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Volunteers needed for National Public Lands Day projects Saturday in Lander

Sep 28, 2013 - 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 at the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail south of Lander.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon 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 a.m. They are asked to 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 an 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.

To learn more about NPLD, visit www.publi

clandsday.org/ or www.facebook.com/nationalpubli

clandsday.

For more information about volunteering for the Johnny Behind the Rocks workday, contact Brandon Thielke at 332-8400 or bthielke@blm.gov.

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