The Shawnee National Forest is located in the southern part of Illinois.
Where is this Forest?

Mark Your CalendarsGarden of the Gods Garden of the Gods Forest Sign Observation Trail BridgeGarden of the Gods in the winter Garden of the Gods in the summer



Forest Service Logo Due to staffing changes, the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District office located in Jonesboro, IL. (521 N. Main Street, Jonesboro, IL) will be temporarily closed to the public from April 18th through May 2nd, 2016.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, May 3rd and resume its normal business hours of Tuesday through Friday, 8:00am-3:30pm and closed on Mondays.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  The Harrisburg and Vienna offices will continue to serve customers during this transition period during the normal business hours of M - F 8:00am to 4:30pm.


Guided Tour of Prescribed Burn Areas

Rx Burn in Hardwoods

April 30th - 10:00am to 12:00pm   Wildland fire fascinates most everyone; Join prescribed fire specialist, Scott Crist on a tour of a prescribed burn area in the Shawnee National Forest.  Learn first-hand what goes into planning and implementing a prescribed burn. As well as how prescribed burning is used as a management tool as you visit a pre- and post-burn site. 

Participants will meet Scott Crist at the Hidden Springs Ranger Station in Vienna, Illinois (State Hwy 45 North) and drive to the burn area(s) approximately 15 minutes away.  

Proposed Changes to Forest Plan Monitoring

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To comply with the U.S. Forest Service 2012 planning rule the Shawnee NF is proposing modifications to its Forest Plan monitoring program. Click above for more information about the proposed changes and how to summit your comments.

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Shawnee NF Mobile Tour

Sample of Mobile Tour Sign

Access interesting and fun facts about Shawnee National Forest sites using the New Mobile Tour.

Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration

A draft envrionmental impact statemnt is being developed for this landscape restoration project.