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.

We’ll be presenting at DigitalGov’s “Tumblr for Feds” Webinar this morning, along with our colleagues & friends from usagov, stopbullying & mypubliclands!

Whether you’ve been waiting for a while to sign up with Tumblr or whether you’re just curious how government agencies can leverage a platform known to be the breeding ground for the latest gifs and memes, this webinar will show you examples of how agencies have successfully taken advantage of gifs, memes and everything else Tumblr has to offer to meet their missions, increase audience engagement and build brand recognition.

February 19 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Update 2/26/2014: In case you missed it, Digital Gov University recorded the webinar, and we’ve shared it here: Two for Tumblr Tuesday: Tumblr for Feds: Gifs, Memes, and More


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!

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

Western National Wildlife Refuges That You’ve Never Heard Of

1. Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial Beach, California

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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

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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

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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

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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 territory.

5. Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California

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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.



After a wonderful National Public Lands Day weekend, we would like to thank the many volunteers who joined in our efforts to help take care of America’s public lands nationwide. 

Now go enjoy your public lands! Here are some of our favorite fall foliage photos across BLM managed lands. 


Happy #worldwildlifeday!

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.
#wildlife #Wyoming #science #biology #nature #conservation #animals #raptors #eagles #habitat #wildlifewatching #photography #naturephotography #SeeBLM #mypubliclands #photooftheday #instagood #instacool

One of our favorite places to play!

#getinthewild #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #utahgram #wowutah #utah
#ic_adventures #BPMag #natgeocreative #natgeo #mypubliclands #instacool
#liveyouradventure @picoftheday #outsidemagazine #gopro #REI1440Project (at Lake Powell)

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


Happy Anniversary Antiquities Act!

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

#landscape #winter #travel #getaway #solitude #cabins #ghosttown #Montana #skiing #history #rugged #trails #getoutdoors #getoutside #photooftheday #SeeBLM #backyard2backcountry #snow #instagood #instacool


#bornwild: BLM’s National Conservation Lands

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:

Navigation—the o’l fashioned way!

#getinthewild #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #utahgram #wowutah
#ic_adventures #BPMag #natgeocreative #natgeo #mypubliclands #instacool
#liveyouradventure @picoftheday #outsidemagazine #gopro #REI1440Project #adventure #backpacking #map #compass
#LifeisWild #Contest (at Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness)