National Public Lands Day Celebrates 20th Anniversary
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Across the country volunteers of all ages will be cleaning up trails, planting trees and chipping in to care for America's parks, monuments and other public lands.
In response Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement:
"Dozens of Sierra Club outings groups and volunteers will join people from communities across the country today in caring for the lands that are part of our shared heritage. Whether it's picking up trash at the park down the street or building trails through our beautiful wild areas, volunteers are not only getting outdoors and enjoying what our public lands have to offer, but ensuring that future generations can too.
Protected public lands, like parks, monuments and wilderness areas, strengthen our communities, boost our economy, improve our health and tell the story of our nation-- a story that isn't yet finished. It's important that even as we celebrate our protected public lands today we continue to permanently protect pieces of our history and outdoor heritage that are still at risk for tomorrow.
This Public Lands Day I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to go explore our public lands, take family and friends, and be inspired. It's the perfect time to begin or reaffirm a lifelong commitment to nature and the outdoors."
About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.1 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit http://www.sierraclub.org.