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

 

Shawnee National Forest

Welcome to the Shawnee National Forest (NF), part of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service system and the only national forest in Illinois.  Totaling about 286,400 acres the Shawnee NF is located in the southern tip of Illinois and offers a variety of outdoor opportunities and diverse landscapes.  In contrast with the remainder of Illinois, the Shawnee NF’s rolling landscape and rugged bluffs, is home to a diversity of plant and animal life.  Covered in deciduous forests and cradled between two major river ways (Ohio River and Mississippi River), there’s never a shortage of things to do in the Shawnee NF. Discover more about the Shawnee NF using the web links on this page. 

 

 

Recent News


Features

Shawnee NF Launches New Mobile Tour

Sample of Mobile Tour Sign

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


Where's Woodsy ?

Woodsy owl with his hand up and speech bubble that  says Where

Have fun while discovering the beautiful sites of the Shawnee National Forest as you play the Where's Woodsy? Game.

Spotlights

Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration

Project proposal: ~3,000 acres of pine thinning, 15,000 acres of prescribed fire, treatment of invasive species, maintenance of barren habitats, development of vernal ponds & roadwork.

Phragmites & Reed Canarygrass Management

The legal notice has been published on the draft decision to implement the Phragmites and Reed Canarygrass Management project.

 




Lee Mine Hardwood Restoration

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Scoping is in progress on this proposed hardwood restoration project.

Outdoor Quest Programs

Big Outdoors

Do you quest for new exciting information, then try our new self-guided Outdoor Quest Program!



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Highlights

  • Spring 2015 Volunteer Days Schedule Link opens in a Pdf Document
  • Shawnee Tweets