SHERIDAN — Conservation groups in Sheridan County will host a Sheridan County Public Lands Day Celebration on Sept. 28 at the Bureau of Land Management’s Welch Ranch Special Management Area on Decker Road.

The groups welcome the public to attend the event, which will start with trail cleanup at 10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic lunch and then afternoon activities of hiking, floating on the Tongue River and birdwatching. For more details on the event, including the option to RSVP, find the event on Facebook.

Directions to Welch Ranch are available at blm.gov.

The event is one of several across the state on the first Wyoming Public Lands Day, recognized by the governor in a proclamation signed Sept. 4 following the passage of a bill in this year’s Wyoming Legislature. The fourth Saturday in September has also been long-recognized as National Public Lands Day with events occurring across the country in partnership with the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Parks Service. The day celebrates the value of public lands in providing recreational and economic opportunities for a variety of multiple uses.

“It is important to come together and celebrate something all Americans have in common: public lands.” said Khale Century Reno, executive director of Wyoming Wilderness Association. “With half of our incredible and unique landscape being public land, it is exciting that Wyoming is joining the momentum in highlighting the value and benefits that can connect all people.”