U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
|Release Date: 09/13/10|
BLM Lander Seeks Volunteers for National Public Lands Day Event
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 25, with a work day at the Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area south of Lander.
The BLM, partnering with Lander Nordic Ski Association (LNSA), is seeking volunteers to help improve the surface condition of the BLM loop trail which will facilitate early season grooming efforts. Work will include the spreading, compacting and brushing of fill material to provide a consistent surface.
Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area parking lot, located 22 miles south of Lander on South Pass Highway 28. Bring gloves, a sack lunch and a water bottle, and dress appropriately for rain or shine. Boots or sturdy shoes are required. Water and tools will be provided.
“Winter is just around the corner and this work day will really help with preparations for the ski season,” said BLM Lander Recreation Technician Brandon Thielke. “National Public Lands Day is a chance to show pride for our public lands by giving time and energy to an event like the Beaver Creek volunteer work day."
NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2009, 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, planted trees and restored our water resources.
Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area was developed by skiing enthusiasts of LNSA and operates under a BLM and U.S. Forest Service Cooperative Agreement. Beaver Creek provides a groomed skiing opportunity for both classic and skate skiing. For more information about LNSA, visit their website at www.landernordic.org.
For more information about NPLD and volunteering for the Beaver Creek volunteer work day, contact Brandon Thielke in the Lander Field Office at 307-332-8400.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Lander Field Office 1335 Main Lander, WY 82520-0589
|Last updated: 09-13-2010|
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