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Posted on: September 26, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate National Public Lands Day at the West Eugene Wetlands

The BLM, Willamette Resources Education Network (WREN) and the City of Eugene Park Stewards invite volunteers to participate in the National Public Lands Day event at the West Eugene Wetlands on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Volunteers will work on a variety of projects including, trash cleanup, trail maintenance and invasive species removal at several sites without having to the leave the local area. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome. The City and the BLM will provide the tools and refreshments.

“This is a great opportunity to have fun and get outside while making your community a better place,” BLM spokesman Michael Mascari said. “This year’s event is right in our backyard in one of the area’s most unique places.”

The West Eugene Wetlands is a valuable community resource. Home to three federally listed plant species and an endangered butterfly, the land is part of less than one-percent of the remaining upland prairie wetlands in the Willamette Valley. The project will enhance the trail system designed for recreation and education that allows visitors to enjoy the wildlife, plant species and scenery.

Volunteers will receive a free day-use pass to BLM, Forest Service, Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or National Park facilities.

The first National Public Lands Day occurred in 1994 with 700 volunteers at three sites. Last year, over 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Volunteers collected 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained approximately 1,500 miles of trails, removed an estimated 500 tons of trash and contributed an estimated $18 million of services to improve public lands. More information about the National Public Lands Day, visit publiclandsday.org.

The local event begins at 9 a.m. at two meeting points: the BLM Red House at 751 S. Danebo and the overlook on Stewart Road off Bertelsen near West 11th. Follow signs.

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