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Release Date:September 17, 2014
Contact: Lorenzo Vigil, e-mail us, 505-425-8025
National Public Lands Day
Fort Union National Monument is pleased to announce that it is participating with all the other 401 national parks in celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This 21st annual event encourages everyone to volunteer on their public lands and enjoy the great outdoors.National Public Lands Day is a fee free day.
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. "America's national parks have something for everyone," said Superintendent Charles Strickfaden. "…and for a great time to get up, get out and explore a park, come and visit your backyard National Park."
During National Public Lands Day, Fort Union National Monument will be offering a 10am 90 minute tour of the remnants of Fort Union and with a special 30 minute program at 2pm.
Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and tells the story of Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Union National Monument is located near Watrous, exit 366 off I-25, 8 miles on NM-161. For further information contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FortUnionNM.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.