EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of volunteers nationwide will be lending a hand to help Mother Nature on Saturday for National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day effort to improve public lands. Volunteers will help out by building trails, planting trees, and picking up litter in national forests and parks.
Several sites in Oregon need attention, including Stewart Pond, where volunteers are adding wood chips to the trails so visitors can access them in the wet winter months. Volunteer coordinator Lorna Baldwin says the volunteers’ hard work will pay off as the seasons pass.
“The rewards come in the winter time, to be able to get out and see the birds. . . and the native flowers and bloom in the spring,” says Baldwin.
All of the tools will be provided and volunteers will be helping out at more than 1,900 sites across the country from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, including a full list of participating sites in Oregon, you can visit the program’s official website.