CLRD National Public Lands Day September 29

Release Date: Sep 12, 2012  

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

Fort Collins, Colo. (September 12, 2012) – The Canyon Lakes Ranger District invites the public to its third-annual National Public Lands Day event on September 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help the district celebrate all our public lands have to offer.

This year’s event takes place at the Mountain Park Campground in the Poudre Canyon, with some planting occurring at the Narrows Campground as well.

Tree and Shrub Planting: Work with professional silviculturists planting native shrubs and 400+ Ponderosa pine seedlings to replace some of those lost to the current mountain pine beetle epidemic adjacent to the High Park Fire burn area. Ages 4 and up can participate.

An appreciation catered lunch, with live music provided by the Poudre River Irregulars, is included. Every volunteer will receive a “free day pass” to a National Park and a commemorative cup that will also be used to help water the newly planted trees.

In addition to tree planting, there will be educational opportunities, including a scavenger hunt and a presentation by Forest Service archeologists and fire prevention specialists. Although these campgrounds were not damaged during the High Park Fire, they are immediately adjacent to the burn, offering additional education opportunities highlighted in a driving tour brochure.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothes, footwear and sunscreen. Make sure to register and bring a camp chair for lunch. Register at Thanks to JAX Outdoor Gear and Coleman, there will also be raffle items for volunteers at lunch.


8:30 Registration at Mountain Park Campground
9:00 Welcome and tree planting
12:00 Appreciation lunch

For questions, please contact Kristy Wumkes at 970-295-6721 or

This event is a great chance for people to join the more than 2.5 million volunteers who have provided incredible service to the U.S. Forest Service over the last 40 years, as the Forest Service celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Volunteers in the National Forests Act.