• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

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FoundersDay2014
Pipestone National Monument Celebrates 2014 Founder’s Day
 

National Public Lands Day

All National Park Service sites, including Pipestone National Monument, will offer free entrance on Saturday, September 27th for National Public Lands Day. Volunteers who participate will receive a National Public Lands Day pass, good for free entry during the next year at public land sites managed by the: Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional, and local governments participate in the annual day of improving the health of public lands and encouraging shared stewardship through volunteer service. These are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education and just plain enjoyment.

Join us for a national day of service and volunteerism at Pipestone National Monument. Volunteers are needed to assist with the seed collection from the native tall grass prairie. The seeds will be collected from 9:00 am to noon. Volunteers are advised to dress appropriately and to wear sturdy shoes for walking in the prairie. The seeds will be used to continue restoration of the native tall grass prairie on 15 acres of land donated to the Monument by the Trust for Public Land in 2006.

Volunteers who participate will receive a National Public Lands Day pass, good for free entry during the next year at public land sites managed by the: Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service. The Friends of Pipestone National Monument will be providing a light lunch and other refreshments for the volunteers after the seed collection.

As part of the day's activities, participants ages 5-13, which successfully complete the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet, will be entered into a drawing to win a Jr. Ranger prize. The Junior Ranger program is designed so youth can make meaningful connections to the resources and special places by the National Park Service.

 

National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy

Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities — those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."

Full Story: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/national-parks-contribute-billions-economy-report-finds-n43431



 
Resource Management Newsletter - The Resource Newsletter concerns: the prairie restoration project, the nicollet marker activities, the hawk moths, the threatened prairie fringed orchid, the control burn on the prairie, and volunteers at the park.
 

Did You Know?

A seam of pipestone between layers of quartzite

The red pipestone rock at Pipestone National Monument was traded as far east as Georgia and as far west as the Pacific coast. More...