Shawnee National Forest to Offer Guided Fieldtrips about Invasive Plants and Threats to Forest Health

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AUGUST 7, 2018) – Join the Shawnee National Forest staff and other natural resource experts on guided fieldtrips into the Forest. In August two fieldtrips will be offered. The first will be to Hutchins Creek to visit an area of the Forest where the rapid spread of invasive plants now threaten forest health. The next fieldtrip will be to the forested hillsides of Kinkaid Lake to learn how these forests are vital in protecting the watershed.

“These upcoming events are the start of a series of guided fieldtrips into the Shawnee National Forest. They are an opportunity for us to share with the public some of our resource management problems and solutions, but also to hear from people what they think is important to them,” says Tim Pohlman, Hidden Springs District Ranger. 

Hutchins Creek Fieldtrip: August 11th at 10 a.m. Botanist Shannan Sharp will talk about how non-native invasive plants damage native habitats and the challenges of combatting the Japanese hops infestation.

Kinkaid Lake Fieldtrip: August 25th at 9 a.m. Silviculturist Justin Dodson along with Soil Scientist and Hydrologist Brooke Hagarty, will discuss what makes up a healthy forest and its importance in watershed protection.

Forest Service land managers and other area experts will lead the fieldtrips and be available to discuss forest health, invasive species, watershed protection and other topics of interest.

Participants should pre-register by calling Hidden Springs Ranger District at (618) 658-2111.  Updated information about these fieldtrips can be found on the Shawnee National Forest Facebook event page:



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