SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s Black Butte and Englebright lakes will celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 20 - a week ahead of the Sept. 27 nationwide event.
National Public Lands Day is America’s largest annual volunteer project on the over 600 million acres of public federal land. For the last 20 years, outdoor enthusiasts have come together to improve their local recreation areas by helping with small construction projects, trash and recycling cleanup and trail maintenance. Additionally, many facilities waive their entrance fees as part of the celebration. There are currently more than 1,500 sites around the country participating.
Black Butte Lake scheduled their celebration Sept. 20 to avoid conflicts with other large community events the weekend of Sept. 27. Their event is from 9 a.m. to noon.
Englebright Lake will also celebrate Sept. 20 from 8:45 a.m. to noon to coincide with partner agency cleanup projects in the area.
“At the end of last year’s event, the lake’s 24 miles of shoreline was spotless,” said Skip Sivertsen, Englebright Lake senior park ranger. “Our 55 ‘pickers’ removed 450 pounds of trash and 50 pounds of recyclables.”
Both events and will included sprucing up the parks in the morning and a volunteer lunch afterwards.
Volunteers will also receive a coupon for a free day-use admission pass valid anytime in the next year at any park managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Volunteers are encouraged to contact either lake for further details. For Black Butte Lake call 530-865-4781. For Englebright Lake call 530-432-6427.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is America’s largest provider of outdoor recreation opportunities on federal public lands, serving more than 370 million visitors annually at 422 lake and river recreation parks in 43 states.