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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In 2009, 150,000 volunteers worked at over 2,000 locations in every state and in many U.S. territories. Now, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands. Two districts on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland participate in this annual event.

Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Sulphur Ranger District

Grand County has been sponsoring National Public Lands Day for 21 years, making it the oldest, continuous-running NPLD event in the nation. It is also one of the best-attended events in the nation, with some 200 participants volunteering on more than seven projects across the county each year. Many partners help make this event possible, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. In addition, this event has branched out to encompass support from many local interest groups, including Headwater Trails Alliance, YMCA of the Rockies, Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and Fraser Valley Recreation Department. Also on National Public Lands Day, many federal land agencies set aside recreation or entrance fees for visitors. Sponsors supply volunteers with a continental breakfast, sack lunch, goodie bags, t-shirts, transportation to and from work sites, and an appreciation dinner with beverages and music.

2017 Sulphur National Public Lands Day Information


Key Contacts

Boulder Ranger District

Elaine Wells, Visitor Information Services

Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Kristy Wumkes, Volunteer Coordinator

Clear Creek Ranger District

Visitor Information Services

Pawnee National Grassland District

Visitor Information Services

Sulphur Ranger District

Visitor Information Services