"Taking care of our public lands is and must continue to be a proud American tradition." - President Barak Obama
“With one-third of America's land in public hands, NPLD provides an opportunity for volunteers of all ages to help sustain these lands,” said Robb Hampton, director of the public lands program of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), which coordinates NPLD. “Volunteers can also spend time after their tasks to enjoy the lands, whether at a local green space or national park. Many sites offer nature hikes, bike rides, picnics or other outdoor activities.”
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the largest volunteer event that benefits America's public lands. NPLD is held on a Saturday in late September when thousands of Americans volunteer to improve and enhance our nation's public lands.
2013 marked the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. On Twitter, search for event-related information using #NPLD20.
In 2012, National Public Lands Day engaged the services of an estimated 170,000 volunteers working on more than 2,100 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. BLM projects produced millions of dollars in enhancements to the BLM’s public lands and facilities.
Many thanks to all the hard-working volunteers who helped to make National Public Lands Day 2013 such a success! We couldn't have completed valuable work without your assistance. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Blue Creek Bay Trailhead Project
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
|This volunteer event was held at the recently completed Blue Creek Bay trailhead and parking area in the 736-acre Wallace Conservation Area. The volunteers assisted with installation of a new viewing bench, bluebird houses in the lower meadow area and in the upper trailhead area and cleaned up litter along two miles of roadway.|
Little Jacks Creek Wilderness Trail Maintenance
14 Miles Southwest of Grandview, Idaho on the Owyhee Upland Backcountry Byway
For the second annual year, the BLM worked with the Idaho Trails Association and Boise REI to build trail. The event day started with a short hike to the project site. At the site, participants built a new wilderness hiking trail in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness and removed about a half-mile of barbed wire fencing in California bighorn sheep habitat. Some volunteers even camped under the stars the night before the volunteer event!
Blackfoot River Sage-grouse Fence Flagging
|Volunteers hung florescent flags on barbed wire fencing on approximately 3-4 miles of fencing to reduce fence collisions by greater sage-grouse.|
|St. Anthony Sand Dunes Clean-Up|
About 350 volunteers collected hundreds of pounds of nails left from pallet fires, as well as a thousand pounds of ash and wood debris at multiple dune access points stretching 10-miles of the designated Wilderness Study Area. Volunteers also cleaned a nearby high-use cave.
Swan Falls Riparian Improvement Project
Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
The silver Snake River and steep canyon walls provided the backdrop to a day of restoration for volunteers at this event. Forty volunteers from multiple generations and backgrounds joined BLM staff for a day of work on a rapidly recovering stretch of riverbank and uplands across from historic Priest Ranch (one of Idaho’s first orchards) and just upriver from the popular and archaeologically significant, Celebration Park. BLM initiated the Swan Falls Restoration Project in 2011 to help recover trees that provide unique and valuable riparian songbird habitat and to establish vegetation structure for raptor prey-base species like jackrabbit. In 2011, BLM constructed a 50-acre enclosure and treated noxious weeds. In follow-up to this work, for the 2013 NPLD event, volunteers planted 900 plants including net leaf hackberry, four-wing saltbush and native grasses. Participants also installed straw erosion structures to prevent erosion on slopes below the access road.
|North Menan Butte West Trailhead||Volunteers helped with trailwork and installation of barriers to correct erosion problems and reduce the steep incline of the trail|
|Chilly Slough Wetland Project||A small, but enthusiastic group of volunteers hung new bird houses at the Chilly Slough Wetlands area to place houses that have deteriorated over time. The bird houses were built prior to the event by local high school students. Volunteers replaced 18 bird houses on the slough that will provide nesting places for swallows, blue birds and chickadees.|