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Idahoans Roll Up Their Sleeves To Clean Up “Prime Real Estate”

September 28, 2007

Boise, ID – Hundreds of Idahoans 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.

Rick Johnson, with the Idaho Conservation League, is committed to preserving the millions of acres of pristine wilderness in Idaho's backcountry.

"There are special places that we want to protect in addition to what has been protected already, like the Owyhee Canyonlands and the Boulder-White Clouds."

Johnson says National Public Lands Day is more than “all work and no play.”

"Just get outside and appreciate the thing that makes Idaho different from everywhere else; our public lands."

Over 60 percent of Idaho land belongs to the public. Trash pick-up and other maintenance is planned statewide all weekend. More information about projects is available at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID