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Kemmerer Field Office
Release Date: 07/16/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Kemmerer Invites Volunteers to National Public Lands Day Event

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) invites volunteers to help finish removing nine miles of non-wildlife friendly fence along Sulfur Haul Road, 16 miles south-southwest of Kemmerer, Wyo., on Friday, Aug. 9 as an early celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

Last year, 48 volunteers from the community, KFO, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) and local Boy Scout Troop 64, as well as a Utah Conservation Corps crew, removed five miles of the 40-inch tall fence consisting of a 36-inch tall woven wire bottom with a single strand of barbed wire.

This year, the remaining four miles of fencing will be removed. The KFO, in cooperation with the private landowner, permittees and the WGFD, planned the fence removal to improve the movement of the Wyoming Range and Uinta deer herds and the Carter Lease pronghorn herd throughout their crucial winter range. Up to 100 animals are entangled in the fence each year and, following the winter of 2010-2011, over 200 animals were found.

Volunteers are needed to make any NPLD a success. To volunteer on Aug. 9, meet at 8 a.m. at the KFO, 312 Hwy. 189 N., Kemmerer or call Wally Mierzejewski at 307-828-4508 for directions to the fence site.

This NPLD activity will take a full day and volunteers are welcome throughout. Volunteers are asked to wear proper work attire such as gloves, hat, long pants, sturdy shoes and safety glasses and encouraged to bring fencing pliers, although some tools will be available. Sunscreen and insect repellant are highly recommended. Lunch will be provided.

NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. 2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event with about 175,000 volunteers working at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. Volunteers collected 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, removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places and contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country. Eight federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.

For more information, please contact Wally Mierzejewski at 307-828-4508.

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: 07-16-2013