Shawnee National Forest launches new tip line

To assist in forest management and law ­enforcement, there is a new Shawnee National Forest Tip Line. Available 24-hours a day, people now can report ­suspicious or illegal activities or relay important infor­mation about conditions on the forest.

You can text or leave a message at 618-201-3364; if you prefer, you can remain anonymous. To help spread the word of the new tip line, the phone number will be posted in recreation areas, trailheads and other access points.