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September 18, 2007

Contact: Lesley A. Collins,
307-261-7603

Buffalo BLM Hosts National Public Lands Day Events

Join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in celebrating National Public Lands Day! The public will have the opportunity to work as stewards for the public lands during this year’s annual NPLD events. The Buffalo Field Office is sponsoring two NPLD events on Saturday, September 29, 2007.

The first event includes maintenance and clean up in the Weston Hills recreation area, located 25 miles north of Gillette on Highway 59. BLM and Forest Service personnel will be on site to direct work in the area. Maintenance will include constructing a fence around a pond, replacing barriers, and general clean up. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will last into the late afternoon. Drinks and lunch will be provided.

For the public in the Sheridan and Buffalo vicinity, a second event will be held at the Dry Creek Petrified Tree area seven miles east of Buffalo. NPLD activities will include fence maintenance. The Dry Creek Petrified Tree area is located by either driving to the Red Hills exit on Interstate 90 east of Buffalo and traveling about 5.5 miles north on the Tipperary County road to the site, or driving from Buffalo to the TW County road past the Buffalo landfill than north 2.5 miles to the site.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, nearly 100,000 worked in 1,100 locations and in every state. Now, 9 federal agencies and many state and local land management agencies participate in this annual day of caring for public lands.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in the event at either the Weston Hills or Petrified Tree recreation areas, please contact Larry Gerard in the BLM Buffalo Office at 307-684-1142.

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