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BLM to host geocaching event

— The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will host a Cache In Trash Out event as part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day. Volunteers should meet at the Little Snake Field Office at 8 a.m. Sept. 27.

A Cache In Trash Out event is an activity tied to geocaching. Volunteers will be given GPS coordinates to specific work sites. Each group will have to use the coordinates to locate its work site and then perform specified tasks. After the work is completed, another set of coordinates will be given to a location for a new geocaching box.

The event will begin after a brief introduction to map reading, operation of GPS units and what geocaching is about. After the workday, volunteers will be given a tour of the proposed Interpretive Drive on Duffy Mountain. The tour will end with a complimentary visit to Juniper Hot Springs. Juniper Hot Springs is one of three known springs to contain more than six minerals. The other two are located in Europe.

Volunteers also will receive:

• Free barbecue

• Free raffle for the chance to win a "Geocaching for Dummies" book and other prizes

• Free T-shirt

• Free "Fee-Free Day Pass" for participating public lands

• Free concert

BLM still is in the planning stages and hopes to have more "fun activities for our volunteers as we get closer to September, so mark your calendars."

BLM recommends anyone interested RSVP so an accurate count can be made for the amount of supplies needed.

For more information, call outdoor recreation planner Gina Robison at 826-5083 or e-mail gina_robison@blm.gov.

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