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Elko District Office
Release Date: 09/16/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-072

BLM seeks volunteers for clean-up and fossil hunt for National Public Lands Day

ELKO, Nev. –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office and Boy Scout Troop 850 is hosting an event on Sept. 28 at ‘Fossil Hill’ celebrating the 20th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

Fossil Hill, as it is called due to the abundance of fossils found in the area, is located approximately 4.8 miles north of Elko on Mountain City Highway. There will be signs along the highway identifying the location. Volunteers should arrive at 8 a.m. and the event will take place until noon. All ages are encouraged to attend and after clean-up, can explore and collect unique fossils in the area. Common invertebrate fossils such as plants, mollusks, and trilobites may be collected for personal use in reasonable quantities, but may not be bartered or sold.

Volunteers will receive fee-free passes to any participating federal public land as well as NPLD T-shirts, while supplies last.

Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, heavy shoes or boots (no sandals, please), a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes, and bring some heavy gloves to protect your hands from broken glass, metal and thorns. Also be prepared for either cool, windy weather, or hot, sunny conditions, so dress in layers. Volunteers should bring water, sunscreen and snacks.

This is one of the many events that will be held around the country in September as part of the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. NPLD is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy.

For more information or to sign up, contact Zack Pratt at (775) 753-0212 or by email at

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-20-2015