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
Ameren Powerline Reconstruction Project
EA
- Special use management In Progress
Comment Period
11/13/2014
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: Ameren Power Generating Company needs a new permit to reconstruct seven-miles of an existing permitted electric transmission line system, to include lines, poles, and supporting structures. The line runs from Grand Tower to Makanda.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41796
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Township 10 South, Range 3 West Section 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, & 27 Their permitted right-of-way across Forest land is located between Grand Tower and Makanda.
Phragmites Eradication
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Comment Period
11/19/2014
Expected: 04/2015 05/2015 Chad Deaton
618-833-8576
cdeaton@fs.fed.us
Description: We plan to eradicate two invasive species; common reed (Phragmites) and reed canarygrass, while populations are relatively small and the chance for success is high.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37233
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson, Johnson, Pope, Union. LEGAL - Not Applicable Several sites across the Forest
Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
9-Day Trail Ride Recreation Event
CE
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 03/2015 Robert Monroe
618-253-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The 9-Day Trail Ride was under a special-use permit for the past five years, it is the largest recreation event on the Forest, and has been permitted for many years.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46072
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin, Hardin, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable The event occurs on private land in Pope County
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
02/2015
Expected: 09/2015 10/2015 Amanda Kunzmann
618-658-2111
akunzmann@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
Dennison Hollow Burn Expansion
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Special area management
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 Scott Crist
618-253-1034
scrist@fs.fed.us
Description: The Dennison Hollow Burn Expansion would add 130 acres of private land to the burn and eliminate the need for 1.5 miles of fire line.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46074
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Saline. LEGAL - Not Applicable Eagle ridge - eastern Saline County
Lee Mine Hardwood Restoration
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
08/24/2014
Expected: 03/2015 04/2015 Tom Neal
(618) 658-2111
tneal@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
Ramsey Branch Hardwood Restoration
EA
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
In Progress
Comment Period
10/31/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 Tom Neal
(618) 658-2111
tneal@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposed actions encourage resilient forest conditions through silvicultural treatments including commercial thinning that will enhance the diversity of native vegetation on about 53 acres.
Web Link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/shawnee/landmanagement/projects
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - T12S, R6E, Sec 5 The Ramsey Branch project area is about 1 mile east of Eddyville, IL.
TK Ranch Campground
CE
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 03/2015 03/2015 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: TK Ranch has requested a permit to operate a commercial equestrian facility with 48 campsites to provide camping for customers that would use Shawnee National Forest designated trails.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46099
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Near One-Horse Gap Lake and the Nine-Day trail ride.
Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Westside Openlands Burn Expansion
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
01/2015
Expected: 02/2015 02/2015 Rod McClanahan
618-658-2111
rmcclanahan@fs.fed.us
Description: Burn areas cover in existing NEPA will expanded to make more efficient use of existing fire breaks, such as creeks, lakes, roads, trails, and right-of-way corridors. This will make burning more efficient.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46073
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Westside openlands - maps attached
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