Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
04/01/2013 to 06/30/2013
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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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)

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 Power Special-Use Permit Amendment
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a proposal for Ameren Power Generating Company to reconstruct seven-miles of an existing permitted electric transmission line system, to include lines, poles, and supporting structures.
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.
American Land Holdings of Illinois, LLC Land Exchange Proposal
EA
- Land ownership management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Richard Blume-Weaver
618-253-1018
rblume-weaver@fs.fed.us 
Description: We propose to exchange 384 acres of National Forest System land in Gallatin County for three non-Federal land tracts. These tracts are located in Pope and Jackson Counties, and total 831 acres.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37754
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin, Jackson, Pope. National Forest System land in Gallatin County for non-Federal lands located in Pope County and Jackson County.
Hamburg Hill Trail of Tears Enhancements
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:09/2013  01/2014 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.
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.
Hardin County Water Company Right-Of-Way
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/14/2013  03/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to renew a special-use permit, to the Hardin County Water Company, allowing for the continued operation and maintenance of water transmission lines (11.6 miles, or 28.13 acres) on Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40344
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. Located throughout Hardin County,.
JW-Right-of-Way Renewal Proposal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/20/2012  02/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would renew an existing right-of-way access (special-use permit) across Forest land to private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40447
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Section 29, Township 12 South, Range 6 East. Pope County near Manson Ford.
Kinkaid Gully Stabilization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 John DePuy
618-658-2111
jdepuy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Four gullies are proposed for stabilization near Johnson Creek campground and in the Buttermilk Hill area in the Lake Kinkaid watershed.
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. Near Johnson Creek Campground and in the Buttermilk Hill area in Jackson County.
Kinkaid Shoreline Stabilization
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Kameron Sam
618-658-2111
kcsam@fs.fed.us 
Description: The project is expected to stabilize about 2,500 linear feet of the most severely eroding shoreline areas using the stone revetment on filter fabric technique as used previously with great success.
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. Along the shoreline of Lake Kinkaid in Jackson County.
Millstone Water District Right-of-Way Renewal Proposal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/14/2013  02/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would renew a right-of-way access (special-use permit) for the continued operation and maintenance of 21.01 miles of a buried potable water transmission pipeline system across Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40448
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Sections (sec) 34 & 35, Township 11 South, Range 5 East; and sec. 22, 27, 28, T12S, R6E; and sec 9, T11S, R6E; and sec 10, 13, 15, & 16, T12S, R5E: and sec 2, 3, 4, 6, 19, 29, 30, 31, & 32, T13S, R5E;. Pope County.
Mitchellsville Water District Right-of-Way
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 12/10/2012  12/2012 Robert Monroe
618-658-2012
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would renew a special-use permit to the Mitchellsville Water District allowing for the continued operation and maintenance of a waterline (0.06) acre) across Forest land
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40449
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Saline. LEGAL - Eddyville Quad #20, Section 25, Township 10 South, Range 6 East, of the southwest corner, of the south corner, of the southwest corner,. One mile north of the Saline and Pope County lines, and approximately one mile south of the intersection of Illinois Route 34 and Peak Road, in the Williams Hill area, located in Saline County, Illino.
Mt Pleasant Church Facility Authorization
CE
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/11/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
04/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658=2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to authorize a special-use permit to the congregation of the Mt Pleasant Church to operate and maintain a facility on Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40450
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - Section 9, Towship12S, R6E, of the southwest corner of the southwest corner. Located approximately one half mile southwest of Leisure City just off Forest Service Road 126.
Non-Native Invasive Species Management
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Completed  Actual: 01/18/2013
05/04/2011 
05/2013 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
Pomona Boat Ramp and Parking Lot on Cedar Lake
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/14/2013  03/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Rissuance of a special-use permit for the Pomona Township authorizing the continued operation and maintenance of the existing boat ramp and parking lot (1.1 acres), located on the western shore of Cedar Lake.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40451
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Cobden Quad#26, Section 26, Township 10 South, Range 2 West, of the northwest corner, of the southwest. Approximately 2.5 miles east of Pomona, on the west shore of Cedar Lake, at the end of County Road 379, Jackson County, Il.
RJ-Right-of-Way_Special-Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  05/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: On January 6, 2013, the Forest Service received an application for a right-of-way special-use permit authorizing access across Forest land to private property Jackson and Union Counties.
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson, Union. LEGAL - Section 6, Township 11 South, Range 1 West, NWNW corner and Section 31, Township 10 South, Range 1 West, SESE corner, 3rd P.M. Jackson and Union Counties.
Southern Illinois Power Cooperative Right-of-Way
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/14/2013  03/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal would renew a special-use permit authorizing the continued operation and maintenance of overhead 69 KV electric power transmission lines on Forest land.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40339
Location: UNIT - Shawnee National Forest All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Gallatin, Jackson, Johnson, Union. LEGAL - sec 31, T10S, R1W, and sec 6, T10S, R2W, and sec 9, 10, 13, 16, T10S, R7E, and sec 18, 14, T10S, R8E, and sec 24, T11S, R1E, and sec 9, T12S, R3E, and sec 29, 31, T12S, R7E,. On Forest land located in Jackson, Johnson, Union, and Gallatin Counties, IL.
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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
AK Road Special-Use
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: On March 28, 2012, the Forest Service received an application for a right-of-way special-use permit across 20 feet of Shawnee National Forest land.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Hardin. LEGAL - Hidden Spring Ranger District, Section 18, NESW, Township 12 South, Range 8 East, Hardin County, IL. Hardin County.
CL Right-of-Way Proposal
CE
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 02/14/2013  04/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description:  Proposal would grant a right-of-way access (special-use permit) across Forest land to private property.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40343
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Massac. LEGAL - Paducah NE Quadrangle (#47), Section 17, Township 15 South, Range 5 East, of the Northwest Corner. Shawnee National Forest, Hidden Spring Ranger District, Massac County, Illinois.
Condro Prescribed Fire
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 10/11/2012 
Expected:04/2013
 
