Vegetative modification permits are issued for constructing footpaths, clearing small brush (2” in diameter at chest height), and mowing. A permit must be obtained from the Russellville Project Office before ANY modifications of vegetation take place. If you are applying for a NEW permit please complete the “Shoreline Use Permit (SUP) Request Form” and return it to the Russellville Project Office. A Ranger will contact you to set up an on-site meeting to evaluate the area and lay out the limits of the permit. Shoreline zoning of the area dictates what type of vegetative modifications are allowed, please note, in Public Recreation Areas (Buffer Zones) no vegetation modifications are permitted. Vegetation Modifications are subject to the following restrictions:
1. Trimming of trees or brush is prohibited,
2. No flowering trees or shrubs such as dogwood, redbud and serviceberry may be removed regardless of size,
3. Trees larger than two inches at DBH (4.5 feet from ground level) may not be removed,
4. Only hand-operated tools may be used. The use of equipment such as bulldozers or tractors is prohibited,
5. Burning on public lands is not allowed,
6. Placement of permanent or mortared structures on public lands is not allowed under a Shoreline Use Permit,
7. No personal property is allowed to be stored on public lands,
8. Driving on public lands is not allowed, and
9. The use of any type of chemicals on public lands is not allowed, unless authorized by written permission by the Russellville Project Office,
10. The permittee may only cut dead or diseased trees PREVIOUSLY inspected and marked by Russellville Project Office personnel. Permission will only be given for cutting trees that pose a hazard to personal property, or which are near areas of pedestrian traffic. A fallen tree shall remain on project lands for wildlife purposes unless approved for removal by the Russellville Project Office.
11. Additional guidance can be found in the Downloads Menu under Shoreline Use Conditions.
Mowing and removal of brush may only be permitted in an area adjacent to a habitable structure. The limits of mowing will depend on the proximity of the privately owned dwelling adjacent to the government boundary. The maximum distance of mowing will not exceed 200 feet from the habitable structure. A ranger will determine the distance of permitted mowing at the time of the site inspection. A ranger must inspect areas proposed for mowing before any modification is done.
Pedestrian access paths six feet or less in width may be constructed to the shoreline. The path must follow a meandering route to prevent erosion and to avoid the need for removal of trees and vegetation. Natural materials, such as creek gravel or wood chips, which blend in with the environment, may be used on the footpath. The permit does not convey the right to construct any structures (steps, bridges, etc.) in connection with the path.