Celebrate public lands Saturday in Questa

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Join the Carson National Forest, the Bureau and Land Management, and the Enchanted Circle Trail Association to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 6) at Eagle Rock Lake 2 miles east of Questa on Highway 38.

The event is an opportunity for volunteers to help clean up trash, construct information kiosks, and assist with laying out future trails.

“Volunteers are needed to help map, or ground truth, the future Questa to Red River Trail,” noted Jenna Grubbs, Red River Tourism Director. “The Q2RRT has been in the planning stages for some time and this is the first concrete steps towards making it a reality. If you would like to help with the effort, meet at Eagle Rock lake at 8 a.m. Saturday. See the flyer, or call the Visitor Center at 575 754 3030 ext 1301 for more information.”

Volunteers are asked to bring water, hats, sunscreen and gloves. Registration will be at the lake parking lot at 8 a.m. Free lunch and live music will be provided at noon.

This is a great opportunity to meet your public land stewards and participate in the stewardship role of our precious natural and cultural resources. So, lend a hand, they are your public lands.

NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event effort for public lands. Federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and businesses participate in the annual day of caring for public lands. In 2017, 21,000 sites hosted events with 169,000 volunteers.

Those volunteers contributed more than 680,000 volunteer hours valued at nearly $17 million. Come celebrate with food, fun, music, and environmental education at Eagle Rock Lake. For more information, contact the Questa Ranger District at 575-586-0520.