U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 09/16/09|
BLM to Host Public Lands Day Event
The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM) would like to invite you to participate in a special National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event on Saturday, September 26, at the James Kipp Recreation Area (north east of Roy, where U.S. Highway 191 and the Fred Robison Bridge cross the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River).
The day will consist of a few general clean-up duties around the popular recreation area, lunch and refreshments, and the installation of a kiosk dedicated to the Nez Perce – U.S. military incident of 1877, which occurred upstream at Cow Island.
The clean-up duties will consist of cleaning area hiking trails to the river and loading debris from a downed cottonwood tree into a truck for disposal.
Mr. Jim Evans, Executive Director of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation, will be present to help with the kiosk installation. The three-panel kiosk will discuss with text and photos the Nez Perce’s flight from Idaho in an attempt to settle in Canada.
“We encourage everyone to participate in these NPLD events. They’ve proven to be fun; useful events that help citizens show a little pride in their public lands. Participants should bring hand tools, gloves and dress for the day’s weather,” according to Sandra Padilla. Sandra is the BLM’s National Public Lands Day coordinator in Lewistown.
Participants should meet at the BLM’s Lewistown Field Office (920 NE Main) between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, to convoy to Kipp, or travel to Kipp on your own. There will be a short registration at about 9:30 and participants will work from about 10:00 until noon. “We’ll all break for lunch and refreshments and the kiosk installation, and then finish the clean-up projects and drive home,” Padilla added.
If you would like to participate in this event, please contact Sandra Padilla at 406-538-1916, by Wednesday, September 23, so the appropriate number of lunches can be provided.
Over the past 16 years, NPLD has grown from a fledgling event involving a few citizen volunteers into an event that hosts thousands of volunteers across the country. NPLD is now the largest of volunteer event designed to help citizens volunteer a day to clean up and fix up our public lands and facilities
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.
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