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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 04/19/10
Contacts: Contact Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Sets National Public Lands Day Event

The BLM South Dakota Field Office is inviting the public to National Public Lands Day, Saturday, May 1 at the Fort Meade Reservoir located approximately three miles east of Sturgis.

Sign-in will start at 8:30 a.m. and the event will start at 9:00 a.m. Activities will consist of planting trees until noon followed by an awards ceremony and a local history presentation. The BLM, the City of Sturgis and Lynn’s Dakotamart will be providing snacks for the participants.

To reach the work site, go north from the Lazelle-Junction intersection on Junction Avenue about three miles and watch for the Fort Meade Reservoir turn-off on the right. Parking will be limited; car-pooling is encouraged.

In 2009, over 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and planted trees during National Public Lands Day events. The combined efforts of National Public Lands Day volunteers resulted in labor across the nation worth more than $14 million going to benefit public lands.

For more information contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Elizabeth Stiller at (605)892-7000. National Public Lands Day information is also available on the web at: or by calling 1-800-VOL-TEER (1-800-865-8337).

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, SD 57717-1698  

Last updated: 06-28-2012