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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Release Date: 10/18/11
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

Wood Bottom Benefits from National Public Lands Day

The Wood Bottom campground (on the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River, roughly 10 miles north east of Fort Benton) is in much better condition following  a recent National Public Lands Day event organized by the Bureau of Land Management and the Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument.

A work force consisting of about 15 volunteers was present to share in the duties, a great lunch and a productive day in the out-of-doors.

Volunteers spread gravel, which had previously been hauled into the site, to repair ruts and low spots in the parking/launch/camping areas as a result of this year’s flooding. They also applied a protective coat of linseed oil to the wood fence, painted fire rings, prepped the restroom for painting, and picked up garbage. 

The weather was great and the Friends of the Monument provided the lunch, snacks and beverages that helped make the day a great success. 

“National Public Lands Day provides a great opportunity for citizens to volunteer a little time to the public resources we all enjoy, and we very much appreciate those individuals who volunteer part of a day to care for their public lands,” offered Brian Woolf, a BLM park ranger in Fort Benton. 

National Public Lands Day began some 17 years ago and has grown into the largest single day volunteer event benefiting public lands in the nation.

reconditioned fence at Wood Bottom

cleaning a fire ring

the work crew in their NLPD T-shirts

boat launch area at Wood Bottom

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   920 NE Main      Lewistown, MT 59457   

Last updated: 06-28-2012