Panaca, Nev. ? More than 130 volunteers, including third-grade students from Pioche Elementary School, and fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and staff from Pioche, Panaca and Caliente elementary schools, celebrated National Public Lands Day (NPLD) Thursday at Cathedral Gorge?State Park by planting trees and maintaining hiking trails.
The participants also learned about archaeology, history, local geography and wildlife, as well as ?Leave No Trace? concepts that provide for the protection of natural and cultural resources while recreating on the public lands.
The event was hosted by the Nevada Division of State Parks and Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Caliente Field Office.
NPLD is a success nationwide because of the collaboration among federal, state and local agencies, private organizations and?individual volunteers. The event is spearheaded each year by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.