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Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day – September 7, 2024

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is celebrated across the United States on the first Saturday after Labor Day. It will take place on September 7 this year. The day is observed with programs, ceremonies, and activities that promote the cleanliness and upkeep of federal lands. With the celebrations, America hopes to see more and more people taking up their civic duties of keeping public spaces clean. This is a great way to support your community and protect the environment. The day is mostly celebrated by schools and volunteer groups. These cleanup days inspire, create awareness, and are true actions to prove their point.

History of Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day was first celebrated in 1985, albeit under a different name. Initially, the day was known as the Federal Lands National Cleanup Day. The founder of the day, engineer Carl Garner, took the initiative of organizing a clean-up of the areas around his place of work in Greers Ferry Lake. He encouraged residents to join him in the act, and together they were successful in cleaning up the lake and surrounding areas.

Soon after, his program gained popularity and received national acclaim. He was twice honored with the Keep America Beautiful Award. As a way of celebrating his achievements, the day was renamed Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day. Communities observe this day by hosting various activities, ceremonies, and programs that encourage public and private cooperation in keeping federal lands clean.

The celebrations also help people take pride in these public spaces, reduce litter on federal lands, and take care of other recreational areas. The lessons learned on Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day build awareness of the issue of littering. It should also encourage the preservation of the environment for the rest of the year. This is not a public holiday so schools, offices, and businesses remain open. However, voluntary celebrations are organized by schools, community centers, and voluntary groups. People can also celebrate Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day on their own by cleaning up public spaces around their homes.

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day timeline

The Birth of a Pioneer

Carl Garner is born on June 1.

Resident Engineer at Greers Ferry Lake

Garner becomes the resident engineer of the project since it starts.

Arkansas Honor

Garner is named Arkansas Tourism Person of the Year.

End of an Influencer

Garner dies at the age of 99.

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day FAQs

How many acres of federal land are there in the United States?

The 615.3 million acres of federal land in the United States are managed by the five major land management agencies. This represents about 27% of the total land of 2.27 billion acres.

What does the constitution say about federal land?

Federal lands are lands in the United States owned by the federal government. Congress has the power to keep, buy, sell, and regulate federal lands, such as by limiting cattle grazing on them.

Which states have the most federal land owned by the government?

Nevada has by far the greatest amount of government-owned land. The majority of land in the state is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

How to Observe Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day

  1. Clean federal lands

    Take time off your schedule to clean federal lands on Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day. You can also get your friends and co-workers to join you.

  2. Recycle

    Recycle, reuse, or upscale your wastes on Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day. Make recycling and reusing a lifestyle choice.

  3. Spread the word

    Take to your social media to talk about Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day. Encourage your friends to clean federal lands and raise awareness about the day.

5 Facts About Recycling That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Recycling can go a long way

    Recycling one ton of paper saves about 7,000 gallons of water.

  2. American recycling potential

    Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour.

  3. Garbage dumped into the oceans

    Four billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year.

  4. Recycling saves trees

    Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees.

  5. Finland recycling policy

    100% of all glass bottles are recycled in Finland.

Why Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is Important

  1. It keeps public spaces clean

    Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day encourages us to clean up our surroundings and public spaces. This makes our cities beautiful and user-friendly.

  2. It makes us environmentally conscious

    Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day makes us environmentally conscious. We are reminded of how important it is to stop littering.

  3. It builds good habits

    Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is celebrated at schools. This builds good habits in children. They are taught to respect the environment and clean up after themselves.

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day dates

2022September 10Saturday
2023September 9Saturday
2024September 7Saturday
2025September 6Saturday
2026September 12Saturday

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