Lylah Hooper, a third-grade student at the Learning Bridge Charter School, uses a stamp, ink and paper to create animal tracks. The activity was one of several enjoyed by young people at Saturday’s NPLD event south of Ely. (Courtesy photo)

Lylah Hooper, a third-grade student at the Learning Bridge Charter School, uses a stamp, ink and paper to create animal tracks. The activity was one of several enjoyed by young people at Saturday’s NPLD event south of Ely. (Courtesy photo)

National Public Lands Day volunteers made eastern Nevada’s public lands better Saturday by pulling down an old barbed wire fence and removing an entanglement to wildlife.
“Thanks to all who participated we were able to remove about three miles of fence,” Erin Rajala, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District outdoor recreation planner, said.

More than 75 White Pine County residents turned out for the annual event, held this year alongside Horse and Cattle Camp Road south of Ely.  About half were young people who took advantage of such wildlife-oriented educational activities as identifying animal species through their tracks and wildlife hazards, which includes the trash we leave scattered on our public lands. There was also a class on Leave No Trace.  Everyone who participated received a free NPLD Tee-shirt and all the children received a Goodie bag.
NPLD is a success nationwide because of the collaboration among federal, state and local agencies, private organizations and individual volunteers.  The event is spearheaded each year by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Local partners this year included Anderson’s Foodtown, Barrick Gold U.S., Inc.’s Bald Mountain Mine; Bath Lumber Co., C & B Auto Parts, Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, Economy Drug, Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts, Ely Times, High Desert Advocate, KDSS 92.7 FM, KELY 1030 AM, Learning Bridge Charter School, Mt. Wheeler Power, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sagebrush Texaco Food Plaza, Sanitary Septic Service, White Pine County Library and White Pine County School District, as well as the BLM Ely District, Great Basin National Park and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District.