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Contact: Colleen Bathe, 435-834-4400
Bryce Canyon, UT – Saturday, September 30, 2006, is the thirteenth annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NPLD is an annual event that provides opportunities for the public to participate in volunteer projects that accomplish much needed work on public lands. NPLD is organized by the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation supported by nine federal land management agencies, and sponsored by Toyota and other businesses.
In recognition of NPLD, entrance fees and commercial tour fees will be waived at Bryce Canyon National Park. Recreation “user fees” such as backcountry permit fees, camping fees, and fees for other activities offered in the parks will not be waived.
Free entry passes issued at Bryce Canyon on NPLD to commercial tour operators will be valid only for that individual tour.
The Bryce Canyon National Park staff would like to encourage visitors and community members to participate in the Ranger programs offered in the park. The ranger programs scheduled for the day include: 11:30 Geology talk at Sunset Point, 2:00 Geology talk at Inspiration Point and an Evening Program at the Bryce Canyon Lodge at 8:00 P.M.
In addition, the High Plateaus Institute will host an in-depth program about Mule Deer from 8:30- 10:30 A.M. at the HPI building in the Sunrise Point Parking lot. This program will cover topics such as life cycle, population influences, aging, nutrition, and antler growth. The program will be presented by Grant Wilson, PhD from Dixie State College.
The National Park Service is proud to take part in this coordinated Federal recreation effort and would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors in recognition of NPLD. For more information on NPLD, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/.