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Central California District
Release Date: 09/09/09
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-09-88

Volunteers Sought to Pitch in at Carrizo Plain National Monument on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 26

Volunteers at the Bureau of Land Management’s Carrizo Plain National Monument will resurface trails and do other work near Soda Lake as area residents join the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands on Sept. 26.

“This is the Carrizo Plain National Monuments fourth annual National Public Lands Day and we have grown every year.  We are looking forward to having many volunteers from the surrounding communities to help us make our local public lands that much better,” said Ryan Cooper, BLM recreation planner and event coordinator.

The festivities will start at 9 a.m. at the Soda Lake overlook. In addition to resurfacing trails, volunteers will install a new kiosk, relocate an interpretive sign, replace the parking lot perimeter and do general cleanup. Friends of the Carrizo will provide lunch. For more information, contact Cooper at (661) 369-2836.

“National Public Lands Day has grown dramatically since beginning in 1994,” said Robb Hampton, program director of the annual event. “That first year we had 700 volunteers at a handful of public land sites. This year we’re expecting more than 130,000 volunteers at about 2,000 locations in all 50 states. We want all of our volunteers to have fun in the outdoors while performing important service to their country and community.”

National Public Lands Day is now the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to enhance the public lands that all Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and planted over 1.6 million trees at sites throughout the country. This year’s celebration will bring together more volunteers at a larger number of sites to make the 16th National Public Lands Day the most successful yet.

For more information on NPLD, or to see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events, go to the Media Center section of


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Last updated: 09-09-2009