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Idaho Falls District Office
Release Date: 09/25/13
Contacts: Sarah Wheeler , 208-524-7550  

Volunteers Needed! Help Celebrate 20 Years of National Public Lands Day

IDAHO FALLS, ID – National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 and local Bureau of Land Management Offices are asking for your help.

Join volunteers of all ages for NPLD’s 20th Anniversary. Celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and other public lands. All volunteers will receive a NPLD t-shirt and a coupon for a free entrance into any National Park.

Idaho Falls Area: The Upper Snake Field Office will be hosting two events. Volunteers are greatly needed at the North Menan Butte event to help construct fence and trail, as well as clean up some of the garbage and litter that has accumulated in the area. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the North Menan Butte trail head to begin the work. Please bring gloves and water. For more information regarding the Menan Butte event, please contact Amy Forsgren, recreation technician, at 208-524-7527 or via email at
Those interested in cleaning up the St. Anthony Sand Dunes can meet at the Red Road parking lot just north of the Sand Hills resort at 9:15 a.m. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and water. The cleanup will go until 11:30 a.m. For more information regarding the St. Anthony event, please contact Shannon Bassista, recreation planner, at 208-524-7552 or via email at

Pocatello Area: The Pocatello Field Office (PFO) will be hanging red colored tags on fencing along the Blackfoot River to help protect sage-grouse from getting entangled in the fence wire. "This is a much needed project to protect sage-grouse," said James Kumm, Wildlife Biologist for the PFO. If anyone is interested in participating, they need to meet at the PFO (4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello) at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Volunteers can plan on being back between 3 - 5 p.m. The PFO will shuttle volunteers to and from the project site. Volunteers need to bring their own work gloves, water, sunscreen, bugs spray and a lunch. For more information regarding the event, contact Chuck Patterson, Rec. Planner, at 208-478-6362 or email:

The National Environmental Education Foundation created NPLD to help improve public lands and to educate youth and adults about their importance. For the past 20 years, millions of volunteers around the country have pitched in to spruce up some of America's most precious treasures.

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: 10-31-2013