Date: September 12, 2007
Contact: Mark Jacobsen (406) 233-2831
Miles City BLM Sets National Public Lands Day Event
The Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office will be hosting National Public Lands Day on Sept. 29 at Oil Pump Reservoir located south of Glendive in Prairie County.
The event will start at 9:00 a.m. and is open to anyone who would like to contribute their time to improve Eastern Montana’s public lands. This year the project will include constructing an aerator windmill and installing fencing to enhance public fishing opportunities at the reservoir. Oil Pump reservoir is located off County Road 100 about 13.5 road miles south of the Glendive Short Pine OHV Area.
A strip map and more detailed directions to Oil Pump Reservoir are available at the Miles City Field Office located at 111 Garry Owen Road or by calling 233-2800 for a mailed copy. Overnight camping is available and portable toilets will be on site. Volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and feeling of personal satisfaction for a job well-done in exchange for their service.
The BLM Miles City Field Office has seen an increase each year in participation at this annual event, attracting youth groups and volunteers of all ages for a day of public service. The estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $18.77 an hour for 2006, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every 100,000 volunteers who participate in National Public Lands Day represent an additional $1.8 million worth of labor for America’s lands.
This year the goal is to exceed the 2006 National Public Lands Day numbers of 100,000 volunteers by at least an additional 10,000. “Public lands serve all Americans and National Public Lands Day provides a fun and educational opportunity for Americans to return the favor to those lands and the wildlife they harbor,” stated Robb Hampton, Director of National Public Lands Day. The event continues the legacy started by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which enrolled 3 million Americans to maintain and improve public lands during the Great Depression.
One-third of America's land is in public hands and may be used for everything from recreation and relaxation to utilizing natural resources for the nation’s benefit. National Public Lands Day is a yearly chance for Americans to take ownership and contribute to the improvement of these lands. Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. has volunteered to sponsor the event for the ninth consecutive year.