Public Lands Day Set

Volunteers help clean up public lands and improve wildlife habitats during the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event. The National Public Lands Day is September 25.

| August 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. – On September 25, more than 170,000 Americans will grab shovels, pruning sheers and gloves to help improve the nation’s public lands as part of National Public Lands Day, an annual event held at local, state and federal sites throughout the country.

“Wherever Americans go outdoors to explore, fish, hike, hunt, paddle, or just enjoy nature, that location is likely to be a candidate for a National Public Lands Day event,” says Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day, a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation. “For 2010, we have a special focus on recreation, volunteerism and how those who use public lands for sport can play a large part in protecting habitat and improving the quality of public lands for everyone.”

In line with the special focus on recreation, National Public Lands Day is reaching out to the sportsmen community as an important source of volunteers for this year’s event. Hunters and anglers spend much of their time outdoors, particularly on public lands. They are often the first to notice the effects of trash, invasive species, habitat loss and misuse of land on the local wildlife.

“Sportsmen and women have a long, distinguished record of volunteering for projects that restore and sustain fish and wildlife populations and their habitats on public lands,” says Frank Jenks, a natural resource specialist for the Bureau of Land Management. “National Public Lands Day gives them a great opportunity to continue in that proud tradition.”

This year, National Public Lands Day is anticipating volunteer projects on more than 2,300 sites. Many of the projects are directed towards sportsmen and improving access to public lands; for example:

● In Grand Junction, Colorado, volunteers will clean up and remove trash from a popular public shooting area on BLM land.

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