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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 09/18/09
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Sets National Public Lands Day Event at Fort Meade Recreation Area

The public is invited to participate in the 14th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Fort Meade Recreation Area, east of Sturgis.

The event is a joint clean-up project with the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Sturgis Parks Department.

NPLD is the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands. Volunteers will roll up their sleeves and devote the day to a cleaning the “S” turns of State Highway 34, nearby Bear Butte Creek and the Sturgis Bike Path.           

To reach the work site, take Exit 30 off Interstate 90 (Sturgis). Proceed east on State Highway 34 for about two miles. The gathering point will be the east end of the Sturgis Park. Volunteer sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and project work will run about 9:00 a.m. to noon followed by an awards ceremony. The BLM will provide snacks and hotdogs to the volunteers and the city will provide beverages.

By educating volunteers at sites across the country, NPLD maintains the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an army of 3 million Americans who in the 1930’s countered the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the American chestnut blight by planting more than 3 billion trees, building 800 state parks, and fighting forest fires. 

Sponsored for the eleventh consecutive year by Toyota Motor Sales USA, NPLD gives Americans an opportunity to give back to the very lands they use to hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax.

For more information, contact Bill Monahan at the BLM South Dakota Field Office at: (605)892-7003.  A list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts and downloadable photos from past events is available at:  Additional volunteer-related information is available by calling: 1-800-VOL-TEER (800-865-8337).

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.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012