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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Release Date: 04/29/11
Contacts: Mark Schaefer (406) 622-4015    

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. 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.

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument   701 7th Street      Fort Benton, MT 59442  

Last updated: 06-28-2012