Shawnee crossings preserve aquatic life

  Humans are not the only ones to cross over or under bridges, and local forest officials are taking that into consideration. Shawnee National Forest is implementing a plan to replace five crossings of small streams by forest roads with improved ... Continue Reading →
Chris Zoeller | THE WEEKENDER

Movement in the Music

Environmentalists, musicians rally in Cobden to protest fracking Enviornmentalists, musicians and concerned residents gathered at Cobden’s Trails End Lodge Saturday on a beautiful and mostly clear 72-degree October evening. Their message: Keep “fracking” ... Continue Reading →
Snake Road in Wolf Lake is shown gated off from vehicle traffic Wednesday in the Shawnee National Forest. Every year from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30,
the road is closed to motor traffic to allow snakes and amphibians to cross the road to the swamps to a winter hibernation area.

Snakes slither across Southern Illinois

As LaRue Road 345 winds through the Shawnee National Forest, something else slithers across it. In fact, 345 is better known as Snake Road, and it is closed from mile post 3 to post 5.8 until October 30th to ensure the safety of the reptiles and amphibians ... Continue Reading →

Shawnee Bluffs to offer zip-line trips

Students will soon have a new way to experience the Shawnee National Forest — from the treetops. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour opens April 18 in Lick Creek, just south of Marion. The eight zip-line tour includes 11 platforms, three aerial suspension bridges ... Continue Reading →

This way to Paducah

A study for a possible southern Illinois interstate has metropolitan representatives salivating and environmentalists sweating. The study is for proposed Interstate 66, which would run through southernmost Illinois from Paducah, Ky., to Cape Girardeau, ... Continue Reading →

Park officials give tips after trips

After two people were injured in falls at the Garden of the Gods in the past three weeks, officials spoke about ways hikers can avoid accidents. Lt. Tracy Felty, of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, said the park averages five to six falls per year. ... Continue Reading →

Base Camp kicks off summer hikes into the Shawnee and beyond

High above the Mississippi River floodplain and 15 minutes southeast of Murphysboro, a limestone overhang dubbed Inspiration Point juts atop the LaRue Pine Hills in the Shawnee National Forest. SIU’s Base Camp had its most recent outing for a sunset ... Continue Reading →

Citizens discuss environmental issues

Representatives from three local organizations spoke Saturday about the struggle for environmental justice in southern Illinois at the Occupy Carbondale Social Forum Weekend Teach-In in Carbondale. The panel members discussed how southern Illinois’ ... Continue Reading →
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