Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
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,  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
Gypsy Moth Management in the United States: A Cooperative Approach
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/19/2008
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:10/2011
 
10/2011 Noel Schneeberger
610-557-4121
nschneeberger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The USDA Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are analyzing a range of strategies for controlling gypsy moth damage to forests and trees in the United States.
Web Link:  http://www.na.fs.fed.us/wv/eis/
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 02/25/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
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 05/2011 
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)  Completed  Actual: 05/04/2011  08/2011 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
Openlands Prescribed Burn Expansion Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
09/2011 Rod McClanahan
618-658-2111
rmcclanahan@fs.fed.us 
Description: To expand the area surrounding and/or adjacent to existing openland areas so as to take advantage of existing natural or man-made fire control lines, and to expand the restorative benefits of dormant season burning to adjacent woodlands.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin, Johnson, Pope. Openland Tracts in Pope, Johnson and Hardin Counties -.
Phelps - Road Special Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:08/2011  08/2011 Justin Dewey
618-253-7114
jpdewey@fs.fed.us 
Description: Mr. Phelps would like to permit an existing unpermitted road on Forest property to access his crop fields.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Part of SESW Section 18,T12S,R8E,. The existing road comes off Hardin County Road number 36, aka Rogertown Road. In Hardin County.
Williams Hill Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2011 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Ron Scott
618-253-1038
ronscott@fs.fed.us 
Description: Renew leases for existing communications facilities and update/revise the existing Communications Site Plan.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. Williams Hill near Herod, IL.
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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
Frontier Communications - 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 Frontier Communications (formely Verizon Telephone. Inc.).
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Alexander, Jackson, Union. Various loction throughout the Mississippi Bluffs RD.
Natural Gas Pipeline Special Use Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/05/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 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/nepa/project_content.php?project=32304
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
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Fuels management 
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/nepa/project_content.php?project=6197
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson, Johnson, Pulaski, Union, Williamson. Lands administered by the ranger district.
Richs Cave Gating Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/06/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
04/2012 Rod McClanahan
618-658-2111
rmcclanahan@fs.fed.us 
Description: We proposes to construct a high security-type fence around a large sinkhole that also encompasses the back entrance to Richs Cave.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Union. Rich’s Cave is located in Union County, IL, north of Anna, Illinois.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.