Canyon Lakes Ranger District Hosting National Public Lands Day Event

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman, Kristy Wumkes

Fort Collins, Colo. (July 27, 2010) – The Canyon Lakes Ranger District is inviting the public to its first-ever National Public Lands Day event in Red Feather Lakes, Colo., on September 25. Come help the district celebrate all our public lands have to offer.

The day is broken into two parts the public can participate in while learning more about the great outdoors. One opportunity is a day of service. Volunteers will rotate through five sessions throughout the day. There will be three educational sessions, including orienteering (map and compass), scats and tracks identification, and Leave No Trace education. The two restoration sessions include a social trail revegetation and rehabilitation and the district’s first campground tree planting due to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an appreciation dinner will follow.

As an added incentive to spending the day enjoying the great outdoors, the first 200 volunteers to register will receive one “Fee Free” day pass to participating public lands. This one-day pass includes the U.S. Forest Service and National Parks.

For those not able to spend a whole day in the forest can still participate. U.S. Forest Service personnel, volunteer groups, and other educational groups will be hosting booths. This will be a great opportunity to showcase all the volunteers do and let the public know how they can get involved.  The public will also have the chance to learn more about wildlife, recreation opportunities, fire prevention, and more. The booths will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will be at the U.S. Forest Service’s work center in Red Feather Lakes, Colo., off of Dowdy Lake Road. Everyone is invited to the booth displays; however for the service project volunteers must be age 12 or older. For the service volunteers, you are asked to wear appropriate clothes and boots and to bring a sack lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up at

For questions regarding the booths or the service activities, please contact Kristy Wumkes at 970-295-6721.


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