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Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

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Want to find an enriching way to give back that will give you and countless others more in return, and nurture nature at the same time?  National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The 24th National Public Lands Day takes place on September 30, 2017.

More than 1,900 sites have registered to celebrate public lands on that day! Search for an event in your community. I bet you will find one near you!

NPLD volunteers have:
- Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants
- Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails
- 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

Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.

National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.

Why is National Public Lands Day Important?
- NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
- NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America's public lands; and
- NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.

Have questions? Check out the FAQs here.

Join volunteers of all ages at parks and other public lands. Visit the National Public Lands website for more details.