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REEDSPORT — Join the Bureau of Land Management for a fun-filled day Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area to help the agency plant a pollinator garden and celebrate National Public Lands Day.

Those interested in volunteering should meet at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area at 9 a.m. The event will end by 1 p.m. Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area is located three miles east of Reedsport along Highway 38.

Volunteers will plant more than 300 native plants to provide habitat for native bumblebees and other pollinators. Other work will include building a retaining wall and protective fence, scattering native seeds and building brush piles. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Creating the pollinator garden is one of several steps the agency is taking to reduce maintenance costs at the site and improve wildlife habitat at Dean Creek. The new pollinator garden at Dean Creek is registered in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge at millionpollinatorgardens.org.

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National Public Lands Day is an annual event where members of the public volunteer to improve public lands. To thank people for their service, each volunteer will receive a T-shirt and a certificate for a fee free day at any BLM, National Park, U.S. Forest Service, or Army Corps of Engineers site.

The National Public Lands Day event at Dean Creek is made possible with the support of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Umpqua Soil and Water Conservation District, Coos Watershed Association, Elkton Community Education Center and the Native Plant Society.

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