U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Kemmerer Field Office
|Release Date: 07/25/11|
BLM Kemmerer Field Office
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) is inviting volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day activities. Volunteers will rendezvous with KFO staff at the Weeping Rock Campground of County Road 316, five miles north of the Fontenelle Store and 30 miles from Kemmerer, Wyo., at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Activities will commence at the Slate Creek Campground where litter will be collected and repairs made to picnic tables, fire rings and traffic barriers. Volunteers will also install trail markers and maintain existing markers along the Slate Creek Cutoff of the Oregon-California National Historic Trail near the campground.
Representatives of the Oregon-California Trails Association will be on hand and a BLM archaeologist will discuss the significance of the Slate Creek Cutoff and the importance of cultural resource protection.
The Slate Creek Campground is located on a major route to Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyo. It is within three hours of Salt Lake City and within an hour of three major towns. Fishing and camping are very popular activities around the campground and recreational visits have increased during the past several years. This increased usage has greatly impacted the facilities at the campground and repairs are much needed.
NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,080 sites and removed an estimated 450 tons of trash, collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants and contributed an estimated $15 million to improve public lands across the country.
Volunteers are needed to make any NPLD a success. To volunteer this year, or for more information about the KFO NPLD event, please contact KFO Outdoor Recreation Planner Wally Mierzejewski at 307-828-4508 or email@example.com.
This NPLD activity will take a full day; volunteers are asked to wear proper work attire and safety glasses. Sunscreen and insect repellant are highly recommended. Lunch will be provided.
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.
Kemmerer Field Office 312 Highway 189 North Kemmerer WY 83101
|Last updated: 07-25-2011|
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