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  • Restoring a forest after a tornado

    Shawnee National Forest seeks to protect Kinkaid Lake drinking water, reduce wildfire risk and restore a damaged forest, beginning with a salvage of blown-down trees.

    In February, a tornado ripped through Southern Illinois, damaging 46 homes and 275 acres of Shawnee National Forest. Now, thousands of downed trees increase the risk of wildfire, diseases and insect outbreaks. The damage also could increase erosion in the Kinkaid Lake watershed, on which 30,000 people depend for their drinking water.

    Shawnee National Forest is developing a plan to restore this forest, beginning with an effort to salvage blown-down trees.

    Learn more about the public open house here.

    Registration required: No

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