US forest service teams up with University of Wyoming for Public Lands Day

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Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:46 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service has partnered with multiple groups, including the University of Wyoming (UW), to hold local volunteer events on National and Wyoming Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.

Registration for events is available online through UW Connect.

Billed as the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, the day highlights the importance of public lands nationally and in Wyoming, as well as acknowledging the multiple uses of public lands.

Volunteers are needed to assist with four events near Laramie on that day with varying levels of experience and labor. Two of the projects will be held on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest, one on the Pilot Hill Recreation Area, and one at Curt Gowdy State Park.

  • Old Trail Naturalization: Working under an agreement with Common Outdoor Ground (COG), old sections of trail on Pole Mountain will be rehabilitated, due to new reroutes.
  • Wildlife Friendly Fencing: Mule Deer Foundation will lead a project to remove old fencing and install wildlife friendly fencing on National Forest. The fence segments are near Pilot Hill Recreation and Wildlife Habitat Management Areas.
  • Old Fence Removal: Sections of unnecessary old fence will be removed within the Pilot Hill Recreation Area.
  • Trail Clean-Up: General clean-up will take place on the trail to Hidden Falls in Curt Gowdy State Park.

Volunteers are asked to meet between 8:30 - 9 a.m. in the UW Union. From that location, groups will head out to their respective work sites. This full-day event includes transportation if needed for UW-affiliated volunteers. Carpooling is encouraged for all others. Food, tools, and work gloves (please bring them if you have your own) will be provided. Partner representatives will help facilitate the workday. Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and bring water. Long sleeve shirts and pants are recommended.

Most project work should be completed by 2 p.m., although the Mule Deer Foundation fencing project will last longer. Doughnuts and lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Those who wish to help naturalize Pole Mountain trails should anticipate a short hike to get to the work site.

The service day is a product of University of Wyoming’s Service, Leadership and Community Engagement office, as well as:

The Forest Service, Laramie Ranger District can be reached at (307) 745-2300, or 2468 Jackson St. in Laramie.

Additional local Forest Service information can be found on our website or on social media: @FS_MBRTB on Twitter or @FSMBRTB on Facebook.

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