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April 14, 2009

Contact:  
    Sarah Beckwith
    307-347-5207

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day
Clean-up Near Basin

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is celebrating Earth Day from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 25, with a clean-up day near Basin.

Volunteers should plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Torchlight, at the end of Lane 42 in Basin. Bring gloves, a water bottle, and snacks and wear boots or sturdy shoes. Water and tools will be provided. The rain date is scheduled for May 16.

According to BLM Ranger Aaron Kania, the area has traditionally been an illegal dumping area. "Dumping is expensive to clean-up, causes flat tires, and is an eyesore on public lands in general," Kania said. "We appreciate any assistance from the public toward the improvement of the area and hope that the clean-up will curb future dumping."

Earth Day events have been held around the world since 1970, and are intended to inspire awareness and stewardship of the environment.

For more information about volunteering for the clean-up day, please contact the BLM Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100.

The BLM manages more land - 258 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. 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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