National Forest to celebrate National Public Lands Day

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin will celebrate National Public Lands on Sept. 27, 2014 with a fee-free day and volunteer service projects to improve America’s public lands.

“America’s national forests and grasslands belong to all of us,” said U.S. Forest Service Eastern Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson. “These beautiful places have so much to offer, and we hope you’ll get outside and volunteer on National Public Lands Day to enjoy these places for yourself, while improving them for future visitors.”

Volunteers can also celebrate America’s public lands with a trail maintenance project taking place at the Fifield Fire Lookout Tower or help eradicate invasive plants at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.

“We’ll be performing maintenance on the trail to the Fifield Fire Lookout Tower and removing brush and vegetation from around its base,” said Brady Howe, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District recreation and trails specialist. “This tower is on the National Register of Historic Places. Volunteers will learn about the important role fire lookouts played in the past, and how prior logging techniques had led to the abundant fires in northern Wisconsin.”

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