Shawnee National Forest announces annual Snake Road closure

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - The Shawnee National Forest is closing LaRue Road #345-also known as the Snake Road-between mile post 3.0 and mile post 5.8. This section of the road will remain closed from March 15-May 15.

According to the forest service, the road is closed seasonally for the protection of migrating snakes and amphibians as they migrate from their winter hibernation habitats to their summer swamp habitats.

Some of these species have been identified as threatened and endangered by both the state of Illinois and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information about the snake migration and LaRue-Pine Hills Ecological Area, please contact the Shawnee National Forest office in Jonesboro, Illinois at (618) 833-8576.

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