Date: November 3, 2008
Contact: Craig Flentie (406) 538-1943
Volunteers Spruce Up Kipp Recreation Area
The recent National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event at the Kipp Recreation Area is a great example of how citizens can lend a hand to keep their public lands clean, safe and enjoyable.
This year’s NPLD work crew consisted of 30-some citizen volunteers from Malta, Havre, Lewistown and a couple from Illinois (who were here visiting their daughter); BLM volunteers from Lewistown and Malta; and a group of students from the University of Montana who had just finished a two-week float on the Upper Missouri River and were resting at Kipp before returning to Missoula.
Through the day, these volunteers removed wire cages from dead trees and mature trees that no longer need protection; trimmed branches; installed solar lights; and gave the popular camping area, and the adjacent highway approach, a good general clean up.
At noon, the BLM provided ice cold water and soft drinks, sandwiches and chicken wings (all of which were huge hits; particularly with the college students who had been on the river for two weeks).
By mid-afternoon, the work assignments had been completed and the workers gathered again for dessert and a little relaxation. After that, most traveled back to their respective communities and homes, however a few stayed to enjoy an evening of elk viewing on the adjacent Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
By the end of this year’s NPLD, the Kipp Recreation Area enjoyed a fresh, clean appearance and the work crew gained a little insight into the work necessary to keep our developed recreation sites safe and inviting.
National Public Lands Day has become perhaps the granddaddy of all the one-day citizen volunteer maintenance and clean-up efforts on public land across our country. The total hours of labor contributed by citizens and the value of their effort to clean and maintain our public lands via NPLD are truly appreciated.