BLM and Absaroka Fence Initiative Host National Public Lands Day Event
Written by Press Release on September 1, 2023
The Bureau of Land Management Cody Field Office has released an announcement about an upcoming event in celebration of National Public Lands Day. This is one of the events going on in the Big Horn Basin to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the largest single-day volunteer event for the celebration and maintenance of our public lands.
The press release reads as follows:
“The Bureau of Land Management Cody Field Office and the Absaroka Fence Initiative will partner with the community along the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River on Saturday, Sept. 16, to celebrate National Public Lands Day. This fence modification project will benefit big game herds in the Clark’s Fork Watershed.
“Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon to make this stretch of fence more wildlife-friendly. Wear good work shoes or boots, long sleeves and pants, work gloves and eye protection. Gaiters can help protect legs in sagebrush. Bring fence pliers and wire cutters if you have them. Some fencing tools will be available.
“This project is suitable for the whole family. All participants will receive lunch, a National Public Lands Day t-shirt and an AFI hat. In order for us to have an accurate headcount for lunch, please register for the event at absarokafenceinitiative.org/events.
“Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Clarks Fork Canyon parking area. To reach the project area from Cody, drive north on the Belfry Highway (Wyoming State Highway 120) for approximately 29 miles and turn west on Clarks Fork Canyon Road (County Road 8VC). Head west on Clarks Fork Canyon Road for approximately 11 miles and park at the end of the county road at the mouth of the canyon.
“AFI is made up of landowners, community members, non-governmental organizations and local government agencies in Park County. Collaborators target where fencing can be improved to have the greatest impact on wildlife migration while still effectively managing livestock.
“Celebrating 30 years, NPLD has grown into the largest single-day volunteer event for the care and celebration of our public lands.