Year 2020 as been an abnormal year for many things and recreational activity on our public lands has been one of those abnormalities. The result is an overwhelming amount of trash has been left behind on the lands we value so much.

As Americans, we enjoy the freedom to recreate as we wish on our public land but it must be done with a standard of ethics and stewardship in our hearts. Every visit to nature must include the ethical virtues of fairness, integrity, responsibility, and respect. We also must adhere to the values of stewardship as we share in the careful and responsible management of our great outdoors.

Public land needs your stewardship and ethics now. And what a better time to do it than on National Public Lands Day! National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26th, is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Since 1944, it is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. This celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

So pack a lunch, trash bags, and your volunteer spirit. Check the area you wish to go and be sure it is still accessible due to the recent windstorm and wildfires. Plan on being the steward our land needs you to be, this Saturday, Sept 26th.

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