Thursday, August 27, 2009

Improve and Enhance our Public Lands

Saturday, September 26, 2009 is National Public Lands Day.

OK... that's a new one to me. Is there a card for it? Well, probably, but that's not the point.

The point is that for one day, you can volunteer to help create and maintain the incredible public lands that we have in this country. One person alone can only do so much, but when an entire crew of people show up and are coordinated in their efforts, quite a lot can occur in one day.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year 120,000 volunteers worked in over 1,800 locations and in every state. Now, 8 federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.

Did you know that the combined size of our country's national forests is roughly the size of Texas? Wow! That's a lot of space to take care of.

The website for this event ( is very helpful. You can easily find locations near to you where you can volunteer on this day. There were three sites within 20 miles of my house.

So, you can find a site, register a site and/or sign up for their newsletters. Here's a link to a pdf that you can print out to help promote their event at your business or school.

No matter where I have lived, I have enjoyed the benefits of our glorious public lands. Finally, there is a way that I can give back to those lands.

Hope to see you there.

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