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Public Lands Day: Then and Now in PA Parks

September 26, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - Celebrating Public Lands Day tomorrow in Pennsylvania could mean getting your hands on some history. Cinda Waldbuesser with the National Parks Conservation Association says her organization is involved in two events, at Independence and Valley Forge national historical parks, and she says volunteers are needed.

"Projects in years past at Valley Forge have ranged from helping paint cannons to landscaping projects."

Waldbuesser says Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to get out with the family and experience some of Pennsylvania's natural and historical heritage. There's plenty to be learned from a Public Lands Day experience, she explains.

"Not only is it an opportunity for individuals to get into the parks and help beautify them, but also it's an opportunity to increase awareness of how understaffed and underfunded our national parks actually are."

National Public Lands Day began 14 years ago to preserve and protect America's natural heritage. Today, it's observed by more than 100,000 volunteers working in every state.

Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Valley Forge and 9 a.m. at Independence. More information is available at

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - PA