It’s that time of year when volunteers are being sought to participate in the 23 Annual National Public Lands Day observance here in Kanab on Saturday, September 24.

A third of all the land in America belongs to the public, and each year, tens of thousands of volunteers around the country donate a Saturday to help spruce it up – a Saturday known as National Public Lands Day. The Bureau of Land Management’s Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Canyon Country 4x4 Club, Utah/Arizona ATV Club,  Backcountry Horsemen, Kanab Cycling Club, Kane County Volunteer Center, and local businesses are joining together to sponsor this year’s event.

Volunteers – young and old, big and small, friends and families – are needed to repair storm damage, remove and reposition rock, and pull weeds on local hiking trails, and at Ponderosa Camp Ground. Canyon Country 4x4 Club and the Utah/Arizona ATV Club will be working on the Hog Canyon OHV trail system; and the local chapter of Backcountry Horsemen will work on the Cottonwood Trail.

Volunteer registration for the event begins with juice and donuts from 8:00-8:30 a.m., at the Jacob Hamblin City Park, at the far north end of 100 East Street. Work begins at 8:30 a.m., with crew leaders taking groups of volunteers to the various work stations. Cotton work gloves and plenty of drinking water will be provided to the volunteers. The work will take place from 9 a.m.-noon, at which time the workers will be treated to lunch at Jacob Hamblin Park.

Volunteers will also receive a free, official National Public Lands Day T-shirt. As an added bonus, each volunteer will get a “Fee free” coupon that entitles that person to one free day of admission to any federal land site that charges a daily admission fee.