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Instagram Story Takeover with Prairie Rivers Network

A monarch butterfly perched on a white oak that shows symptoms of herbicide pollution.
Prairie Rivers Network. A monarch butterfly (Illinois’ state insect) perched on a white oak (Illinois’ state tree) that shows symptoms of herbicide pollution. Oaks are one of the most valuable host trees for moths and butterflies, but are suffering severely from herbicide drift.

The next installment in our Instagram Story Takeover series takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22nd. Prairie Rivers Network will be taking the wheel to show us a day in the life of a network of people in Illinois working to protect water, heal land, and inspire change. The team has been hard at work researching herbicide pollution impacting trees across Champaign-Urbana and wants to show you what to look for in your own backyard.

Follow us at @SmilePolitely on Instagram to follow along with this installment of our Story Takeover series. Check out @prairie_rivers on Instagram — give them a follow as well if you don’t already. Head over to our Instagram Highlight section to see our previous installments we’ve done in the past.

Here’s a bit more about PRN:

Prairie Rivers Network’s mission is to protect water, heal land, and inspire change. In that vein, our goal for the Instagram Story takeover is to inspire a change in thinking about the use of destructive herbicides around our homes, schools, and yards and on the millions of acres of farmland across Illinois and the Midwest. Our data confirms the presence of herbicides on trees located on or near school grounds, public boulevards, and in or near city parks. We are at risk of losing our tree canopy to these herbicides. In Illinois, we have a constitutionally guaranteed right to a healthful environment, and herbicide pollution violates that right, endangering the future of our kids, our communities, our trees, and our wildlife. We want this Instagram takeover to broaden awareness to the dangers of herbicide pollution and empower the public to take action to protect our trees and communities.

Executive Editor

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