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High Desert District
Release Date: 07/20/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

Save the Dates for National Public Lands Day

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District (HDD) is planning a variety of activities in August and September to celebrate this year’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

On Aug. 15, the Kemmerer Field Office plans to remove almost nine miles of fence to improve the seasonal movement of deer and pronghorn herds throughout their crucial winter range.

On Aug. 25, the Pinedale Field Office will convert existing BLM fencing in various areas to wildlife friendly specifications in order to reduce stress and energy expenditure of wildlife in critical habitat.

On Sept. 29, the Rawlins Field Office intends to repair and paint the campground and day use area and facilities at Teton Reservoir which have been impacted by extreme winter weather.

Also on Sept. 29, the Rock Springs Field Office will clean-up areas that have been used as unregistered dump sites along the base of White Mountain and in its various draws and ravines.

NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. Last year, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,067 sites and collected an estimated 500 tons of trash, removed an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants and contributed an estimated $17 million to improve public lands across the country.

Volunteers are needed to make any NPLD event a success. For more information about an NPLD event near you, please contact your local HDD field office:

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.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs WY 82901  

Last updated: 07-20-2012