Shawnee National Forest

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Nestled in southern Illinois between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the Shawnee National Forest spans 289,000 acres featuring oak-hickory forests, flourishing wetlands, grassy openlands, lush canyons, sheer bluffs and unique geological features.

Recreation Guide

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Forestry for the Birds

Photo of Cerulean Warbler

Learn how forestry restoration on the Shawnee is restoring and improving habitat for many warbler species of birds, including the cerulean warbler which is listed as ‘threatened’ in Illinois (see p.10)

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