monthofthemilitarychild

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APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD!

To celebrate the military child, this month we will post photos and information about some of the BLM lands near or adjacent to military installations, places where military families can GET OUTSIDE and enjoy America’s Great Outdoors.

Today, we share information about three BLM-New Mexico sites  - all near Holloman Air Force Base.

Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock.

From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk through the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, and lizards. It’s also a virtual birdwatcher’s paradise with great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows and golden eagles.

The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art. It is also one of the few sites giving visitors such direct access to petroglyphs. The number and concentration of petroglyphs here make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyphs sites in the Southwest. More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east.

The Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 2009 to protect, conserve, and enhance the unique and nationally important historic, cultural, scientific, archaeological, natural, and educational subterranean cave resources of the Fort Stanton - Snowy River cave system.

Fort Stanton–Snowy River NCA is located at an elevation of about 6,300 feet above sea level in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Blanca Mountains of south central New Mexico. The surface landscape of Fort Stanton includes rolling hills, mesas, and both seasonal and perennial streams with grasslands, pinyon/juniper shrublands and ponderosa pine forest habitats. The sub-surface caves of the area continue to be discovered and explored.

Snowy River is a significant passage within Fort Stanton Cave. In 2001, this large diameter passage was discovered after over 30 years of cavers investigating strong air flows coming through breakdown in the cave. Snowy River receives its name from a bright white crystal calcite formation covering the bottom of the passage.

There are many opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, visiting cultural and historic sites, picnicking, hunting, wildlife viewing, nature study, and photography within this unique NCA.

April is military child appreciation month!💜 Today April 15th is Purple Up for Kids where we honor and appreciate military Kids! Today I am wearing purple not just because I am a military brat but for all my friends, and students at my work who also come from military families! The color purple was chosen for this day because if you mix all the colors together it makes purple!
#militarybrat #navybrat #monthofthemilitarychild #purpleupforkids #salutetothemilitarykids 💜🇺🇸❤️💙⚓️

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APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD!

To celebrate the military child, this month we will post photos and information about some of the BLM lands near or adjacent to military installations, places where military families can GET OUTSIDE and enjoy America’s Great Outdoors.

Today, we share information about the BLM-Arizona’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, near Fort Huachuca Army Base in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

The San Pedro Riparian NCA’s 58,000-acres supports over 350 species of birds, 80 species of mammals, and 40 species of amphibians and reptiles.  The habitat richness and diversity provides families with amazing opportunities for wildlife viewing birdwatching, picnicking, primitive camping, hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, guided hikes, interpretive site visitation, and even weekend children’s programs.

This historically-significant area features the intact remains of the Spanish Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenante, a Spanish fortress marking the northern extension of New Spain into the New World. The Murray Springs Clovis Site is a significant archaeological resource that contains evidence of the earliest known people to inhabit North America. An interpretive trail leads visitors to the site. The area also features the ruins of the old mining town of Fairbank. The San Pedro House, a 1930’s-era converted ranch house, serves as a bookstore and visitor center.

Photos:  Children in cottonwood tree near San Pedro House, Diane Drobka, BLM-Arizona; all others, BLM-Arizona.

Check out what Military Youth of the Year finalist Shakira Wingate has to say about being a military kid.

“Being a military kid is like a moving truck. You are constantly on the move and packing up new objects and ideas from different places around the world. Sometimes you experience a bumpy ride. Friends come and go. Your mom and dad put on their uniforms, and you wonder who is going to deploy next and if two men will show up at your front door. You realize that you are on a ride. You experience the view, you feel the wind, you feel the tire blow out. But you keep riding because of your resiliency.”

 -Shakira Wingate, Southwest Region, Fort Hood Child Youth and School Services, Texas

April is the Month of the Military Child.

To celebrate the military child, this month we will post photos and information about some of the BLM lands near or adjacent to military installations, places where military families can GET OUTSIDE and enjoy America’s Great Outdoors.

We were inspired to share these places, during this month, in large part by one of the winners of the BLM and Sierra Club’s First Annual “What My Public Lands Mean to Me” Photo-Essay Contest for veterans, active-duty military and their families.

About his award-winning piece, Liam said:

The essay which my photographs accompany describes a family camping trip to Kennedy Meadows that recreates a trip I took as a boy. The experience of the outdoors gave me inner strength that inspired me during my time in Afghanistan. These outdoor memories are shared with my dad, a Vietnam veteran, and they are something I want to pass on to my children. 

View Liam’s full story and photo set, How Courage is Bred. 

Photo:  Liam’s view of his children on the family trip to Kennedy Meadows, or as he calls it, “a quest to discover whether the place that touched my soul as a boy still exists, whether the web of family and natural beauty that enchanted my thoughts could be experienced again this side of adulthood."  

Purple camo! I’m wearing #purple today to show my support for #MilitaryKids. April is the #monthofthemilitarychild. See my full post #ontheblog (link in my profile) #PurpleUp #PurpleUpforMilitaryKids #nailart #nailpromote #bbloggers #nailsforyall #nailsofinstagram #nailartoohlala #camofauge #manicure #hairnailsdiary #nails2inspire #nailswag @illamasqua #nailpolish

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APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD!

To celebrate the military child, this month we will post photos and information about some of the BLM lands near or adjacent to military installations, places where military families can GET OUTSIDE and enjoy America’s Great Outdoors.

Today, we share information about BLM-Yuma Field Office Imperial Dam Recreation Area, Senator Wash South Shore, near the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

Senator Wash South Shore, about twenty miles outside of Yuma, provides around fifty acres of open space, with gravel beaches on a reservoir.  Families can enjoy a day of water fun - swimming, boating and fishing - or time together hiking, viewing wildlife and camping.

In the photos here, taken August 4, 2012, active duty service members from the Marine Corps Air Station and their families gathered at Senator Wash South Shore for a day of post deployment relaxation and play.  The outing was one of two trial events planned for the returning service members of our nation.  Approximately 250 -300 personnel enjoyed activities such as trampolines, kayaking, water skiing, water slides, fishing, paddle boards, boating, and a barbeque.  During the outing, active duty personnel participated in guided discussion about their experiences while overseas and in combat, with emphasis on needs that could arise for service members and/or their families.  The event was considered a huge success by its organizers, the Squadron’s Command, and the BLM Yuma Field Office.

For #monthofthemilitarychild we have decided to do 30 days of photos :) There will be some prizes interspersed throughout the month for participating and it can be through facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and as long as they are public or we’re following you, we’ll be able to see them! Today’s prompt is resilience, a trait military families and children especially are known for. I can’t wait to see what yall come up with! #howicarryon