09.24.13

Volunteer for Public Lands Day

National Public Lands DayNational Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Join volunteers of all ages for NPLD’s 20th Anniversary. Celebrate with volunteers by working to protect and restore the National Conservation Lands!

Unless otherwise noted, all volunteer opportunities for National Public Lands Day are scheduled for Saturday, September 28th. Please confirm details with the hosting group.

Arizona

Friends of The Cliffs

Join us for our annual Public Lands/Tribal Lands/Condor Release Celebration Day from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Condor Cliffs viewing site in House Rock Valley. The new captive bred California condors will be released for their first free flight at 11:00. Activities for all ages will take place throughout the day. For details of the event and post event service projects call 928-640-0025. Volunteers may sign up at the event.

Friends of Ironwood Forest

Volunteers are needed to improve habitat on the Ironwood Forest National Monument for the last remaining native bighorn sheep herd in the extended Tucson area. You’ll work to remove vegetation from around water catchments to provide wildlife with a clean and safe supply of water. Volunteers are also needed to clean up trash and recreational shooting debris to protect wildlife habitat near the Cocio Wash.

Sign up and get more info by contacting Lahsha Brown, Executive Director of the Friends of Ironwood Forest, at lahsha@ironwoodforest.org or 520-628-2092.

http://ironwoodforest.org/project-news/national-public-lands-day-projects-on-sept-28-to-benefit-bighorn-sheep/

Friends of the San Pedro River

Saturday, September 28 – Clean-up Events at the San Pedro River, San Pedro House celebrates National Public Lands Day and the 25th Anniversary of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Contact Ron Serviss (serviss.ron@gmail.com) for details.

http://www.sanpedroriver.org/fsprhome.shtml

California

Friends of the Carrizo Plain

We will be meeting at Selby Campground at 9:30am and proceed to the project site from there.  We will be doing some trail work on a portion of the Caliente Mountain Ridge Trail and will also define the parking area for the trailhead.  Work gloves and water/gatorade will be provided. Lunch will be provided by The Friends of the Carrizo Plain.
More information/sign up, contact Ryan Cooper, 661-391-6048, racooper@blm.gov or John Kelley, 661-391-6088, jtkelley@blm.gov

Friends of the Inyo

Help Friends of the Inyo, the Bishop BLM, the Inyo National Forest, the International Mountain Bike Association and Fat Bike Mammoth to clean up and maintain the spectacular Lower Rock Creek Trail. Meet at the lower parking area at the old Paradise Lodge on Rock Creek Road at 8:30 am for a light breakfast. Be prepared to work until 1 pm, please wear work appropriate clothing, and carpool if possible. Or for a less intensive project join Friends of the Inyo at Rock Creek Lake for an end of the season clean up. Meet at 8:30 am at the Rock Creek Lake Group Campsite. Be ready to work next to a beautiful sub-alpine lake and maybe even get a little dirty cleaning up the results of a busy summer season. Go to www.Friendsoftheinyo.org or call 760-873-6500 for more information.

Tuleyome

Join us on Saturday, September 28th, 9am as we help restore native wildlife habitat on a site that was infested with nonnative species such as starthistle and fennel. Volunteers have been removing invasive plants and planting oaks and grey pine, manzanita, redbud, toyon, Yerba Santa, silver lupine, native grasses, and more. On Saturday invasive plants will be removed, we’ll be checking on whether any of the bushes need more dri-water (water suspended in a gel that disperses over time), and removing some weeds. Meet: 9am at the Pope Creek bridge parking lot at Lake Berryessa (Corner of Pope Canyon Rd and Berryessa-Knoxville Rd at Lake Berryessa Napa County, CA 94558). Contact Carol Kunze at carol@tuleyome.org

Florida

Loxahatchee River Historical Society

Join us on September 28, 8:30-11:30am to help clean up the wooded areas and mangrove shoreline at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. The project is designed for volunteers ages 16 and older. Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Volunteers can register for this event by either calling 561-233-2426 or emailing amathews@pbcgov.org.

http://www.jupiterlighthouse.org/jupiter-events-september.php

Montana

Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument

Please join us at James Kipp Recreation Area on Saturday, September 28 for a few hours of painting, litter picking-up, weed pulling, and seed planting. We’ll be working with BLM staff to make Kipp sparkle for the busy fall hunting season. Join us and you’ll receive a tasty lunch, a parks pass, a t-shirt, and a warm fuzzy feeling from giving back to your public lands in such fun company.

http://www.missouribreaks.org/events/

Nevada

Friends of the Black Rock-High Rock

Join us for this special cleanup project on September 28th at the historical Bitner Ranch north of Stevens Camp. This area has a rich history and will certainly be of interest to archaeology and emigrant trail buffs! This will be the first year of a long term project to restore historical structures at Bitner Ranch. A dutch oven potluck on Saturday evening will be held to celebrate this historic project.

Volunteers will be given a free pass that provides access to all federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or day use fee! Contact Michael Myers: m.myers@blackrockdesert.org or call 775-557-2900 to sign up today!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Bureau of Land Management as we help heal wildlife habitat from illegal vehicle impacts in the South McCullough Wilderness. This is a rugged, remote and beautiful section of southern Nevada-’a great place to enjoy while volunteering. For details and to RSVP: http://www.nevadawilderness.org/snv_national_public_lands_day_south_mccullough

New Mexico

Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

On Saturday, September 28, starting at 8am, volunteers will clean up an illegal dump site on the east side of Goat Mountain in the Doña Ana Mountains in an area the BLM refers to as “The Pit”. For questions, or to RSVP, contact Lucas Herndon, 575-323-1423, lucas@organmtnfriends.org

Utah

Southern Utah National Conservation Lands Friends

We’ll be working in Red Cliffs Recreational Area to cleanup trails, scrub out graffiti in the sandstone, and other general tasks. There will be a few hundred boy scouts helping out with this effort so bring a lot of energy! We will be providing drinks and snacks at the site but please bring gloves if you have them, sunscreen, and a hat. Please try to bring a reusable water bottle as we will have water in bulk but a limited number of bottles. Parking will be at the White Reef Trailhead. When you go through the tunnel, you’ll want to take a right to the horse parking area rather than driving up to the campground.

For more information and to register, please go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e81grqgz13b7b328&llr=aaaaczbab

National Public Lands Day

Learn more about National Public Lands Day and find additional projects at: http://publiclandsday.org/