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September 7, 2006
Contact: Karen Rogers
(307) 367-5324

Volunteers needed for National Public Lands Day Event

Volunteers are needed for a local National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event on Saturday, September 9, 2006, at the CCC Ponds.

This year’s NPLD event will offer a variety of projects for volunteers. Several focus on trail maintenance and construction, including installation of a bridge for a new trail loop. One bat box will be erected and a new bluebird boxes will be installed and recorded with GPS units. One new memorial bench will be installed, as well as two signs that are replacing damaged ones. Litter pickup is always needed around the south end of Fremont Lake. All tools and materials will be provided; volunteers are encouraged to bring leather gloves.

Lunch and beverages will be provided to volunteers thanks to EnCana USA Petroleum, BP, and Ultra. All volunteers will receive t-shirts, posters, and free passes to access public land fee areas, which includes National Parks.

After lunch, educational seminars will be offered. Subjects include:
  • Adrienne Petersen, Sublette County Weed and Pest, noxious weeds,
  • Meredith Malek, US Forest Service, Leave No Trace program,
  • Fred Pflughoft, bird identification,
  • Karen Rogers, BLM, GPS navigation.

Last years’ event was also held at this site and attracted 70 volunteers. They installed bat boxes, a bluebird box, a bench and worked on trail maintenance. The CCC Ponds have an interesting historic significance. The ponds are named for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program created by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930’s to create jobs for young men and women following the Depression. The focus of the CCC was on the preservation of natural resources through various construction and improvement projects to increase access and enjoyment of public lands.

Interested volunteers should show up at the CCC Ponds on September 9 around 8 a.m. For more information, call Karen Rogers at 367-5324.