Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has been a national sponsor of ‘National Public Lands Day, or NPLD, for 17 consecutive years. This unique sponsorship supports Toyota’s global commitment to environmental stewardship by providing Toyota team members with meaningful volunteer opportunities to help improve public lands in local communities.
This year, 40 team members from Toyota’s Chicago offices joined forces once again to benefit the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, near Batavia, Illinois. The volunteers planted approximately 200 oak trees, removed invasive small trees and brush, removed aging fence, and collected seeds from plants.
Mark Thompson, National Dealer Lending Manager – Central Region, at Toyota Financial Services commented that “the NPLD Chicago event was outstanding this year…all the Toyota team members in the Chicago area worked closely together to perform great work at the Dick Young Forest Preserve!” Rick Vernon, Regional Technical Service and Training Manager, at Toyota Motor Sales has led Chicago’s event since 2005. He reflected on the past 11 years, “We have planted nearly 1000 oak trees, harvested over $25,000 worth of seeds, cleared several thousand square feet of invasive species, helped re-fence hundreds of feet at the Dick Young Forest Preserve, and cleaned up trash along the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois.”