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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 09/28/09
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

Public Lands Day Draws Volunteers to Local Site

The Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office hosted National Public Lands Day at the Pumpkin Creek Ranch Recreation Area, 16 miles south of Miles City, Sept. 26.

Volunteers came from Miles City, Terry and from as far away as Connecticut to contribute their time and labor on behalf of public lands for this 16th annual nationwide event.

Volunteers arrived throughout the morning and 32 persons contributed approximately 190 hours of community service towards the cleanup project. Old fencing materials, woven wire, panels and an old corral were gathered up for removal. The group enjoyed a lunch break, and then installed a walk-through gate near a cattle guard for area visitors.

Every year on the last Saturday in September, volunteers work to keep America’s outdoor areas beautiful as part of NPLD which began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers.

Over 130,000 volunteers were expected to have participated nationwide in this year’s event.  

“This is our biggest year yet for National Public Lands Day,” said NPLD program director Robb Hampton. “Interest in volunteering is surging. We have more projects than ever.”

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.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, MT 59301   

Last updated: 06-28-2012