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June 24, 2008

   Lesley A. Collins

Join Us on the Trail:
BLM celebrates National Trails Day on Muddy Mountain

American Hiking Society and hikers across the country will celebrate the 16th annual National Trails Day (NTD), a long-standing celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. This year’s local event will be held on June 28 at the Muddy Mountain Environmental Education Area (EEA) in Casper, Wyo.

The slogan for NTD 2008, Join Us on the Trail, is an open invitation to all Americans to get outside, connect with local hiking clubs, outdoor retailers, local parks and recreation departments or federal land managing agencies to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along with local trail enthusiasts invites you to participate in this year’s celebration.

Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips and other activities. The 2008 event hosts include the Pathfinder Back Country Horsemen, the Motorized Recreation Council of Wyoming, the Back Country Crawlers, and Mountain Sports.

These groups support both motorized and non-motorized trail opportunities and are joining forces to improve local recreational trails. Downed timber will be cleared from areas surrounding multi-use trails within the Muddy Mountain EEA. The wood will be piled for later burning, helping to reduce fuels and enhance areas near the trail.

The public is asked to bring a lunch, work gloves, sunscreen, and other personal protective equipment. Everyone is meeting at the Muddy Mountain gazebo prior to 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. If you plan to join BLM please be careful traveling up the Muddy Mountain Road as the American Cancer Society will be hosting Climb for the Cure, a noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer.

This year’s NTD event has something for everyone, so join us on the trail! For more information or to pre-register a volunteer group please contact Eve Bennett, outdoor recreation planner, at (307) 261-7517.

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