National Public Lands Day 2013

| 9/25/2013 11:41:00 AM

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20 Years of Helping Hands Protecting Public Lands!

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 28, 2013! For 20 years, National Public Lands Day has been at the forefront of improving our nation’s public lands. The annual event has grown from 700 volunteers in 1994 to 175,000 volunteers in 2012. Last year, volunteers worked at more than 2,200 sites across every state, the District of Columbia and many U.S. territories. They collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive species, built and maintained over 1500 miles of trails, planted 100,000 trees, removed an estimated 500 tons of trash and so much more! National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to get outside and help spruce up the parks, community gardens, schoolyards, refuges and other public lands we all enjoy.

Viewer Tip: Want to find events happening where you live? Head over to the National Public Lands Day map and search events by state. No event listed nearby? Don’t hang your head! You can still make a difference by spreading the word about National Public Lands Day to friends and family who might be interested in volunteering. You can also visit a national, regional or local park – take a hike or bike ride and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Speaking of parks, check out these interesting facts and weather tidbits about the ten most-visited National Parks in 2012! (All temperatures are in Fahrenheit.)

great smoky mntsGreat Smoky Mountains National Park – 9,685,829 visitors in 2012. Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers over 521,000 acres in North Carolina and Tennessee with 800+ miles of trails. In September, daily highs are in the 70s and 80s. September to November is the driest part of the year for the park.

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