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High Desert District
Release Date: 06/03/13
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 the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

On Aug. 9, the Kemmerer Field Office plans to remove four miles of non-wildlife friendly fence to help improve the seasonal movement of deer and pronghorn herds throughout their crucial winter range.

On Sept. 7, the Pinedale Field Office will clear brush, maintain trails, pick up trash, replace interpretive materials, enhance fishing access and construct and install a foot bridge at the CCC Ponds Recreation Area.

Also on Sept. 7, the Rock Springs Field Office will clean-up several miles of downed barbed wire in the toe bluffs on the southeast side of Quaking Aspen Mountain to remove the hazard to wildlife, livestock and wild horses.

On Sept. 28, the Rawlins Field Office will develop two new tent sites, repair picnic tables, mow grass, paint restrooms and pick up litter at the Corral Creek Campground.

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

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.

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Tweet about your NPLD experience on Twitter with the hashtag #NPLD20.

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: 06-03-2013