The STC has a long history of advocacy keeping access to the Shawnee National Forest. The past almost 20 years have been very productive at keeping that access. The Trail Designation Project has or will relocate over 100 miles of hiker/equestrian trails. Signage has improved and mapping now exists. This project was in part accomplished through court interaction resulting from our involvement in the legal proceedings.

New cooperation has been fostered with the Forest Service by providing grant money to help accomplish this project. We have learned all about the Forest Service parameters. Education of the land managers and other users regarding needs and desires of our members is part of our purpose.

In an effort to inform legislatures and forest administrators of the number of equestrians who access the Shawnee, the STC would like to compile these statistics. We have questions for those who have either moved to the area or purchased land here; and for those who camp at local equestrian campgrounds.

In addition to recreating in the Shawnee, equestrians contribute more to the local economy than many other users of the SNF. Equestrians spend money on some or all of the following areas: camp grounds, gas stations, restaurants, tack shops, feed stores, and most importantly the purchase of property and the payment of property taxes.
Accurate and up to date equestrian user statistics are important information for legislators and administrators to help with funding and appropriate management decisions.

We thank all of you who take the time to fill out this survey. Please tell other equestrian users who might not know about this survey so we can ensure all are included. This information will be distributed to governing officials and posted on our website



Each year the STC has given away three separate camping packages for our current members. Each package consists of three nights camping at one of our member campgrounds. Below are the names of this years winners.

April Winner is Clay Cralle, Prospect, KY who asked we draw for another which we did in July

May Winners are Bud & Marilyn Post, Edgewood, IL

June Winners are Charlie & Nancy Boland, Simpson, IL

July Winners are Edd & Karen Williams, Louisville, IL


We are happy to announce that you can now pay your dues and donate to the Shawnee Trail Conservancy electronically.
Having your own Pay Pal account is not required. They accept all major credit cards.

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We are dedicated to preserving and protecting Shawnee National Forest's natural resources through proper trail maintenance, good trail signing, education for trail, camping and hunting users to achieve a low environmental impact and wise use management practices.

We represent equestrian, hunters, ATV riders, bikers, hikers, campers, rock climbers, business people, professionals, retirees and others who desire to recreate, hunt and enjoy the beauty of the Shawnee.

Our mission is to keep the Shawnee open to the public for it's use and enjoyment.

Shawnee Trail Conservancy
P.O. Box 44
Eddyville, IL 62928

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