Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Shawnee National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R9 - Eastern Region, Shawnee National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
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
- 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:02/2011
 
03/2011 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,   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  Cancelled  N/A  N/A 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)  Completed  Actual: 12/09/2010  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.
Natural Gas Pipeline Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
01/2011 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.