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Public Lands Day in Wyoming: Thinking Snow

PHOTO: National Public Lands Day is Saturday. Fees to parks and refuges are waived, and hundreds will be volunteering in Wyoming to spiff up public areas. Photo courtesy USFS.
PHOTO: National Public Lands Day is Saturday. Fees to parks and refuges are waived, and hundreds will be volunteering in Wyoming to spiff up public areas. Photo courtesy USFS.
September 27, 2013

DUBOIS, Wyo. - A weekend of fun and work is on the agenda for hundreds of Wyomingites taking part in National Public Lands Day on Saturday. Admission fees to parks and refuges are waived, and for those willing to roll up their sleeves, there are plenty of projects to be completed.

Sarah Walker, Shoshone wildlands organizer with the Wyoming Wilderness Association, is working with the Shoshone National Forest in cleaning up ski trails near Dubois.

"They did a thinning process in the second mile of the trail, so there are lots of piles of chipped wood for about two miles that need to be dealt with," she said.

They need more volunteers, she said, and warned them to be prepared for a little snow on the ground. Because of the recent storm, the project will be completed Sunday instead of Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the Wind River District office at 8:30 a.m.

About 175,000 people have volunteered for projects nationwide for National Public Lands Day. Walker said it's not just about work, however.

"We're also just celebrating our public ski trails," Walker added. "They're two of our most popular trails out of Dubois. They get used pretty often."

There are 16 projects planned around the state. The list of Wyoming projects is available at www.publiclandsday.org.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY