Pecos River cleanup planned for National Public Lands Day

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The Smokey Bear Ranger District and Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office will both be hosting volunteer events for National Public Lands Day at the Lincoln National Forest.

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Nature lovers across the state are gearing up to help restore and conserve some of the many natural wonders in New Mexico on National Public Lands Day (NLPD).

The holiday is held annually on the the fourth Saturday in September, and was first established in 1994. Since then NLPD has become the U.S.’s largest single-day volunteer effort.

“It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and health benefits,” according to the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

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Public lands include national and public parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes and reservoirs, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

NPLD is a “fee-free day,” meaning there are no entrance fees at national parks and other public lands.

The Carlsbad Riverblitz even aims to help clean up the Pecos River on National Public Lands Day.

Here are some ways you can volunteer on NLPD:

Riverblitz 2021

  • Clean the Pecos River
  • Meet at the Riverwalk Recreation Center 400 Riverwalk Dr, Carlsbad
  • On Saturday Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. to 11a.m.
  • Contact Mary Garwood for more information at 575-302-7665 or
  • Volunteers will be provided with masks, hand sanitizer, t-shirts, bags, gloves, snacks and water.

Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District

  • Volunteers will restore streams in the forest by building one-rock dams and beaver analog dams in Big Bonito Creek for two days.
  • Friday Sept. 24 at 1p.m. and Saturday Sept. 25 at 8 a.m.
  • Contact Larry Cordova to volunteer at or 575-937-5151
  • Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves and lunch. Water will be provided. It is recommended to bring waders and rubber boots if possible and prepared for changing weather as the monsoons have been very active this year.
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