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Release Date: 09/23/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the BLM Lander Field Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is inviting volunteers to show pride for their public lands by celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail south of Lander, Wyo.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to install an informational kiosk in the parking lot and improve some of the trail segments to provide a more enjoyable experience for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. Jobs will be available for all ages and abilities.

Volunteers will meet at the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail parking area at 9:00 a.m. Bring food, water and gloves. Sturdy footwear is required. Lander Cycling will provide the kiosk, paid for with grant funds from the Fremont County Recreation Board, and the BLM will provide tools and other materials.

Those who participate will receive a coupon good for a one-time free entrance to the federally managed area of their choice, as well as a NPLD t-shirt.

“Partnerships are key to good public land management,” said BLM Recreation Technician Brandon Thielke. “The Lander Field Office has held successful NPLD events in the past and appreciates the continued support of Lander Cycling and other volunteers.”

The goal of the ongoing partnership between Lander Cycling and the BLM is to maintain sustainable and enjoyable recreational use in the area. Lander Cycling provides volunteer labor and valuable input about trails so that the BLM can better manage the existing trail system.

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.

To learn more about NPLD, visit or Tweet about your NPLD experience on Twitter with the hashtag #NPLD20.

For more information about volunteering for the Johnny Behind the Rocks workday, contact Brandon Thielke at 307-332-8400 or

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.

Lander Field Office   1335 Main Street      Lander, WY 82520  

Last updated: 09-23-2013