MEDIA ADVISORY September 17, 2004
Contact: Kirsten Cannon Phone: 702-595-2034
Sloan Canyon Cleanup Set for National Public Lands Day
Close to 200 volunteers from Las Vegas and the surrounding areas will join thousands of volunteers across America on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, to help clean and make their public lands more attractive and safer for the millions who visit them yearly. Volunteers will focus their efforts on the northeast corner of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, a site often used for extensive illegal desert dumping.
WHO: Rebecca Watson, Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and
Minerals Management and approximately 200 volunteers
WHAT: Volunteer cleanup at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area in celebration of
Public Lands Day
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004. Cleanup work: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Best photo and interview opportunities: 8 to 10 a.m.
WHERE: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area – northeast corner
PHOTO OP: Media availability with Assistant Secretary Rebecca Watson from 8 to 10 a.m.
Volunteers removing trash from shooting ranges, cars and car parts, household
appliances, large amounts of concrete material and a boat. Front loader moving
DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 95 south to Horizon Drive, (Exit 59) and turn right
Turn left on Horizon Ridge
Turn right on Paradise Hills
Continue on road after it turns to dirt
Turn left before the detention basin
Continue for ¼ mile to tent
BACKGROUND: The Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area encompasses more than 48,000
acres within the Mojave Desert and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Las Vegas Field Office. The almost-15,000-acre North McCullough Wilderness Area is located entirely within the conservation area. Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area was designated in November 2002. A Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement are currently in
National Public Lands Day is an annual event during the third weekend of September that brings volunteers together to improve the country's largest natural resource—America’s public lands.