Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd.

Earth Day got its start in 1970 when a senator from Wisconsin organized a demonstration to raise awareness about the issues affecting our environment. There are a lot of ways you can honor Earth Day on April 22nd (and every day for that matter) but I’m not going to go into that here. What I would like to do is make sure you are aware of an effort to clean up the Big Hole that day.

On Saturday, April 22nd, from 10 am – 4 pm Wild Montana’s Southwestern Wildlands Chapter will be conducting their 3rd annual Earth Day Big Hole River cleanup, and they would love for you to help.

The Big Hole River is a huge part of our lives here in Butte and southwest Montana. Whether you are an avid fisherperson, a floater, or a family that spends quality time in any of the campgrounds. The Big Hole is a ‘happy place’ for many of us.

Brian Solomon photo- used with permission
Brian Solomon photo- used with permission

For anyone that spends any amount of time on the Big Hole knows that it continues to get more and more popular. With popularity comes people, and with crowds comes trash. Most people are great about whatever they pack In, they pack out; but unfortunately, not everyone. So this is a day to chip in and help.

The cleanup will take place at the Divide Bridge Campground, starting at 10 am and running until 4 pm. It is a cleanup on a river, so make sure to be prepared with good (warm) work clothes, gloves, and boots.

The Big Hole is a national treasure and one we are lucky to have right outside our back door. Let’s help keep it beautiful.

You can read more about the Cleanup HERE. You can also call Sherry at 406-560-6184 or Roger at 406-491-0090.

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