Love to be outdoors and looking to make a difference? Are you a student wants to gain real world, hands-on outdoors experience and network with professionals? Maybe you just enjoy volunteering? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Shawnee National Forest has a volunteer experience for you.
Shawnee Volunteer Corps invites you to its upcoming trail work days. Volunteers will join Shawnee National Forest employees at beautiful Panther Den Wilderness, located south of Carbondale. Get a jumpstart on springtime by attending one of the service dates listed below. These service outings are fun and hands on. Spring service days are:
Saturday, March 25
Saturday, April 15
Saturday, May 13
Call Shawnee Volunteer Corps at 618-833-8576 to pre-register for a workday and/or for more information and times. Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and to bring a lunch and water bottle.
About Shawnee National Forest
Administered by the USDA Forest Service, Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/shawneenfand Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/shawneenatlforest.
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.