Updated: May 9, 2013 6:26AM
I’d like to thank Janice Gintzler for her proactive work picking up litter along our recreational trails (“Crestwood woman pleads ‘Quit the plastic,’” March 29). The forest preserves could use more people like her.
Our landscape maintenance crews work hard at this day in and day out and do a great job. But with almost 69,000 acres (roughly 11 percent of Cook County) and millions of visitors each year, it takes everyone pitching in — and not littering in the first place — to keep our shared public lands looking great.
Those who want to join a team effort can organize a group clean-up through our Litter Obliterators program. (Find it at www.fpdcc.com/volunteer.) Or just pick up a piece of litter or two on your next hike.
The forest preserves belong to all of us. Your actions, like those of Ms. Gintzler, can inspire others to join in the effort.