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A “Wild” Celebration Planned Statewide for Public Lands Day

September 28, 2007

Reno, NV – Hundreds of Nevadans will head into the backcountry this weekend to clean up some of the state’s most-prime real estate: public lands. Saturday is National Public Lands Day and volunteers will be placing new signs, repairing trails, and planting grasses and trees in fire zones.

Volunteer Wes Hoskins says he and his pick-ax will be helping to cover up road tracks that trespass into the Nevada Wilderness.

"With that road there, we know most of the vegetation is going to die. But, after this weekend, we want to give that area a little bit of a chance, so that the road isn't visible and people aren’t tempted to drive through there."

Pat Bruce, with Friends of Nevada Wilderness, says his organization sends volunteers out nearly every weekend, but Public Lands Day is special.

"Here in Nevada, we’ll have about 150 people working at Boundary Peak, while, in the north, we’ll be working in Steven’s Camp in the High Rock Canyon Wilderness."

For folks in the Reno area, anyone can show up at Friends of Nevada Wilderness headquarters on Booth Street Saturday at noon for a special treat.

"We’re offering a guided trip through the historic High Rock Canyon, where you can see graffiti from the 1840’s along the Lassen-Applegate trail, and wagon tracks that are still visible in the bedrock from that original wagon route."

Volunteers will be helping the Bureau of Land Management throughout the west as part of the largest public lands clean-up and restoration effort this year. Conservationists are also seizing on the day to promote measures to protect wilderness through legislation. As of today there are a dozen bills filed to protect wild lands across America.

The tour Saturday starts at #1 Booth Street near Reno High School.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV