The Forest Service invites you to get outdoors and discover your National Forests and Grasslands this month

Release Date: Jul 3, 2018  

Milwaukee, WI (July 2, 2018) – Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover your National Forests and Grasslands.

This month, the Forest Service is celebrating National Park and Recreation Month, A Lifetime of Discovery, by inviting you to get outdoors and visit one of the 17 National Forests and Tallgrass Prairie in the Midwest and Northeast.

A variety of outdoor recreation activities and events are available for visitors of all ages and abilities to participate in while visiting a National Forest or Grassland.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding and motorized trail riding are just a few things that come to mind when we think of outdoor recreation opportunities on National Forests and Grasslands. But, Forests across the Midwest and Northeast offer much more than that. You can picnic, camp, hunt, fish, paddle and swim. You can view wildlife and scenery, travel on rustic roads, explore historic places and even explore the wild part of wilderness.

“The USDA Forest Service takes great pride in providing high-quality recreation opportunities that support local tourism economies, communities and towns,” said Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson. “The recreation opportunities are abundant and we encourage everyone to get out and discover their public lands.”

Forests across the Midwest and Northeast will celebrate Park and Recreation Month through guided hikes, programs at Visitor Centers, and tours of historic places.

“It’s through our strong partnerships and relationships with local communities that we are able to work together and contribute to building healthy communities and conservation leaders of the future,” said Atkinson.

The Forest Service encourages people that support outdoor recreation to share why they think it’s important to explore and discover all our National Forests and Grasslands have to offer with the hashtag #DiscoverJuly.

To learn more about opportunities to celebrate Park and Recreation Month and find a National Forest or Grassland near you, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

For more information about the Eastern Region please visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/r9, or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/usfs_r9.

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