WARD, Colo. (CBS4) – The U.S. Forest Service is inviting the public to volunteer at Brainard Lake in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

The event is nationwide and draws over 175,000 people across all 50 states to volunteer, whether by planting trees or maintaining trails.

The volunteer event will be held on Sept. 26 at Brainard Lake Recreation Area to complete a critical section of trail between the parking area and the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. The path will take visitors through alpine forests and over wet meadows on an 80-foot boardwalk, with plenty of views of snow-capped peaks behind the lake.

The work day will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 4:30 p.m., and volunteers will be provided a picnic lunch. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. for the new section of trail.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and register ahead of time. All will receive a coupon for one free day to any participating federal public land.

To register, contact Jamie Grasso, Trail Projects Coordinator at Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, at 303-543-1411 or jamie@wlrv.org.

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