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WINNEMUCCA: Volunteers sought for National Public Lands Day event

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WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District in partnership with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Black Rock High Rock are seeking volunteers to roll up their sleeves for a National Public Lands Day event on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

“National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hand-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Cory Roegner.  “This is a great opportunity for people to work alongside their neighbors to help improve their public lands.”

“National Public Lands Day is one of the most popular events of the year,” said Friends of Nevada Wilderness Associate Director Brian Beffort.  “It’s a great opportunity to come together and give back to the public lands we all love and enjoy.”

This year’s event will focus on cleaning up camp areas around a hot spring, cleanup and habitat restoration on the High Dry Playa, and continual spring monitoring to collect data to ensure healthy springs. The event will end on Saturday night with a pot-luck Dutch Oven Cook-off!

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year 170,000 volunteers worked in more than 2,000 locations and in every state. This year, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands have planned to participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.

All volunteers should be prepared for all types of weather and bring work boots, work gloves, hats, sunscreen, food, water, and camping gear.

Volunteers should call ahead of time to receive information and directions to the main campsite the night before the event begins.  Please contact Friends of the Nevada Wilderness at 775-324-7667 or Friends of Black Rock High Rock at 775-557-2900.

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