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    Oregon Caves

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National Public Lands Day 2010

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Date: September 1, 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Hale, 541-592-2100 ext. 2254

Spend the day underground providing a real service to the cave! Registration is open for the fourth annual National Public Lands Day cave cleanup at Oregon Caves National Monument. We are looking for volunteers to join us on Saturday, September 25 to remove lint and other small debris from the cave. This all-day event includes lunch and the option to go on an evening off-trail caving trip. Participants will be rewarded with a pass good for one day of free admission to any fee site on public lands.

Picking lint is a unique experience. Volunteer lint pickers at Oregon Caves were recently featured in an episode of Oregon Field Guide, available to watch online at www.opb.org. The buildup of lint in Oregon Caves comes from the clothes of approximately 50,000 visitors a year. Lint has ecological impacts in the cave and also degrades cave formations. Lint pickers use tweezers, brushes, and other tools to restore cave walls and clean trail surfaces.

Advance registration is required. Orientation begins at 9:30 AM at the Oregon Caves Visitor Center. To register, contact Elizabeth Hale at 541-592-2100 extension 2254, or by e-mail at Elizabeth_Hale@nps.gov. Anyone interested in volunteering but unable to attend this event is encouraged to call or e-mail to be put on a mailing list for future volunteer opportunities.

National Public Lands Day poster, adobe reader file, 140 KB

Did You Know?

This snail was named after an employee of Oregon Cave, not because he was slow but because he wrote the technical description of the snail.

There is a snail that lives on the marble rock outcrops of Oregon Caves that has adapted to use the calcium from the rock to make its shell.