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September 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Volunteer help needed for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24

There are a bunch of activities that the public can volunteer for to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Sept. 24.

NPLD events include the dedication of a new fish-viewing platform, picking up litter, restoring a shoreline, and clearing, rebuilding, and improving drainage on trails.

Each of the Department of Natural Resources-sponsored events is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass. Volunteers attending these NPLD events will also be issued a one-day Discover Pass.

Event schedule:

The McLane Creek Nature Trail Shelter and Viewing Platform Dedication/Volunteer Work Party is 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the McLane Creek Nature Trail parking area, 5300 Delphi road S.W. in Olympia.

Join DNR staff and volunteers to celebrate the completion of a new shelter to be used for educational and public gatherings and the new stream-viewing platform. Following the dedication, volunteers will haul wood chips to help improve the trail. Details: 360-902-1435 or philip.wolff@dnr.wa.gov.

The Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) and People for Puget Sound Work Party and Guided Trail Walk, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Woodard Bay Road to Chapman Bay, Olympia

Help restore the shoreline at Woodard Bay NRCA. Take a hiking tour after the work party to learn more about the area. Park near the bridge over Woodard Bay. Details: 360-596-5144 or roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov.

The Pick Up the Burn sponsored by the Piston’s Wild Motorsports and Jones Creek Trail Riders Association is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Jones Creek Trailhead, Yacolt Burn State Forest. Details: 360-480-2700 or nick.cronquist@dnr.wa.gov.

The East Tiger Mountain Bike Trails Work Party sponsored by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Tiger Summit Trailhead, southeast of Issaquah

Help with trail construction projects on the East Tiger Summit Trail, including digging, clearing debris, and benching in a trail with hand tools. Note: A BBQ lunch follows the work party. From I-90 east of Issaquah, take Highway 18 south for 4.4 miles. Tiger Summit trailhead is on the west side of the highway. Details: 206-375-0448 or sam.jarrett@dnr.wa.gov.

The Les Hilde Trailhead Work Party sponsored by the Skagit Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Harry Osborne State Forest, east of Sedro-Woolley. Brush trails, work on drainage, and other trail maintenance projects. Details: 360-854-2830 or david.way@dnr.wa.gov.

The Little Si Trail Maintenance Work Party sponsored by the Mountains to Sound Greenway is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Little Si area, near North Bend

Help bring the Little Si trail up to more sustainable standards, including building rock turnpikes and steps, repairing drainage, and replacing signs. Register at the Mountains to Sound Greenway website or margaret.ullman@greenway.org.

Volunteers should bring water, snacks, and lunch (except where provided), work gloves, work boots and, if possible, personal protection equipment such as a hard-hat and tools for digging and brush clearing.

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