With hues of red, yellow and orange abounding, the U.S. Forest Service is urging people to get outdoors, spend time in rural communities and urban forests, and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons with its Fall Colors 2013 campaign.
“America’s public lands, particularly our national forests, are among the most spectacular venues to view the changes in fall colors,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “The Forest Service offers numerous resources to help you plan your experience. Nature is closer than you may think.”
In Southern Illinois, the Shawnee National Forest (Shawnee) invites you and yours to visit during the beautiful fall season to enjoy some favorite nature based activities. Whether hiking one of the Forest’s many trails, camping, fishing or enjoying one of the Shawnee’s many outdoor related interpretive programs, now is a perfect time to plan your next adventure!
To help provide information for fall color updates on both the Shawnee and other national forests, the Forest Service has launched a new nation-wide Fall Color Website: (http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/2013). The new website features an online map to help visitors see if trees are peaking in their state. The map will be shaded in green (not peaking) to bright red (peaking) to brown (past peak). Another map helps visitors find a national forest nearest them to enjoy the colors of fall.
The Forest Service is also once again offering its fall colors toll-free telephone hotline: 1-800-354-4595 (for Eastern Region fall color information, press option 9). The hotline provides audio updates on the best places, dates and routes to take for peak viewing of fall colors on national forests across the country.
For more Shawnee specific information, visit the Forest’s website where visitors will find weekly fall color updates, photos and more: http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee.