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For Release:  September 27, 2007                                                    
Contact:  Stephen Razo (951)697-5217; srazo@ca.blm.gov

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Joins National Public Lands Day Celebrations

Local staff and volunteers from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will stage a living history reenactment of the exploration and surveys of public lands at the historic park on September 29, 2007, in recognition of the 14th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
BLM and State Park staff will demonstrate how the exploration and surveys of the public lands in the west led to the national parks, monuments, forests, and wildlife refuges the public enjoys today.  The public can see authentic 19th century survey instruments and learn about the General Land Office, the Homestead Act, and other important milestones in the history of the public lands.  The living history survey camp will be open on the historic Old Town plaza from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 29.  The event and admission to the state historic park is free.
The San Diego State Historic Park will be one of over 650 sites participating in what will be the largest annual coast-to-coast, 1-day celebration of America’s public lands. NPLD gives Americans an opportunity to learn about the very lands they use to hike, bike, climb, explore, picnic or just plain relax.
By educating visitors and volunteers at sites across the country, NPLD maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of 3 million Americans who in the 1930’s countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than 3 billion trees, building 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires.
For more information contact Greg Hill with the BLM at (760) 251-4840 or see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events on www.publiclandsday.org
National Public Lands Day is managed by the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation. Chartered by Congress in 1990, NEETF is a private nonprofit organization that develops and supports environmental learning programs to meet social goals and builds partnerships among government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.    


Last updated: 10-01-2007