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Baby black bears are born in the winter and stay in the den with their mothers through the cold months. In spring, the cubs emerge to explore the world and show off their cuteness. Photo from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee by Steve Perry (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Within the 236,000 acres of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington is the Tatoosh Range. A popular area for hikers and photographers, the range include 13 prominent peaks with awesome names like Unicorn Peak, Manatee Mountain and The Castle. Don’t they look great at sunset? Photo by Doug Shearer (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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BLM Wyoming Surveys Devils Tower 

Story by John Lee, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Wyoming State Office

BLM Wyoming’s Branch of Cadastral Survey had a unique opportunity last summer. The National Park Service (NPS) was a little unsure of where the legal boundaries were for Devils Tower National Monument, so NPS hired the BLM team to perform a cadastral (boundary) survey of the north, east, south, and west boundaries of the iconic landmark.

Devils Tower was designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in September 1906. This was the first use of the American Antiquities Act passed by Congress in June of that year.

The proclamation states:

“And, whereas, the lofty and isolated rock in the State of Wyoming, known as the "Devils Tower,” situated upon the public lands owned and controlled by the Unites States is such an extraordinary example of the effect of erosion in the higher mountains as to be a natural wonder and an object of historic and great scientific interest and it appears that the public good would be promoted by reserving this tower as a National monument with as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection thereof; …"

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“As one of the most militarized nations in the world, I don’t understand how our mascot’s primary weapon is a shield.”

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FROM THE VAULT: Rowie Shebala - “Love You Some Indians” (NPS 2014)

“Now shake my hand and ignore how your fingers lasso around my wrist, tying us to our ancestors. Yet we still survive.”  

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A yawning alligator at Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia. With pristine beaches, deep marshes, rich history and terrific recreation opportunities, Cumberland Island is far from boring. Really, there’s no reason for this alligator to yawn – but maybe it just doesn’t like Mondays. Photo by Gary Davis (www.sharetheexperience.org).