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August 31, 2007

Contact: Andrew Tkach,
307-347-5251

Lakeview Seep National Public Lands Day Event

The Bureau of Land Management's Cody's Field Office will celebrate National Public Lands Day at Lakeview Seep near Indian Pass, south of the South Fork Road and west of Cody, Wyo. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The volunteer event will involve building a fence around a stream and seep area to help manage livestock and ATV use in this delicate place. The fence will protect the riparian area from motorized vehicle use, which can be hard on vegetation and soils, but will allow for foot and horse traffic through gates installed in the fence. Volunteers will help by driving steel posts, stretching wire, and erecting buck and pole fences.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. to register. To reach the event from Cody, take the South Fork Road approximately 4.5 miles to County Road 6UU (Diamond Basin Road). Turn left onto 6UU and travel .75 miles and once again turn left to meet in the parking area. From here, participants will carpool 1.25 miles to the project site. Volunteers will receive a National Public Lands Day T-shirt, and a limited edition NPLD 2007 poster.

Those interested in taking part should bring a sack lunch and water bottle, and should wear appropriate clothing for Wyoming weather. Sturdy boots or shoes, gloves, insect repellant, and long sleeved shirts and pants are also recommended. Water and tools will be provided.

National Public Lands Day gives Americans a chance to show their respect for our public lands by giving their time and energy to an event like the Lakeview Seep volunteer workday. NPLD is coordinated by the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation in partnership with several federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense, and the National Park Service.

For more information about NPLD and volunteering for the Lakeview Seep volunteer workday, contact Shirley Bye-Jech of the BLM Cody Field Office at (307) 578-5900.

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