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BLM Nevada News
ELY FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-003
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov 

Snow Does Not Deter NPLD Volunteers in White Pine County 

Ely, Nev. – McGill resident Woody Robinson Saturday participated in his sixth National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event in eight years.

“Which breaks my heart, I’d just as soon have gone to them all,” he said.

Robinson was one of nearly 100 White Pine County residents, and local, state and federal agency employees who voluntarily donned winter boots, jackets and gloves to work on improvement projects at snow-covered Camp Success, atop Success Summit. Mike Holbert, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deputy state director for resources in Nevada, was another. He too has participated in six NPLD events.

“I think it’s wonderful that the public and the agencies have established camaraderie to perform such good works that benefit the health of our public lands for this and future generations,” said Holbert.

NPLD is a success nationwide because of the collaboration among federal, state and local agencies, and private organizations and volunteers. The annual event is spearheaded by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Work completed this weekend included the removal of an unsafe climbing wall to provide for public safety, reconstruction of an elevated walking path to protect an adjacent spring from pedestrian damage, and fence construction to prevent wildlife from trampling another spring nearby.

Young people’s educational activities included demonstrations on Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly, and the ever-popular hands-on class "Reptiles."

NPLD came to a close with a warm and welcome Mt. Wheeler Power-provided lunch and entertainment by Cowboy musician Elwyn Robison.

Local participants this year included the Great Basin Trails Alliance, Mt. Wheeler Power, Ruth Volunteer Ambulance and EMT Service, White Pine Chamber of Commerce, White Pine County, White Pine School District, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Division of State Parks, BLM Ely Field Office, Great Basin National Park and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Ely Ranger District.

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Last updated: 10-05-2007