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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 09/13/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Volunteers Needed to Rehabilitate Roads in Upper Nowood Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is hosting a work day on Sat., Sept. 25, in the Upper Nowood Road Management Area south of Ten Sleep.

The BLM is seeking volunteers to help rehabilitate roads that are no longer used. The group will spread bales of certified weed free wheat straw onto old routes and shovel dirt onto the straw to hold it in place. The straw will provide some cover for new plants and help to retain water. A BLM contractor will spread native seed and sugar on the reclaimed routes. The sugar is intended to give the seed an advantage over cheatgrass by adding carbon to the soil.

Volunteers should plan to meet at 10:00 a.m. at the work site. Directions: from Hwy. 16 in Ten Sleep, travel south on the Upper Nowood Rd. (Hwy. 434) for 37 miles. Turn east at the 2nd Cherry Creek Stock Drive (Co. Rd. 80) intersection and drive 5.3 miles to the meeting place.

Bring gloves, a water bottle and lunch. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy boots. The long-sleeved shirt and long pants will help prevent scratches and itching from the straw. Water and some tools will be provided.

The public land in the area, which is surrounded by private land, is heavily used during the hunting season. “This work day will be a good opportunity to get to know your public lands and the resources found in the area," said BLM Ranger Aaron Kania. “In addition, improvements to the Upper Nowood Road Management Area will benefit wildlife and wildlife habitat. This will result in improved hunting opportunities in the future.”

For more information, please contact the Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401-0119  

Last updated: 09-13-2010