Throughout Public Lands Month (September), BHA members across the continent partook in BHA's Public Land Pack Out, a self-driven, trash-ridding campaign to clean our public lands and waters of more than 1,000 bags of rubbish.
As part of this effort, the Montana Chapter of BHA - working alongside Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - hosted a socially distanced group Pack Out on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26th, at the newly acquired C. Ben White Memorial Fishing Access Site near Conner, MT.
This location is a brand new, publicly accessible property, an acquisition that was supported by the Montana Chapter back in March 2020, so it was great to help clean it up.
Dozens of volunteers showed up on a chilly September Saturday, rolled up their sleeves and got to picking up garbage.
Collectively, the group removed the majority of the materials from the site, nearly filling all four industrial-sized dumpster provided by the Bitterroot Land Trust.
The group cheered to a job well done with some Public Land Owner Pale Ales provided by our friends at Highlander Brewing.
And then, our Montana BHA Board Member, Graham Coppes spent the rest of the day with his wife and dog enjoying this new public access.
Huge thanks to all the public land owners who came out and made this Public Lands Day Pack Out a success!