Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.

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- Shawnee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
- Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs Ranger District
- Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District


Shawnee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest) R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Natural Area Restoration at Six Sites
CE
- Special area management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
In Progress
Scoping Start
01/11/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Elizabeth Shimp
618-658-2111
eshimp@fs.fed.us
Description: Landscape-scale prescribed burns and selective tree and shrub removal are being proposed to restore the following natural areas: Copperous Branch, Gibbons Creek, Leisure City, Pleasant Valley, Whoopie Cat and Wolf Creek.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48531
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Alexander, Hardin, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Alexander, Hardin, and Pope Counties
Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Camp Ondessonk Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 06/2016 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed action is to reissue a five-year permit to Camp Ondessonk that will allow for guided hiking and equestrian outfitting and guiding on the Shawnee National Forest.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near Ozark, Illinois
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. DEIS NOA in Federal Register
02/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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: 08/2016 09/2016 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.
Harris Branch Prescribed Burn Expansion
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
07/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 Scott Crist
618-253-1034
scrist@fs.fed.us
Description: Expand the burn around the timber sale to move control lines to existing barriers and expand the benefits of the prescribed fire to the adjacent areas.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=49801
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Not Applicable south of Camp Cadiz
Illinois American Water Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 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
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.
K.M. Access Road Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/11/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal to develop a new right-of-way (ROW) across 0.03 miles of National Forest land in Gallatin County, Illinois. The ROW would connect private land to Forest Service Road 108.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=48492
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Not Applicable South of Equality
Lee Mine Hardwood Restoration
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
02/22/2016
Expected: 07/2016 08/2016 Leonard Pitcher
6186581302
lpitcher@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal includes: 1)Commercial timber sale to thin 681 acres of pine; 2)Timber-stand improvement on 681 acres of smaller, shade-tolerant species; 3)About 1500 acres of prescribed fire 4)Small wetland creation; 5)Road maintenance
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45123
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Not Applicable About two miles south and east of Karbers Ridge, Illinois
Little Cache Ecological Restoration and Habitat Enhancement
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management
In Progress
Scoping Start
03/13/2016
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 08/2016 10/2016 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
- Facility management
- Recreation management
In Progress
Scoping Start
04/15/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Heather Carey
618-658-1330
hcarey@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal would develop a canoe launch area on Lusk Creek near the bridge on the Eddyville blacktop.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47072
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near the luck Creek bridge on the Eddyville Blacktop
No Sleep Adventures Race
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 06/2016 09/2016 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: A proposal for No Sleep Adventures to host a 30-hour adventure race that includes trekking/land navigation, biking, ropes, and canoeing. The race is anticipated to occur early September across Johnson, Pope, and Hardin Counties.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin, Johnson, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable 120 miles across 3 counties - on and off the forest
SF Access Road Permit
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
04/2016
Expected: 04/2016 05/2016 Angela Kelley
618-658-1318
ajkelley@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed ROW is intended for ingress and egress to the SF%u2019s private property. The ROW would connect his land to Forest Service Road 108. Road maintenance and use would be operated in conformance to permit specifications.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - 9 South, 8 East, Section 32 Equality Quad Map
T.P. Access Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management In Progress
Scoping Start
01/11/2016
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 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
Scoping Start
05/18/2015
Est. Comment Period
05/2016
Expected: 09/2016 10/2016 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
Erosion Abatement
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Comment Period
02/08/2016
Expected: 05/2016 06/2016 Paul Widowski
618-658-1017
pwidowski@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would stabilize gullies and headcuts along tributaries to Cedar Lake, Kinkaid Lake and Lake of Egypt.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47073
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson, Johnson, Williamson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Water Supply watershed streams.
Johnson Creek Boat Launch Dredging Project
EA
- Watershed management In Progress
Comment Period
07/12/2015
Expected: 08/2016 09/2016 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The project involves hydraulic dredging of sediment from a shallow cove to maintain an open channel where small boats can launch and reach further into Kinkaid Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47209
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Kinkaid Lake watershed
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