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Release Date: 09/16/13
Contacts: Kyle Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, 719-269-8553    

BLM to Host National Public Lands Day Events in Royal Gorge Area (09-16-13)

CANON CITY, Colo. – Help the Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day by volunteering for a project this fall. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

“National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to get involved with your public lands,” said Keith Berger, Field Manager for the Royal Gorge Field Office. “Volunteering is a great way to spend the day with the family and do something good for the land that belongs to you.”

There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to choose from in the Cañon City vicinity this year. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes, gloves, hats and sunscreen; and to bring plenty of water.

September 21: Midland Hill Trail, Buena Vista: The BLM recently finished a trail re-route on the Midland Hill Trail, and needs your help to rehabilitate the old trail. RSVP to Linda Skinner 719-269-8732 or

September 21: Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry clean up: Volunteers are needed to help paint, pull weeds and clean around the Cleveland Quarry pull-off on Garden Park Road. This project will clean up the area in preparation for the Garden Park National Natural Landmark expansion ceremony on October 16. RSVP to Melissa Smeins at 719-269-8523 or

September 21-22: Join the Rocky Mountain Field Institute for the 21st annual Shelf Road volunteer weekend. This project involves restoring and improving access to the climbing walls at one of the most popular sport climbing areas along the Front Range. More information can be found at To register, contact RMFI at 719-471-7736 or

October 5-6: Join Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado as they help construct a new trail at the newly expanded Garden Park National Natural Landmark. Work involves new trail construction with some rock work. You can volunteer for one day or both, and overnight camping is available. All meals are provided. Volunteers must register with VOC online, or by calling VOC at 303-715-1010.

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: 09-16-2013