PINEDALE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Pinedale Ranger District held a successful National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event at the CCC Ponds Recreation Area near Pinedale, Wyo., last Saturday.
Sixty volunteers of all ages and BLM and USFS employees painted and stained a warming hut, footbridge and information kiosk, cleared brush, picked-up trash, stabilized shoreline fishing access, cleaned and maintained bluebird houses and erected combination bird and bat houses.
Children under eight were taken on a tour of the recreation area by BLM staff and volunteers to learn about various bugs, vegetation and fish. A moose sighting was the highlight of the junior field tour as well as the capture and release of a woolly bear caterpillar, believed by some to forecast the severity of the coming winter.
The CCC Ponds are an outstanding community resource and offer fishing, wildlife viewing, bird watching, walking, jogging, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. In addition, local schools routinely utilize the ponds as an outdoor classroom to study water quality, insects, and wildlife and fisheries habitat.
“The volunteers’ enthusiasm for lending a hand demonstrates how the community cares for the CCC Ponds as a special place to recreate. They should be proud of what was accomplished in a few hours of fun work,” stated BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Martin Hudson.
This NPLD event was organized and sponsored by the BLM and USFS with support from the Town of Pinedale, Sublette County School District #1, the Pinedale High School Football Program, Jack Doyle, Saint Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, Bob Rule and KPIN Radio, Lions Club of Pinedale and Leo’s High School Students, Sublette Examiner, Pinedale Roundup, Ultra Resources, QEP Energy Company and Encana Oil and Gas.
For more information, please contact Hudson at 307-367-5315.