National Public Lands Day includes fishing derby, clean ups

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Allen Elmore, left and Cody DeClusin members of Cliffhangers Four Wheel Drive Club search for trash during a cleanup project for National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 in the Glade Run recreation area in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Farmington will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a family fishing derby this weekend at Farmington Lake.

The fishing derby is capped at 100 people and registration must be completed by Friday, however even people who are not participating in the derby will have the opportunity to fish for free or enjoy the lake without paying a fee, according to Farmington Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs spokeswoman Christa Chapman.

Chapman said fishing licenses are not required to fish on Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day. In addition to free entrance to Farmington Lake, fees will be waived at public lands like Mesa Verde National Park and Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

National Public Lands Day provides a chance for outdoor enthusiasts to give back each year. It occurs annually on the fourth Saturday of September.

In 2017, about 169,000 volunteers nationwide worked at more than 2,100 sites, according to the National Environmental Education Foundation. These volunteers planted trees and native vegetation, removed trash, repaired structures, built trails and monitored endangered species.

Glade Run Recreation Area is pictured on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Farmington. The Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to clean up the area as part of National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

Saturday’s events will focus on cleaning up the local area.

The Bureau of Land Management is asking volunteers who want to clean up illegal dumping of tires, cans and household debris in the Glade Run Recreation Area to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Farmington Field Office, 6251 N. College Boulevard. Volunteers should wear a hat, long sleeves, walking shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. The BLM is providing gloves, sunscreen, insect spray, water, trash bags, buckets, rakes and shovels.

People interested in volunteering should contact Tammy Faust at 505-564-7762 or tfaust@blm.gov.

There are also clean ups in other parts of the county, including the City of Bloomfield. The city is asking volunteers to meet at 8 a.m. at the river trail in Vereda del Rio San Juan Park.

Regional National Public Lands Day events include native seed collection in Silverton, Colorado, and trail work on the Mancos Spur in Mancos State Park in Colorado.

Information about National Public Lands Day is available at neefusa.org/npld.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.