public lands

Your daily dose of cute: A bear cub hanging out in a tree at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee). Black bears give birth during hibernation, and the female bears and their cubs usually emerge from their winter dens in late March and early April. Photo by Matt & Delia Hills (


To celebrate Earth Day 2015, picture yourself on public lands, and share a #NatureSelfie!

Whether you hike with friends or clean up a trail, get outside for Earth Day and take a selfie. Share your shot on social media with the hashtag #NatureSelfie. We’ll share our favorites on BLMNational Twitter.

Pictured here, a BLM #NatureSelfie - the Alabama Hills Recreation Area in Lone Pine, California, also known as “Movie Flats.” Since the early 1920’s, the Alabama Hills have attracted movie makers from all over the world. Some movies filmed here include How the West Was Won, Tremors, Star Trek Generations, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Django Unchained. Photographers also come from all over the country to photograph this amazing view.

Share your own nature view from Sunday the 19th to Wednesday the 22nd. And don’t forget the hashtag - #NatureSelfie!!  

Many thanks to natureconservancy for the inspiring #NatureSelfie hashtag for Earth Day!

It’s National Public Lands Day!

Join our colleagues at the Bureau of Land Management in celebrating the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and other public lands.

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 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!

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

“In the spirit of aloha – help preserve Mauna Kea! We need your help and support to stop construction and protect this beautiful land. 🌍 | we can make a difference !! Learn more and sign the petition 👊 | ❤️ | prideofgypsies | #Hawaii

Sign the petition and learn more about what’s happening in Mauna Kea here. Please support!

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.”


Happy World Wildlife Day!

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. 

Photo: Jessica Bolser, USFWS