|Wednesday, Sep 21, 2005|
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group will be celebrating National Public Lands Day and Fee Free Day on Saturday, September 24, 2005. The entrance fee at Wright Brothers National Memorial will be waived. There is never a fee to visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
National Public Lands Day is a day designated for all of our nation's people--individuals, families, and organizations--to pull together and help improve America's largest natural resource--its public lands. The focus is the improvement and preservation of natural habitats such as forests, prairies, wetlands, dunes, rivers and urban streams. Nationwide, folks will pull together in work projects that range from planting trees and collecting seeds to building bridges and cutting trails.
A way to locally participate in National Public Lands Day is to join the clean-up efforts on Hatteras Island. In conjunction with local partners, the NPS is sponsoring Big Sweep 2005 within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. As a part of our local observance the public is invited to participate on October 1, 2005 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Anyone interested in participating can go to any beach access ramp on Hatteras Island and pick up a trash bag and gloves. A light lunch will be provided after the clean-up at the Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo Community Building in Rodanthe and the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club in Buxton. All volunteers will receive small tokens of appreciation.
Across the nation, during National Public Lands Day 2004, nearly 90,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, removed trash and invasive plants, as well as numerous other projects. Volunteers worked at 600 sites in all 50 states. It is estimated that volunteers and their community partners contributed $10 million in improvements to their federal, state, and local public lands. National parks will be partnered with groups such as the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Leave No Trace, and cooperating associations.