Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

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- Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs Ranger District
- Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District


Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration
EIS
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
In Progress
NOI in Federal Register
10/10/2014
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register
04/2017
Expected: 12/2017 01/2018 Leonard Pitcher
6186581302
lpitcher@fs.fed.us
Description: 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45129
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Massac, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Southeastern Pope and eastern Massac Counties About 7 miles south- southwest of Golconda, Illinois
G.G. Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/11/2016
Expected: 02/2017 03/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal to develop a new right-of-way (ROW) across 0.25 miles of Shawnee National Forest land, in Pope County, Illinois. The ROW would connect private land to Bushwhack Road.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48489
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Off of Bushwhack Road in Pope County.
Grindstaff Hollow Association Road Permit Reissue
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to renew a special-use permit, which allows for the continued use of a 1320 foot by 40 foot or 1.2 acre, right-of-way across National Forest System land for ingress and egress to private property.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable The right-of way is located in E1/2SESW, Section 28, Township 10 South, Range 8 East, 3rd PM, Gallatin County, Illinois.
IDNR Trail Special Use Reissue
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to renew a special-use permit, which allows for use of a 400 foot by 100 foot or .92 acre, right-of-way across National Forest System land for a section of the Rails to Trails biking trail.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable The right-of way is located at Section 3, Township 12 South, Range 3 East, 3rd PM, Johnson County, Illinois.
Illinois American Water Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/22/2016
Expected: 01/2017 01/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal to amend a special-use permit issued to Illinois American Water, which would allow for installation, maintenance, and operation of a 3,500 foot by 2 foot right-of-way across Forest land for an underground 4 inch water transmission pipeline
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49267
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Not Applicable The proposed right-of way would be located in Section 11 of Township 11 South, Range 8 East, 3rd PM, Hardin County, Illinois.
Invasive Species Management at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2017
Est. Comment Period
03/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Matthew Lechner
618-253-1016
mlechner@fs.fed.us
Description: 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50693
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
Little Cache Ecological Restoration and Habitat Enhancement
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Watershed management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2016
Est. Comment Period
02/2017
Expected: 06/2017 07/2017 Leonard Pitcher
618-658-1302
lpitcher@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed actions will encourage resilient forest conditions through silvicultural treatments that will enhance the presence of the oak-hickory hardwood forest-type.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48943
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Little Cache area about 5 miles north of Vienna, Illinois.
Lusk Creek Canoe Launch
EA

   *UPDATED*
- Facility management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Comment Period
03/13/2017
Expected: 05/2017 06/2017 Heather Carey
618-658-1330
hcarey@fs.fed.us
Description: Construct a small parking lot and stream access ramp for launching small watercraft.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=11009
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - T12S R6E Sec 16 Eddyville Blacktop adjacent to the Eddyville Bridge over Lusk Creek
M.N. Road Permit Reissue
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to renew a special-use permit which would allow for the continued use of a about an acre, right-of-way across National Forest System land for ingress and egress to private property.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable The right-of way is located in NESE, Section 15, Township 12 South, Range 7 East, 3rd PM, Pope County, Illinois.
T.P. Access Special Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management Cancelled N/A N/A Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: Mr. Perkins is requesting to reconstruct a proposed right-of-way (ROW) across 0.6 miles of Shawnee National Forest land, located at Section 27, Township 11 South, Range 10 East, 3rd P.M., Hardin County, Illinois.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48487
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Not Applicable Section 27, Township 11 South, Range 10 East, 3rd P.M., Hardin County, Illinois
Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Big Muddy River Bottoms Habitat Improvement II
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
12/26/2016
Expected: 04/2017 04/2017 Shannan Sharp
318-765-3554
sdsharp@fs.fed.us
Description: 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.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46967
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Oakwood Bottoms and surrounding area
MM Road Permit Reissue
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: Reissue a special use permit for a 1 acre road permit.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Union County, Illinois
Stone Creek Golf Course Land Use Permit
CE

   *UPDATED*
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/03/2017
Expected: 02/2017 02/2017 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: Five acres of a golf course is encroaching on National Forest. This temporary permit will be issued for a term of 5 years, the permit will be not be renewable or transferable. The special use permit will be used in advance of a 80 acre land exchange.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - 10 South, 1 West Section 28 S1/2, NW  south of Carbondale
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