Volunteers needed for Public Lands Day


On Sept. 30, a Saturday, people are invited to meet at the Wild Rivers Visitor Center at 9 a.m. to "help ... maintain two of the more popular trails" in the northern part of the monument - La Junta, which wends its way to the confluence of the Red River and Río Grande, as well as the popular Big Arsenic Trail.

Tools and a lunch will be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring gloves, closed-toe shoes, water and sunscreen.

No RSVP is required, and work on trails will take approximately three or four hours.

People can also volunteer to clean up Abiquiú Lake on Sept. 30, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host its 15th National Public Lands Day celebration. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cerrito Boat Ramp parking lot and end for lunch at 1 p.m. Volunteers will assist lake staff with shoreline cleanup, river cleanup, work on trails and landscaping. Volunteers will get a free lunch and be allowed to enjoy both day use facilities and camping at no cost.

The local branch of Bureau of Land Management also held events Sept. 21)as part of a nationwide celebration of National Public Lands Day, the country's largest single-day volunteer effort for national monuments, forests and other open spaces. Events will also happen Sept. 30.

In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service's Carson National Forest, the BLM is hosting "BioBlitz," a hands-on wildlife educational event to be held Sept. 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Red River Fish Hatchery.

The following weekend, folks have the chance to work on and clean up parts of trails in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area of the Río Grande del Norte National Monument, according to John Bailey, manager for the monument.