WELCOME to the Shawnee National Forest

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We Offer Contact-free Customer Services

Visit our offices between 8 a.m.— 4:30 p.m. for contact-free customer service. 

Stop by to obtain America the Beautiful Federal Passes, maps, firewood permits and burn permits. Call your nearest Forest Service office before you visit to find out the proper ID or payment necessary for a pass or permit.

Also each office has an outside information kiosks with free recreation and tourism information. 



Plan Your Next Visit

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Recent News


Keeping a Keystone Species Alive in the Shawnee National Forest

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IL. Forestry Assoc. newsletter (see p.13) explains how management efforts in Bean Ridge combat the decline of oak trees & results in improving forest health.<...

Draft Recreation Facility Strategy

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Review and provide feedback on the draft Recreation Facility Strategy.  The period for comments has past.


Proposed Recreation Fee Changes


The initial comment period has ended. Many comments on the proposal were received. This spotlight will be updated as the project develops.