CLRD National Public Lands Day postponed to Oct. 5

Some projects planned for National Public Lands Day have been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 because of recent flooding that has impacted the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, the Canyon Lakes Ranger District said.

Some events planned for Public Lands Day have been dropped, but because a considerable amount of work has already been done to make this event a success, and because the work at the Bellaire Campground is still important, the decision has been made to continue with the tree and shrub planting project as a work day.

The event is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Bellaire Lake Campground south of Red Feather Lakes.

Professional silviculturists and volunteers will plant native shrubs and 1,200 ponderosa and limber pine seedlings to replace some of those lost to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Ages 4 and up can participate.

Every adult volunteer will receive a “free day pass” to a National Park and a commemorative cup that will also be used to help water the newly planted trees. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothes, footwear and sunscreen. Make sure to bring water and a camp chair.

Schedule:
9 a.m. Welcome; registration; tree planting
1 p.m. Appreciation lunch
2 p.m. Volunteers can choose stay and help with more planting in the afternoon.

Register at canyonlakesnpld.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Kristy Wumkes at 970-295-6721 or kwumkes@fs.fed.us.

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