• ENGLEBRIGHT LAKE, Calif. --  Volunteers ride to a boat-in campground to collect litter with fellow volunteers here during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 55 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup efforts at the park, which yielded more than 300 pounds of trash. The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year, the celebration coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day and President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    ENGLEBRIGHT LAKE, Calif. -- Volunteers ride to a boat-in campground to collect litter with fellow volunteers here during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and...

  • BLACK BUTTE, Calif.  --  Volunteers help clean a trail during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 20 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup efforts at the park. The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year, the celebration coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day and President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    BLACK BUTTE, Calif. -- Volunteers help clean a trail during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 20 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup...

  • BLACK BUTTE, Calif. --  A volunteer helps clean the lakeshore during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 20 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup efforts at the park. The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year, the celebration coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day and President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    BLACK BUTTE, Calif. -- A volunteer helps clean the lakeshore during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 20 volunteers celebrated the day with...

  • LAKE KAWEAH, Calif. -- Young volunteers pick up litter during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 320 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup efforts at the park. The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year, the celebration coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day and President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    LAKE KAWEAH, Calif. -- Young volunteers pick up litter during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 320 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup...

  • PINE FLAT LAKE, Calif. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park ranger Todd Hatch installs a retaining wall during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 33 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup efforts at the park. The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year, the celebration coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day and President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    PINE FLAT LAKE, Calif. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park ranger Todd Hatch installs a retaining wall during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento...

  • HENSLEY LAKE, Calif. -- Volunteers collect litter here Sept. 25, taking part in the park's National Public Lands Day observance. More than 110 volunteers helped Hensley staff remove litter, repair trail erosion, clean the swimming beach and paint and clean signs throughout the park."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    HENSLEY LAKE, Calif. -- Volunteers collect litter here Sept. 25, taking part in the park's National Public Lands Day observance. More than 110 volunteers helped Hensley staff remove litter, repair trail erosion, clean the swimming beach and paint and...

  • ENGLEBRIGHT LAKE, Calif. --  Volunteers help clean a campground during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 55 volunteers celebrated the day with cleanup efforts, which yielded more than 300 pounds of trash. The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year, the celebration coincides with California Coastal Cleanup Day and President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    ENGLEBRIGHT LAKE, Calif. -- Volunteers help clean a campground during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Park rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and more than 55 volunteers celebrated the day with...

  • NEW HOGAN LAKE, Calif. -- Volunteers and Corps park rangers help unload trash from a boat and unto a truck during National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Nearly 200 volunteers were out at the lake, planting trees, picking up trash and improving trails during the 17th annual National Public Lands Day. New Hogan was one of eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District recreation parks that participated in the event. "

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    NEW HOGAN LAKE, Calif. -- Volunteers and Corps park rangers help unload trash from a boat and unto a truck during National Public Lands Day here Sept. 25. Nearly 200 volunteers were out at the lake, planting trees, picking up trash and improving trails...

  • STANISLAUS RIVER PARKS, Calif. -- Jason Faridi (right), senior park ranger at Stanislaus River Parks, and a local volunteer spread wood chips over a trail near the Stanislaus River Sept. 25. More than a dozen volunteers joined Faridi and park staff picking up litter and laying out wood chips along trails as part of National Public Lands Day at the park. "Volunteers love using trails, so if they can contribute to it and see a result, they really enjoy that part," said Faridi."

    Corps parks and volunteers celebrate, improve public lands

    STANISLAUS RIVER PARKS, Calif. -- Jason Faridi (right), senior park ranger at Stanislaus River Parks, and a local volunteer spread wood chips over a trail near the Stanislaus River Sept. 25. More than a dozen volunteers joined Faridi and park staff...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Nearly 1,200 volunteers joined park rangers and staff at eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District parks in central California to celebrate the 17th annual National Public Lands Day Sept. 25 with cleanup efforts and dozens of park improvement projects.

Together, they planted trees, completed erosion control and bank stabilization work, built trails, removed litter and invasive species, improved wildlife habitats and rehabilitated playgrounds.

"Our volunteers are an enormous help to us on National Public Lands Day," said Jonathan Friedman, Sacramento District senior district park ranger. "Together, we're able to accomplish weeks' worth of improvement and beautification work in a single day, making our parks even better places to visit, and reconnecting us all with our shared natural heritage."

The Corps has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the largest providers of sites and volunteers participating in the event. This year's celebration also supported President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.

"An event like this, what it means for us, is that people actually care about their parks that they are recreating in," said Jason Faridi, senior park ranger at Stanislaus River Parks. "They care about the resources out there. They take some ownership in it. So they want to come out and help in an event like this. Rather than just using it up, they want to contribute to it."

Volunteers came to support the parks and celebrate the day, but they did not leave empty handed. Each volunteer received a free day-use admission pass valid anytime in the next year at any park managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Bureau of Land Management.

National Public Lands Day also served to teach the value of civic engagement to young stewards of public lands, said some volunteers.

"Without public lands, our scouts would have no place to go learn about the outdoors," said Don Dauro, father of a scout volunteering at Hensley Lake with Boy Scouts of America Troop 314. "Here they're learning the value of community service, and taking care of a place that belongs to them."

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