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Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day in United States

Quick Facts

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day encourages people in the United States to participate in cleaning up the federal lands. It is observed on the first Saturday after Labor Day.

Local names

NameLanguage
Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayEnglish
Día de Carl Garner y la Limpieza de Tierras FederalesSpanish
קרל גארנר יום ניקיוןHebrew
كارل غارنر الاتحادية اراضي يوم تنظيفArabic
칼 가너 연방 정리 일 랜즈Korean
Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayGerman

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015
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Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is observed in the United States on the first Saturday after Labor Day.  It is a day when people are encouraged to participate in cleaning up the federal lands and features various programs and activities.

Cleanup Day

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is a time for people to cooperate in preserving their environment, particularly federal public land, recreation areas and waterways.

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What do people do?

Each year the president of the United States issues a proclamation calling on people to observe Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. However, activities may occur on a day other than the first Saturday after Labor Day if a federal land manager decides that an alternative date is more appropriate because of climatological or other factors. Each federal land management agency organizes cleanup and maintenance activities together with volunteers and state and local authorities.

The targeted areas for Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day are federal public land, recreation areas and waterways within the agency’s jurisdiction. Activities that occur on the day aim to: continue public and private sector cooperation in preserving the beauty and safety of these areas; increase people’s sense of ownership and community pride in these areas; reduce litter along federal lands; and maintain and improve trails, recreation areas, waterways, and facilities.

In previous years, many communities took part in various cleanup activities on the day. For example, the annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup has attracted hundreds of volunteers and featured entertainment. Local businesses also pledged their support for the event.

Public life

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However some people who work on a Saturday may leave work early or planned a day off in advance to participate in events for the day. Local businesses, such as food stores, may operate at reduced hours to host lunches for volunteers during the day.

Background

In the 1980s a man named Carl Garner organized a large citizen cleanup of the area around Greers Ferry Lake. Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day evolved as a result of Garner’s work. The day was created in 1985 by the Federal Lands Cleanup Act as the "Federal Lands National Cleanup Day". It was renamed in 1995 to honor Carl Garner. Garner has served on the boards of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission and Keep America Beautiful.

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatSep 81990Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 71991Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 121992Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 111993Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 101994Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 91995Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 71996Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 61997Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 121998Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 111999Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 92000Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 82001Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 72002Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 62003Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 112004Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 102005Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 92006Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 82007Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 62008Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 122009Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 112010Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 102011Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 82012Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 72013Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 62014Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 122015Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 102016Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 92017Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 82018Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 72019Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 
SatSep 122020Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup DayObservance 

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