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Yellowstone Seeks Volunteers for National Public Lands Day Project

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Date: August 9, 2011
Contact: Al Nash or Dan Hottle, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2011          11-085
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Seeks Volunteers For National Public Lands Day Project
Entrance fee waived for all visitors Saturday, September 24

The National Park Service will waive park entrance fees on Saturday, September 24, in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.

Yellowstone National Park is looking for volunteers for one work project which is being held in conjunction with the 18th annual event.

National Public Lands Day, which started in 1994, has become the nation’s largest single hands-on volunteer effort.

Volunteers are needed to help with trail restoration work along the Clear Lake—Ribbon Lake Loop Trail located in the Canyon area. Volunteers will work from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., installing water bars that will greatly improve the conditions on the trail. This work is strenuous, requiring the use of shovels and picks, lifting heavy timbers and bags of rock, and working at high altitudes and in variable weather conditions.

Space is limited to 20 volunteers. Volunteers are asked to register by September 10. Free camping for volunteers is also available at Norris Campground for Saturday night, September 24. Those interested in volunteering for the trail project and obtaining the camping waiver are asked to email their names and phone numbers to e-mail us, or call 307-344-2729 and leave a voice mail with their name and phone number.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. All volunteers should bring lunch, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and sturdy footwear, and be prepared with adequate clothing for a variety of weather conditions.

Those who participate in a National Public Lands Day volunteer activity will receive a coupon good for a one-time free entrance to the federal public lands day area of their choice.

This project is part of the Greater Yellowstone Area’s National Public Lands Day event. To learn more about all of the projects available in the Greater Yellowstone Area visit the National Public Lands Day website at http://www.publiclandsday.org. All Greater Yellowstone Area volunteer events will begin with “Greater Yellowstone Area.”

- www.nps.gov/yell -

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