10/2013 Scott Crist
618-687-1731
scrist@fs.fed.us 
Description: Burn about 100 acres of Forest Service land in conjunction with about 200 acres of private land in south Pope County. This burn would be in cooperation with the Southeastern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association.
Location: UNIT - Hidden Springs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Pope. LEGAL - T15S, R6E, Sec 4. East of Burke Branch NA between Burke Creek and Barren Creek.
Openlands Prescribed Burn Expansion Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/06/2011 
Expected:04/2013
 
11/2013 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 -.
Williams Hill Communication Site
CE
- Special use management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/06/2011 
Expected:04/2013
 
04/2013 Richard Blume-Weaver
618-253-1018
rblume-weaver@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
Holy Boulders Special-Use Permit
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: This is a proposal for a new special-use permit, to the Access Fund, authorizing a right-of-way to develop a parking area/trailhead off of Macedonia Road and convert an old roadbed into a hiking-only trail for access to private property.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson. LEGAL - Section 26, NWSE, Township 10 South, Range 3 West, Third Principal Meridian, County of Jackson, State of Illinois. Jackson County.
Phragmites Eradication
EA
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:05/2013  06/2013 John DePuy
618-658-2111
jdepuy@fs.fed.us 
Description: Site-specific management of Phragmites australis - Forest-wideranging from 0 .1 to 2 acre in size, totaling less than ten acres. Management would include a Glyphosate (aquatic)-based herbicide treatment
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=37233
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Jackson, Johnson, Pope, Union. Several sites across the Forest.
Unimin Specialty Minerals, Inc. Permit Renewal
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 04/2013 
Expected:04/2013  04/2013 Robert Monroe
618-658-2111
robertmonroe@fs.fed.us 
Description: This decision would allow for a continuation/renewal of a road special-use permit. The permittee would continue to have the same access; no new construction will occur. Maintenance and use of this right-of-way remain with the permittee.
Location: UNIT - Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Alexander. LEGAL - Section 27, NWNW, Township 14 South, Range 2 West. 0.3 miles of road in Alexander County.
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