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

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.

Under Analysis

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.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association Permit Amendment

The proposal is to amend a special-use permit issued to Egyptian Electric to install, operate, and maintain an underground electric line and related structures.

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.

Makanda Area Prescribed Fire

Prescribed fire for Forest Service and adjacent non-federal lands.

The Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival Permit Amendment

The proposal is to amend the Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival Event permit, to include 8.1 miles of user created trails south of Lake Glendale as part of their annual October bicycling event.

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.

Analysis Completed

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.

Millstone Water District Permit Amendment

Millstone Water District is being issued a permit to install, operate, and maintain an underground water transmission pipeline.

Project Archive

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