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September 8, 2008

   Sarah Beckwith

Cody BLM to Host National Public Lands Day Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 20, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with a workday at the Cody Canal Tract Wildlife and Recreation Area.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the area, remove old fence, install bird nest boxes and perform trail and fishing access maintenance, just to mention a few of the fun projects. Cody Outdoor Recreation Planner Shirley Bye-Jech said, "National Public Lands Day is a chance to show pride for our public lands by giving time and energy to an event like the Cody Canal Tract Wildlife & Recreation Area volunteer work day." All participants will receive a NPLD t-shirt.

Participants will meet at the BLM office located at 1002 Blackburn Avenue in Cody at 8:00 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle, and dress appropriately for rain or shine. Boots or sturdy shoes are required. Gloves, sunglasses, hats, sun block and insect repellent are recommended. Water and tools will be provided.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. NPLD began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Today, 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 NPLD and volunteering for the Cody Canal volunteer workday, contact Deb La Vance or Shirley Bye-Jech at the BLM Cody Field Office: (307) 578-5900.

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