This weekend, the National Forest Foundation is shooting clays and raising funds.
The 20th Annual Sporting Clays Invitational will be held in , and raise money to help meet some urgent restoration challenges facing the National Forest System.
"A changing climate, decreasing federal budgets and legacies from historic use all threaten the health of our National Forests. The NFF partners with hundreds of conservation organizations each year to restore and protect these valuable public lands," said NFF President Bill Possiel.
The two-day event starts Friday, May 9 at Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, CT, where guest speaker Theodore Roosevelt IV will talk to guests on America's public lands legacy. A cocktail reception and live auction of outdoors items will be part of the festivities as well.
The NFF holds this event every May to help educate and generate support for the foundation's countless efforts, such as the wildlife habitat restoration and clean drinking water duties that are connected to the country's National Forest System.
All told, the previous 19 years of the Sporting Clays Invitational has raised more than $4 million towards the health of our woods, prairies and water bodies.
Watch a video of highlights from last year's event, uploaded to YouTube by the NFF.
The Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa are lead sponsors.
"The Sporting Clays Invitational has introduced thousands of Americans to the beauty and treasures of our National Forests and the challenges they face. Partners like Gateway Canyons not only help us restore and improve thousands of acres across our National Forests, but bring together people for these treasured public lands," said Possiel.
To find out if there's still time to register, click here.
And to learn more about the NFF and its mission, visit NationalForests.org.