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

Bay Creek Wilderness Dam Removal

Removal of dam and portion of pond encroaching in Bay Creek Wilderness, return the federal land to the surrounding grade and revegetate.

Under Analysis

Invasive Species Management at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center

A proposed project to actively manage, with pesticides, invasive species on Forest Service land operated under special permit by the University of Illinois and the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center.

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.

Shawnee Vegetation Management Strategy

This proposed project includes the use of several commonly available herbicides to maintain or restore oak-hickory forests and natural habitats by controlling nonnative invasive plants and undesirable, shade-tolerant or intrusive native vegetation.

Waterfall Stewardship Pilot Project

This project proposes to improve forest health and sustainability of the oak-hickory ecosystems, improvement of wildlife habitat, and reduction/control of non-native species.

Project Archive

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