National Public Lands Day volunteer event in the Lander area Saturday

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is inviting volunteers to show pride for their public lands by celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. to collect native seeds as part of the national Seeds of Success (SOS) program. This is a great opportunity to get outside and learn about local plant communities, native wildflowers and wildland reclamation.

Volunteers will meet in the Wildflour Bakery parking lot (260 Grandview Drive, next to the Inn at Lander) at 9 a.m. and the group will travel to collection sites from there. All ages are welcome. Gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. All volunteers will receive a National Public Lands Day t-shirt.

SOS is a national native seed collection program, led by the BLM in partnership with a variety of federal agencies and non-federal organizations. The BLM Lander Field Office participates in this program to collect local, native seed for use in reclamation and rehabilitation projects in the area and to provide seeds to other facilities for research and development. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support the BLM’s Native Plant Materials Development Program which has a mission to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems.

For more information about volunteering for the Seeds of Success National Public Lands Day, contact Tanya Skurski of the BLM Lander Field Office at 307-332-8400 or tskurski@blm.gov.

–Provided by BLM

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