Welcome to Shawnee National Forest
Spanning 289,000 acres, Shawnee National Forest is nestled in Southern Illinois between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. It features strikingly beautiful oak-hickory forests, flourishing wetlands, lush canyons, razorback ridges and unique geological features.
A rare convergence of six natural ecological regions results in a diversity of plant and animal species. With nearly 1 million people visiting annually, the forest serves as a retreat to Americans living in urban areas; more than 30 U.S. cities are within a six hour drive
Commonly Asked Questions
Check out this StoryMap - A brief and informative way to learn about the Sharp Rock Oak Habitat ecological restoration project, its goals, and proposed actions.
Postings of current job openings and upcoming job announcements. Learn about the variety of jobs with the Forest Service and how to start your career with us.
Native American Heritage in Southern Illinois
Learn about the native peoples who utilized southern Illinois.
Find information about ongoing land managment projects happening on the Shawnee National Forest, and view an archive of past projects.
Keeping a Keystone Species Alive in the Shawnee National Forest
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.
Enjoying the Bounty of the Forest
Forest resources are abundant, but some items take special care. Permit and collection information are available for firewood, wild foods, and other forest plants.