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Release Date: 09/11/09
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Volunteers Invited to Celebrate America’s Public Lands September 19 and 26

Montrose, CO -- The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office is offering the public two opportunities to celebrate National Public Lands Day this year by volunteering for projects in Delta and Ouray counties.
National Public Lands Day is an annual event that engages over 130,000 Americans in volunteer projects for the nation’s natural areas.
The first event will be held September 19 in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Volunteers can contribute to the Cool Rock Trail project from 9:00 am to noon. The project site is located along South River Road, across the river from last year’s Lawhead Gulch project site. Teams will construct new trail, maintain existing trail, remove old range fences, and raise an informational kiosk at this local treasure. Lunch will be provided and participants will receive a free t-shirt commemorating the day. 
“National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to spend quality time outside and continue the tradition of service to our public lands,” said Karen Tucker, manager of the Gunnison Gorge NCA. “Last year, volunteers built trail, rock features, and assembled a fence to protect rock art at Lawhead Gulch. An amazing amount of work was accomplished in just a few hours. We’re looking forward to building on that success this year.”
On Saturday, September 26, a National Public Lands Day event for kids will be held at the BLM Uncompahgre Riverway recreation site along the Uncompahgre River near Ridgway. Volunteers between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to water plants, plant trees and participate in a scavenger hunt. Parents are encouraged to attend, but are not required to be on site. San Juan Gardens has graciously donated cottonwood trees for the event.
Children under seven years of age are also welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers can enjoy drinks, snacks, lunch, t-shirts and other giveaways. Volunteers should come prepared with walking or hiking shoes, a jacket, backpack, water bottle, sunscreen and hat.
For more information or to see a list of NLPD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events visit
Cool Rock Trail Event, September 19
Gunnison Gorge NCA
9 a.m. – Noon
Directions to Site: Take Hwy 92 east from Delta to Austin, approximately 6 mi. Turn south on CR 2200 and then left on H-75 Road, following the signs for Gunnison Gorge. Temporary signs will guide you onto South River Road and to the project site.
Contact: Edd Franz, 970-240-5337
NPLD Event for Kids. September 26
(Please call to sign up on or before September 18, 2009 at the Uncompahgre Field Office if planning to attend.)
Uncompahgre Riverway Recreation site
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: North side of Ridgway Town Park at tables near restrooms
Contact: Julie Jackson, 970-240-5300

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-12-2009