Tread Lightly! Impact Report: Shawnee National Forest Eclipse Vista Improvement

Project: Shawnee National Forest Eclipse Vista Improvement
Location: Illinois

Description: On March 9, 2024, 23 volunteers from Jeep N’ Shanwnee worked together with the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District of the Shawnee National Forest to clean up three vistas in preparation for the path of totality for the 2024 solar eclipse. 185 pounds of trash were removed from the area, improving eight miles of trail.

The project was supported with radios and Stihl trimmers donations from Midland USA.

Thank you to the partners who made this possible:

“We are fortunate to have reliable and committed volunteers like Jeep’N Shawnee that are assisting the Shawnee NF improve recreational experiences for the public. A recent vista clearing and improvement project in the LaRue Pine Hills area was prepped days before the solar eclipse. Jeep’N Shawnee coordinated the work and made that project a success. A great example of a great partner doing great work for the public.” -Dennis Wilson, District Ranger, Hidden Springs and Mississippi Bluffs Ranger Districts, Shawnee National Forest

“Midland was pleased to support this project in one of the national forests closest to our headquarters in Missouri. Jeep ‘N Shawnee needed tools, and GMRS radio equipment to communicate with volunteers on this project- as well as other projects already in the works. As always, we are glad we are able to support the great work they do with Tread Lightly! in Shawnee National Forest. Midland supports responsible motorized recreation and is proud to be a Tread Lightly! partner, so supporting a TL! club doing important work like this on public lands is imperative!” -Andrew Kinsman, Director of Category Marketing for Midland USA

“Jeep N’ Shawnee is happy to help the Shawnee National Forest staff increase capacity to accommodate visitors for rare celestial events like this one, as well as the enjoyment of forest roads and dispersed camping opportunities. Tread Lightly! continues to allow our club to amplify our efforts through the help of their organization and partners, making what we do have an even greater positive impact.” -Joe Santhoff, President of Jeep N’ Shawnee

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