Shawnee National Forest

The Trump administration wants to reverse roadless protections for the country's largest national forest, and opponents fear pristine land in Illinois and other states could be next.

Shawnee Forest

Two open houses this month will discuss the recently released recreation fee proposal at the Shawnee National Forest.

The forest's Laura Lecher says the fee proposal was announced last August because recreation funding has declined over the past ten years.

Shawnee Forest

An Evansville, Indiana, woman has died after falling from a cliff at Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

Equality, Illinois, Fire Chief Cole Baker says 36-year-old Sara Rappee fell about 60 feet around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Shawnee Hills Outdoors

A magazine catering to outdoor enthusiasts has selected the best hiking spot in each state.

For Illinois, the publication Outside chose the nearly 4-mile Jackson Falls Trail in the Shawnee National Forest.


A zoology student at SIU-Carbondale recently conducted a survey to determine how hunters feel about a site in the Shawnee National Forest.

Ethan Dittmer says his survey at the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir is designed to help wildlife managers understand how hunters use the area.

A stand of trees in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri looks a little more sparse than what is often depicted in a forest.

The trees are eight to ten feet apart, and that’s on purpose, fire management officer Greg Painter said.

National Trails Day is Saturday June 2nd, 2018.  On this edition of WSIU In Focus, WSIU's Kevin Boucher visits with Cobden Teacher Kelly Flamm's 5th Grade Students to talk about nature.

US Forest Service

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews an upcoming training at the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest.

Mug Shot
Illinois State Police

A man accused of shooting a central Illinois police officer a week ago has been found dead in the Shawnee National Forest.

Garden Of The Gods will soon be on quarters

Nov 4, 2015
U.S. Mint

Since 2010 the United States Mint began issuing quarters featuring a variety of depictions of natural areas on the reverse side of the quarters.  In the Spring of 2016, five more quarters will be released to the general public and one of these new quarters features the Camel Rock formation in the Garden of The Gods Recreation Area.  Sue Hirsch, with the Shawnee National Forest talks about the news.

Kevin Boucher/WSIU

In 1991, the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area was officially designated as a research site, the nation's 250th such area.  Join IDNR Herpetologist Scott Ballard as he takes us on an informative hike on Snake Road.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Heather Cary and Kelly Pearson with the Shawnee National Forest, and Gillum Ferguson with the River To River Trail Society, about the upcoming Ozark Tour.

US Forest Service

The Shawnee National Forest is taking a trip back to the future.

Eastern States Rock Art Research Association

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Mary McCorvie and Paige Hawthorne of the Shawnee National Forest about their series "Beneath The Surface," which focuses on the archeological significance of the region.