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
Scoping Start
04/05/2013
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 11/2014 12/2014 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.
Hamburg Hill Trail of Tears Enhancements
CE
- Recreation management In Progress
Scoping Start
04/05/2013
Expected: 11/2014 01/2015 Mary McCorvie
618-253-1045
mmccorvie@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will provide Trailhead improvements and historic and environmental restoration for a trailhead at the top of Hamburg Hill on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41798
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Section 32 and 33, Township 12 South, Range 2 Hamburg Hill is located in Union County just west of Jonesboro
Phragmites Eradication
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) In Progress
Scoping Start
07/07/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 02/2015 04/2015 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
Southern Illinois Power CooperativePermit Amendment
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to amend Southern Illinois Power Cooperative%u2019s existing special use permit, VIE201306. This amendment would allow for the continued operation and maintenance of a stub pole and four buried anchors.
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Alexander, Pope. LEGAL - Section 2, NENE, Township 15 South, Range 2 West Section 29, NESW, Township 12 South, Range 7 East Along power-lines in Alexander and Pope Counties
Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Springs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Ameren Utility Expansion
CE
- Special use management On Hold N/A N/A Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: Ameren has an easement for a power corridor on Forest land just south of Lake of Egypt. It is about 1.2 miles long and 125 feet wide. The proposal is to widen the corridor by 12.5 feet on both sides. To widen, vegetation will need to be removed.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Section 9 and 16, Township 11 South, Range 3 East, Goreville Quad The proposed expansion is located at Goreville Quad #23, Section 9 and 16, Township 11 South, Range 3 East in Johnson County, Illinois.
Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration
EIS

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
- Fuels management
Developing Proposal
Est. NOI in Federal Register
09/2014
Expected: 05/2015 06/2015 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
Hardin County Main Street: Ozark Tour
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The purpose of this project is to provide the public an opportunity to participate in the one-day bus tour of historical sites located across southeastern Illinois. The number of participants would not exceed 40.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin, Hardin, Pope, Saline. LEGAL - Not Applicable Eastern side of the Shawnee
Indian Kitchen Lodge Outfitter/Guide Special-Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Marlene Rivero
618-833-8576
mrivero@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would authorize the issuance of an outfitter/guide special-use permit (SUP) to the proprietors of Indian Kitchen Lodge (IKL), near Eddyville, Illinois. They would be allowed a maximum of up to ten riders per day.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Indian kitchens Lodge is located near Eddyville, Illinois. They are relatively close to the River-to-River Trailhead.
JP Road Use Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 11/2014 11/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: Access to private lands using an existing non-system road that crosses forest lands.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45474
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable Pope County near Reevesville
Lee Mine Hardwood Restoration
EA

   *NEW LISTING*
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Scoping Start
08/24/2014
Est. Comment Period
11/2014
Expected: 01/2015 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
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Forest products
In Progress
Comment Period
03/31/2014
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.
The Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management
- Recreation management
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 10/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to allow the holder to host the Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival Event, a weekend of non-competitive mountain bike riding that would occur on October 24th-26th, 2014.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45306
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson, Pope. LEGAL - Not Applicable The event would be based off-Forest at Camp Ondessonk, a private campground. Participants would ride their mountain bikes onto Forest property.
W. Timber Haul
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: This proposal is to issue a temporary special-use permit authorizing the use of a right-of-way (ROW) route, across Forest land, to their private property.. Forest Service Rd 1736 will serve also as a proposed route for the timber haul.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - SESW Section 10, Township 12 South, Range 8 East Hardin County
Wagon Creek Culvert Replacement
CE
- Road management Analysis Completed Expected: 08/2014
Actual: 08/21/2014
09/2014 Justin Dewey
618-687-1731
jpdewey@fs.fed.us
Description: Johnson County has received funding to replace a culvert under the Creal Springs Road with a bridge. The replacement work is expected to impact an area on the national forest over a width of 50%u2019 from centerline for a length of about 500 feet.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44864
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Wagon Creek in Johnson County
Shawnee National Forest, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District R9 - Eastern Region
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
B.S. Road Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to renew an existing special-use permit MUR24, which would allow for the continued use of a, 2,006 foot by 20 foot or 0.92 acre, right-of-way across Forest land for ingress and egress to private property.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - SW1/4, Section 23, Township 10 South, Range 2 West Near Makanda
Cedar Lake Shoreline Stabilization
CE
- Watershed management Analysis Completed Expected: 07/2014
Actual: 07/31/2014
09/2014 John DePuy
618-658-2111
jdepuy@fs.fed.us
Description: This project will be a continuation of work done over the past several years to stabilize the eroding shorelines at Cedar Lake using the barge application method of stone riprap placement.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44683
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Cedar Lake
Kinkaid Lake Gullies 2
CE
- Watershed management Analysis Completed Expected: 09/2014
Actual: 09/05/2014
10/2014 John DePuy
618-658-2111
jdepuy@fs.fed.us
Description: This project proposes four gullies for stabilization near Kinkaid Lake.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=44686
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Drainage that flow into Kinkaid lake in Jackson County.
M.M. Road Permit
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start
10/2014
Expected: 10/2014 11/2014 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us
Description: The proposal is to renew an existing special-use permit , which allows use of a 2,000 foot by 20 foot or 0.91 acre, right-of-way across Forest land to access private property.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45308
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - SW1/4, Section 23, Township 10 South, Range 2 West Near makanda
Oakwood Moist Soil Phase 2 and 3
CE

   *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants In Progress
Scoping Start
09/05/2014
Expected: 09/2014 10/2014 Rod McClanahan
618-658-1317
rmcclanahan@fs.fed.us
Description: This project would create about 40 small forest openings over the next five years within the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir. Moist soil wetland vegetation would be encouraged.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45200
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Not Applicable Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir
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