Happy National Public Lands Day!

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Today is National Public Lands Day, which is America's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.

People in Perry County got involved by cleaning up trials and picnic areas at Buckhorn Dam.

35 volunteers, seven to 18-years-old, gave a helping hand at one of the 2,000 public land sites.

National Public Lands Day gets people involved across America. People at Buckhorn Dam helped out by cleaning up a trial.

Buckhorn Dam has been involved in this national day for 10 years now.

"We helped to refurbish that trial we've been helping on the past couple years, and it looks real nice now," said Cody Napier, Buckhorn JROTC.

Volunteers removed trash from the shoreline, painted picnic tables, and laid new gravel on the trial.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers brought girl scouts, cub scouts, and the Junior ROTC together in an effort to make a difference.

"The importance of it is really to get the youth of the nation involved in giving back a little something to the community," said Dewayne Shouse, a park ranger at Buckhorn and organizer.

At a young age, these kids understand why it is important to help out.

"Because we need to make the world a better place," said Benjamin Handshoe, 8-year-old cub scout.

"If nobody helps fix the parks, and if volunteers don't come out and help, then most parks would fall apart," said Napier.

Organizers say they look forward to continuing this tradition at Buckhorn Dam.

Last year more than 170,000 volunteers across America participated in National Public Lands Day.

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