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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Ocala National Forest cleanup this Saturday

The U.S. Forest Service of Florida is hosting a cleanup day at the Ocala National Forest this weekend in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

The cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will meet at the Lake George Ranger District, which is located at 17147 E State Road 40, in Silver Springs.

Trash at U.S. National Forest in Florida
Trash at U.S. National Forest in Florida

“Not only is left behind trash unsightly, but it creates more problems just an eyesore. Trash builds up fast and it can take years to breakdown. It attracts wildlife, which can result in human-animal encounters. Please think twice before tossing your food wrapper, mask, napkin, fork or whatever you bring with you. It not only hurts the land, but it affects people and animals in the future,” reads a social media post from the U.S. Forest National Service of Florida.

Those seeking to participate in the cleanup should wear closed-toed shoes and bring sunscreen and water. Ocala National Forest staff will provide personal protective equipment such as hardhats, gloves and safety googles, if needed.

To register for the event, contact Antoinette Davis at 352-359-4082 or email [email protected]