Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
10/01/2010 to 12/31/2010
Shawnee National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
Report Contents (click to jump to a section) :
Projects Occurring Nationwide
R9 - Eastern Region, Shawnee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R9 - Eastern Region, Shawnee National Forest,  Hidden Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R9 - Eastern Region, Shawnee National Forest,  Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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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
Non-Native Invasive Species Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/22/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
01/2011 Matthew Lechner
618-253-1016
mlechner@fs.fed.us 
Description: Forest-wide assessment of the management of non-native invasive species. Potential treatments include pulling, hand-torching, controlled burns, and herbicides.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=22143
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson. Forest-wide.
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Shawnee National Forest,   Hidden Springs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cave Hill, Dennison Hollow, Stoneface, and Simpson Barrens Vegetation Management
CE
- Special area management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Completed  Actual: 09/29/2010  11/2010 Elizabeth Shimp
618-658-2111
eshimp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Prescribe burn a total of about 3600 acres around 4 natural areas and adjacent lands for vegetation management (other than forest products) and animal habitat improvement.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee/projects/projects/
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Johnson, Saline. Three areas within Saline County and one in Johnson County.
Electrification of Pine Ridge Campground at the Pounds Hollow Recreation Area
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/10/2010  09/2010 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The proposal involves providing electric hook ups to Pine Ridge Campground. The power will be supplied by Southeastern Illinois Electric Coop via a new utility corridor consisting of 0.4 mile of new overhead line, and 0.3 mile of new undergroundline.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32760
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin. LEGAL - Ridge Quad #18, T10S, R8E, Sections 25 and 36. Forest Service Road 127. Pounds Hollow Recreation Area, Pope County, Illinois.
Jerrels Small Tracts Act Conveyance
CE
- Land ownership management  Completed  Actual: 08/10/2010  11/2010 Ron Scott
618-253-1038
ronscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: Conveyance of .24 acre of federal land in part of Section 12, Township 11 South, Range 8 East, 3rd Principal Meridian, Hardin County, Illinois pursuant to the authority of the Small Tracts Act, P.L. 97-465.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32880
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Part of Section 12, Township 11 South, Range 8 East, 3rd Principal Meridian, Hardin County, Illinois. The property to be conveyed is located in Hardin County near Camp Cadiz, just east of FR 179 and north of Cadiz Road.
Private Property Access Road
CE
- Special use management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a request for an access drive for about 200 feet across Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee/projects/projects/
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - T11S R10E section 34. Hardin County.
River-to-River Trail Elizabethtown Segment Designation
CE
- Recreation management  Completed  Actual: 09/29/2010  09/2010 Robert Monroe
616-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest would like to formally designate the Elizabethtown section of trail that runs along Big Creek. This segment has been used for many years. Designation would allow trail maintenance and enhancement to improve the existing condition.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30444
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. The trail is located in Hardin County along Big Creek.
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Shawnee National Forest,   Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Access Road Special Use Permit
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/05/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
01/2011 Marlene Rivero
618-833-8576
mrivero@fs.fed.us 
Description: Access haul road needed for private property owner to access his cistern with water.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - T11S, R1W, Sec. 6, in part of the NENW corner. Access road located on the East edge of a 28.41 acre Forest Service parcel off of Bee Tree road.
Dial and Ederle Tracts Reforestation Project
CE
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/05/2010 
Expected:12/2010
 
02/2011 Ronald Moore
618-833-8576
ronaldmoore@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reforestation of recently aquired farm fields with native tree species to reduce forest fragmentation. Reforestation (hand or machine planting), prescribed burning, and brush cutting are anticipated.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Union. LEGAL - Dial: T11S, R3W, sec. 25 & 36; Ederle: T11S, R3W, sec. 31. Dial and Ederle properties recently bought in Hutchins Creek watershed.
Hutchins Creek Watershed Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Completed  Actual: 09/29/2010  10/2010 Chad Deaton
618-833-8576
cdeaton@fs.fed.us 
Description: About 3500 feet of eroding streambank will be repaired using stone-toe protection and wing-walls. Rock will be placed to protect the eroding bank.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=32763
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Union. Qualls tract on Hutchins Creek.
Natural Gas Pipeline Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2010 
Expected:11/2010
 
12/2010 Marlene Rivero
618-833-8576
mrivero@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issuance of a new special use authorization for a new term of 30 years to replace an existing or expired special use authorization.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee/
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - T9S, R3West, Section 20, Jackson Co Illinois. East side of Route 3 North east of the Village of Gorham in the Skeeter Park/Worthen Bayou area in Jackson County of the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District.
Prescribed Fire for Improvement of Wildlife Habitat and Urban Interface
EA
- Fuels management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  
On Hold  N/A  N/A Scott Crist
618-687-1731
scrist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Five separate prescribed burning projects, totaling about 23,400 acres (about 4,800 acres each). The projects are spread across the District.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee/projects/environmental/nepa/sopa/
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson, Johnson, Pulaski, Union, Williamson. Lands administered by the ranger district.
Verizon North, Inc. Renew Permit
CE
- Special use management   On Hold  N/A  N/A Marlene Rivero
618-833-8576
mrivero@fs.fed.us 
Description: Issue a new special use authorization for a new term to replace an existing or expired special use authorization with Verizon Telephone. Inc.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Alexander, Jackson, Union. Various loction throughout the Mississippi Bluffs RD.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.