Barbed Wire No Match for Eager Volunteers

Natalie Martinez and Paula Day pull staples from a barbed wire fence near Horse and Cattle Camp Road.

Natalie Martinez and Paula Day pull staples from a barbed wire fence near Horse and Cattle Camp Road.

Each year, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteers pitch in to help clean up local public lands, plant trees, participate in educational activities, and more. NPLD events are supported by the National Environmental Education and Training foundation in a collaborative effort with various federal, state, local and private organizations as well as individual volunteers.

Events are held across the nation, and there is a wide array of public lands available for volunteering. Participating in this year’s event on September 28 was Ely, NV, Postmaster Natalie Martinez. She and more than 75 other volunteers converged on Horse and Cattle Camp Road near Ely, NV, and removed approximately three miles of dangerous barbed wire fencing.

The old fencing was in a state of disrepair, and had become a problem for local wildlife. The actions by volunteers in Ely will help prevent countless unsuspecting animals from becoming injured from the wiring.

“Thanks to all who participated we were able to remove about three miles of fence,” said Bureau of Land Management Ely District Outdoor Recreation Planner Erin Rajala.

Children also had the opportunity to join the event by taking advantage of wildlife-oriented educational activities.

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