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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rock Springs Field Office
 
Release Date: 09/08/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the Rock Springs Field Office


The Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) is inviting volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) at the Overland Trail interpretive site on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to install trail markers, remove litter and complete a walkway at this historic site where traces of the Overland Trail are still visible. From 1862 to 1868, this trail was the only emigrant route on which the U.S. Government would allow travel and an estimated 20,000 emigrants used it each year. It provided stage stop travel from Kansas through Wyoming and greatly contributed to the settlement of the west until railroads were completed.

The RSFO NPLD event is a wonderful way for individuals, families and youth and civic groups to learn about their public lands and help preserve a part of our nation’s history for future generations.

The Overland Trail interpretive site is located on the Reagan Avenue side of Sage Elementary School in Rock Springs, Wyo. Volunteers are asked to wear proper work attire, closed-toe shoes and safety glasses.

For more information, please contact RSFO Outdoor Recreation Planner Jo Foster at 307-352-0327 or gfoster@blm.gov.

Established in 1994, NPLD is the nation's largest volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. More than 180,000 volunteers are expected to participate at more than 2,000 public lands sites and complete an estimated $15 million in improvements this year.



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: 09-08-2011