Public Lands Day Saturday at Lovell Lake

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office is celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 10, with a workday at the Lovell Lakes area southeast of Lovell.

BLM-managed public lands in the area are used for motorcycle and ATV riding and hunting. Unfortunately, the area is also used by some as a dumping ground and it needs some attention.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lovell Lakes work site. To reach the site, travel 1.9 miles south of Lovell on U.S. Highway 310/789. Turn left onto Lane 13 and travel 1.9 miles to a primitive road. Turn left and travel .5 mile to the power line route.

Bring gloves, a sack lunch and water, and dress appropriately for rain or shine. Boots or sturdy shoes are required.

“National Public Lands Day is a chance to show pride for our public lands by giving time and energy to an event like the Lovell Lakes volunteer work day,” said Cody Acting Field Manager Fred McDonald.

NPLD is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2010, 170,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, planted trees and restored our water resources.

For more information about volunteering for the Lovell Lakes workday, contact Rory Glueckert or Shirley Bye-Jech in the Cody Field Office at 307-578-5900. To learn more about NPLD, visit www.publiclandsday.org.

The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural and other resources on public lands.

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