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From the Front Range to the Slope… CO Goes Wild for Public Lands Day

September 27, 2007

Denver, CO - From Rocky Mountain National Park to Cherry Creek Reservoir and all places in between, Colorado families are heading into the great outdoors to help protect the state's natural treasures. Saturday is "National Public Lands Day," a time to clean up and improve public lands, parks and wilderness.

Amanda Laban with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance will be working on a popular section of trail in Grand County and believes community involvement is what the celebration is all about.

"It's all about bringing volunteers out to work on our lands and be a part of the wonderful, beautiful public lands that we have in this country through restoration and ecological efforts."

Mike Matz, executive director of theCampaign for America's Wilderness and a Durango resident, explains that there are several ways to participate without lacing up your hiking boots.

"Getting involved is as easy as writing a letter to your Congressman or making a call. Colorado's Congressional delegation is entertaining wilderness proposals and introducing legislation that deeply affects our great state."

He believes it is important for Coloradoans to voice their support for protecting wilderness areas such as the Rocky Mountain National Park and a number of places on the Western Slope. Matz encourages people to participate in the many clean up, preservation or maintenance activities taking place this weekend.

"Colorado reflects the whole country. There's a renaissance right now and we have seen a great deal of enthusiasm across the west for protecting public lands."

There are over twenty events and volunteer efforts planned on public lands across the state. The list is available online, at

Eric Mack/John Robinson, Public News Service - CO