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October 9, 2007

Contact: Nancy Baker

National Public Lands Day Event To Rehabilitate
Sage Grouse Habitat

In celebration of National Public Lands Day the Bureau of Land Management will sponsor a volunteer event planting sagebrush seedlings in important sage grouse habitat that has been impacted by wildfires. The project will involve digging small holes, placing seedlings and self watering canisters, watering, and placing protective cages to deter grazing animals.

Registration will take place Saturday Oct. 20, at 8 a.m. where the Nieber Road crosses the Nowater Creek,. The location is 10 miles south of Worland on the Nowater Trail, then two miles west on the Nieber Road (location map). Signs will be posted.

National Public Lands Day is an annual opportunity to enjoy your public lands, help a worthy cause, and meet people with similar interests. Participants will be provided work gloves and all materials for the project, as well as lunch and beverage, an NPLD T-shirt, a public land free-use coupon, and a limited edition 2007 NPLD poster. Those who plan to volunteer should wear sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Volunteers under the age of 18 years and who will not be accompanied by a parent or guardian will need to bring written permission.

A map providing directions to the project area is available at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Worland.html. For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact: Nancy Baker, Volunteer Coordinator, BLM Worland Field Office at 307-347-5112, or Nancy_Baker@blm.gov