SPRINGERVILLE – The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests celebrates the 27th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. In 2019, more than 156,000 volunteers participated in volunteer activities at more than 2,000 public lands sites in 49 states, including Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.
This year’s theme, “More Ways to Connect to Nature,” aims to connect Americans to nature while enjoying the health benefits being outdoors naturally brings. Spending time in nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being.
“Volunteering isn’t the only way to participate in National Public Lands Day. Visiting your favorite trails, exploring new parts of the forest, simply getting outdoors helps us connect with nature and enjoy our public lands,” said Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Recreation Program Manager, Wade Tait. For trail information at your fingertips, find and download the National Forest Explorer Application on your cellphone or visit the application on the web.
Please recreate responsibly and follow the Leave No Trace and pack it in, pack it out ethics. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing, or camping.
Campfire safety and prevention is always a priority. Never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure it is out cold before leaving the area. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.