With leaves turning and pleasant weather, National Public Lands Day couldn’t come at a better time.
In conjunction with the day, The Forest Service is waiving standard amenity fees tomorrow at hundreds of recreation sites nationwide, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
The focus of National Public Lands Day is to instill a sense of shared stewardship and educate the public about the importance of natural resources. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected to provide assistance in the nation’s largest, hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands.
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest events will actually begin today on the Florence-Eagle River Ranger District and continue tomorrow at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors’ Center.
Members of the public are invited to help clear non-native garlic mustard from the Anvil Lake Trail and install boot brush stations in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers will meet at the on Highway 70 trailhead — about nine miles east of Eagle River — at 10 a.m.
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says, “National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity for families to visit our national forests, experience the beauty of fall foliage, and perhaps be motivated to join in with other volunteers and help us restore America’s precious natural resources.”
That beauty will be easy to see, the leave colors in the area are listed in peak or near peak conditions.