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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Cody Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/29/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Cody Seeks Volunteers for National Public Lands Day Event


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a workday that will benefit sage-grouse and other wildlife.

Volunteers will modify impenetrable net wire fence in a Greater Sage-grouse Core Area and wildlife migration corridor on Emblem Bench, just south of the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area. Modification of the fence to be more wildlife friendly will improve both pronghorn and sage-grouse movement.

"Sage-grouse collide with fences like these and pronghorn need space to crawl under fences," noted BLM Wildlife Biologist Destin Harrell. "Volunteers can help us realize our goal of making BLM fences more wildlife-friendly."

Volunteers will depart at 7 a.m. from the Cody Field Office. Those who prefer to meet onsite should contact Harrell for directions at 307-578-5900. Bring lunch, water, gloves, eye protection and fence pliers if you have them, and wear long sleeves and boots or sturdy shoes.

NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. Last year, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,067 sites and collected an estimated 500 tons of trash, removed an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants and contributed an estimated $17 million to improve public lands across the country.

For more information about volunteering for the Emblem Bench workday, contact Harrell at 307-578-5900. 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. 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: 08-29-2012