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2007 National Public Lands Day

Article written by Dr. Jones

Date Added: 09/30/2007

Most people probably are unaware that September 29th was National Public Lands Day. This day is used to make people aware of their public lands, get people active cleaning them, and to keep public lands public.

In my home state, the Utah Four Wheel Drive Association (U4WDA), headed by Steve Jackson, President; organized volunteers to work at a local four wheeling hot spot, American Fork Canyon.

This years gathering was two fold? 50% clean-up and 50% fence construction and repair. However, Mother Nature chose not to cooperate with us, and she dumped rain and snow throughout the day; all the while threatening us with a full-blown snow storm as it fell and stuck about 1000? further up the mountain.

Even in these lackluster conditions, spirit and support for our public lands could not be dampened (or frozen), as we had a truly spectacular turnout. In our estimation there were at least 20 rigs and more than 50 sets of boots on the ground cleaning, fencing, and making repairs.

A much deserved kudos for all that attended, and most especially the U4WDA for not just this event but the numerous others throughout the year. If it weren?t for this commitment by the U4WDA, I do not believe the volunteer support would have been so strong on such a cold, wet day.

Staging area for organization and trash collection
MikeGyver hard at work cleaning up the Silver Lake Trail. Just look how much fun he is having.
Repairing one of the fences the same group built years ago.
You know what they say: Many hands make for.... many spectators.
Steve Jackson, President U4WDA

Final Thoughts

We encourage everyone to get involved and engage your local community as the U4WDA has done. Only through collective efforts such as this will we keep public lands public for future generations to enjoy as we have.

Our Thank You's!

Thank you to Steve Jackson and the U4WDA for all your hard work puting this, and many other similar events, together.

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