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Release Date: 09/13/13
Contacts: Brad Purdy, 406-896-5258    

BLM Montana/Dakotas Announces National Public Lands Day Events

Billings, MT. - Started in 1994, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has become the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. It’s an opportunity to educate the public about key natural and historical resource issues, build partnerships, and improve our public sites through stewardship and the hard work of thousands of volunteers.

BLM Montana/Dakotas is proud to announce the following NPLD events will be taking place over the next several weeks.

Event: Homestake Powderhouses
Date: September 14, 2013
BLM Field Office: South Dakota
Event Coordinator: Bitsy Stiller/Brenda Shierts, 605-892-7025
Event Information:  Originally part of the historic mining activity at Homestake Mine, the powderhouses are now managed by the BLM. Volunteers will install interpretive signs and move slash piles to a safe distance for burning this winter.

Event: Sundance Lodge Recreation Area
Date: September 21, 2013
BLM Field Office: Billings
Event Coordinator: Tim Finger, 406-896-5248
Event Information:  Sundance Lodge Recreation Area is a popular non-motorized recreation area adjacent to Billings, the largest city in Montana. The existing trail system is being rebuilt through this program of user involvement. Last NPLD, volunteers reconstructed about half a mile of trail and installed several new facilities. Similar progress is expected this year.

Event: James Kipp Recreation Area Cleanup
Date: September 28, 2013
BLM Field Office: Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Event Coordinator: Mark Schaefer/Brian Woolf, 406-622-4015
Event Information:  The 10-acre James Kipp Recreation Area is a well-developed and popular site located at the end of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River. NPLD 2013 is part of an ongoing effort to clean up and renovate campsites, roads and parking areas after extensive flooding in the spring of 2011.

Event: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (6 projects)
Date: September 28, 2013
BLM Field Office: Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Event Coordinator: Jeff Kitchens,  406-896-5235
Event Information:  Six major projects are slated for NPLD 2013 at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, located about 30 miles east of Billings. Volunteers will remove noxious weeds and replant native trees and shrubs; continue work on a parking/day-use area on public lands adjacent to the monument; continue construction of a nature trail; repair the boardwalk to the top of the Pillar; remove old barbed wire fencing; and remove trash and debris.

Event: Limekiln Trail Maintenance
Date: September 28, 2013
BLM Field Office: Lewistown
Event Coordinator: Kelly McGill, 406-538-1905
Event Information:  Volunteers will maintain and repair the Limekiln Trail, located less than 10 miles from Lewistown, Montana.

Event: Zortman/Camp Creek Rec Area Weed & Trash Cleanup
Date: September 28, 2013
BLM Field Office: Malta
Event Coordinator: Kathy Tribby, 406-654-5124
Event Information:  The community of Zortman in the Little Rockies of north central Montana is surrounded by BLM lands including the Camp Creek Recreation Area/Campground. The entire area is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and its heavy use brings an increased risk of spreading noxious weeds and trash deposits. Volunteers removed weeds earlier this year before the plants went to seed, and will return to clear trash at the end of the season.

For more information on National Public Lands Day events contact Brad Purdy at 406-896-5258 or any of the event coordinators above for specific event information. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at, on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @BLM_MTDKs.

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: 09-13-2013