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Release Date: 09/26/13
Contacts: Carrie Templin, 602-417-9448,    

Celebrate the 20th Annual National Public Lands Day by Volunteering

PHOENIX – On Saturday, September 28, volunteers across the nation will celebrate National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. The Bureau of Land Management is hosting eight National Public Lands Day events in Arizona. You can be part of this amazing national effort. Events are scheduled for:

  • Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
  • Antelope Canyon (north of Mount Tipton Wilderness)
  • Partner’s Point
  • Mittry Lake Recreation Area
  • Friends of the Ironwood Forest
  • Empire Ranch Foundation’s Wild About the Grasslands!
  • Black Rock Road Cleanup

Want to help? Learn more here

Participants for work projects should wear outdoor appropriate clothes (long sleeves and long pants recommended), sturdy shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Bring water bottles and gloves if available. Visit to learn more about the scheduled events.

National Public Lands Day educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these lands; builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community; and improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.

To celebrate National Public Lands Day, the BLM will waive standard amenity and individual day use fees on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 28, 2013. In Arizona, day use fees will be waived at Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area near St. George, Utah, Burro Creek, Wild Cow Springs and Windy Point Recreation Sites near Kingman; Crossroads and Empire Landing campgrounds, Bullfrog Day Use Area and the 87 boat-in campsites near Lake Havasu City; Painted Rock Campground and Painted Rocks Petroglyph Day Use Area southwest of Phoenix; Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area outside of Safford; St. David Cienega/Land Corral, Fairbank Historic Townsite, San Pedro House and Hereford Bridge Trailheads near Sierra Vista; and Squaw Lake Campground and Boat Launch, Senator Wash Boat Ramp and Day Use Area, Senator Wash North and South Shore campgrounds, Oxbow Recreation and Wildlife Area and Ehrenberg Sandbowl Off-Highway Vehicle Area outside of Yuma. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, and group day-use, will remain in effect.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 09-26-2013