HARRISBURG - With beautiful fall weather abounding coupled with the arrival of hunting season, the U.S. Forest Service reminds all visitors, both hunters and non, to be safe while out enjoying the Shawnee National Forest.
With beautiful fall weather abounding coupled with the arrival of hunting season, the U.S. Forest Service reminds all visitors, both hunters and non, to be safe while out enjoying the Shawnee National Forest.
The Forest Service asks those planning a trip to stop by any of the Forest’s three offices — located in Harrisburg, Vienna and Jonesboro — as personnel are there to help plan a safe and enjoyable outing. The Forest Service may be reached via phone at 800-MY-WOODS or visit the Shawnee NF website http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee
The Forest Service shares these tips for fall visitors:
Bringing or using firewood gathered from outside Southern Illinois is prohibited on the Shawnee. Visitors can help the U.S. Forest Service and other federal and state agencies slow the spread of emerald ash borer and other non-native invasive species by obtaining your firewood from local sources.
On national forest lands within the Shawnee NF, portable hunting stands that do not damage live trees are allowed. Permanent deer stands are prohibited on the Shawnee.
Additionally, visitors are encouraged to observe these simple safety rules:
Leave your travel plans with a friend, family or neighbor;
Keep aware of your location with a map, compass or GPS technology;
Be sure you are visible with blaze orange;
Watch for other traffic — on foot, on the road and on the trails;
Wear adequate clothing to cope with weather variations;