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

Developing Proposal

  • Murphysboro Administrative Site Communication Tower Replacement

    Proposal to replace existing communication tower at the Murphysboro administrative site.

Under Analysis

  • Kinkaid Lake Trail System Improvements Phase 1

    Proposal to reroute, construct, and maintain and add biking designation to Trail 377 and a section of Trail 382.

  • 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.

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.


  • 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.