The historic 40-acre Crookston Ranch site is located in the Greater Sand Dunes Area of Critical Environmental Concern near the Killpecker Sand Dunes Open Play Area. The site is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as a representative example of Wyoming Basin homesteading era architecture. The BLM plans to preserve the historic nature of the Crookston Ranch and provide interpretation on ranching history in the area.
To participate in this NPLD effort, volunteers should meet at 8 a.m. at the Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., or at the Crookston Ranch after 9 a.m. To get to the ranch from Rock Springs, Wyo., take Highway 191 north to mile marker 10, turn right onto County Road 4-17 and continue for 22 miles, then turn left at BLM Road 4115. Follow the Sand Dunes Open Play Area signs for half a mile, then turn left onto the Crookston Ranch access road for 1.25 miles. The site will be on the north side of the road. Signs will be posted along the route.
This NPLD activity is expected to take a full day and volunteers of all ages are welcome throughout. Proper work attire such as gloves, hat, long pants, sturdy shoes and safety glasses should be worn. Gloves and safety glasses will be available. Sunscreen and insect repellant are highly recommended. Water and snacks will be provided as well as NPLD t-shirts, participation certificates and national park access passes.
NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. In 2013, more than 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Volunteers collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places and contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of learning about, serving, playing and working in our public lands.
For more information, please visit www.publiclandsday.org or www.facebook.com/nationalpubliclandsday or contact Jo Foster at 307-352-0327.
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