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BLM seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day

September 26, 2013

IDAHO FALLS —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking volunteers to help them on some projects throughout the region as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday (Sept. 28).
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to pitch in celebrate the event and help spruce up some of the area's outdoor treasures. All volunteers will receive a NPLD t-shirt and a coupon for free entrance into any national park.
"We greatly appreciate all the volunteers who are willing to help us out with these projects," said Sarah Wheeler, BLM Public Affairs representative. "As budgets become tighter, we rely more and more on our volunteers to help us out."
According to Wheeler the Upper Snake River Field Office will be hosting two events. "Volunteers are greatly needed at the North Menan Butte event to help construct fence and trail as well as to clean up some of the garbage and litter in the area."
Volunteers for this project area will meet at 9 a.m. at the North Menan Butte trailhead to begin working. Volunteers should bring work gloves and water.
Anyone needing more information on the Menan Butte trail should contact Amy Forsgren, recreation technician at 208-524-7527 or by email at aforsgren@blm.gov.
Wheeler said that the Pocatello Field Office (PFO) will be hanging red colored tags along the Blackfoot River to help protect sage-grouse from getting tangled in the fence wire. PFO wildlife biologist James Kumm said, "This is a must needed project to protect sage-grouse."
Anyone interested in participating in the PFO project will meet at the office at 9 a.m. (4530 Cliffs Drive) in Pocatello. The PFO will shuttle volunteers to and from the project site. Participants should bring work gloves, water, sunscreen, bug spray and a lunch. Volunteers can expect to be back between 3-5 p.m.
For information regarding the PFO Blackfoot River event contact Chuck Patterson, recreation planner at 208-478-6362 or email: cpatterson@blm.gov.
The National Environmental Education Foundation created NPLD to help improve public lands and to educate youth and adults about the importance of the lands.

 

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