U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Malta Field Office
|Release Date: 06/23/15|
Zortman Weed Roundup yields half-ton of weeds
(ZORTMAN, Mont.) – The Zortman Weed Roundup yielded about a half-ton of weeds reaped from the vicinity of Bureau of Land Management Buff’s Day Use Area.
Several invasive and noxious weed species, including Hounds Tongue, Yellow Toad Flax and Canada Thistle where removed from public lands managed for the American people by the BLM.
The 56-person work force consisted of employees, interns and volunteers from a number of the sponsoring organizations including: the BLM Malta Field Office and BLM Little Rockies Fire Station; the Boy Scouts of America Troop 444 and Cub Scout Troop 432; the Phillips County Weed and Conservation Districts; the American Prairie Reserve; National Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Zortman’s Garage and Hotel and the Buckhorn Store.
Engaging youth in Public Land Stewardship is one of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s and BLM Montana/Dakotas State Director Jamie Connell’s top initiatives.
“The Scouts’ participation in the Zortman Weed Rounup fits in with several state and national initiatives, such as BLM's Take it Outside Initiative, which focuses on programs that engage children and families in outdoor activities,” said Kathy Tribby, the BLM HiLine District Outdoor Recreation Planner.
Phillips County Weed District Supervisor Greg Kelsey provided valuable support for the June 12 event by briefing participants about weed identification, operational assignments and safety procedures.
American Prairie Reserve Supervisor Damien Austin and BLM Malta Field Manager Vinita Shea presented awards provided by the APR for Longest Weed, Shortest Weed and Most Pounds of Weeds.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land for the American people, 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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
Malta Field Office 501 South 2nd St. East Malta, MT 59538
|Last updated: 06-23-2015|
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