National Public Lands Day on the Modoc

Release Date: Sep 17, 2013

Contact(s): Amy Hartell

The public is invited to get outdoors, explore and celebrate the 20th annual National Public Lands Day on the Modoc National Forest, Sat. Sept. 28.

First, for camping enthusiasts, Sept. 28 will be a fee-free day at campgrounds and recreation facilities. Campground sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This year's fee waiver includes: All Campgrounds in the Medicine Lake Recreation Area, Doublehead Ranger District; Willow Creek Campground, Big Valley  Ranger District;  Howard’s Gulch Campground, Devil’s Garden Ranger District and Soup Springs, Mill Creek and Blue Lake Campgrounds on the Warner Mountain Ranger District.

Second, up to 14 volunteers may join the Modoc National Forest and Back Country Horsemen – High Country Unit for a project on the High Grade National Recreation Trail. 

A trail marker volunteer team will work the length of the non-motorized segment to install new National Recreation Trail markers.  Volunteers for this team may hike as much as 6.2 miles.  Another team of trail work volunteers will repair trail tread, clean out water bars and brush along the trail.  The work performed will be done using basic hand tools.  Both teams can expect a moderate to difficult level of strenuous activity. 

Volunteers should wear outdoor appropriate clothes (long sleeves and long pants mandatory) and sturdy shoes.  Please come prepared with a small day pack that includes sunscreen, rain jacket, lunch and a minimum of two quarts of water.  Tools, hard hat, gloves, safety glasses and snacks will be provided.

Volunteers will meet at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 225 West 8th Street, Alturas, at 8:00 a.m.  The forest service will provide transportation to the work site.  Work on the trail is expected to be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  A potluck BBQ will be held at Buck Creek Guard Station directly after the work is finished, along with a presentation about the High Grade Historic Mining District.  Participants will return to the Supervisor’s office between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Amy Hartell, Warner Mountain Ranger District Recreation Officer, requests that volunteers call 530-279-8311 by Sept. 25 to sign-up for the High Grade National Recreation Trail project. Volunteer forms are at

The focus of National Public Lands Day is to instill a sense of shared stewardship and educate the public about the importance of natural resources. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected to provide assistance in the nation’s largest, hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands.

Please join us for National Public Lands Day.