Volunteers will modify impenetrable net wire fence in a Greater Sage-grouse Core Area and wildlife migration corridor on Emblem Bench, just south of the McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Herd Management Area. Modification of the fence to be more wildlife friendly will improve both pronghorn and sage-grouse movement.
"Sage-grouse collide with fences like these and pronghorn need space to crawl under fences,” noted BLM Wildlife Biologist Destin Harrell. “Volunteers can help us realize our goal of making BLM fences more wildlife-friendly.”
Volunteers will depart at 7 a.m. from the Cody Field Office. Those who prefer to meet onsite should contact Harrell for directions at 307-578-5900. Bring lunch, water, gloves, eye protection and fence pliers if you have them, and wear long sleeves and boots or sturdy shoes.
NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. Last year, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,067 sites and collected an estimated 500 tons of trash, removed 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 and contributed an estimated $17 million to improve public lands across the country.
For more information about volunteering for the Emblem Bench workday, contact Harrell at 307-578-5900. To learn more about NPLD, visit www.publiclandsday.org.