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Kemmerer Field Office
Release Date: 07/23/12
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Kemmerer Invites Public to National Public Lands Day Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) invites volunteers to help remove the non-wildlife friendly fence along Sulphur Haul Road on Aug. 15 as an early celebration of National Public Lands Day.

The KFO, in cooperation with the private landowner, permittees, and the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, intends to remove almost nine miles of fencing located approximately 16 miles south-southwest of Kemmerer, Wyo., to help improve the seasonal movement of the Wyoming Range and Uinta deer herds and the Carter Lease pronghorn herd throughout their crucial winter range.

KFO employees, a Utah Conservation Corps crew, local Boy Scout Troop 64 and community volunteers will remove the 40-inch tall fence which consists of a 36-inch tall woven wire bottom with a single strand of barbed wire at the top. It is common to find up to 100 animals entangled in the fence each year and, following the winter of 2010-2011, over 200 animals were found.

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 a success. To volunteer on Aug. 15, meet at 9 a.m. at the KFO, 312 Hwy. 189 N., in Kemmerer. For more information, please contact Wally Mierzejewski at 307-828-4508.

This NPLD activity will take a full day; volunteers are asked to wear proper work attire and bring gloves and safety glasses. Sunscreen and insect repellant are highly recommended. Lunch will be provided.

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.

Kemmerer Field Office   312 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer WY 83101  

Last updated: 07-23-2012