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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov

Note to broadcasters/editors: Early publication of this press release allows sufficient time for the public to enroll in the weekend course/workshop. As always, we thank you for your assistance.

BLM Hosts Weekend Wilderness Stewardship Workshop

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, to conduct a stewardship workshop in the Mt. Grafton Wilderness, about 45 miles south of Ely, Nev.

The 2-day workshop will provide participants an opportunity to help protect and preserve our nation’s precious wilderness areas, as well as explore these magnificent and largely untrammeled treasures. The work will involve using hand tools to relieve soil compaction, transplant vegetation and disguise man-made disturbances.

Participants will need to bring sturdy work boots, a pair of work gloves and plenty of sunscreen. The BLM will provide all necessary hand tools and direction in their use.

White Pine County has seven wilderness areas, designated through the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006.

Wilderness areas offer visitors outstanding opportunities for solitude, as well as primitive and unconfined types of recreation. Caving, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, primitive camping, rock climbing and rock-hounding are all allowed inside wilderness areas. Mechanized forms of transportation such as automobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and mountain bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas.

For more information or to enroll, contact Steve Leslie, BLM Ely Field Office wilderness planner, at (775) 289-1800.

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Last updated: 05-21-2007