The STC has a long history of advocacy keeping access to the Shawnee National Forest. The past six 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.

Our Articles of Incorporation states:

The purpose for which this Corporation is formed is to maintain and carry on an organization that will: act as an advocacy for multi-use trail development....... We would work with land management agencies to encourage multi-use recreational trail planning to provide better and safer trails.....”

The core belief of the STC is that no one user group has more right to recreate in the Shawnee than another, unless the safety of another user group is compromised to the point of being potentially dangerous.


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We have 1 more drawing in June for our free camping packages.
Join the STC before before June 18th to be eligible for three nights of free camping in the Shawnee.
To be eligible, you must have the current years membership paid.

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The local mountain bike association has approached the Forest Service asking for hiker/equestrian trails to be classified as multi-use allowing them to become designated users of these trails. This type of trail was included in the 2006 Forest Plan.

The STC has completed a survey to provide information regarding equestrian's experiences with mountain bikes while on the trails. The data will be given to the Forest Service personnel making the decision on this issue. The results will enable the STC to better represent equestrian users of the Shawnee.

There is no definite time line given by the Forest Service for when this decision will be made. We will keep everyone informed as we learn more.

We wish to thank everyone that participated in the survey. There were right at 500 surveys completed.


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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