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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 10/22/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis, 970-244-3097    

Montrose/Ouray Area Kids Volunteer on Public Lands


Ridgway, Colo. – On Saturday, Sept. 26, a National Public Lands Day event for kids was held at the BLM Uncompahgre Riverway recreation site along the Uncompahgre River near Ridgway. Volunteers between the ages of seven and 12 were invited to water plants, plant trees and participate in a scavenger hunt.
 
Volunteers met at Ridgway Town Park and walked to the recreation site. Twenty-two children (four- to 12-years-old) and eight parents helped to plant and water eight small cottonwood trees (which were donated from San Juan Gardens here in Montrose) and wildflower seed mix around the base of the trees. Eight of the 22 children were part of a Girl Scout Brownie Troop from Montrose.
 
The children also participated in a scavenger hunt on site and made an art project from the items they collected. Volunteers received certificates of appreciation and other giveaways such as coloring books, "fee free" day passes and nature log books. Parents received a BLM volunteer hat with their certificates.
 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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