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Jackson County Seeks Resident Input for Outdoor Recreation Planning

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Date(s) - 08/24/2023 - 09/12/2023
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The Jackson County Natural Resources and Economic Development (NRED)
Board encourages residents to complete a survey that seeks input about outdoor
recreation planning and development in Jackson County. Residents are asked about
outdoor activities and benefits sought from outdoor recreation. On the survey,
residents also rate the condition of outdoor recreation areas and facilities, evaluate
the importance of potential outdoor recreation projects for development, and assess
which existing areas and facilities should be prioritized for maintenance and
improvements. “The public’s input is important and will help shape future plans
for outdoor recreation in Jackson County,” said County Board Chairman C.J.
Jackson County has over 50 public and private outdoor recreation areas where both
residents and visitors engage in activities such as hiking, fishing, paddling, hunting
and more. “Outdoor recreation is an important part of our (county’s) growth and
public parks and spaces are critically important to the human experience,” said
Will Stephens, Mayor of Murphysboro.
Over 3,000 households will be randomly selected to receive a survey invitation
postcard in the mail with a QR code and link to the survey. All residents are
encouraged to complete the online survey at this link:

Residents are asked to complete the survey by Tuesday, September 12th. All who
complete the survey are eligible for a drawing for one of twenty $25
gift certificates.
Results from this survey will be used for an outdoor recreation plan that will be
implemented county-wide in the next two to three years. For more information
regarding this project, please contact the Jackson County NRED Board at
info.nred@gmail or Greg Legan, Chair at 618-303-0755.

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