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Kentucky State Parks to Celebrate National Public Lands Day


Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27, 2014, a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, some 180,000 volunteers worked in every state. The purpose of this day is to keep the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps alive and to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

During last year’s celebration, volunteers in Kentucky and other states carried out projects such as removing trash, collecting invasive plants, building trails and planting trees.

“National Public Lands Day recognizes the significance of preserving our parks and the partnerships we have with friends groups, volunteers and other organizations,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “The Kentucky State Parks appreciate the assistance we receive from our volunteers across the state.”

For more information about this event, visit www.publiclandsday.org. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit http://www.parks.ky.gov

Story provided by Kentucky Department of Parks

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