Do you have a few hours to spare on Sept. 28? Then consider volunteering at Allegany State Park on National Public Lands Day!
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is an organized volunteer day designed to bring people together to achieve the common goal of improving the lands that so many people enjoy.
NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers and by last year had grown to 2,206 sites and 175,000 volunteers. This will be its ninth year at ASP.
Some of the highlights from the nationwide 2012 event included volunteers collecting an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, building and maintaining an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, removing an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places, and planting an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants.
“NPLD is our nation’s single day, all-volunteer event designed to give the public a chance to care for our public lands,” said Heidi Tschopp, park naturalist and ASP’s NPLD coordinator. “For those who love Allegany State Park, this is a great way to spend a few hours giving back. The projects we work on really help to enhance our park and make it an even better experience for all who visit.”
At ASP, the focus this year will be the Quaker side of the park, and volunteers will work on various projects including trail work, landscaping, gardening, litter pickup and more.
Volunteers should enter the park at Quaker, and assignments will be given at the Quaker toll booth between 9–10 a.m. This event takes place rain or shine, so come dressed to get dirty.
The first step in making a difference is as easy as making a phone call. To register, call the park at (716) 354-9101, ext. 236. For more information, visit www.publiclandsday.org.