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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
High Desert District Office and Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/30/10
Contacts: Serena Baker    
  307-350-0448    

BLM National Public Lands Day Beautifies Bitter Creek Watershed


National Public Lands Day (NPLD) was celebrated in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District and Rock Springs Field Offices when nearly 100 high school students, teachers, and state and federal employees planted native trees to help restore the Bitter Creek Riparian Area recently.

Students from Rock Springs High School’s Environmental Science Class and Green River’s Expedition Academy planted almost 1,000 native willow and long leaf cottonwood trees, silver buffaloberry shrubs, and currant bushes. The plantings will help stabilize Bitter Creek’s banks, replace tamarisk (salt cedar) noxious weeds with native plants, improve riparian conditions, provide cover and nesting areas for birds, and eventually be a food supply for wildlife. The project area encompasses approximately one-half square mile section of public land south of I-80 between Rock Springs and Green River.

The plants were donated by Sweetwater County Conservation District, reclaimed from the Trees-to-Trash Program, and grown from cuttings by BLM recreation specialists. The Bitter Creek Riparian Restoration Project for NPLD was sponsored by the BLM and the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI).

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Justin Caudill from WLCI.
Justin Caudill, WLCI, checks on nearly 1,000 trees, shrubs, and bushes to be planted.

 Harleigh Powers and Ryan Jenkins planting trees.

Rock Springs High School students Harleigh Powers, and Ryan Jenkins plant a tree along the Bitter Creek.

RSHS students planting trees.
Students from Rock Springs High School’s Environmental Science Class plant trees along Bitter Creek.

Casey Alexander picks out native plants.
Casey Alexander, Rock Springs High School picks out native plants. 

BLM Recreation Planner Jo Foster.
BLM Recreation Planner Jo Foster passes plants to students.
Rolando Gallarza planting trees.
Rolando Gallarza, Rock Springs High School plants trees on an 
island in the Bitter Creek. 
Expedition Academy students planting trees.
Expedition Academy students plant trees along the Bitter Creek 
Riparian Area.
Carolyn Liedtke models t-shirt.
Carolyn Liedtke, WLCI, models National Public Lands Day t-shirts given to volunteers. 
Students having fun planting trees.
Expedition Academy students Noel Padilla, and Dare Mechling, have fun planting trees.
 Nancy Rodriquez loosening soil.
Nancy Rodriguez, Expedition Academy makes sure the soil is loose around her newly planted tree.
One of the many trees that were planted.
The plants are donated by Sweetwater County Conservation District, reclaimed from the Trees-to-Trash Program, and grown from cuttings by BLM Recreation Specialists.
 

NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Last year 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, planted trees and restored our water resources.

The WLCI is a long-term science-based effort to assess and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitats at a landscape scale in southwest Wyoming, while facilitating responsible development of the region’s valuable energy resources. The WLCI includes an interagency working group of partners. An Executive Committee oversees the effort. The WLCI Executive Committee is comprised of representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, conservation districts, and county commissioners. For more information contact Wyoming Department of Agriculture/WLCI Coordination Team member Justin Caudill, (307) 350-5480.

 

 



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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 09-30-2010