Celebrating Your Public Lands 2018

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717, Dylan Peters 970-874-6625

Saturday September 22 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the annual celebration of your public lands. Every year in late September the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) helps coordinate thousands of volunteer events for the largest single-day public lands improvement effort in the nation. NPLD 2017 saw over 169,000 volunteers dedicate 680,000 service hours at 2,100 sites nationwide resulting in over $16.7 million worth of public land.

These events connect people with their public lands inspiring stewardship and highlighting their communal and recreational benefits. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests will partner with or host several NPLD events for 2017:

  • On Saturday September 22, The Norwood Ranger District and volunteers will be completing a construction project for the Dry Park Water Development. This development will provide drinking water for area wildlife in an otherwise arid landscape. More information at: https://www.neefusa.org/npld/norwood-ranger-office/dry-park-water-development
  • On Friday, September 26, Fourth Graders from the North Fork Valley will attend the Paonia Ranger District’s third annual “Lost” in a Forest event on the Gunnison National Forest. This event will teach students how to use forestry tools and navigate with a compass, while also allowing them to complete a stewardship project.

To encourage people to participate and visit their public lands, NPLD is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. For more information how you can get involved with NLPD or to find an event near you please visit NEEF’s website (https://www.neefusa.org/public-lands-day).