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Join the Bureau of Land Management in celebrating public lands at several events taking place throughout September in western Montana.

The volunteer-driven cleanup activities center around National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, but the fun is not limited to just one grid-square on the calendar: several opportunities on multiple days are available to those who want to pitch in and give back to their public lands.

The BLM’s Western Montana District invites the public to join them at the following events:

  • Devil’s Elbow Campground: Native American Pow-wow is Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16, and is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Trails System and features a pow-wow with a drum group and exhibition dancers. There will also be traditional games and short talks throughout the two days. For a complete schedule, call (406) 533-7600, or email kscarbrough@blm.gov.
  • Trail maintenance from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Copper City trail system. Volunteer to help clean up and maintain one of the BLM’s newest mountain-biking networks in the west. Meet at the trailhead 5 miles north of the Wheat Montana deli on Highway 287. Turn right onto Copper City Road and travel another mile to the meeting place. Some tools will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring a gravel rake. There will also be a crew collecting garbage with a dump truck. A barbecue lunch will be provided after the work is done, followed by several group rides leaving from the trailhead at 1:30 p.m.
  • Tree planting will take place at Log Gulch Campground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Meet at the campground on the shores of Holter Lake, north of Helena. Volunteers should bring a lunch, water, and weather-appropriate clothing. Details: 406-533-7600.
  • Campsite and trail cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at Revenue Flats. Volunteers should follow the signs along Highway 287 at Norris to meet at the first left-hand turn after entering public lands when approaching Revenue Flats area from the north (on the Norris side). Please bring weather-appropriate clothing, food and water; the BLM will provide work gloves and trash bags. For more information, contact Chris McGrath at 406-682-4082, or by email at cmcgrath@blm.gov.

For more details, check out NEEFusa.org/NPLD. Everyone is encouraged to follow and participate in the conversation on social media using the hashtags #NPLD and #NEEF25thNPLD.

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