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Ely District Office
Release Date: 09/30/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2013-2088

NPLD Volunteers Take Down Wildlife Entanglement

Ely, Nev. – National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteers made eastern Nevada’s public lands better Saturday by pulling down an old barbed wire fence and removing an entanglement to wildlife.

“Thanks to all who participated we were able to remove about three miles of fence,” Erin Rajala, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District outdoor recreation planner, said.

More than 75 White Pine County residents turned out for the annual event, held this year alongside Horse and Cattle Camp Road south of Ely.  About half were young people who took advantage of such wildlife-oriented educational activities as identifying animal species through their tracks and wildlife hazards, which includes the trash we leave scattered on our public lands. There was also a class on Leave No Trace.  Everyone who participated received a free NPLD Tee-shirt and all the children received a Goodie bag.

NPLD is a success nationwide because of the collaboration among federal, state and local agencies, private organizations and individual volunteers.  The event is spearheaded each year by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Local partners this year included Anderson’s Foodtown, Barrick Gold U.S., Inc.’s Bald Mountain Mine; Bath Lumber Co., C & B Auto Parts, Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, Economy Drug, Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts, Ely Times, High Desert Advocate, KDSS 92.7 FM, KELY 1030 AM, Learning Bridge Charter School, Mt. Wheeler Power, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sagebrush Texaco Food Plaza, Sanitary Septic Service, White Pine County Library and White Pine County School District, as well as the BLM Ely District, Great Basin National Park and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District.

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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