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BLM signing up clean-up volunteers

The Bureau of Land Management is expecting thousands of volunteers to step up September 28 to volunteer for cleanup projects on public lands throughout the west.

The 26th National Public Lands Day is organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation and is considered to be the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Several specific events are planned in eastern Idaho. They are:

North Menan Butte Project
What: – Join BLM for this volunteer event to clean up trash, work on trails and fix fences at North Menan Butte. Volunteers – Please bring your own gloves.
Where: North Menan Butte Trailhead (1100 North 3600 East, Menan, ID)
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact: Danielle Winterholler, 208-524-7500,

Red Road Project and Cleanup
What: Join BLM for this cleanup along Red Road near St. Anthony Sand Dunes.
Where: Volunteers – Please meet 8 a.m. at Sand Hills Resort (865 Red Road, Anthony, ID 83445)
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Mike Setlock, 208-524-7529,

Portneuf River Project
What: The BLM Pocatello Field Office will partner with the City of Pocatello to create a new boater access point to launch non-motorized watercraft on the Portneuf River. The BLM will provide work gloves, tools and all materials to construct the fence, as well as lunch and drinks.
Where: Meet at 9:30 a.m at the BLM Pocatello Field Office (4350 Cliffs Drive; Pocatello, ID 83204)
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact: Chuck Patterson, 208-478-6362,

Herd Creek Fence Removal Project
What: Volunteers will collaborate with the BLM Challis Field Office and Salmon-Challis National Forest to remove fences from a retired cattle grazing allotment in the Herd Creek area within the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness. The fences are no longer needed and are a hazard to wildlife. Volunteers – Please bring sunscreen, water, hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts and pants. BLM will provide work gloves, water and snacks.
Where: Herd Creek area in Jim McClure – Jerry Peak Wilderness
When: Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Contact: Anthony Bartlett, 208-879-6258 (office) or 208-410-0829 (cell),
Please RSVP by September 23 if you or your organization is interested in participating.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Project
What: Join BLM for this volunteer project to work on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail along beautiful Lemhi Pass. The BLM has planned a multitude of projects for many skill levels and will provide transportation, lunch, refreshments and work equipment, as available.
Where: Please meet at 9 a.m. at the Public Lands Center (1206 South Challis Street, Salmon, ID 83647) to carpool to our volunteer project.
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact: Travis Seaberg, 208-756-5412,

During last year’s National Public Lands Day, 114,000 volunteers contributed 453,000 hours of service, valued at $11 million at 1,200 sites across the country.

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