Contact: Bill Monahan (605-892-7003)
Date: April 16, 2007
Volunteers Needed at Fort Meade Recreation Area on National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 21, for several projects at Fort Meade Recreation Area as part of the 14th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). In case of inclement weather, April 28 is the alternate date.
Local volunteers will construct a group campfire area and perform pre-visitor season tasks at Alkali Creek picnicking and camping site, and do trail work at the Fort Meade Recreation Area.
To reach the work site, take Exit 34 off Interstate 90 (Black Hills National Cemetery) and follow signs to the Alkali Creek Recreation Site. Volunteer sign-in starts at 9 a.m. Project work will run from about 9:30 to 12:30, followed by an awards ceremony and refreshments.
The largest annual coast-to-coast, volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands, National Public Lands Day gives Americans an opportunity to give back to the very lands they use to hike, bike, ride, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax. By involving and educating volunteers at various sites across the country, NPLD maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of 3 million Americans who in the 1930s 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 Bill Monahan of the Bureau of Land Management’s South Dakota Field Office at 605-892-7003. To see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events, go to www.npld.com
, or call 1-800-VOL-TEER (800-865-8337).