Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2012 to 03/31/2012
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 12/2011 
Expected:03/2012
 
01/2013 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:
DEIS NOA in Federal Register 05/13/2011
Est. FEIS NOA in Federal Register 11/2011 
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 04/2012 
Expected:06/2012
 
07/2012 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.
Field Tile Management
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Jeffrey Tepp
815-423-2164
jtepp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Management of field tiles using various techniques
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - Various. Various parcels across Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
Field Tile Mapping
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Watershed management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 Jeffrey Tepp
815-423-2164
jtepp@fs.fed.us 
Description: Location identification and mapping of field tiles within selected areas of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - T33N R9E S12 and others. Various parcels across Midewin.
Grassland bird habitat improvement
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 William Glass
815-423-6370 Ext. 218
wglass@fs.fed.us 
Description: Grassland bird habitat improvement on approximately 2,540 acres
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - T33N R9E S10 and T33 R10E S11. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie East and west of Illinois Statate Route 53.
Prairie Learning Center
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/09/2010 
Expected:04/2012
 
06/2012 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/nepa_project_exp.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.
South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain Restoration
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Vegetation management (other than forest products) 
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2012 
Expected:03/2012  04/2012 William Glass
815-423-6370 Ext. 218
wglass@fs.fed.us 
Description: Restoration of South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain area
Location: UNIT - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie All Units. STATE - Illinois. COUNTY - Will. LEGAL - T33N R9 E S11. Prairie Creek Watershed west of Baseline Road.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.