Date: September 17, 2007
Contact: Jim Sparks, (406) 329-3827
Volunteers Needed for National Public Lands Day September 29
Volunteers are needed on September 29 to remove some fencing in the Chamberlain Creek area in the Blackfoot River Valley, approximately 50 miles east of Missoula. Volunteers will meet in the Town Pump parking lot in Bonner, Montana at 8 a.m. and carpool to Chamberlain Creek. Work activities will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. followed by a free barbeque.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is sponsoring the event as part of the National Public Lands Day (NPLD) celebration. Volunteers of all ages will have the opportunity to help remove 2½ miles of barbwire fence to improve habitat conditions for elk and other wildlife. The fence was constructed during the Chamberlain Creek Elk Study in the 1970s and is no longer needed.
The BLM will supply a sack lunch, late afternoon barbeque, and NPLD T-shirts to all participants. Come and spend part of the day, or the whole day. Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for outdoor activity including gloves, boots, pants and long sleeve shirts. Sunglasses or safety glasses are also recommended along with drinking water.
NPLD is a partnership among land agencies, the business community, private landowners, and volunteers, and is the largest nationwide volunteer workday for America’s parks, forests, refuges, lakeshore, grasslands and historic sites.
Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have questions contact Jim Sparks, BLM -Missoula Field Office, (406) 329-3827.