PUBLISHED: 6:17 PM on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Volunteers look to get dirty cleaning up the Mendenhall Glacier area
JUNEAU - Mendenhall Glacier area will be cleaner and more accessible as Juneau-area residents join the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America's public lands.

Local volunteers will roll up their sleeves and devote their day to trail building and site clean up at Mendenhall Glacier as part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) led by SAGA and USFS on Sept. 27.

Sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, these national cleanups give Americans an annual chance to make public lands in local communities safer, prettier and more desirable.

"Last year, we reached a monumental participation of 110,000 volunteers in National Public Lands Day, and we are expecting to increase this by an additional 10,000 this year," said Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day.

This year, National Public Lands Day will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

By educating volunteers at sites across the country, NPLD maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of three million Americans who in the 1930's countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than 3 billion trees, building 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires.

For the fifth year in a row, volunteers who work at a site managed by any of five federal agencies will be rewarded with a pass good for free entry any day during the next year at public land sites managed by those agencies: National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more information, contact AnnMarie Ellison at 790-6413 or see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts and downloadable photos from past events in the Media Center section of