Land & Resources Management


One of the largest public land entities in Illinois, the Shawnee National 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, pick one of the topics below:


Biological Hot Spots

Macro image of pink flowers

Often called biological hot spots, natural areas support so many species that scientists call them genetic banks.

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.


Let the Sun Shine In

Let the sun shine in.

Open forests contain wildflowers and grasses for pollinators, such as butterflies and bees.