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Eastern States Office of External Affairs
Release Date: 09/20/13
Contacts: Diane Hendry , 703-339-8561 ,

Celebrate 2013 National Public Lands Day

Lorton, Va. – On Saturday, September 28, we invite you to join volunteers around the nation who will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They’ll be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.  This year, NPLD celebrates its 20th Anniversary!


WHO:             Bureau of Land Management employees and volunteers


WHAT:          Perimeter fence painting  (gloves, supplies, water and paint provided)


WHEN:          Saturday, September 28, 2013


TIME:            9:00 a.m. until noon


WHERE:       Mustang Trail Head, 10702 Harley Road, Lorton, Va.


CONTACT: Diane Hendry, phone: (703) 339-8561; cell: (703) 801-6463. 



In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event.

NPLD 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
  • 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 caring for public lands.  Meadowood hopes you will consider lending a hand for a few hours on Saturday morning, September 28.  The perimeter fence painting that was started last year on 2012 NPLD, has made such an obvious difference to the boundary fencing at Meadowood.  Even the horses seem to notice.


Painting progress can be seen by visiting Meadowood’s web site at We hope to see you at Meadowood on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 9:00 am.  Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided at noon.

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.

Last updated: 09-20-2013