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Saturday, September 26th was National Public Lands Day. MPG Ranch, in collaboration with Old Bulls of the Sapphires, organized 15 volunteers from the University of Montana and local community to remove trash from National Forest Land surrounding Missoula.

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Volunteers collected four truckloads of trash and construction waste from trailheads, makeshift shooting ranges, and along roads. We targeted Pattee Canyon/ Deer Creek and Miller Creek, both popular recreation areas.

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MPG will continue to organize this type of service work to make our shared public lands a better place for people and wildlife.

About the Author

Joshua Lisbon

Joshua graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula, in 2009 with an M.A. in Intercultural Youth and Family Development. Joshua has designed and implemented wilderness and experiential-based education programs for various agencies since 2001. He has worked in Missoula since 2005 predominately with disadvantaged populations providing challenging and empowering programming for youth and adults alike.At MPG, Joshua works to coordinate with local agencies and school districts as well as the university to connect students and members of the community to MPG’s work. He also recruits and mobilizes volunteers to accomplish various projects for the ranch. In his free time, Joshua enjoys exploring Montana’s wild places. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys any pursuit that keeps him connected to the natural world.