National Public Lands Day (NPLD)—the nation’s premier workday on behalf of our nation’s public lands offers a perfect opportunity to support America by enhancing its natural and cultural resources.
National Public Lands Day also keeps alive the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.
In 2001 the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni formally passed its legacy to the National Public Lands Day Federal partnership to carry on. “Keeping the Promise” was added to NPLD promotional literature to honor this charge, and shovels changed hands at former CCC sites around the country as symbols of this new NPLD commitment. At BLM-South Dakota’s “Footsteps of the Past” event at Camp Fechner, for example, 17 CCC alumni and more than 75 volunteers attended a special “passing of the shovel” ceremony; the most senior alumnus present was 93 years old. A CCC camp replica sign was installed, 25 trailer loads of brush and tree slash were piled, and volunteers participated in educational presentations about the former CCC camp’s history, public lands stewardship, and fire ecology.
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Above: CCC workers constructing an irrigation ditch.
Below: Students from Fort Lewis College participate in a National Public Lands Day event at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument where they reclaimed a non-working water catchment.