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Release Date: 10/04/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Johnny Behind the Rocks Improved on National Public Lands Day

Volunteers and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff enjoyed a day of hard work and fun at Johnny Behind the Rocks, south of Lander, in celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD).

BLM and Montana Conservation Corps.
Members of the Montana Conservation Corps worked with Brandon Thielke (BLM, left).
Volunteers improve Johnny On Top Trail.
Volunteers improve the Johnny On Top Trail.
Members of Lander Cycling, the Montana Conservation Corps and other volunteers removed loose rock and brush that had grown over the trail from the popular Johnny On Top Trail.

BLM Lander Recreation Technician Brandon Thielke thanked all the volunteers for participating in this worthy project. "The improvements made at Johnny Behind the Rocks on National Public Lands Day will make this trail safer and more enjoyable for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders," Thielke said. “I’m so appreciative of the volunteers who came out and showed pride for their public lands.”

The NPLD workday built on improvement projects the BLM, Lander Cycling and other volunteers have completed over the past few years.

NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. For more information about NPLD or recreational opportunities on public lands in the Lander area, contact Brandon Thielke in the Lander Field Office at 307-332-8400 or

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: 10-04-2012