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September 17, 2007

Contact: Lesley A. Collins,

BLM joins Platte River Revival in celebration of NPLD

On September 22, 2007, the Casper Field Office of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by joining forces with the community of Casper, WY in a long term effort to clean up the river.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year nearly 100,000 volunteers worked in 1,100 locations and in every state. Today, nine federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy.

“This is a great opportunity for BLM to assist the local community and restore the North Platte River,” noted Acting Casper Field Office Manager, Eric Luse. “This project really benefits the community as a whole.”

The Platte River Revival is the beginning of a multi-year, multi phase project. The project will consist of cleanup and debris removal, treatment of noxious weeds and native species restoration. The committee hopes to stabilize the river bank and improve aesthetics. This project will take several years to complete but will result in a more beautiful and healthy river system that will benefit generations to come.

Work will begin at 8 a.m. on September 22 and end at noon. Volunteers are to meet at Mike Lancing Field for registration and assignment. Please wear good shoes, long sleeves and bring work gloves. Volunteers should be prepared to work.

Nearly 500 volunteers are expected for the Platter River Revival including help from the city of Casper, Natrona County, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and local businesses. There are seven sections along the river that have been identified for cleanup. The scope of this year’s project includes the area between Bryan Stock Trail and the Pumphouse in Amoco Park.

BLM is proud to sponsor the Platte River Revival as this years NPLD event. This project will build partnerships between the public and private sectors and benefit the entire watershed. It reinforces the importance of cooperative stewardship and improves outdoor recreation opportunities. For more information about NPLD and the Platte River Revival please call Eve Bennett at 307/261-7517 or go to www.platteriverrevival.org