U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
|Release Date: 04/29/11|
BLM–Friends Partner for National Public Lands Day
On May 12 and 13, the Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (BLM) and Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument will be hosting a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) project along a portion of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.
This year’s NPLD celebration will feature a general cleanup of the upper portion of Missouri River in preparation for the 2011 recreation season. Cleanup will begin at Fort Benton on May 12, and end 41 miles downstream at Coal Banks Landing on May 13.
NPLD participants will be riding in BLM jet boats and motorized canoes, stopping as needed to collect litter and provide a general cleanup. BLM will also provide personal flotation vests, trash bags and work gloves. The Friends of the Missouri Breaks will provide snacks and water on the river, and lunch at the take-outs.
The May 12 launch will be at the Fort Benton Boat Ramp, and take-out at the Wood Bottom Recreation Area. On May 13, launch will be at the Wood Bottom Recreation Area, and take-out at Coal Banks Landing. On both days, launch is 9:30 a.m. and take-out is 2:00 p.m.
Each day of the Missouri River NPLD celebration promises to be fun and worthwhile and will provide an opportunity for those who enjoy their public lands (floaters, boaters, hunters, hikers, campers and those who fish) to care for their public lands.
National Public Lands Day has become our largest hands-on volunteer effort designed to improve and enhance the nation’s public lands. Each year, NPLD volunteers join with partners such as BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and other national, state, county, city and local agencies to complete numerous public land improvement projects from coast to coast.
“Partnerships like this provide a tremendous amount of on-the-ground work that is extremely helpful and valuable,” offered Monument Manager Gary Slagel.
As jet boat and canoe space may be limited, the partners encourage everyone interested in participating in this NPLD event to contact the Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument at (406) 538-8006, or Mark Schaefer at (406) 622-4015 with questions about the logistics or additional information.
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.
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument 701 7th Street Fort Benton, MT 59442
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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