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Posted 9/19/2014

Release no. 14-057


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Luke Burns
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Celebrate our public lands, meet others who love the outdoors and take the opportunity to help out during National Public Lands Day Sept. 27, the 21st annual observance of the event at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District parks in California.

“National Public Lands Day attracts such great energy to our parks every year,” said Jonathan Friedman, Sacramento District senior district park ranger. “This event is a natural magnet for scout troops, conservation groups and families who love the natural beauty that surrounds us in central California.”

By pitching in at one of the Sacramento District’s National Public Lands Day activities, volunteers will receive a fee-free coupon good for one day of day-use or admission fees at any participating federal agency park, forest or recreation area. The coupon is valid for one year from date of issue. Lunch is also provided.

All Corps parks will waive their day-use fees to encourage participation and volunteers can camp free at participating Sacramento District parks either the night before or on public lands day, as well.

This year’s projects in the Sacramento District include: light landscaping, painting, park clean-up and trail maintenance. Participating Sacramento District parks include: Stanislaus River Parks near Oakdale; New Hogan Lake near Valley Springs; Hensley Lake near Raymond; Pine Flat Lake near Sanger; Lake Kaweah near Lemon Cove; and Success Lake near Porterville.

Volunteering during National Public Lands Day is one way to answer President Obama's call to service and play a role in supporting America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. 

The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers.

 

 

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