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BLM News: Volunteers Welcome on Historic Ranch Restoration Project

The historic Bitner Ranch, an important remnant of the homestead-era in northeast California and northwest Nevada, from a BLM photograph.

Volunteers have the opportunity to help the Bureau of Land Management preserve a homestead-era ranch, in a National Public Lands Day project, this Saturday, September 28th, in far northwest Nevada.

Work teams will tackle several projects, working on buildings and facilities at the historic Bitner Ranch and developing a campground and interpretive site that will be open to the public.

Volunteers should meet at 8:00a.m. at the BLM Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler Street in Cedarville. They must provide their own transportation to the project site, a 90-minute drive on dirt and gravel roads. Depending on the number of volunteers, some rides to the project site might be available.

The BLM will provide tools, gloves and water. Volunteers must provide their own food and dress for a work day in rugged conditions.

Detailed information is available by contacting BLM Natural Resources Specialist Ali Urza, (530) 279-6101 or by email at aurza@blm.gov.

National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, marks its 20th anniversary this year.

NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.

In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event.

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