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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Montana/Dakotas State Office
 
Release Date: 09/25/12
Contacts: Ann Boucher, 406-896-5299    

BLM Marks National Public Lands Day 2012


The Bureau of Land Management is waiving day-use fees and sponsoring several volunteer work projects on September 29 as part of National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day is the largest nationwide volunteer workday for America’s public lands. As a partnership among land agencies, the business community and volunteers, NPLD benefits our nation’s parks, forests, refuges, lakeshores, grasslands and historic sites while encouraging the general public to become involved in public lands management. Land managers prepare projects that result in real and needed improvements, and volunteers learn, first hand, the issues that affect recreation areas. This year, more than 170,000 volunteers are expected to turn out at 2,100 sites nationwide.

“This is a fabulous opportunity to come out and enjoy your public lands,” said State Director Jamie E. Connell. “These sites belong to everyone. We encourage you to take advantage of all they have to offer and invite your help in taking care of them.”

The BLM in Montana has one NPLD event scheduled for September 26, and eight more on September 29. For more information about a specific project, or to volunteer, please contact the site coordinator.

  • Lowry Bridge Recreation Area near Simms, Mont., on Sept. 26; painting, sign repair, fence repair, weed removal, fire pit replacement, gravel moving and general cleanup. Contact: Kelly McGill, 406-538-1905.
  • Decision Point Recreation Area near Loma, Mont., on Sept. 29; flood damage repair and general cleanup. Contacts: Mark Schaefer or Brian Woolf, 406-622-4015.
  • Wood Bottom Recreation Area near Loma, Mont., on Sept. 29; flood damage repair and general cleanup. Contacts: Mark Schaefer or Brian Woolf, 406-622-4015.
  • James Kipp Recreation Area at Highway 191 and Fred Robinson Bridge on Sept. 29; flood damage repair and general cleanup. Contacts: Mark Schaefer or Brian Woolf, 406-622-4015.
  • Blackfoot Valley near Ovando, Mont., on Sept. 29; barbed wire fence removal. Contact: Jim Sparks, 406-329-3827.
  • Pompeys Pillar National Monument near Billings, Mont., on Sept. 29; weed pulling; native trees and shrub planting; trail construction; barbed wire removal; boardwalk repair; and parking area development. Contact: Jeff Kitchens, 406-896-5281. Click here for more information on Public Lands Day at the Pompeys Pillars National Monument.
  • Matthews Recreation Area near Miles City, Mont., on Sept. 29; general cleanup and repairs. Contact: Dena Lang, 406-233-2828.
  • Meeteetsee Spires near Bridger, Mont., on Sept. 29; gate construction and parking area improvement. Contact: Tim Finger, 406-896-5248.


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: 09-25-2012