National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for American’s public lands. Each year thousands of volunteers from across the country come together on the fourth Saturday in September to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. Volunteers of all ages and abilities roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side to care for public lands. This year, the theme is “Connecting to Nature through Service,” with an aim to help volunteers and participants connect to the great outdoors through service-related activities.
The Lincoln National Forest invites the public to participate in two events on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in honor of National Public Lands Day.
Smokey’s Community Garden Event
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District. Ruidoso, NM
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Plant native plants and herbs in the garden. Chat with a beekeeper about the importance of this little insect and how to properly care for beehives. You can also meet the members of the Lincoln County Bird Club.
Rails-to-Trails Association Trail Maintenance Event
Location: Trestle Recreation Area outside Cloudcroft, NM
Time: 9 am
Join New Mexico Rails to Trails Association for a morning of trail maintenance at the Devil’s Elbow and S Trestle Trails. The type of work varies from easy to difficult, so there is something to do for everyone. Please bring water, sunscreen, and gloves. As a thank you, each volunteer will get a free Day-Use Pass.