This #WomeninSTEM Wednesday: Two BLM-Alaska ANSEP Interns Take Aim at Invasive Plants 

This summer, Jessica Mute and Patrice DeAsis are working with BLM Alaska to limit the spread of invasive plants in urban areas like Anchorage to other parts of the state, where the plants displace native plants and degrade moose and salmon habitat.

The two recent high school graduates were among the 25 Alaskan students who received paid internships this summer through the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). Both plan to major in biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall.

ANSEP interns help the BLM with many types of field work, including bird surveys, mining compliance inspections, data gathering, and invasive plants management. Partnering with ANSEP is one of the ways BLM is engaging the next generation to help manage and conserve Alaska’s public lands and resources.

Intern photos by Chris Arend Photography; BLM Alaska photos by Bob Wick


There’s no doubt monsoon season has arrived in Arizona - thanks to these great shots of lightning over Aravaipa Canyon last weekend by Mike Schijf, BLM Aravaipa Wilderness Ranger and American Conservation Experience intern.

While beautiful, the monsoons are also a time to take extra care when recreating in canyon country.  Stay safe out there!

By Adam Milnor, BLM Arizona / Tumblr Blogger


Kicking Off the Weekend with a Fiery Sunset over Lucerne Valley, California!

“I could take a picture of every beautiful desert sunset, but then my computer would be oversaturated with seemingly oversaturated pictures. However, from time to time, the desert will throw a sunset at you that will absolutely knock you off your feet. This was one of the sunsets.”

Photo and caption by Dan Maus, studentconservationassociation intern working for the BLM California Desert District

#itstartswithaSEED: BLM Works with Partners to Grow Seed at Welch Ranch

Big payoffs for Greater Sage-Grouse habitat restoration may come as tiny seeds with roots from Sheridan, Wyoming. Native plants replaced alfalfa on an acre of land at the Welch Ranch, managed by BLM’s Buffalo Field Office, to test the ranch as a native plant research and development facility.

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