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September 10, 2008

   Jo Foster (307)352-0327
   Lorraine Keith: (307) 352-0399

BLM Celebrates the 15th National Public Lands Day on September 20

In recognition of the 2008 National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is asking for volunteers to help construct 75 feet of fence and install three park benches to complement the recently developed accessible pathway to the historic Point of Rocks Cemetery site located south of Interstate Highway 80 east of Rock Springs, Wyo.

This will be the second opportunity for Sweetwater County citizens to participate in the annual NPLD celebration. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the BLM parking lot located at 280 Highway 191 North in Rock Springs. BLM also requests that you bring your own hammer and tool belt if possible.

Lunches will be provided by the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce and all participants will receive an NPLD T-shirt.

More than 120,000 volunteers across the nation, including those from nine federal agencies, are expected to celebrate NPLD at 1,500 sites. Clean-ups, fix-ups and other volunteer events will take place in parks, forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, cultural and historic sites, and other public lands.

The Civilian Conservation Corps is one of the driving forces that has inspired NPLD for the past 15 years, and volunteers work together to achieve the same common goals and mission. Projects include tree planting, removal of invasive plants, trail construction and many other activities.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Jo Foster at 307-352-0327, or the Rock Springs Field Office at 307-352-0256.

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