KEMMERER — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office invites families, individuals, clubs and organizations to stay in touch with their public lands by building fences and maintaining trails in the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) on Aug. 22 in an early celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
To volunteer, meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Kemmerer Field Office, 430 Highway 189 N., or at 8:30 a.m. at the WSA. To get to the WSA from Cokeville, Wyo., take Highway 30 northwest to Border Junction, turn north on Highway 89 for four miles, then turn right on Raymond Canyon Road and travel one mile.
This NPLD activity will take a full day and volunteers are welcome throughout. Proper work attire such as gloves, hat, long pants, sturdy shoes and safety glasses should be worn. Sunscreen and insect repellant are highly recommended. Water and lunch will be provided as well as NPLD t-shirts, participation certificates and national park access passes.
NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. In 2013, more than 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. 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. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of learning about, serving, playing and working in our public lands.
Tweet about your NPLD experience on Twitter with the hashtag #NPLD or @PublicLandsDay.