After a wonderful National Public Lands Day weekend, we would like to thank the many volunteers who joined in our efforts to help take care of America’s public lands nationwide. 

Now go enjoy your public lands! Here are some of our favorite fall foliage photos across BLM managed lands. 

Help Clean up for National Public Lands Day!

Join other volunteers in helping to care for our public lands!  Follow our colleagues at mypubliclands​ for more on National Public Lands Day and find a NPLD event near you!

Excerpted from: Woodsy Owl Public Service Announcement Collection, ca. 1965 - ca. 1985

This Saturday (September 29) is National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, one-day volunteer and recreation event. Over 170,000 volunteers at over 2,100 sites are slated to participate this year. Volunteers in every state will visit parks, urban green spaces, beaches, wildlife preserves and forests to chip in to help these treasured places that belong to all of us. They will improve and restore the lands the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature.

Additionally, all national parks, monuments, forests, recreation areas, and other federal public lands are waiving all recreation fees in honor of National Public Lands Day. This will give you that chance to finally go see Rocky Mountain National Park, the Grand Canyon, and hundreds of other beautiful publicly owned lands without having to pay an entrance fee! 

photo, h/t mypubliclands

National Public Lands Day

As fly fishermen, we have a responsibility to help take care of the lands on which we fish, hike, camp, work and relax. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is a great opportunity for anyone looking realize their good intentions. Remember, if we don’t demonstrate how important these lands are to us, we could lose them to private interests. We’ve lost the use of fishing streams in Utah and New Mexico, and it can happen anywhere. 

About NPLD (source– : It’s the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. NPLD 2015 will take place on Saturday, September 26.  NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers.  Last year on NPLD more than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at more than 2,100 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. You can connect with the movement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for their newsletter

To date, the volunteers have:

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 Contributed an estimated $18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country.  Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage. WHY IS NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY IMPORTANT?NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands.  NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America’s public lands and NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work. Interested in National Public Lands Day?  photo Steven Gnam

Show Some Condor Love! Follow Our California Condor Release for National Public Lands Day

Today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners will release three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The annual release coincides with National Public Lands Day, and you can join the celebration on social media!  

Follow using the hashtags #CondorsOnTheRise, #WelcomeCondors and #NPLD on BLM’s Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. 

Photo by #CondorsOnTheRise Partner Arizona Game and Fish.  See more photos on our My Public Lands Flickr set,

Learn more about the annual event and condor recovery:

This Saturday, over 170,000 volunteers are expected to roll up their sleeves as part of National Public Lands Day. You can visit to find a project site near you and join in the fun. And even if you don’t volunteer, all national parks and most other federal public lands will be offering free entrance to everyone tomorrow. So come on out and celebrate your national public lands!

Photo: National Public Lands Day 


A big thank you to the many volunteers who built fences, planted trees, cleaned up trash and more during the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day yesterday! Now get outdoors and explore #yourlands, like the beautiful Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The monument offers stunning views, great hikes and picnic areas for a day trip with family and friends.   

New photos by Sherman Hogue, BLM New Mexico.


Give Back to the Lands You Love!

Tomorrow, Sept. 24th, is the annual National Public Lands Day. Join your friends and neighbors in the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort to restore and enhance America’s public lands. Visit to find a location near you. 

Share your #NPLD2016 experiences with volunteers across the country on Twitter and Facebook.  And add your photos to our national #NPLD2016 map at

Helping @nynjtc @appalachiantrail and @rei work on the Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain for National Public Lands Day! #nationalpubliclandsday #npld #appalachiantrail #keepexploring #trailwork #hiking #bearmountainstatepark #bearmountain #everytrailconnects (at Bear Mountain State Park)

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My greatest experience with condors was during a Grand Canyon camping trip on the North Rim with friends. As we stood near the edge and looked down, we saw a pair of condors gradually rising on a thermal. As they rose to where we stood we could hear the force of their massive wings cut through the air with a powerful “Whoosh!”  It was absolutely exhilarating! It’s one unforgettable site to see. –Rachel Tueller, BLM Arizona Strip District Public Affairs Officer

In celebration of National Public Lands Day today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners released three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.  Watch a short clip from a previous NPLD release event to see the condor fly.
Give your favorite park a pat on the back for National Public Lands Day

Yes, we know the biggest reward that comes from doing good is that warm, fuzzy feeling you get for doing something selfless.

But let’s admit it, it’s kind of nice to get something a little extra.

In the case of National Public Lands Day coming up on Sept. 29, the good deeds range from picking up trash to planting trees to trail maintenance topainting cannons. The reward at most parks (again, besides the warm and fuzzy feeling) is a coupon for a free one day admission to a participating park for the coming year. And don’t worry about having to use it the day you volunteer, the admission fee is waived for everyone (volunteer or not) at most sites as part of National Park Fee Free Days.

And did we mention that many sites will offer their own special reward for volunteers? Think shirt giveawaysmarshmallow roastspanning for goldand demonstrations with National Park Service Dogs. A handful will even make sure volunteers are well fed. Some projects require registration, so check with the site before you go.


BLM and Partners Excited About Condor Release on National Public Lands Day!

Today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners will release three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.

The California condor is a magnificent and prehistoric bird that is an important part of the ecology of western states. Utah is excited to be part of the establishment of more condors. – Greg Sheehan, Director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

I appreciate working with Chris Parish and The Peregrine Fund biologists. They’re good people and they work hard to keep the condors alive. Justun Jones, Rancher, Kane and Two Mile Ranch, Arizona  

To me the condor recovery program is a positive success story; one that is a testament to man’s good nature to do the right thing to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. BLM Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Manager Kevin Wright

The annual release coincides with National Public Lands Day, and you can join the celebration on social media!  Follow using the hashtags #CondorsOnTheRise, #WelcomeCondors and #NPLD on BLM’s Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. 

Learn more about the annual event and condor recovery: