FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2011
DENVER --Western Governors are encouraging citizens of all ages to lend a hand on National Public Lands Day, September 24th, to help improve and clean up designated community, state and federal public lands across the West.
"The West is home to some of this nation's most iconic parks, forests, refuges and open spaces," said Gov. Chris Gregoire (Wash.), Chair of the Western Governors' Association. "We also know that park budgets are tight, so volunteers can make a big difference in maintaining or improving these areas, whether it is cleaning up trash, planting trees or helping park staff build and maintain trails and camp sites."
As part of her chairmanship, Gov. Gregoire recently launched WGA's Get Out West! initiative. One of its goals is to increase non-governmental volunteer efforts to help build and maintain outdoor recreation opportunities in the West. Other goals are aimed at:
- increasing jobs and revenues in the recreation and tourism sectors of the Western economy; and
- helping urban children and their families experience the outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the West.
Gov. Gary Herbert (Utah), WGA's Vice Chair said, "Our public lands attract tourists from around the globe and generate jobs and revenue for nearby communities. Just as important, these are the places we take our own families to enjoy the great outdoors."
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,080 sites across the country. More than 66,000 of those volunteers were in Western states.
For more information on the Get Out West! initiative, visit the Western Governors' Association Web site at www.westgov.org. To learn more about National Public Lands Day go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/.
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