National Public Lands Day is just around the corner, and you might be wondering what it all means. National Public Lands Day happens on the fourth Saturday of September each year. It's a day when people volunteer in public parks, forests, waterways, and more to restore our public lands.
Keeping our public lands beautiful has far reaching effects for our future. Public parks and national forest revitalization, erosion control, wetland restoration, and estuary rejuvenation. These places are national treasures. They add beauty to our nation and community and make our world a better place to live. There are studies that even suggest people would be healthier if they spent more time in nature. National Public Lands Day aims to raise interest in taking care of our public parks.
Restore hiking trails from erosion damage, fixing paths, planting trees, and cleaning up trash are just some of the things people will do. If you don't know where to start, consider some of the easy things you can do with your local Parks and Recreation Department. Making our community a more attractive place should be something we all take part in. It's not hard to get involved in any way you are able.
Things everyone can do:
Last year's event saw almost 200,000 people in attendance at public parks and national sites, doing volunteer work and enjoying the outdoors. These volunteers went out to 2,500 different sites for National Public Lands Day to restore and enhance public parks and forests. Parks and Recreation Departments across the nation are looking to control erosion on trails and slopes in order to protect the public. Working with them in forests and parks is one way to take ownership of your community.
Deforestation and loss of soil from erosion greatly affects the livelihoods of animals, people, and ecosystems. Forests in particular have been known to reduce stress, boost immune systems, and encourage focus. Erosion control logs can provide a solution for stabilizing soil.
Erosion control logs help with:
Coir products are biodegradable erosion control solutions that promote revegetation in soil. They've been known to restore hiking and biking trails, and coconut coir logs are adept at building up erosion-damaged hillsides and wetland restoration. In addition to erosion control logs, coir mats and coir wattles also stabilize hillsides that have felt the effect of erosion.
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Erosion control logs can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, depending on site conditions and water flow, before biodegrading into the environment. The biodegradable characteristics lend themselves well to protected environments, nature preserves, wetlands, and shorelines.
To celebrate National Public Lands Day, entrance into most national parks, monuments, recreation areas and other participating federal sites is free. Check your local national parks to see how they're participating. Visit the National Environmental Education Foundation's website to see an interactive map of what parks have volunteer activities.
National Public Lands Day takeaways: