands.

  • Jordan Waterline and Special Use Permit

    Installation of a waterline across National Forest lands to private property.

  • Mt. Vernon-North London Transmission Line Rebuild

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E-KU) is proposing to complete certain construction activities in order to maintain its existing transmission line along the Mt. Vernon-North London Transmission Line.

  • Red River Gorge Management Planning and Comprehensive River Management Plan

    Comprehensive River Management Plan & boundaries; designating campsites and trails, transportation, parking and visitor amenities, constructing boat launches and river access points, cliffside access stabilization, and forest supervisor's orders.

  • Redbird Crest Trail Size Limit Re-Designation Sections 5 and 6

    Changing the official width designation to 64 inches for sections 5 and 6 of the Redbird Crest Trail and implement ground work to accommodate the new trail widths.

  • Redbird District Prescribed Fire Plan for Wildlife Habitat Improvement

    The project will increase prescribed fire acreage on the Redbird District to improve wildlife habitat, rare plant communities, and overall forest health.

  • Regional Slow the Spread Project

    Aerial treatments of an exotic moth known as Lymantria dispar using mating disruption, Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki, Nucleopolyhedrosis virus, or their combination.

  • Sheltowee Trace Trail Mouth of Laurel Steps Replacement

    Replacement of deteriorating wooden stairs on Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail with native rock to increase public safety, reduce future replacements, and enhance trail sustainability.

Analysis Completed

  • Blackwater Landscape Analysis

    Analysis of various projects in the Blackwater watershed in Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan Counties to implement the Forest Plan. These projects were developed from the Blackwater Project Development collaborative effort.

  • Daniel Boone National Forest Forestwide Trailhead Refurbishment

    This project covers refurbishment of small infrastructure and signage across the DBNF. Signs, kiosks, picnic tables, etc. would be replaced or renovated at trailheads, campgrounds, picnic areas and other designated sites across the Forest.

  • Forest-wide Vault Toilet Deferred Maintenance and Repairs

    Conduct deferred maintenance and minor repairs to all vault toilets/ waterless restrooms across the DBNF, such as pressure washing, painting, repairing/replacing roofs and windows, repaint parking spaces, etc. No new waterlines will be installed.

  • Great Meadows Water System Replacement

    This project would replace the aged water system including underground distribution piping and hydrants with fully accessible hydrants at Great Meadows Campground and Hemlock Grove Picnic Area.

  • Janice Bowling Special Use Authorization

    Ms. Bowling needs to mow and weed eat approximately 1.5 acres of NFS that abuts her property to reduce invasive bugs and weeds on her private property. Her father has held this permit before- this authorization changes the name on the permit.

  • Open Lands Management on the Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest

    The purpose of this project is to outline an adaptive management strategy related to the management of early successional habitat, such as grasslands, shrub-lands/shrub thickets, young forest, wildlife openings, cane breaks, seeps,and wetlands.

  • Salyers Mowing Special Use Permit

    The Forest Service needs to change permit number RED5339-01 from Mr. Sizemore (recently deceased) to his daughter, who will now maintain this permit area by mowing and weed eating.

On Hold

  • Wildlife Opening Maintenance Plan EA

    Project will analyze various methods of maintaining wildlife openings on the London District. Methods may include mowing, plowing & planting, masticating, and/or prescribed burning. Currently, mowing is inadequate for proper management.

Cancelled

  • Forest Plan Amendment

    Since the Forest Plan was signed in 2004, there have been changes in the science applicable to the management of bat habitat, changes to the number of threatened and endangered species, and additional designations of critical habitats on the Forest.

  • Hector Mountain Salvage

    In February 2021, ice storms damaged tree stands on the Redbird District. The Hector Mountain project proposes commercial harvest of ice damaged trees (up to 250 acres)along with associated road activities on Forest Service lands.

Project Archive

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