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Yellowstone National Park Seeks Volunteers For National Public Lands Day Project

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Date: September 11, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012 12-075    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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Yellowstone National Park Seeks Volunteers For National Public Lands Day Project
Entrance fee waived for all visitors Saturday, September 29


The National Park Service will waive park entrance fees on Saturday, September 29, 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 19th 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 Purple Mountain Trail located in the Madison Junction area. Volunteers will work from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., installing water bars and other trail structures that will greatly improve the conditions on the trail. This work is strenuous, requiring the use of hand tools including 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 20. Those interested in volunteering for the trail project 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.

To learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities on public lands throughout the region, visit the National Public Lands Day website at http://www.publiclandsday.org.

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