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Celebrating Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Golden Birthday! 

The vast and austere landscape of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) offers a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. Encompassing 1.9 million acres, the Monument was created on September 18, 1996 by presidential proclamation – the first monument entrusted to BLM management. World-class dinosaur excavations have yielded more information about ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than almost any other place in the world. Among the fossil finds, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species.

The vast landscapes of GSENM offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities for a wide range of users. From the solitude of lonesome canyons to the excitement of winding rugged backways, the Monument is truly a treasure.

Plan your visit and learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1fJIy7a

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM 

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BLM Colorado’s Red Cloud Peak Wilderness Study Area (WSA) contains 30 mountain peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation and two peaks over 14,000 feet: Red Cloud Peak (14,034 feet) and Sunshine Peak (14,001 feet). In the upper portion of the drainages, the mountainous terrain, with its expanses of alpine tundra and open scenic vistas, projects feelings of vastness and solitude.

Lower elevations are often heavily forested and create a feeling of total seclusion. Volcanic and Precambrian rock types are intermingled and glacial geomorphology is highly evident. There are also several rock glacier formations, alpine lakes, and streams in this WSA. 

This WSA is home to many wildlife species, including Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, prairie falcons, doves, quail, songbirds, mule deer, gray and kit fox, rock squirrels, jackrabbits, and several reptilian species. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain climbing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and photography.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

 

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Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers out there! You’re all so very special and deserve happiness not only today, but everyday! The past few weeks I’ve been working on a mothers day present with ericyoung182 I hope you all enjoy them as much as we enjoyed putting them together and working on them. :)


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My makeup for today. Decided to do a recreation of a look thepryncess did a few days ago (this look to be exact), I loved the color combinations she did and I just had to have it on my face. I did add a few of my own touches but the inspiration for the look came from her photo. I used urban decay and lime crime for the eyes, tarte and a lime crime eyeshadow for the cheeks, and a mix between lime crime’s no she didn’t and la girl’s coy for the lips

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Did you know that the popular arts festival Burning Man occurs on BLM public lands in Northwest Nevada?  Each year, tens of thousands of people travel to the Black Rock Desert Playa to participate in this unique community event. Burning Man takes place on approximately 4,400 acres of public land for a nine-day period – making “Black Rock City” one of the largest cities in Nevada.

The BLM works with event organizers to ensure measures are implemented that provide for a safe environment where participants can enjoy the event while respecting fellow “burners” and protecting the fragile desert ecosystem.  Burning Man is authorized under the largest, most complex special recreation permit (SRP) issued by the BLM.  Under this permit, the event organizers agree to follow stipulations related to event set-up and signage, public access, traffic control, resource management, fire management, dust abatement, security and public safety and sanitation in addition to practicing leave-no-trace principles and practices. The outcome of this team effort is the establishment of a mid-sized city in the desert for an amazing event, followed by its complete removal, leaving this special area of public lands, the Black Rock-High Rock-Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, in its remote unspoiled condition.

Nationally, the BLM utilizes SRPs to manage specified recreational uses of the public lands and related waters.  They are issued as a means to manage visitor use, protect natural and cultural resources, and provide a mechanism to accommodate commercial recreational uses. 

This year, Burning Man will take place from August 24 through September 1, marking its 14th year on “the playa” and the largest leave-no-trace event in the world. Photos by BLMer Bob Wick from the 2012 Burning Man event.

CLICK HERE for more information about SRPs and this year’s Burning Man event.

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Nature’s Mashup-Monsoon Rains

The rain came hard and fast. The sudden deluge drenched the desert and flooded the once-tame creek with an impressive mass of churning sludge and brush. The air was filled with nature’s richest aromas. The scent of a flash flood; nature’s “mash up”, blends the smell of pulverized sage and creosote, soil and sediment, with the sweet aroma of rain. Watching the desert transform by flood waters can be exciting—and foreboding—depending upon where you stand when the flood waters recede.

Storms can leave side canyons and delicate riparian zones completely unrecognizable; scouring canyons clean of even the toughest, most deeply rooted tamarisks and shrubs. Log jams some 50 feet above the canyon floor attest to the sheer volume floods deliver—especially when channeled down narrow slot canyons like Paria Canyon in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.

This time of year, public land managers and staff have the insurmountable task of providing enough information for the public to make good, sound decisions when recreating on public lands. But one thing is crystal clear; no matter how awe-inspiring a feature or landscape may be no adventure into a natural area is worth the risk of injury or death.

When venturing out in the desert southwest between mid-July and the first of October be sure to check with the specific land management unit you plan to visit and the National Weather Service and refer to their web pages often for the most current updates and forecasts prior to departure. Leave a detailed emergency contact list and itinerary with loved ones which significantly decreases the time it takes for search and rescue efforts to reach hikers if needed. The best approach to backcountry safety however, is to take personal responsibility for your own safety and ensure every ounce of prevention is taken when planning ahead. It can mean the difference between an enjoyable and memorable trip and a disastrous one.

For more information on hiking slot canyons during monsoon season go to: http://on.doi.gov/1pcAbWg

For updates on regional river flows in Northwestern Arizona such as the Paria River go to: http://on.doi.gov/1wNHWMj

For minute by minute weather updates and forecasts go to: http://www.weather.gov/

-Story by BLMer Rachel Tueller and photos by Stephen Matera 

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