On Saturday, September 27, 2014, 20 local volunteers participated in the annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) effort by hands on volunteering to remove various invasive plant species from the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park Rain Garden boardwalk. We offer a very special thanks to our Phinizy Swamp volunteers for being a part of this nationwide volunteer effort!
NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. It began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2014, the 21st annual NPLD had more than 175,000 volunteers. Park visitors celebrated at more than 2,000 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Why is National Public Lands Day Important?
- NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands;
- NPLD builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America’s public lands; and
- NPLD improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on work.
President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, September 27, 2014 as National Public Lands Day. In the proclamation, President Obama states, “This nationwide effort will help ensure these natural places are managed for future generations to enjoy, and it offers an opportunity for all Americans to give back to their favorite local park, beach, or outdoor retreat. This weekend, as we carry forward a legacy of conservation and stewardship, let us renew our commitment to protecting our environment and building a cleaner world. Together, we can ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy the full splendor of our Nation’s public and wild places.” You can read the full proclamation here.