Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

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, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)

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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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R9 - Eastern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cattle Watering Systems
EA
- Grazing management
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/14/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 09/2011 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Jeffrey Tepp
815-423-2164
jtepp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Develop several cattle watering ponds and wells to provide water for cattle and to provide wetland wildlife habitat.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=23667
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. East of State Route 53 in identified grazing allotments.
Grassland Bird Habitat Mitigation
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2011 
Expected:11/2011  12/2011 William Glass
815-423-6370 Ext. 218
wglass@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of grassland bird habitat (clearing invasive vegetation and herbicide application) on approximately 278 acres of current Department of Defense land, expected to be transferred to the US Forest Service (Midewin) in the future.
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - T33N, R9E, Sections 2 & 11; T34N, R9E Section 35. Westside of Midewin on current Department of Defense (Army) inholdings, surrounded by National Forest System (Midewin) land. Treatment area set to be transferred to Midewin in the future.
Jackson Creek Savanna Trail
CE
- Recreation management
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 07/2011 
Expected:09/2011  10/2011 Richard Short
815-423-6370
rshort@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of approximately 1.25 miles of trails; including overlook, trail bridges, benches, interpretive signs and related land management activities.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34105
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - T34N, R9E, Section 24 and T34N, R10E, Section 19. South of Jackson Creek (Brown Circle area), west of Village of Elwood.
Prairie Learning Center
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/09/2010 
Expected:09/2011
 
10/2011 Richard Short
815-423-6370
rshort@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construct an open-air education and self-service information facility at the Iron Bridge Trailhead.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=29592
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - T34N, R10E, Section 31. Proposed location at the Iron Bridge Trailhead Area on Illinois State Route 53.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.