Surprise Field Office

Historic Bitner Ranch Restoration: National Public Lands Day

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National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is an event that brings together thousands of volunteers that want to give back to the lands where they recreate.  This year the BLM Surprise Field Office will be hosting an event to preserve a Homestead-era ranch in far northwest Nevada.  Work teams will tackle several projects, working on buildings and facilities at the historic Bitner Ranch and developing a campground and interpretive site that will be open to the public.

Where: Volunteers will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler Street in Cedarville, CA.  Volunteers must provide their own transportation to the project site, a 90-minute drive on dirt and gravel roads.  Depending on the number of volunteers, some rides to the project site might be available.

When: Saturday, September 28th, 2012 @ 8:00 a.m.

What to wear: Close toed shoes or boots and layers such as a short sleeve and a long sleeve shirt.  Dress for a work day in rugged conditions

What to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, filled water bottles, jacket, gloves and personal items.  Volunteers must provide their own food.  The BLM will provide tools, work gloves and water.

RSVP or detailed information is available by contacting BLM Natural Resources Specialist Ali Urza, (530) 279-6101, or by email at

News Release:  Click on Historic Bitner Ranch Restoration.


A View of Historic Bitner Ranch Cabin and Barn 

This is a great opportunity for you to give back to your public lands and to get out and recreate. 

NPLD is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands.  In 2012 more about 175,000 volunteers worked at more at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia  and many U.S. territories planting trees, removing trash, building trails and clearing invasive plants.  Their contributions were estimated at $17 million.  2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event.