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Lend a hand on public land

North Dakota volunteers will participate in the annual National Public Lands Day by helping care for the state's public land Saturday.

North Dakota opportunities include:

- Lake Metigoshe State Park, 16 miles northeast of Bottineau: Volunteers will rebuild four campsites in the Washegum Campground. Work will include bringing in clay, black dirt, gravel and reseeding. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Washegum campground.

Call 701-263-4651 for information.

Interested participants should wear work clothes and gloves. In the event of rain, activities will be canceled.

- Pipestem Dam and Lake Project, Jamestown: Presentations including topics on wood ducks, general wildlife, water quality, woodlands, grasses, soils, erosion control and area history.

For information contact Bob Martin by e-mail at robert.j. or call 701-252-7666.

- Schnell Recreation Area-Campground maintenance, near Richardton: Plant, mulch and water trees; build picnic tables and trash can holders; and other improvements as needed. Trail improvements and maintenance: trim trees; build trail; erect signs (directional and educational about vegetation, wildlife and historical uses); construct benches and plant acorns.

Contact Angela Wetz by e-mail at or call 701-227-7741 for information.

- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora: Help restain the wooden fencing at the wildlife handling facility in the North Unit. The facility is the winter residence of the park's longhorn steers and is used in bison roundups. Volunteers will meet at the North Unit Visitor Center at 8 a.m. Volunteers should bring a lunch; materials and brushes will be provided. Participants will receive a free one day pass valid for future use at any National Park Service site.

Those interested should contact the North Unit Visitor Center at 701-842-2333 today so that enough materials will be on hand.

To thank volunteers, the park will offer a sneak peek of the Ken Burns film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" that premieres on Sunday.

The screening will be held at the North Unit Visitor Center at 2 p.m. There will also be a sneak peek of the film at the South Unit Visitor Center at 2:30 p.m. for the general public.