This Illinois National Forest Could Be Home To The Next National Park

A movement in the southern part of the state to make Shawnee National Forest the first national park in Illinois is gaining momentum. Considering the criteria for creating a national park, we think the idea makes a lot of sense.

There is also a movement among private citizens to move management of the forest out of the hands of the U.S. Forest Service and into those of the National Park Service. If you take a look at the criteria for establishing a new national park, it seems pretty clear that Shawnee National Forest ticks all the boxes.

What do you think? Should Shawnee National Forest become the first national park in Illinois?

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Address: Shawnee National Forest, Illinois 62985, USA