Land & Resources Management

The managing agency for the Shawnee National Forest is the U.S.D.A. Forest Service who's mission is "Caring for the Land and Serving People".  Shawnee National Forest lands is interdispersed with public lands and in total contains approximately 280,000 acres.  One of the largest public land entities in Illinois, the Forest is managed for multiple uses, such as, recreation, hunting, wildlife, timber, forest products, archeaological values, etc.  Visitors may notice management projects in progress at any given time throughout the year.   

To learn more about how your national forest is being managed, click on one of the projects below or use the left-sidebar navigation for: Forest Planning, Forest Projects,  Forest Resource Mgmt. or Geospatial Data.


Prescribed Burning Program & Maps

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Get the latest information on our Prescribed Burn Program.

Minerals and Oil & Gas

Mineral Oil Gas program

Information and maps on minerals and oil and gas ownership in the Shawnee National Forest. 


Road System Study Enters Review Process

graveled road lined with trees

The Shawnee National Forest is studying its road system to help balance the needs for access to the forest with the protection of clean water and a healthy forest. 

Invasive Species Management

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Learn more about the Shawnee's Invasive Species Management Plan.


Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

State outlines of IL, IN, and Ohio with sharded area of where hardwood forests are.

Published by U.S. Forest Service-Northern Research Station, this document assesses the vulnerability of the region’s forest ecosystems & its ability to adapt to a changing climate.

Living Next Door to the Forest Brochure

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This downloadable brochure provides information on a variety of topics encountered when living next to or owning adjacent land to the Shawnee National Forest.