Rogue Valley Volunteers- National Public Lands Day is September 28th!

On Saturday, September 28, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be hosting numerous National Public Lands Day events across the region. All ages and abilities can get involved helping to restore, beautify, and improve the wild lands and recreation areas we all benefit from and enjoy. The BLM is committed to providing opportunities for Americans to connect or reconnect with our nation’s outdoors. 

All tools, safety equipment, and materials needed for the projects will be furnished by the BLM. In addition, volunteers who pitch-in at a National Public Lands Day project will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a “Fee-Free Coupon,” good for free admission to a federal site. The coupon can be used anytime during the following year at sites including those managed by the BLM, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Volunteers range from Girl Scouts and senior citizens to corporate executives and members of Congress they all have one thing in common:  enjoyment and appreciation for our public lands.  Volunteering on National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature.

Please note that some events may occur before or after September 28. A complete list of events planned throughout Oregon and Washington is below. Additional information about this year’s events are at

1Office: Burns District
Project: Radar Hill Off-Highway Vehicle Area
Date: September 6, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description: Improve and maintain high-use OHV recreation site. Volunteers will pick up trash and clean up dump sites, install signs.
7Office: Roseburg District
Project: Cow Creek Backcountry Byway
Date: September 12, 9:00am-2:00pm
Description: Clean up trash and litter along the specially designated backcountry byway. 
2Office: Coos Bay District
Project: Bastendorff Beach
Date: September 21, 9:00am-2:00pm
Description: Improved beach and wildlife conservation. Tasks include pulling Scotch broom and other weeds, trash pickup, planting native wildflower seeds and shrubs.  
8Office: Roseburg District
Project: North Umpqua Trails
Date: September 28, 8:30am-1:30pm
Description: Maintenance and improvements to high-use non-motorized trail including pruning, cleaning water-bars and trail surface repairs. 
3Office: Lakeview District, Klamath Falls
Project: Wood River Wetland Restoration
Date: September 28, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description: Native plants restoration and wildlife habitat conservation; improve public access to the river. 
9Office: Spokane District
Project: San Juan Islands National Monument
Date: September 28, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description: Clean-up the roadsides and beaches from summer high-use impacts. Focus on plastics and micro-plastic cleanup. 
4Office: Lakeview District
Project: Cox Pass Trailhead
Date: September 28, 8:00am-1:00pm
Description: Trailhead and trail maintenance; recreation access improvements.
10Office: Spokane District
Project: Hungate Canyon Trail
Date: September 28, 9:00am-2:00pm
Description: Trailhead cleanup including painting and repairing information board, weed whacking, installing signs and trail maintenance. 
5Office: Medford District
Project: Rogue River Cleanup
Date: September 28, 8:00am-1:00pm
Description: River clean-up and restoration; land and water projects. 
11Office: Spokane District
Project: Fishtrap Loop Trail
Date: October 5, 8:00am-1:00pm
Description: Trail maintenance and restoration, installation of trail markers, benches and signs.   
6Office: Medford District
Project: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Date: October 5, 9:00am-2:00pm
Description: Site restoration (fence repair) and maintenance to decrease livestock trespass. 
12Office: Prineville District
Project: Little Canyon Mountain
Date: September 28, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description: Off-Highway Vehicle play area site cleanup for improved recreation. Tasks include pulling weeds and cleaning up trash.  
13Office: Northwest Oregon District
Project: West Eugene Wetlands
Date: September 28, 9:00am-2:00pm
Description: Wetlands site maintenance and restoration including invasive species removal, weeding, mulching and planting native plants.
16Office: Vale District
Project: Owyhee River Below the Dam
Date: September 28, 7:00am-12:00pm
Description: Collect trash and debris along the river and roadway, install signs and other maintenance tasks. 
14Office: Northwest Oregon District
Project: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Date: September 28, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description: Various projects including beach trash cleanup, invasive ivy, and beach grass pulling, graveling trail, and historic garden maintenance.
17Office: National Historic Oregon Trail
Interpretive Center
Project: Oregon Trail Maintenance
Date: September 28, 9:00-12:00pm
Description: Weed and trash collection along the site’s 4 miles of trail, plus site interpretation throughout.
15Office: Prineville District
Project: Chimney Rock Campground
Date: September 28, 10:00am-3:00pm
Description: Improve campgrounds along the Lower Crooked River and maintain the Chimney Rock trail. Tasks will include table installation, weed pulling, installing interpretive signs and more.

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