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)

To view the current Shawnee National Forest SOPA report go to USDA Forest Service - SOPA- Shawnee National Forest


Shawnee National Forest Current and Recent Projects

Under Analysis

  • Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project

    Proposed project is a combined effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the lead agency, and the Forest Service, as the cooperating agency to restore the natural ecosystem functions of the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree reservoir system.

  • River to River Trail Reroute at Cedar Lake (previously listed as Cedar Lake River to River Reroute)

    Proposal to reroute just over 4 miles of the River to River Trail along the south portion of Cedar Lake. New trail would be constructed and old trail decommissioned. The newly constructed portion of the trail would add bicycling as a designated use.

Analysis Completed

  • Ameren TP1301 Transmission Line Rebuild

    Proposal that would amend an existing special use permit issued to Ameren Illinois Company to construct, maintain, and operate a transmission line on approximately 4.75 miles of National Forest System lands on the Shawnee National Forest.

  • Burnside Water District Special Use

    Proposal to approve the construction, use and maintenance of right-of-way across National Forest System land for an underground waterline.

  • Stoneface Trail Designation

    Proposal to recognize existing ~1-mile Stoneface Trail as a system trail by designating the trail as hiking-only. Also, proposing some trail maintenance activities.


  • 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.

Project Archive

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