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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/20/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the BLM Lander Field Office


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is inviting volunteers to show pride for their public lands by celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. to collect native seeds as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) program. This is a great opportunity to get outside and learn about local plant communities, native wildflowers and wildland reclamation.

Volunteers will meet in the Wildflour Bakery parking lot (260 Grandview Drive, next to the Inn at Lander) at 9 a.m. and the group will travel to collection sites from there. All ages are welcome. Gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. All volunteers will receive a National Public Lands Day t-shirt.

SOS is a national native seed collection program, led by the BLM in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. The BLM Lander Field Office participates in this program to collect local, native seed for use in reclamation and rehabilitation projects in the area and to provide seeds to other facilities for research and development. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support the BLM's Native Plant Materials Development Program which has a mission to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems.

NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. In 2013, more than 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Volunteers collected 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, removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places and contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of learning about, serving, playing and working in our public lands.

For more information about volunteering for the Seeds of Success National Public Lands Day, contact Tanya Skurski of the BLM Lander Field Office at 307-332-8400 or tskurski@blm.gov. For more information about NPLD visit www.publiclandsday.org or www.facebook.com/nationalpubliclandsday. Tweet about your NPLD experience on Twitter with the hashtag #NPLD or @PublicLandsDay.



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: 06-20-2014