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Short: "We’re really excited to come together and get this work done as a community"

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The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management will be celebrating National Public Lands Day by holding a volunteer event at the Campbell Tract on Sept. 24.

Volunteer activities will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with activities focusing on trail maintenance, steel post removal, and putting native plant gardens to bed for the coming winter according to a Sept. 19 news release. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and meet at Campbell Creek Center at 8:30 a.m.

“We’re really excited to come together and get this work done as a community,” Outdoor Recreation Planner Stolf Short said in the release. “It really is a day for giving back, and we’re glad that we can celebrate National Public Lands Day and help spruce up the Campbell Tract with our neighbors this year.”

The BLM will provide lunch, as well as tools, gloves, and all other required equipment, the release reported.

The Campbell Tract is a 730-acre Special Recreation Management Area located in Alaska's urban area, the BLM website reported. More than 300,000 annual visitors take part in outdoor recreation opportunities in a non-motorized natural setting. The 12-mile trail system winds through the woods and links to the 4,000-acre Far North Bicentennial Park trail network.

In March, the BLM requested public input regarding proposed changes for the tract, including the authorization of electric bikes and increasing parking at the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead, according to Alaska's News Source. Comments were accepted through April 20.

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