Public Lands Day

Carrizo Plain

As many as 60 volunteers converged on the Carrizo Plain National Monument on Saturday to perform restoration work.

The volunteers worked to renovate a popular overlook of Soda Lake and a boardwalk on the lake, replace barriers around the parking lot, resurface trails and renovate interpretive displays.

The work is part of National Public Lands Day, in which volunteers help overburdened federal land managers do maintenance, pick up trash and do other jobs.

In 2007 and 2008 combined, nearly 200,000 hours were donated on federal conservation lands at a value of nearly $4 million.

“Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to build partnerships between our local communities and the managing partners of the Carrizo Plain National Monument,” said David Dennis, president of Friends of the Carrizo Plain.

— David Sneed