ELY – The public is invited to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 27.  Volunteers will help to install a split rail fence and, if possible, paint wind shelters at the Illipah Recreation Area (Reservoir) located south of U.S. Highway 50 about 37 miles west of Ely, Nev.

Children’s activities will celebrate wilderness on this, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and include education on Leave No Trace values, responsible OHV use, and wildlife identification through tracks, scat and skulls.

Registration opens at 9 a.m., at the recreation area.  From Ely, drive west on Highway 50, turn at the sign for Illipah Reservoir and continue 1 mile to a road junction, turn left and continue one and a half miles to the campground.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, though some will be available.  All participants will receive a free NPLD Tee-shirt and children will receive goodie bags, while supplies last.

NPLD is a success nationwide because of the collaboration between federal, state and local agencies, private organizations and individual volunteers.  The event is spearheaded each year by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Erin Rajala at 775-289-1841 or erajala@blm.gov