We continued our #WomenInSTEM Wednesday campaign. Each Wednesday, BLM’s social media will post about women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM. Last week, we featured a story Niki Cutler, Hydrologist for BLM-Nevada’s Sierra Front Field Office who took local 8th grader Mattie on a field trip as a “youth exposure to Natural Resource/ Hydrology opportunity”.
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an #NPLD20 Social Media Meetup on September 28 to help you share your experiences volunteering on National Public Lands Day! Visit http://blm.gov/npld to join in on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Yonder. They’ll retweet, reblog, like, and share the best pictures and posts throughout the day.
Are you a Woodsy Owl fan? While we’re not sure if Woodsy Owl is a protected species, did you know that he is a Federally protected mascot, covered by criminal statute? When researching this post, we came across an ominous “Use Restriction” note in our online catalog:
Use Restriction(s): Restricted - Possibly Note: The use and reproduction of the Woodsy Owl symbol is restricted by Public Law 82-359, as amended by P.L. 93-318, Title 18 U.S.C. 711A, and 36 CFR 272.
We ran it past Hannah Bergman, our resident legal eagle from the Office of General Counsel and this was her response:
"This is the most enjoyable question I’ve answered all day. Woodsy is so cute. Plus he is protected by criminal statute. That’s amazing. The reg says:
Official materials produced for the Woodsy Owl campaign may be used without express approval from the Chief of the Forest Service where such use is solely for the purpose of increasing public knowledge about wise use of the environment and programs which foster maintenance and improvement of environmental quality.
I think your proposed gif sounds like it fits within that exception, so you should be fine.”
Thanks again, Hannah - and Happy National Public Lands Day!
Artist Leaves Beautiful Installations In Public Spaces To Surprise Passersby
David Allen is an artist who leaves his natural sculptures out in public natural spaces to be found by passers-by thirsty for inspiration.
“My love for the outdoors, the elements, and all other things natural, is what has brought me to this place,” writes David. “Nothing makes me happier than sharing these works with others. Whether you know me personally, or just happened upon me during one of my installations, the questions, comments and smiles, the wonderment as to what I am doing, is what drives me to continue to look more deeply into these connections, and our true purpose in life.”
California Coastal National Monument at Crescent City, California — Bob Wick, Instagram Guest Photographer
About the photo: Using a very slow shutter speed (several seconds or more) softens moving water and helps convey a sense of movement. In addition to using this technique on rivers and waterfalls, it works great to capture ocean and large lake waves as shown here on California’s far north Coast. This image was taken in Crescent City, the northernmost town along the 1,100 mile California Coastal National Monument. The National Monument and the tall trees in nearby Redwood National Park make this a photographers paradise.
Camera Settings: Lens focal length: 70mm, aperture: f22, shutter speed: 6 seconds, ISO 50
The slopes of Mount Rainier in Washington are a patchwork of brilliant fall colors this time of year. Mount Rainier National Park is located southeast of Seattle and has more than 260 miles of maintained trails — making it a perfect place to explore the beauty of our public lands. Photo by National Parks Service.
America’s first national monument, Devils Tower is a geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie in Wyoming. David Lane captured this amazing 16-image panorama of the monument illuminated by the Milky Way and green airglow. Of visiting Devils Tower, David says: “From ancient stories of the Pleiades taking refuge at the top to the generations of Native Americas that held it sacred, it had a deep sense of age and a stoic nature that impressed me. It’s so unexpected, so large in person, so steeped in traditions.”
We celebrate wildlife today and every day on our nation’s public lands. 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.
Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife photos from your public lands!
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa was established for the protection of migratory birds. It is located along the Mississippi River Flyway, one of the major routes for migrating waterfowl. Key goals of the refuge are to conserve and enhance the quality and diversity of fish and wildlife and their habitats; and to restore floodplain functions in the river corridor.
This Saturday (September 29) is National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, one-day volunteer and recreation event. Over 170,000 volunteers at over 2,100 sites are slated to participate this year. Volunteers in every state will visit parks, urban green spaces, beaches, wildlife preserves and forests to chip in to help these treasured places that belong to all of us. They will improve and restore the lands the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature.
Additionally, all national parks, monuments, forests, recreation areas, and other federal public lands are waiving all recreation fees in honor of National Public Lands Day. This will give you that chance to finally go see Rocky Mountain National Park, the Grand Canyon, and hundreds of other beautiful publicly owned lands without having to pay an entrance fee!