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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 06/19/09
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

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: 

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.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, SD 57717  

Last updated: 06-28-2012