Volunteers needed for Public Lands Day events on September 22

The Laramie Ranger District has partnered with multiple groups, including the University of Wyoming (UW), to hold local volunteer events on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 22.

Volunteers are needed to assist with four total events on that day, three of which will be held on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Working under a group volunteer agreement with Common Outdoor Ground (COG), two old sections of trail will be rehabilitated and road signs will be installed at various locations on Pole Mountain. Additionally, new trail will be constructed on the state section east of Laramie, referred to as the Schoolyard.

The service day, is a product of the University of Wyoming’s Service, Leadership and Community Engagement office, the UW Outdoor Program, Wyoming Conservation Corps, Laramie BikeNet, COG, and the Forest Service.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center’s northeast corner, near the Outdoor Program entrance. From that location, groups will head out to their respective work sites. This full-day event includes transportation if needed (carpooling also encouraged), food, tools, work gloves (please bring them if you have your own), and representatives who will help facilitate the work-day. Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and bring water.

UW students and staff interested in the event can register through UW Connect. Community members can register on Eventbrite, or by contacting COG on Facebook or CommonOutdoorGround@gmail.com.

Doughnuts and lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Common Outdoor Ground has signed a group volunteer agreement with the Laramie Ranger District to help coordinate volunteers and resources for multiple volunteer work days in 2018.

In early 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue selected 15 Priority Areas on various National Forests throughout the country to begin implementation of the National Trails Stewardship Act.  Included in these 15 selected Priority Areas is the Wyoming Forest Gateway Community Priority Area, which includes Forest System Trails within the Bighorn, Medicine Bow, Shoshone, and Bridger-Teton National Forests. The Pole Mountain unit is a focus area for trails work within the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Pole Mountain projects for Public Lands Day:

  • Rehabilitate Cardiac Bypass unsustainable trail, due to Headquarters reroute
  • Rehabilitate Middle Aspen old sections, due to new reroutes
  • Unit wide: install Carsonite sign posts for missing or needed road numbers

                For more information on the Pole Mountain unit, contact the Laramie Ranger District at (307) 745-2300, 2468 Jackson St. in Laramie. You can also visit our website at http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow the Medicine Bow National Forest on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.