Conservation organizations partner on DC service project to celebrate National Public Lands Day

Sep 26, 2013

Dumbarton Oaks Trail 

National Park Service

The Wilderness Society and the Rock Creek Conservancy volunteer in local Washington park


Two conservation organizations headquartered in Washington, DC will participate in a national volunteer effort around America’s public lands.  The Wilderness Society and the Rock Creek Conservancy will celebrate National Public Lands Day by removing invasive English Ivy in Rock Creek Park.

Staff members of the organizations will devote Friday, September 27 to help remove invasive English Ivy from the Melvin Hazen stream valley in Rock Creek Park.  Rock Creek Park is one of the most beloved locations for outdoor recreation in Washington, DC and is managed by the National Park Service as a public land unit.

“The Rock Creek Park service project is a great opportunity for The Wilderness Society to celebrate and support public lands right here in our backyard,” said Paul Sanford, senior recreation specialist at The Wilderness Society. “The Wilderness Society works across the country to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. It is important that we act on our values in our own community.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the country.  NPLD started with three sites and 700 volunteers, and now involves about 175,000 volunteers working at more than 2,000 sites in every state.  National Public Lands Day falls toward the end of National Wilderness Month, and this particular year is especially important, as next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

“People from across the world come to Washington, DC to visit our nation’s capital, and Rock Creek Park is a natural playground that is easily accessible for residents and visitors alike,” said Alex Sanders from the Rock Creek Conservancy. “Rock Creek Park is a recreation haven in the heart of DC, and it is our responsibility to keep it maintained for our community and visitors.” 

Paul Sanford