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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 09/03/13
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
News Release No. 130903A

BLM National Public Lands Day set for Sept. 14

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. --- The Bureau of Land Management will be hosting National Public Lands Day at the Fort Meade Recreation Area Alkali Creek Campground east of Sturgis on Sept. 14.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to come for the day and help the BLM install walk-through gates across the Centennial Recreational Trail. The gates will enhance access and  keep grazing livestock from straying.  South Dakota NPLD volunteers will be joining the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands.

Volunteer sign-in will start at 8:45 a.m. and the work project will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A free picnic lunch will be provided for the volunteers.

To reach the work site:  take the I-90 Black Hills National Cemetery Exit 34 and turn north; follow the road, crossing under the highway until you reach a “T” intersection; continue on the road  past the Veteran’s Administration’s small white chapel and enter the BLM Fort Meade Recreation Area; continue on the main road for 3/4 mile. Alkali Creek Campground is on the right/east side of the road.  Signs and flagging will show where to turn. 

By educating volunteers at sites across the country, National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps that worked from 1933-1942 alive: to preserve and protect America's natural heritage. 

For more information, contact Ryan Larson or Brenda Shierts at 605.892.7000.  More NPLD information is also available on the web 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. 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.

Last updated: 09-27-2013