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Volunteers help clean up First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park

Posted at 11:49 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 13:49:22-04

AmeriCorps members paid tribute to those lost on 9/11 by hosting a day of service at First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park.

Volunteers spent several hours Friday morning working on the park’s trail.

They replaced gravel that had washed away, flattened out some parts of the trail, and created drainage areas to try to prevent water from building up on the trail.

"It makes me feel really great. I’m really happy with how this event turned out. We have about 30 people coming out, so I’m really proud of the community for stepping up,” Americorps Cultural Steward Sarah Norlin said.

She said the goal was to pay tribute to the people who died on 9/11 by helping the community.

From the park website: "First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and National Historic Landmark is an archaeological site with possibly the largest bison cliff jump in North America. Native peoples used this site for at least a thousand years before Lewis and Clark passed through here. The bison jump site consists of a mile long sandstone cliff; there are remnants of drive lines on top of the cliff and there are up to 18 ft. of compacted buffalo remains below the cliff. The park has an interpretive trail, picnic tables and a black-tailed prairie dog town to help the visitor better understand the epic history of hunting on the high plains."

Buffalo Jump park gets a cleanup