The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites Idahoans to show their nearly 12 million acres of public lands in the Gem State some love. How? By participating in one of the 13 in-person or virtual National Public Lands Day events that will be held in September and October!

National Public Lands Day was established by the National Environmental Education Foundation in 1994. It is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. The theme of National Public Lands Day this year is “More Ways to Connect to Nature.” While the BLM has traditionally commemorated National Public Lands Day by holding large, in-person events on the last Saturday of September, this year the agency is offering in-person events on various dates over the next few weeks where individuals will participate in small groups, as well as virtual events.

In-person events include trash cleanups and debris removal, trail and boat ramp improvements and sagebrush seedling planting, while virtual events include a tour of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and a film about the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

BLM Idaho is pleased to continue our National Public Lands Day tradition of offering hands-on opportunities for members of the public to explore, care for, and maintain connections with their public lands, while also providing a chance to participate virtually and discover areas they may not be familiar with,” said John F. Ruhs, BLM Idaho State Director. “We strongly encourage members of the public to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate.” 

BLM Idaho District and Field Offices that are offering in-person events where individuals will participate in small groups will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Idaho and local Public Health Districts, and will issue appropriate personal protection equipment (face masks, gloves, etc.) to participants.

Details and contact information for BLM Idaho’s National Public Lands Day events are listed online at https://www.blm.gov/blog/2020-09-04/show-your-public-lands-some-love-national-public-lands-day 

Locally

Lower Salmon River Cleanup will be at Cottonwood through Sept. 30.  Participants will clean up trash and debris along the banks of the Lower Salmon River.   

Contact: Rebecca Urbanczyk, 208-962-3796, rurbanczyk@blm.gov

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