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September 2, 2008

   Bruce Collins

Lander BLM to Host National Public Lands Day Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD), from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 27, with a hike through the Sweetwater Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The public will have the opportunity to work as stewards for the public lands during this year’s annual NPLD events. According to Sydney Schoepke, Lander recreation technician, the hike will be limited to 16 participants, so people must RSVP/register by Sept. 24.

The Lander Field Office sponsored this same event in 2004 in this location, the Sweetwater Canyon WSA, approximately 50 miles southeast of Lander, Schoepke said. "This year’s event is going to be a management input opportunity," she said. "It’s an opportunity for the public to provide information regarding our existing management within the Sweetwater Canyon WSA. We’re going to provide disposable cameras to participants and ask them to use these cameras to document their experiences in the canyon, Schoepke explained.

Transportation from the Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, will be provided, she said. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and plenty of water, but additional snacks and Gatorade will be provided. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Nine federal agencies and many state and local land management agencies participate in this annual day of caring for public lands.

For more information about the event or to register for the hike, email sydney_schoepke@blm.gov or call (307) 332-8407.

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Last updated: 09-02-2008