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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 10/04/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Improvements Made at Canyon Creek on National Public Lands Day

Thanks to local volunteers and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff, the trail and parking area at Canyon Creek, southeast of Ten Sleep, was greatly improved during a recent workday in celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

Volunteers improved the access trail to the canyon, removed invasive plants and installed a visitor register and kiosk in the parking area containing a map, safety information and regulations. Canyon Creek is enjoyed by anglers, hikers, rock climbers and other recreationists.

After wielding a Pulaski on the trail for much of the day, Alli Rainey of Ten Sleep shared her thoughts about the Canyon Creek volunteer effort. “We enjoy recreating on our public lands so much that participating in an event this close to home seemed like a no-brainer,” Rainey said. “It’s always fun being outside, and it’s a bonus to be improving the land where we recreate.”

BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Paul Rau thanked all the volunteers for participating in this worthy project. “I’m absolutely thrilled that local folks care about this beautiful area and dedicated their Saturday to make this area even better,” said Rau. “The work accomplished at Canyon Creek on National Public Lands Day will provide more enjoyable experiences for the people who recreate there.”

NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. For more information about NPLD or recreational opportunities on public lands in the Worland and Ten Sleep areas, contact Rau in the Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100 or

Volunteers use auger.
LtoR: Mike Roberts, Brett Roberts and Steve Dondero use an auger to prepare for the kiosk installation.

Volunteers improve trail.
Volunteers improve the Canyon Creek trail.


Volunteers remove musk thistle.
CJ Grimes and Paula Roberts remove seedheads from musk thistle, a Wyoming state-listed noxious weed, from along the trail.

Volunteers add information to kiosk.
Mike Roberts and Christine Sjoquist populate the new kiosk with a map and other information.

Volunteers show their NPLD tshirts.
Lto R: Kevin Wilkinson, Alli Rainey, and Rickard, David and Christine Sjoquist proudly display the tshirts they received.


Hikers on Trail.
People came to enjoy the trail following the workday.

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.

Last updated: 10-04-2012