September 18, 2008
Lesley A. Collins
BLM joins Platte River Revival in celebration of NPLD
On September 20, 2008, the Casper Field Office of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by joining forces with the community of Casper in a long term effort to clean up the river.
"This is a great opportunity for BLM to assist the local community and restore the North Platte River," noted Casper Field Office Manager, Joe Meyer. "This project really benefits the entire community."
The Platte River Revival is a multi-year, multi phase project. The project will consist of cleanup and debris removal, treatment of noxious weeds, and native species restoration. The committee hopes to stabilize the river bank and improve aesthetics. This project will take several years to complete but will result in a more beautiful and healthy river system that will benefit generations to come.
Work will begin at 9 a.m. on September 20 and end at noon. Volunteers are to meet at Mike Lansing Field for registration and assignment. Please wear good shoes, long sleeves and bring work gloves. Volunteers should be prepared to work.
Nearly 500 volunteers are expected for the Platte River Revival. Partners include the City of Casper, Natrona County, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and local businesses. According to Outdoor Recreation Planner Eve Bennett, "Casper, Wyoming is hosting one of the largest NPLD events in the United States."
There are 18 sections along the river that have been identified for cleanup. The scope of this year’s project includes the area near the boat launch in Paradise Valley and the Richardson Park in Evansville.
The BLM is proud to sponsor the Platte River Revival as this year’s NPLD event. This project will build partnerships between the public and private sectors and benefit the entire watershed. It reinforces the importance of cooperative stewardship and improves outdoor recreation opportunities. For more information about NPLD and the Platte River Revival please call Eve Bennett at (307) 261-7517 or go to www.platteriverrevival.org.