The public is invited to celebrate National Public Lands Day Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. File photo

Volunteers welcome for National Public Lands Day events in Lassen County

The Bureau of Land Management and Lassen Land and Trails Trust are inviting outdoor enthusiasts to help with Lassen County cleanup and improvement projects in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Events will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, at Biscar Reservoirs, the Modoc Line Rail Trail and along the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at the historic Susanville Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road in Susanville, and then carpool to the Biscar/Modoc Line project site about 40 miles northeast of Susanville. Work teams will pick up litter and perform other light tasks. Biscar Reservoirs are designated wildlife watching sites.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Depot and form teams to complete various projects on the Depot grounds and along the Bizz Johnson Trail between the Depot and the Hobo Camp Day Use Area.

The BLM will provide gloves and tools.

Anyone interested should RSVP by contacting Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252. Lunches will be provided on both project days for those who RSVP. All participants will receive commemorative T-shirts.

National Public Lands Day is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation. Since 1994, NPLD has mobilized volunteers on the fourth Saturday in September to celebrate and care for something we all share, our nation’s public lands.

What started with one federal agency, two public land sites and 700 volunteers has grown into a national event that brings out hundreds of thousands of volunteers at sites in all 50 states and U.S. territories. From trail maintenance to planting, trash pick-up, and more, volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side.

In the past decade alone, more than a million volunteers have donated almost five million hours of their time, worth an estimated $133 million, to improve public lands. These efforts are crucial to preserving our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.