Story last updated at 9/16/2009 - 11:48 am
JUNEAU - Last year for National Public Lands Day, 120,000 volunteers worked at over 1,800 different locations in every state. This year, Juneau residents are invited to volunteer at the Dredge Lake Trail on Saturday, Sept, 19. SAGA will be working in coordination with the United States Forest Service to lay down gravel and clear brush on the trail. The project that will make the trail much more useable for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and many other activities.
The project will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided for all volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dredge Lake Trail is located beside the National Forest Service Building on Dredge Lake Road.
"The Dredge Lake area is full of history and is very important to Juneauites," said SAGA Director Joe Parrish. "These lakes were built by miners many years ago and have now become one of the most enjoyable and pet friendly recreation areas in Juneau."
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 to continue the spirit of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933 to 1942. This annual day of service was created to build partnerships between the public sector and the local community because of their mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of public lands. It also educates Americans about critical issues dealing with the environment and its natural resources.
In 2008, National Public Lands Day volunteers removed trash and planted over 1.6 million trees in commemoration of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This year, the general theme is clean waterways.
"Beaches, lakes, wetlands and rivers make up some of America's most beloved spaces," said NPLD Director Rob Hampton. "National Public Lands Day gives Americans of all ages the chance to help improve these areas while spending a day outdoors with their friends or family."
Visit publiclandsday.org for more information.