Shawnee National Forest hosts ‘It’s All Yours’ Stewardship Day

Contact(s): Sue Hirsch


Jonesboro, IL—February 27, 2019— Administered by the USDA Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide and the only national forest in Illinois. National forests offer numerous ways to relax, unwind and connect with the natural world around you. The Forest Service wants you to know that, ‘It’s All Yours!’

The Shawnee National Forest is hosting ‘It’s All Yours’ Stewardship Day on March 9 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro. This is an opportunity to give back to the public lands you love by participating in spring cleanup efforts. Activities will include removing invasive plants, weeding and prepping pollinator gardens and picking up lawn debris. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required. Tools, gloves and water will be provided. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District at 618-833-8576.

 

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency 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 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.  The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

 

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