Documentary about forest screened Oct. 14

IV Leader Staff

Illinois Valley Community College is hosting “Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing,” a screening of the documentary at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

The event is sponsored by the IVCC American Chemical Society, Bio Club, and the Starved Rock Audubon Society.

It recalls past conflicts and environmental victories and underscores an uncertain future for Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest. In the face of climate change, activists are again asking questions about proposed logging in the forest.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with environmental activists who participated in the protests and remain active today.

The film retraces the battle over commercial logging within Shawnee for more than 30 years. For information and to view the film trailer, visit: or email shawneeforestdefense@