The nation’s largest landowner is the federal government. One out of every three acres of America’s land – 600 million acres – is public land.
Most federal employees probably have never heard of "National Public Lands Day" but now you know. In celebration of the 13th year of this event, day use fees are being waived on this coming Saturday on most areas of the national forests and sites operated by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The 13th annual event is designed to highlight volunteer activities on public land. Thousands of volunteers throughout the country will work on Saturday, September 30, 2006 to improve and enhance public land. From Plymouth Rock to the Golden Gate, the Tallgrass Prairie, the Rockies, the Rio Grande…volunteers will join this national day of caring for federally owned land.
Volunteers will build bridges and trails, improve habitat for wildlife, plant trees, remove invasive plants that threaten fragile natives, and protect natural, historic and cultural resources.
If you are interested in volunteering your time this weekend, you can check out this interactive map to see what events may be planned for your state. The day also includes a photo contest for any photographers who would like to display their photographic expertise to display how volunteers are working on public land.