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Au Sable Day and Public Lands Day 2008

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Date: September 12, 2008
Contact: Gregg Bruff, 906-387-2607, ext. 208

Three Au Sable Light Station buildings including the white-washed towers are silhouetted against a blue sky.
Au Sable Light Station
On Saturday, September 27, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will host the annual "Au Sable Day" at the historic 1874 Au Sable Light station near Grand Marais. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes a free ALTRAN shuttle to the lighthouse from Hurricane River Campground, free tours of the light station and tower, and facility photovoltaic system.

To reach the Au Sable Light Station, drive west on Alger County Road H-58 from Grand Marais for approximately 12 miles to Hurricane River Campground. The lighthouse is a 1-1/2 mile walk from the campground. Please note H-58 is closed between Little Beaver Lake Campground Road and Kingston Lake due to road construction.

"This is a special opportunity for area residents to visit Au Sable on a beautiful fall color day," remarked Gregg Bruff, Chief of Heritage Education. The newly completed maritime museum and Eastern National bookstore will also be open.

The day also celebrates National Public Lands Day and is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America's public lands. The event began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In September 2007, 110,000 volunteers worked to improve public lands at 1,300 locations and in every state. Now, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.

One out of every three acres of America's land - 600 million acres - is public land. Lands to hike, bike, climb, swim, explore or just plain relax. When you get your hands dirty on National Public Lands Day, you help spruce up your beautiful lands! National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the "tree army" that worked from 1933-42 to preserve and protect America's natural heritage.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore invites the public to celebrate National Public Lands Day to help plant native grass and flower seed on the Au Sable Light Station grounds. Planting will be underway from 1-2 p.m.

For more information, please contact Gregg Bruff at 906-387-2607, ext. 208.

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