Check Out What Happened #lastweekattheblm: April 13-17, 2015
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday, April 17, announced that the BLM will open a public dialogue on potential changes to federal onshore oil and gas regulations. The BLM is issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to seek public comment on potential updates to BLM rules governing oil and gas royalty rates, rental payments, lease sale minimum bids, civil penalty caps and financial assurances. Read the press release.
Last week, the BLM celebrated International Dark Sky Week 2015 with a My Public Lands Tumblr photo collection of night skies over Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument in Arizona and other BLM lands, by BLMer Bob Wick. The International Dark Sky Association recognized the unspoiled quality of Grand Canyon Parashant’s pristine and breathtaking night skies with an official IDA designation as “Parashant International Night Sky Province,” joining an elite group of other international Night Sky Places around the globe. See the popular photo collection on My Public Lands Tumblr.
On April 15, the National Conservation Lands continued its monthly #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover of the BLM’s national social media accounts, a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The April takeover focused on wildflowers and native plants on public lands. View all #conservationlands15 posts here: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/tagged/conservationlands15.
The BLM continued its new #WomeninSTEM Wednesday series on My Public Lands Tumblr with a post about BLM California Botanist Lara Kobelt, from her early work as a chicagobotanicgarden intern to a Botanist on National Conservation Lands. View all #WomeninSTEM Wednesday posts at http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/tagged/WomeninSTEM.
Finally, a recent article by huffingtonpost, These Photos From America’s Public Lands Will Make You Want To Go On An Adventure, included a beautiful sunset over BLM Oregon’s Warner Wetlands. Read the article about sunrises and sunsets on public lands.