U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
|Release Date: 08/17/11|
BLM Worland Seeks Volunteers for National Public Lands Day Event
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on August 27, with a work day at the Castle Gardens Scenic Area west of Ten Sleep.
The BLM is seeking volunteers to help improve this popular picnicking and sightseeing area. Work will include replacing fire pits with ADA compliant charcoal grills, moving and installing a new kiosk and visitor registration box, and cleaning up litter.
Volunteers will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Castle Gardens Scenic Area. The turnoff to the area is approximately 1 mile west of Ten Sleep on U.S. Highway 16. From there, follow signs along the dirt road heading south approximately 6 miles to the site.
Lunch, water and tools will be provided but bring gloves and a water bottle, and dress appropriately for rain or shine. Boots or sturdy shoes are required.
“This work day will make the Castle Gardens picnic area, surrounded by fantastic rock formations, an even nicer place to spend time,” said BLM Recreation Technician Mike Peterson. “National Public Lands Day is a chance to show pride for our public lands by giving time and energy to an event like the Castle Gardens volunteer work day."
NPLD, now in its 18th year, is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. It is anticipated that more than 180,000 volunteers will participate at more than 2,000 public lands sites across the nation in 2011, completing a projected $15 million in improvements.
For more information about volunteering for the Castle Gardens work day, contact Peterson or BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Paul Rau in the Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100. To learn more about NPLD, visit www.publiclandsday.org.
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.
Worland Field Office 101 South 23rd Worland, WY 82401
|Last updated: 08-17-2011|
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