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Friends of Browns Canyon volunteers participate in a work day at Browns Canyon National Monument. The next volunteer work day, recognizing National Public Lands Day, happens Saturday, Sept. 8 (courtesy photo).

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Friends of Browns Canyon will participate in a Browns Canyon National Monument volunteer work day Saturday, Sept. 8.

The work day encompasses two projects in two different locations with different levels of difficulty. The “park” project is rated as easy to moderately difficult. The “hike” project is rated as moderately difficult due to a 1.5-mile hike in and the nature of the work involved.

Volunteers will work in and near the northeast corner of Browns Canyon National Monument, traveling primarily on well-maintained gravel roads accessible to passenger cars.

The actual work should take approximately 4 hours, and volunteers should be heading home by 3-4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to volunteer will need to indicate the location at which they wish to work (“hike” or “park”) by emailing or calling Michael at 719-239-1516. Volunteers must RSVP in advance as space is limited.

Volunteers will need to provide their own work gloves, some type of eye protection (sunglasses, safety glasses, etc.) and, if possible, a hardhat. Sunscreen and hats are strongly recommended.

Both work projects will take place above 9,500 feet in elevation so volunteers will need to bring appropriate clothing for varying temperatures, rain gear, water and a day pack.

Volunteers will be provided with a lunch, liquid refreshments, tools, instruction and supervision. Lunch will include either a turkey or veggie sandwich, and volunteers should indicate their preference when they RSVP.

There are two meeting locations – one in Salida at 7:45 a.m. and one near Buena Vista at 8:20 a.m. – where volunteers will gather and carpool to the work location.

The “park” project work site is vehicle accessible and unshaded. The “hike” project involves a round trip hike of 3 miles and a shaded work site.

We will be working with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management staff to install a sign and assemble a segment of drift or worm fence using electric power tools at the “park” site. At the “hike” location volunteers will carry tools in to dig holes and install posts and a short section of wildlife-friendly wire fence.

This National Public Lands Day project will help protect and provide access to land in the Browns Canyon National Monument as well as educate the public about responsible use of public lands.