ELKO, Nev. – The Elko District Office has organized two events to celebrate National Public Lands Day. All ages are encouraged to attend; volunteers should bring water, gloves, sunscreen, and snacks.
The first event takes place May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Wild Horse Campground approximately 69 miles north of Elko along Mountain City Highway (HWY 225) across from Wildhorse Reservoir. Volunteers will paint and stain picnic tables, shade shelters and signs and repair kiosks. Afternoon events include a scavenger hunt and hike in the hills around the campground. Volunteers who worked during the day may stay overnight free and join us for a campfire and stargazing.
The second event takes place May 17 from 8 a.m to noon at Tabor Creek campground northeast of Wells, NV. Volunteers will paint tables and fire rings, repair information kiosks, and install fee collection posts. Afternoon events include exploring beaver dams and hiking in the hills surrounding the campground. Volunteers who worked during the day may stay free overnight at the campground.
These events come at the beginning of a Summer Outing Series organized in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and Cedar Creek Clothing and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The introductory Wilderness, waterfall and wildflower hikes will serve to gradually introduce, or reintroduce, participants to the outdoors.
Although officially held in the fall, agencies can sponsor events for National Public Lands Day throughout the year. During the events, volunteers across America participate in events to restore natural and structural resources and remove waste to benefit the health of public lands.
Detailed information will also be available at the BLM office at 3900 Idaho St., Elko, NV. Call Zack Pratt at (775) 753-0212 or Blaine Potts at (775) 753-0356.
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