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Release Date: 10/05/12

National Public Lands Day Volunteers Improve Area's Public Lands

Utah - National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy. NPLD 2012 officially took place on September 29, 2012, when thousands of Americans volunteer to improve and enhance our nation's public lands.

Nineteen volunteer projects were hosted in Utah by the Bureau of Land Management:
  • Black Rock Canyon/White Rocks Fence Removal; Fivemile Pass Recreation Area Cleanup; Solider Pass Fence Installation – West Desert District Office
  • Sand Island Campground and Day use Area; Creek Pasture Campground-Indian Creek Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA); Sand Island Petroglyph site; Hamburger Rock Campground-Indian Creek SRMA; Cedar Mesa SRMA – Monticello Field Office
  • Lonesome Beaver Campground Upgrades – Henry Mountain Field Station
  • Jacob Hamblin Park and the Squaw Trail Trailhead – Kanab Field Office
  • Cedar City Front – Cedar City Field Office
  • Big Rock SRMA Clean-up – Richfield Field Office
  • Moab Four Wheel Drive Route; Klondike Bluffs North Mountain Bike Trails; Moab Motorcycle and ATV Routes; Westwater Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) – Moab Field Office
  • Range Creek; Sid’s Mountain WSA – Price Field Office

This year’s activities focused on laying local geological rock samples and planting indigenous plants; constructing a bike guard; fence removal and new fence construction (painting and repairing); trash removal; trail restoration/construction; building new campsites; building new tent platforms; hosting a Passport-in-Time (PIT) project to find and re-document prehistoric archaeological sites; replacing picnic tables; ATV trail restoration; and fixing and replacing signs.

The event last year contributed an estimated $17 million in volunteer services to public lands, which include planting about 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, as well as building and maintaining approximately 1,500 miles of trails.

“National Public Lands Day provides Americans a chance to roll up their sleeves and give something back to the community,” said Bureau of Land Management’s director, Juan Palma, “and getting people out onto these sites gives them an opportunity to appreciate their public land.”

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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: 10-05-2012