Show Your Pride and Come Out for National Public Lands Day

“It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.”
-Teddy Roosevelt

This Saturday is the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day! This is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

So what are your Saturday plans? How about saving a park, or some little piece of wilderness? Sound too daunting? Don’t let it scare you. Just speak softly and carry a big shovel.

More than 1,900 sites have registered to celebrate public lands on September 28, one of which is with TreePeople’s very own Wildland Restoration Manager Cody Chappel.

Join Cody, TreePeople and the Mountains Restoration Trust as they continue to restore and re-vegetate the “Yosemite of Southern California” by protecting Las Virgenes and Malibu Creek.

This work will keep the wildlife corridors open, wildfire on the run, air quality up, and the LA River full. Wow! All that and the opportunity to network with 100 Angelinos who are bustin’ a move for Mother Earth. Cool!

Not in SoCal? Click here to find an event in your community.

Want to help out, but not free on Saturday? Then take a few minutes to take the 2013 National Conservation Survey for the Trust for Public Lands. You can help decide the priority our nation gives to the protection of open spaces and natural areas. As the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to conserving land for people, The Trust for Public Land wants to hear how supporters feel about the loss of open space and natural land across the country.

Public lands are for all of us. We all deserve the chance to have some outdoor fun. Heck, even Teddy Roosevelt thought so. So come on out or take the survey and make your voice heard.

By Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill first began her work with TreePeople as a volunteer Citizen Forester. She currently serves on the board of directors for the reDiscover Center, continues to volunteer as a Citizen Forester, has been on the Mar Vista Green Garden Tour and serves on several green committees at her church and children's schools. She most enjoys working in the garden with her husband, watching her children and vegetables grow.