Volunteers are being sought to participate in the 16th Annual National Public Lands Day observance here in Kanab on Saturday, September 26.

A third of all the land in America belongs to the public, and each September, 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, the City of Kanab, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Canyon Country 4x4 Club, Utah/Arizona ATV Club, the Backcountry Horsemen, 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 install improved signing along Squaw and Tom’s Canyon trails,

remove and reposition rock, pull weeds, and install waterbars, steps, and erosion control.  Canyon Country 4x4 Club and the Utah/Arizona ATV Club will conduct backcountry litter patrols and install fencing at the Crocodile Trailhead off Johnson Canyon Road. The local chapter of Backcountry Horsemen will be working on the Cottonwood trail southwest of Kanab.

Volunteer registration begins with juice and donuts from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Jacob Hamblin City Park, at the far north end of 100 East Street.

Work begins at 9 a.m. with crew leaders taking groups of volunteers to the various workstations. Cotton work gloves and plenty of drinking water will be provided to the volunteers. The work will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, at which time the workers will be treated to a barbeque lunch at 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. There will also be drawings for a wide assortment of door prizes.

Volunteers are asked to contact the BLM Kanab Field Office at 644-4600 to pre-register for the event.

Area businesses wanting to support the event can contact Mike Satter at 644-8301, or Tom Christensen at the BLM Kanab Field Office, 644-4600.