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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/25/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

Youth from Group Home Reclaim Old Roads


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office and the Big Horn Basin Adolescent Program in Basin, Wyo., came together recently for a day of hard work and some fun, too. The group reclaimed roads that are no longer used in the Lower Renner Wildlife Habitat Management Area.

Volunteers carry sagebrush to place on an old road.
Volunteers carry sagebrush to place on an old road.
Big Horn Basin Adolescent Program Group Leader Greg Gloy assists BLM Natural Resource Specialist C.J. Grimes in collecting sagebrush for the road reclamation.
Big Horn Basin Adolescent Program Group Leader Greg Gloy assists BLM Natural Resource Specialist C.J. Grimes in collecting sagebrush for the road reclamation.
BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Aaron Kania receives a helping hand from a few hard-working volunteers.
BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Aaron Kania receives a helping hand from a few hard-working volunteers.
The volunteers were full of energy as they bounded up steep grades and used sagebrush to disguise and reclaim nine routes. "I know I've said it before, but this is really fun," said one of the volunteers. "I love cleaning-up and it's good exercise, too." The Big Horn Basin Adolescent Program specializes in helping troubled youth, and provides long-term care for boys and girls ages 10 through 17.

"The BLM wouldn't be able to do this kind of work without the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteers like these," said Law Enforcement Ranger Aaron Kania, who guided and worked with the volunteers throughout the day.

The project was the final piece of the reclamation puzzle for the Lower Renner Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The old routes were tilled by contractors last summer and then seeded. For the final project, the young volunteers placed limbs and sagebrush branches over the routes to break up the visual line and help protect the new seedlings.

On her way down a hillside, with Renner Reservoir sparkling below, one of the volunteers looked proudly back at the newly-rehabilitated route and said, "I want to bring my parents out here and show them all the work we did."



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: 05-26-2010