National Public Lands Day planned for Sept. 23

The public is invited to join U.S. Forest Service staff from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 to give back to their public lands on the Hoosier National Forest.

A variety of volunteer projects are planned in and around the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area, just south of Monroe Lake, for the 29th annual National Public Lands Day.

Projects include trail work, painting, trash pickup and installing new fire rings at a campground. Volunteers are asked to register for a specific project at They also are invited to a volunteer appreciation picnic at 2 p.m.

This year’s National Public Lands Day theme is “Giving Back Together.”

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s public lands acted as a safe haven for recreation, conversation and the simple enjoyment of being outside. National Public Lands Day offers an opportunity to give back and improve your public lands.

In 2021, 46,227 volunteers participated in 536 National Public Lands Day events across the country to volunteer 185,108 hours of their time on public lands.