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BLM seeking volunteers for National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to collect native seeds as part of the national Seeds of Success program, which gathers local, native seed for use in reclamation and rehabilitation projects. Photo provided by Seeds of Success

BLM seeking volunteers for National Public Lands Day

Jun 23, 2014 - From staff reports

The Bureau of Land Management Lander Field Office is inviting volunteers to show pride for their public lands by celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect native seeds as part of the national Seeds of Success program.

Volunteers will meet in the Wildflour Bakery parking lot, 260 Grandview Drive in Lander, at 9 a.m. and the group will travel to collection sites from there. All ages are welcome. Gloves, water and snacks will be provided. All volunteers will receive a National Public Lands Day T-shirt.

SOS is a national native seed collection program, led by the BLM in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. The BLM Lander Field Office participates in this program to collect local, native seed for use in reclamation and rehabilitation projects in the area and to provide seeds to other facilities for research and development. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support the BLM's Native Plant Materials Development Program which has a mission to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems.

NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. In 2013, more than 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites. 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.

For more information about volunteering, contact Tanya Skurski at 332-8400 or tskurski@blm.gov.

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