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Published on September 27th, 2013 | by Pat


In the News/On the Trail: 20th Annual National Public Lands Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saturday will mark the 20th annual National Public Lands Day, organized each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort to improve and revitalize public lands.

Typically held on the last Saturday of September, NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. As of last year’s NPLD, those numbers grew to about 175,000 volunteers working at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories.

In recent years, volunteers have racked up some pretty impressive stats. They’ve:

  • Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
  • Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs, and other native plants
  • Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places
  • Contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country

Check out NPLD’s website to find participating sites and organizations in your area.

Already volunteering? Tell us where in the comments!

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(Cover image courtesy USDA)

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