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Celebrate National Public Lands Day September 24 at Rend Lake

BENTON – Southern Illinois forests are under attack by alien plant invaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake needs your help to fight back. These plant invaders, also known as invasive species, invade natural areas, grow fast, spread quickly, and eventually suffocate native plant species.

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, volunteers, community groups, or individuals of all skill levels can help remove invasive plants at Rend Lake. In years past, National Public Lands Day was celebrated as the “Rend Lake Clean Up,” where volunteers pitched in to pitch litter. This year, volunteers can pitch in and pull-out invasive plants.

To stop the alien plant invasion, join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for National Public Lands Day on September 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To register as a group or as an individual, call the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center at (618) 724-2493 or email Natural Resources Specialist Breanna Whitley at breanna.f.whitley@usace.army.mil.

For further information, please contact the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center at (618) 724-2493 or “like” the Facebook page at facebook.com/rendlakeusace.