WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Public Lands Day, organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation, is the nation’s largest single‐day volunteer event held on public lands. This year, on September 22, National Public Lands Day celebrates 25 years of volunteer projects, education and fun with more than a month of projects and other activities between September 1st and October 8th. These events bring together public, private and non-profit partners, to work side-by-side on sustainability, restoration and resilience projects like tree planting, invasive species removal, planting native pollinator habitats, trails and river restoration, and more.
Last year, more than 169,000 volunteers at 21,000 sites contributed 680,000 hours of service on National Public Lands Day. This work from volunteers is valued at nearly $17 million. Along with volunteer projects, there will be recreation and conservation education opportunities to learn about public lands and all the benefits they offer.
Central to this year’s celebration is the 50th Anniversaries of the Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts. These two landmark acts have safeguarded our waterways and trails during the last half century. Through projects and events, volunteers can connect with these rivers and trails and learn about the need for their continued protection and conservation.
Every National Public Lands Day, there are “Signature Sites” selected to represent the spirit and mission of National Public Lands Day. Signature Sites also receive more support for planning and logistics of their volunteer events. The following six sites have been selected by the NPLD Planning Committee as the 2018 Forest Service Signature Sites in celebration of National Public Lands nationwide:
- Klickitat Wild and Scenic River Cleanup in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
- Restoration and educational events at Camp Wildcat 1 and 2, and Camp Discovery on the Mendocino National Forest
Follow the link to learn more about the Forest Service and National Public Lands Day.