LARAMIE – The U.S. Forest Service’s Laramie Ranger District has partnered with multiple groups, including the University of Wyoming, to hold local volunteer events on National and Wyoming Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Billed as the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, the day highlights the importance of public lands nationally and in Wyoming, as well as acknowledging the multiple uses of public lands, according to a Forest Service news release.

Volunteers are needed to assist with three events near Laramie, one of which will be on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Working under an agreement with Common Outdoor Ground, two old sections of the Aspen Trail on Pole Mountain will be rehabilitated, due to new reroutes.

COG will also lead a cleanup event in Roger Canyon northeast of Laramie on a Bureau of Land Management managed section.

Under Laramie BikeNet’s direction, a new trail will be constructed on the state section east of Laramie, referred to as the Schoolyard.

The service day is a product of the University of Wyoming’s Service, Leadership and Community Engagement office, the UW Outdoor Program, Wyoming Conservation Corps, COG, Laramie BikeNet, Wyoming Pathways, the BLM and the Forest Service.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center’s northeast corner, near the Outdoor Program entrance. From that location, groups will head out to their respective work sites. This full-day event includes transportation, if needed, (carpooling also encouraged), food, tools, work gloves (please bring them if you have your own) and representatives who will help facilitate the work day. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Long-sleeve shirts and pants are also recommended.

Most project work should be completed by 2 p.m. Doughnuts and lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Those who wish to help naturalize the Aspen Trail should anticipate a short hike to get to the work site.

UW students and staff interested in the event can register through UW Connect. Community members can register at https://bit.ly/2m1hWPk, or by searching National Public Lands Day on Facebook.

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