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Release Date: 04/25/12
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt 406-896-5228    

BLM Removes Trash in Celebration of Earth Day

On Tuesday, April 24, the BLM Montana State Office teamed up with the City of Billings Parks, Recreation and Public Lands to remove trash and other debris accumulating in the irrigation ditch along King Ave. East. 

This area serves as a key entry to the City of Billings, and the ditch supports a variety of bird and animal life and enhances the quality of the work experience at the BLM and surrounding neighborhood. 

“Local wildlife, as well as our employees, benefit greatly from this small strip of parkway.  I’m amazed at how much difference removing just 15 bags of trash has made to this area,” says Jack Conner, BLM Supervisory Asset Management Specialist.

The City of Billings provided trash bags and hauling services.  The cleanup was located at the BLM Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Dr., Billings, MT 59101. 

For additional information, please contact Kristen Lenhardt at 406-896-5228 or visit the BLM website at

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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Montana State Office   5001 Southgate Drive      Billings, MT 59101  

Last updated: 06-28-2012