Hot Spot

Shawnee National Forest Revisit 2016

Jonesboro, IL

Shawnee National Forest, located in southern Illinois, is made up of 280,000 acres between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Its hills, woodlands and lakes draw in 300,000 visitors annually. Many of the visitors seek out a 0.25 mile trail in the Garden of the Gods wilderness area, which features ancient sandstone formations. This area is heavily used by day and overnight visitors and impacts to the area include social trails and improper disposal of trash. On this Hot Spot revisit, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer team worked with volunteers to set up Leave No Trace information stations along the area’s popular trail, and conducted booth outreach with visitors at the trailhead. The team also hosted workshops for local stakeholders and volunteers.

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