Friends of the Shawnee National Forest is a nonprofit organization that supports the Shawnee National Forest by promoting land stewardship, environmental education, and responsible outdoor recreation.


Did You Know?



The Shawnee National Forest is approximately 286,000 acres.

It’s the only national forest in the state of Illinois.

The Shawnee National Forest is on one of the America the Beautiful Quarters. It features Camel Rock with a red-tailed hawk soaring through the sky.

There are 7 designated Wilderness Areas in the Shawnee National Forest. The largest is Lusk Creek Wilderness in Pope County. The smallest in Panther Den Wilderness, located south of Carbondale in Union County.

Our Supporters

Friends of the Shawnee National Forest are not only invested in the forest, but the greater southern Illinois community as well.
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