U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
South Dakota Field Office
|Release Date: 06/19/09|
BLM Sets NPLD Event at Fort Meade Recreation Area
The BLM South Dakota Field Office is inviting the public to National Public Lands Day Saturday, June 20 at the Fort Meade Recreation Area located two miles east of Sturgis.
This year marks the 16th anniversary of NPLD and volunteers will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and devote their day to constructing a small footbridge on the South Dakota Centennial Trail over Bear Butte Creek.
To reach the work site, take Exit 30 off Interstate 90 (Sturgis); proceed east on State Highway 34 for about two miles. The work site will be on the left, opposite the west entrance to the VA Medical Center.
Volunteer sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and project work will run from around 9:00 a.m. till noon; followed by an awards ceremony. The BLM will provide snacks and hotdogs for the volunteers.
For more information, contact BLM NPLD Coordinator Bill Monahan at (605) 892-7003.
"Wherever Americans go outdoors to explore, hike, fish, paddle, jog or just enjoy nature, that location is likely to be a candidate for a National Public Lands Day event," said Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day, a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation. "For 2009, we will have a special focus on the connection water has on our public lands."
The annual army of nation-wide NPLD volunteers has an immediate positive impact on public lands. Last year, over 120,000 volunteers planted an estimated 1.6 million trees, fixed hundreds of miles of hiking trails and removed trash at nearly 1,900 sites. Volunteer efforts totaled an estimated $13 million worth of time and in-kind contributions. This year, the number of sites is expected to grow to more than 2,000 with expected contributions over $14 million.
Interested persons can find out more about NPLD activities and other information at: www.publiclandsday.org.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
South Dakota Field Office 310 Roundup Street Belle Fourche, SD 57717
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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