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Volunteers help to clean up at Missouri River Breaks National Monument


October 10, 2019

Press release

What can 11 volunteers in canoes accomplish in a day on the Missouri River? They collected more than 250 pounds of trash, including five car tires, plastic bottles and bags, a sneaker and one lawn chair.

The volunteers participated Sunday, Oct. 6, in the river cleanup held by the nonprofit Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument. Volunteers from Fort Benton, Helena, Missoula, Livingston, Cut Bank, Bozeman and Lewistown came to the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument for the event.

“Canoeing on the Missouri Breaks is always a positive experience,” volunteer Dan Bintz of Lewistown said.

Led by two Big Sky Watershed Corps members from Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument, the group canoed more than 20 river miles down the Missouri from Fort Benton to Wood Bottom to clean up trash in the river and along the banks.

The cleanup was originally scheduled to be held Sept. 28 on National Public Lands Day, an event that honors the importance of taking care of and appreciating public lands, but winter-like weather forced Friends to delay the cleanup.

Sunday, volunteers were greeted with clear skies and lots of sunshine.

Area businesses helped sponsor the event. Missouri River Outfitters of Fort Benton provided canoes and shuttle service. Lehman’s True Value of Fort Benton provided shovels for digging out tires, the Montana Sub Shop of Great Falls donated lunch and the River Market in Fort Benton donated meat for a post-cleanup barbecue.   

People who are interested in volunteering with Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument in the future can help with its annual cottonwood planting along the Missouri River Saturday, Oct. 19.

  To sign up, people can go online to  https://missouribreaks.org/get-involved/volunteer . For more information, contact [email protected] .


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