The scenic Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is known for its mountains, multi-colored rock formations, diverse vegetation and vast, open vistas. The area is home to Handies Peak, which rises 14,048 feet over the area — plus 12 other peaks that are more than 13,000 feet, three major canyons, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. This landscape makes Handies Peak WSA a perfect getaway for hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain climbing and photography. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM — mypubliclands.
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BLM Winter Bucket List #23: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, for Spectacular Geologic Features and Superbowl 49
This month, Phoenix, Arizona, is a buzz with #superbowl news. As the state prepares for the big event, we’ll share information about beautiful public lands just outside of the city and others worth a day trip - like Vermilion Cliffs.
Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon.
Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination. A permit is required for hiking in Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and for overnight trips within Paria Canyon.
Whether you’re heading to the #superbowl or just want an unforgettable outdoor experience, Vermilion Cliffs is a must see! http://bit.ly/vermilioncliffs
Tijuana Slough Refuge is located in
the most southwestern corner of the contiguous United States. It is one
of southern California’s largest remaining salt marshes without a road
or railroad trestle running through it.
The refuge maintains essential habitats for many migrating shorebirds and waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway.
2. Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, Guadalupe, California
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Refuge is
located along the central coast of California, in San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara Counties. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and
farmland to the east, the refuge encompasses one of the largest coastal
dune systems remaining in California.
The refuge was established to protect breeding habitat for the
endangered California least tern and the threatened western snowy
plover. The refuge also provides habitat for other endangered species,
including the California tiger salamander, Morro blue butterfly,
shoulder band dune snail, and 16 rare or endangered plant species.
3. Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge, Willows, California
The Sacramento River Refuge is
located along the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley of
California. This riparian community is one of the most important
wildlife habitats in California and North America.
The refuge consists of 29 units along a 77-mile stretch of the
Sacramento River and large-scale riparian habitat restoration is
ongoing. Riparian habitat along the Sacramento River is critically
important for various threatened species, fisheries, migratory birds,
plants, and the natural system of the river itself.
4. Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Fillmore, California
Hopper Mountain National Wildlife
Refuge is the gateway into California condor country with a high
mountain valley encircled by deep canyons, steep ridgelines, and rocky
pinnacles. The refuge is an outpost on the edge of an unforgiving
terrain where California condors safely forage, nest, and roost.
There are currently 70 (number subject to change) free-flying adult
and juvenile condors managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in
southern California. They move frequently throughout their expanding
5. Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California
The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge
protects an incredible bounty of avian and mammalian wildlife. These
rocky islands, located 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge in
California, contain the largest seabird nesting colony south of Alaska;
they hold the largest colony of western gulls in the world; and they
support half the world’s population of Ashy storm-petrels.
Plus orcas and great white sharks have been spotted swimming past the refuge.
More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.
Pictured here, one of our favorite wildlife photos: an antelope with golden eagles in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. The image was captured by a “critter cam” - used by BLM offices to track wildlife activity and assist with wildlife management.
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i follow a blog or two run by some sector of the bureau of land management or department of the interior or something, because they post lots of pretty pictures of national parks. one of them lately has basically been advertising burning man. i expected a lot of things when i followed a blog run by an agency of the united states federal government, but not this. dear lord, not this
On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, which authorized all future presidents to protect historic landmarks or objects of “scientific interest” on public lands as national monuments.
While most national monuments are established by the President, Congress also has established national monuments protecting natural or historic features. Since 1906, the President and Congress have created more than 100 national monuments. They are currently managed by multiple agencies, including the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
The photo collection here reflects the diversity and beauty of the BLM-managed national monuments, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist.
BLM Winter Bucket List #3: Garnet Ghost Town in Montana for Its Winter Cabins
If you follow My Public Lands, you likely know Garnet Ghost Town - from our history posts, recent Halloween feature, and of course, BLMer Bob Wick’s amazing photos of the historic buildings and surrounding landscape. The photos provide a window into this abandoned mining town and our nation’s gold rush era.
But each winter, you can have much more than photographs. The BLM has two cabins available to rent from December through April at the old site. The surrounding area contains more than 116 miles of trails, including the 32-mile Garnet National Winter Recreation Trail. It’s a popular destination among winter recreation enthusiasts who enjoy skiing and snowmobiling in the rugged terrain.
Add Garnet to your bucket list if you want a “ghostly” quiet getaway. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM
Fifty years ago today, the Wilderness Act was signed, making the United States the first country in the world to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Today, the Bureau of Land Management manages wilderness as a part of its mission under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, through our National Conservation Lands.
In 1983, Congress designated the BLM’s first wilderness: the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Montana. Since then, Congress has designated 221 BLM Wilderness areas encompassing 8.7 million acres, including the 1994 passage of the California Desert Protection Act which created 69 wilderness areas in California. Another 528 WSAs remain, totaling 12.7 million acres.
The BLM’s management of diverse wilderness includes offshore rocks, deserts, canyons and alpine tundra. And because the BLM manages the most public land of any Federal agency, wilderness designations can be massive. For example, the BLM’s largest wilderness is Nevada’s 315,000-acre Black Rock Desert Wilderness. Along the California coast, the King Range Wilderness has the longest coastal wilderness trail network in the country, more than 100 miles. These lands offer clean water; starry skies; pristine wildlife habitat; and open vistas that the public and BLM employees treasure.
Follow along all month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act! And check out more beautiful wilderness photos in the #wilderness50 set on our My Public Lands Flickr: http://bit.ly/blmwilderness50