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Release Date: 09/18/12
Contacts: Christopher B Joyner, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 210-2126    

BLM celebrates Public Lands Day with events to get people outdoors (09-18-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Volunteers together with the Bureau of Land Management plan to mark the 2012 National Public Lands Day with multiple events culminating on Sept. 29 with the Public Lands Festival at the Bangs Canyon Trailhead. 

Recognition of the 2012 National Public Lands Day began with a Colorado River restoration adventure organized by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Sept 6-9.  Next, the Western Slope ATV Association performed a cleanup on public lands on 25 Road north of Grand Junction on Sept. 15.  On September 22, the Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen will be working on the Jouflas Trail in Rabbit Valley. Then on Sept. 29, multiple events are planned in the Grand Valley all designed to raise awareness and get people involved with public lands. 

Chris Pipkin, an outdoor recreation planner with the BLM Grand Junction Field Office said, “The BLM manages a great diversity of resources and recreation opportunities on public lands around the Grand Valley.  We do much of that by partnering with organizations, businesses and individuals throughout the community.  We’re excited to demonstrate and celebrate those partnerships during the events planned for National Public Lands Day.”

On Sept. 29, the Western Colorado Climbers Coalition and Great Old Boards for Wilderness are collaborating to clean up a popular rock climbing area in Unaweep Canyon.  COPMOBA plans to do trail work on the Palisade Rim Trail and there is a cleanup scheduled for the 27 1/4 Road Shooting Range. 

The culminating event for the 2012 National Public Lands Day will be the Festival at the Bangs Canyon Trailhead.  Many interactive activities that highlight multiple resources and uses of public lands will be available at this free event.   Those attending will have the opportunity to participate in events and watch demonstrations in search and rescue, rock climbing and trail building.  Public lands stewardship will be a common theme for all activities throughout the National Public Lands Day events. 

There will be an opportunity for a guided hike to Mica Mine with geological, paleontological and historical information presented.  Visitors are encouraged to dress accordingly. Students participating in the festival may be eligible for prizes throughout the event.  Middle and high school students are especially encouraged to attend.

According to Fran Parker, volunteer and partnership coordinator for  the BLM and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the events of the 2012 National Public Lands Day could never happen without the gracious support of partnering organizations to include The Museum of the West, Dominguez Archaeological Research Group, the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, Desert Ecosystems Analysis and Restoration, Grand Valley Trails Alliance, the Colorado Canyons Association, Hilltop Experiential Learning Program, Mesa County Search and Rescue, Western Slope ATV Association, Grand Mesa Jeep Club, Grand Junction Hike–n-Bike, Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen, and the Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition.

For more information contact Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator, Fran Parker at (970) 244-3031.

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: 09-18-2012