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Public Invited to Participate in National Public Lands Day Garbage Clean-Up Challenge

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KAMIAH— Lolo Pass Visitor Center, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, and the Lolo National Forest invite the public to volunteer for a forest garbage clean-up challenge to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

The event will take place during the week of National Public Lands Day (September 19 through 24, 2022). During this time, visitors and volunteers can participate in the event by collecting garbage at campgrounds, trailheads, and recreation sites in Idaho or Montana on the Lolo and Nez Perce-Clearwater national forests. Participants can then bring their collected garbage to Lolo Pass Visitor Center (located off U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana state line) to be weighed and recorded for a friendly competition between the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (“Team Idaho”) and Lolo National Forest (“Team Montana”).

Supplies (garbage bags, gloves, etc.), and the weigh station at Lolo Pass will be available Monday through Friday, September 19 through 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) and on Saturday, September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). Total amounts of garbage collected throughout the week by volunteers will be tallied up and the winning team announced during a Facebook Live event on National Public Lands Day, September 24.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, will be celebrated in National Forests across the country on September 24, 2022. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this event attracts thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. Learn more at www.neefusa.org.

For additional information about the event and how you can participate, please contact the Lolo Pass Visitor Center at 208-942-3113 or Sam Berglund, Visitor Center Manager at samantha.berglund@usda.gov. Make sure to follow the Lolo Pass Visitor Center Facebook page (https://bit.ly/LPVC-FB) for updates and to tune in for the Facebook Live finale at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on September 24.