National Public Lands Day is Sept. 28. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help clean up the public recreation area.
The Glade has been used as a place to dump stuff, from old mattresses to fridges, said Gary Torres, manager of BLM’s Farmington field office.
More than 10 years ago, the BLM began to partner with the county and local industry to clean the area. In the past, the BLM has had between 100 and 150 volunteers show up for the cleanup.
“It’s both a health and safety issue,” Torres said.
He said items like refrigerators need to be properly disposed of because of the chemicals they use.
Torres said the Glade is an asset for recreation and could be used to attract people to visit Farmington. The Glade features opportunities for hiking, biking and off-road vehicles.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can contact Tamara Faust at and email@example.com or call 505-564-7762. Other areas in New Mexico that are participating in the National Public Lands Days include:
• Planting trees at Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area near Lincoln
• Upgrading the parking lot and installing trail and safety signs at Hackberry Lake Special Recreation Management Area in Carlsbad
• An artist’s lecture and Ice Cream Olympics at Wild Rivers near Questa
• Cleanup at Aden Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area in Las Cruces • Cleanup of an illegal dump site at Goat Mountain in the Doña Ana Mountains
• Building tread way on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trials at El Malpais National Conservation Area in Grants on Sunday.
For more information, or to search for volunteer opportunities in your area, go to www.publiclandsday.org.