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Release Date: 08/26/11
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Pipestone Trail Maintenance on Tap for National Public Lands Day

As part of National Public Lands Day activities in the Butte area, the public can join the Bureau of Land Management as it leads an effort to improve the trail system at the Whitetail/Pipestone Off-Highway Vehicle area Sept. 10-11.

The maintenance and cleanup project is just one part of the weekend activities at the site located near the base of Homestake Pass, about 15 miles east of Butte. Activities will begin each day at 9 a.m. Take Exit 241 off I-90 and follow the signs to the OHV area parking lot.

The Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association, hosted by the Mining City Trail Riders, will hold its State Ride September 10-11 at the Whitetail/Pipestone OHV area. This year’s ride will also be a volunteer work weekend and part of a pilot program by the BLM and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council to improve the quality of the riding experience and overall management of the area.

In addition to the guided rides, there will be four three-hour work projects, two each day. Riders will be asked to participate in at least one work project, suitable to his/her ability. Projects will include general trail maintenance for ATV and motorcycle trails, sign installation, and the construction of jack-leg fences. MTVRA will provide the tools for the projects. The camp area will be located at the Pipestone Four-Corners Trailhead, which is a dry camping area with two toilets on-site.

The Pipestone OHV area is the most popular riding spot in the state and is used by riders from all over Montana and the surrounding region. One of the goals of the weekend will be to help develop a network of volunteers (i.e. a Friends of Pipestone group) from across the state to help take care of the area.

When volunteers arrive, they will notice a great deal of trail maintenance and some signing of the trails has already occurred as a result of recent work completed by the BLM, NOHVCC and the Mining City Trail Riders. This was made possible by grants NOHVCC received from the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, as well as through BLM funds derived from the three Special Recreation Permits issued for OHV events held at Pipestone this past Spring.

Participants should mark their calendars and plan to ride and volunteer to help improve recreational experiences at Montana's most popular OHV area.  

For more information, call the BLM’s Brad Colin at (406) 533-7638 or NOHVCC’s Russ Ehnes at (406) 899-0898.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at more than 2,080 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. Eight federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for shared lands. National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

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.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012