Celebrate National Public Lands Day by Volunteering

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BLM Press Release

PRICE, UTAH— The BLM Price Field Office is hosting a unique volunteer and learning opportunity to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24, 2016 at the historic Christensen Ranch at Cottonwood Glen, in the Nine Mile Canyon area.

The BLM is seeking volunteers to help stabilize a historic cabin, document historic resources, and remove invasive species at the Christensen Ranch.  Following the restoration activities, volunteers are invited to hear Norma Dalton, a local author and historian, speak about why this canyon and historical site are special.

An additional science activity designed to engage youth will also start that day, and continue through October.  Under the guidance of professional archaeologists, young volunteers will help excavate, document, and photograph features of a pithouse, learning about the history of the area and the science of archaeology.

To volunteer, all that’s needed is a positive attitude and a sturdy pair of shoes, work gloves, long sleeved shirt and pants.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended as the canyon can be hot and there is little shade.  Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.  Plan for a full day of activities, from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m.

Please meet at the Cottonwood Glen Recreation area in Nine Mile Canyon at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2016.  The BLM will provide orientation for the days’ activities and ask participants to complete a volunteer service agreement.  Volunteers under age 18 will need parental permission.

For additional information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Amber Koski at (435)636-3618.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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