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Lake Tahoe community event to mark National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to connect and engage with volunteers, community organizations and agencies and to highlight projects made possible through these important partnerships, such as this trail maintenance project completed on Tahoe’s East Shore by the LTBMU and the American Conservation Experience.

National Public Lands Day is right around the corner, and the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is inviting the public to come out and celebrate.

LTBMU and its partners are teaming up to host a free community event on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Nevada Beach Pavilion. The event will provide an opportunity to connect and engage with volunteers and organizations to learn how to best enjoy and protect public lands.

Event highlights include the 21st annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day coordinated by the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Volunteers are invited to this hands-on restoration day that will include planting willow stakes in nearby Burke Creek, surveying for aquatic invasive plants, trash removal and more. All ages are welcome and no previous experience or skills are required. For more information about Stewardship Day, visit http://www.keeptahoeblue.org/news/events or email events@keeptahoeblue.org.

The event also will feature an appearance by Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, informational booths, fire prevention exhibits and more. Tentative participants include the American Conservation Experience, California Conservation Corp, Desolation Wilderness Volunteers, Great Basin Institute, Lake Tahoe Water Trail, League to Save Lake Tahoe, National Forest Foundation, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, which was established by the National Environmental Education Foundation, and has grown from just a handful of volunteers to over a quarter of a million participants, according tot he Forest Service. Learn more about the day at http://www.neefusa.org/npld.

Parking at Nevada Beach will be free all day during National Public Lands Day. For more information, contact the LTBMU at 530-543-2600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.