Part of the Nature Cleanup Team who worked at Bandelier National Weekend September 25-26. Courtesy Photo NPS
BANDELIER PRESS RELEASE
National Park Service volunteers and staff helped celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) at Bandelier National Monument by removing equipment from the Bandelier backcountry during the wilderness cleanup this weekend. end, Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 September. Materials from eight different abandoned projects were broken down, consolidated and packed on the backs of participants.
A group of 34 people spent around 16 hours trekking over 57 miles of rugged canyons and mesa country topography with heavy bags to help keep Bandelier’s wilderness pristine. Most of Bandelier, over 23,000 acres, was designated a wilderness area by Congress in 1976. September is also National Nature Month and a great time to focus efforts on cleaning up federal wilderness areas. , what the event organizer and Chief Ranger Dennis Milligan had in mind. . âI really appreciate the support of our volunteers and staff in this effort. The project would not have been possible without their hard work and enthusiasm, âsaid Milligan.
Most of the public visit the monument’s frontcountry areas, including the very popular Frijoles Canyon. Bandelier has received over 174,000 visitors so far this year. Those who venture into the hinterland are rewarded with beauty and seclusion. This weekend’s efforts help preserve the wildness and keep the wilderness of Bandelier in the wild.
National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 and is traditionally known as the country’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The NPLD celebrates the connection between people and green spaces in their community, inspires environmental stewardship and encourages the use of open spaces for education, recreation and health benefits
Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Rangers are available in front of the Visitor Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the park store operated by the Western National Parks Association is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sirphey’s CafÃ© in Bandelier is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.