National Public Lands Day

Did you know National Public Lands Day is September 26, 2015. 100_1870

What is NPLD? NPLD is a program set up to give back to lands that are set aside for us to enjoy. It was started in 1994 with 3 sites and 700 volunteer. It has grown to the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2014 alone, NPLD 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! That’s amazing!

Want to contribute to this wonderful day? Blandford offers an Eco-Stewardship Work Day on the 26th! It is the prefect opportunity to enjoy, and give something back to   those places we love. We will start with a lesson on invasive non-native shrub and tree identification. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like buckthorn, privet and honeysuckle and then we’ll head out into the forest to practice our identification skills by cutting and treating those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species.

It’s a great way to give back and learn something new. To get more information click here: http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/event/eco-stewardship-work-day-2/DSCF0876

This Blog post was contributed by Brooke Mellema, Blandford’s Land Stewardship Intern.