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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY ACTIVITIES AT PIPESTONE NATIONAL MONUMENT RESCHEDULED
Due to the extensive rain and flooding which occurred in the Pipestone community on September 23rd the National Public Lands Day activities (originally scheduled for Saturday, September 25th) at Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone, Minnesota have been rescheduled for Saturday, October 2nd . The prairie plants and seeds are too wet for easy seed collection and the native prairie could possibly be damaged.
From 9am to noon on Saturday, October 2nd at the Monument Visitor Center, the volunteer project will focus on the collection of seeds from the Monument's native tall grass prairie. Staff will provide instructions and assistance in collecting seed. Volunteers are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear sturdy shoes for walking in the prairie. The Friends of Pipestone National Monument will be providing a light hot lunch and other refreshments for volunteers at the Monument Visitor Center.
Seeds collected will be used in restoring the tall grass prairie on the 15 acres of land that was donated to the Monument by the Trust for Public Land. To see the results of previous seed collections the public is invited to view the prairie's flowering fall colors on the 15 acres just south of the Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Collecting additional seed on Public Lands Day will be invaluable in continuing the process.
While providing valuable time and assistance to the Monument, this event will give people a chance to give back to an area they use and get the satisfaction that comes from preserving and protecting their public places.
Volunteers will receive a National Public Lands Day pass, good for free entry during the next year at public land sites managed by the: Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service.
Please contact a Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 for additional information.