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National Public Lands Day 13th District Workday

Monday, September 13, 2004
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Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, 13th District, and the North Branch Restoration Project have scheduled their 2nd annual Forest Preserve District workday in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 18, 2004
9 AM to Noon
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Harms Woods is located in Glenview; PARK in the lot due west of Old Orchard Rd. and north of Golf Rd. We will drive participants to the MEETING SITE in the parking lot two blocks north Old Orchard Rd.

Volunteers are welcome for as long as they wish to participate. Workday activities will include cutting and clearing brush, collecting seeds, and picking up trash. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The workday will be held rain or shine.

To register your participation or for more information, contact Michelle Devine at 847-864-1209 or by email at

Commissioner Suffredin commented, "for the second year in a row, I am pleased to be co-sponsoring a workday in recognition of National Public Lands Day." "Our Forest Preserves are so important to our local communities both for the open spaces they provide and for the role they play in our regional ecosystem."

North Branch Restoration Project leader and Forest Preserve Master Steward Jane Balaban commented, "this workday is an excellent opportunity for first time volunteers or experienced Forest Preserve enthusiasts to learn about restoration and land management practices and to enjoy beautiful Harms Woods."

Background on National Public Lands Day:

National Public Lands Day is sponsored nationally by Toyota and includes the participation of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Defense, the National Park Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and, USDA Forest Service and has become an annually anticipated event for local participation on publicly held lands across the Country.

In 2004, the organizers of the 11th Annual National Public Lands Day hope to surpass the work accomplishments of 2003 in which volunteers contributed $10 million in improvements to America's public places. The work in 2003 included building or refurbishing 500 miles of trails, planting nearly 22,000 trees and plants, and bagging close to 2 million pounds of trash.

At its September 2004 Board Meeting, the Cook County Forest Preserve District Commissioners passed a resolution declaring September 18, 2003 National Public Lands Day in Cook County. The resolution encourages Cook County residents, staff and Commissioners to participate in National Public Lands Day by volunteering at one of the designated sites or registering your own work site at the National Public Lands Day website at

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