Volunteers sought for cleanup on public lands

Two conservation groups need volunteers to help clean up public lands Saturday in Southern Nevada that have been marred by litter and unlawful target shooting.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon and Friends of Gold Butte are holding the cleanups to mark National Public Lands Day.

Pat Williams, president of Friends of Red Rock Canyon, said her group will focus on Lucky Strike Canyon along the northern boundary of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. That is where target shooters have left shell casings and debris .

"They're shooting bottles and whatever they can bring out there, including propane tanks to see if they explode. They've brought out sofas, too," Williams said.

She said she hopes 100 volunteers will help in the cleanup by signing up at www.getoutdoorsnevada.org.

Participants can register at 7:45 a.m. Saturday at the staging area off U.S. Highway 95 north between state Route 157 and state Route 156. Event signs will be posted.

Friends of Gold Butte needs volunteers to help clean up and restore three areas in the Gold Butte area, about an hour's drive northeast of the Las Vegas Valley.

Organizer Nancy Hall said her group will fan out to the problem locations starting at Whitney Pockets southeast of Mesquite.

Volunteers should meet there at 8 a.m. To reach Whitney Pockets take Interstate 15 north to exit 112, then head south on state Route 170. Cross the bridge over Virgin River and turn right on Gold Butte Road. Whitney Pockets is a sandstone formation, 20 miles south of Route 170.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness will celebrate National Public Lands Day in the Gold Butte area by installing two post-and-cable fences and planting native plants along Falling Man Trail.

He said his group needs about 60 volunteers.

Las Vegas Review-Journal