Release Number: BMFO 2004-38
For Release: September 8, 2004
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PITCH-IN AT MILL CREEK CAMPGROUND ON NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) celebrates its l1th year throughout the nation on Saturday, September 18, when area residents join the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands. Mill Creek Campground has been chosen by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) as this year’s site to benefit from local volunteer efforts. The day’s activities will begin at 9:00 a.m.and continue until 3:00 p.m. However, any amount of participation is welcome even if you can only spare a few hours.
Teams will work on a variety of projects including bridge building and developing an interpretive trail with plant identification sign posts. A BLM archaeologist will provide interpretation of the Civilian Conservation Corps activities that took place at Mill Creek. Rob Perrin, a BLM Outdoor Recreation Specialist, said, “Everyone is welcome. Team leaders will find a job suitable to each person’s talents.” The Mill Creek Campground turnoff is located approximately 22 miles south of Battle Mountain, NV, off of US Highway 305. Travelers should continue on about another 4 miles to the campground which has restroom facilities and picnic tables.
Participants will receive a free NPLD T-shirt, BBQ lunch and a fee-free coupon good for a free entry day during the next year at any public land site managed by five federal agencies: BLM, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USDA Forest Service. The free entry day was initiated by National Public Lands Day and co-sponsored by Take Pride in America, a national partnership that aims to seek, support, and recognize volunteers who work to improve our public lands.
If you haven’t visited the Mill Creek Campground before, NPLD presents an opportunity to view camping and hiking opportunities. Jerry Smith, BMFO Manager, said, “Mill Creek Campground is an outstanding area for recreation on the public lands. There are opportunities for the hiker, camper, historian and those just seeking a relaxed natural environment.”
National Public Lands Day is being sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Toyota Motor Sales USA. Nine federal agencies and 125 state, county and city partners and nonprofit groups and as many as 90,000 volunteers will lend a hand to America’s public lands on September 18. More than $10 million has been contributed in real improvements during NPLD events. NPLD also seeks to maintain 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.
Volunteers may want to bring gloves, hats and sunscreen. Water will be provided. Also, it would be very helpful if participants could bring shovels, rakes, pulaskis, hammers and wheelbarrows. For further information or to RSVP, please call the BMFO at 775-635-4000 or stop by during business hours from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV.
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