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THANK YOU

After a wonderful National Public Lands Day weekend, we would like to thank the many volunteers who joined in our efforts to help take care of America’s public lands nationwide. 

Now go enjoy your public lands! Here are some of our favorite fall foliage photos across BLM managed lands. 

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL CONSERVATION LANDS, ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM!

On this day in history - March 30, 2009 - President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Among other things, the Act established a National Landscape Conservation System, which includes Bureau of Land Management-administered National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, National Conservation Areas as well as components of the National Trails System, National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and National Wilderness Preservation System.

The mission of the National Conservation Lands is to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values. National Conservation Lands are part of an active, vibrant landscape where people live, work and play. They offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, scientific research, and a wide range of traditional uses.

The National Conservation Lands sustain for the future - and for everyone - these remarkable landscapes of the American spirit. As a part of the 15th anniversary celebration this year, our National Conservation Lands team will take over BLM’s national social media accounts on the 15th of each month. Follow each takeover using #conservationlands15. 

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#ActOnClimate because our kids and grandkids should be able to enjoy beautiful places like these.

The EPA today released a proposal that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution standards limits for America’s existing power plants. Find out how the rules will make our communities healthier, and learn more about the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution in America.

Today, post photos of your favorite places, of places where you and your family get outdoors, and tag with #ActOnClimate.  We’ll post our favorites here on My Public Lands Tumblr!

View more beautiful BLM-managed places on the BLM’s My Public Lands Flickr site; photos here by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist.

Show Some Condor Love! Follow Our California Condor Release for National Public Lands Day

Today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners will release three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The annual release coincides with National Public Lands Day, and you can join the celebration on social media!  

Follow using the hashtags #CondorsOnTheRise, #WelcomeCondors and #NPLD on BLM’s Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. 

Photo by #CondorsOnTheRise Partner Arizona Game and Fish.  See more photos on our My Public Lands Flickr set,

Learn more about the annual event and condor recovery: http://bit.ly/condorsontherise

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Meet Creatures of the Coast at the California Coastal National Monument

The California Coastal National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, stretches the entire length of California’s 1,100 mile coastline. With more than 20,000 islands, rocks, reefs, and pinnacles, there is plenty to see and experience. 

Checkout this website for tips on viewing wildlife in coastal California:
http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/wildlifeobs.html #SeeBLM

Photos by Justin R. Robbins, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM-California King Range National Conservation Area

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Best Camera for an #EarthDay #NatureSelfie?  A Critter Cam of Course! 

In 2007, the BLM’s Las Cruces District Office in New Mexico began utilizing a trail camera to monitor wildlife use. Today, these cameras – known as “critter cams” - are deployed throughout the District. These cameras evaluate the use of guzzlers or wildlife water catchments. Guzzlers collect and store rain water in suitable habitats devoid of natural water sources. The cameras help the BLM determine whether the guzzlers are working and provide invaluable data about the animals in the area.

The BLM New Mexico and other states now share their critter cam photos with the public for rare photos of wildlife in action.  Check out a few of our favorites!  #NoPlaceLikeHome

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BLMer Bob Wick went out early this morning to catch some full moon shots near the Cosumnes River Preserve.

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the Preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the State-listed threatened Swainson hawk, greater and lesser sandhill cranes, Canada geese and numerous ducks.   

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Since our launch in August 2012, we’ve shared 2,000 posts!  

Thank you, Tumblrs, for following along as we share beautiful landscapes, stories about our employees, and cool information about our mission work in conservation, energy, science, and so much more!

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STEELHEAD FALLS WILDERNESS STUDY AREA

The long narrow canyon that surrounds the Deschutes River in the Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area area pulls visitors away from nearby human influences and places them in a spectacular steep-sloped channel of unique character. Noise from human infrastructure is masked by the roar of the river at the falls, and hikers become entranced by the colors of the stream-side vegetation and the textured reds and browns of the cliff walls.

The Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area is a 3,240-acre area along the west side of Crooked River Ranch. This segment of the Deschutes River is designated “scenic” under the Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Photos by Michael Campbell, BLM

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#didyouknow?

The BLM delivers significant economic benefits for communities across the Nation. Each year, lands under the BLM’s management contribute over $100 billion in local economic activity and support more than 440,000 jobs.

We administer more land than any other Federal agency, managing and conserving resources for multiple use and sustained yield on more than 247 million surface acres of public land, including the following: energy and mineral development of both conventional and renewable resources; timber production; domestic livestock grazing; outdoor recreation; rights-of-way; fish
and wildlife conservation; and conservation of natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

We are responsible for onshore subsurface mineral estate development on 700 million acres.

We manage the National Conservation Lands, including 20 national monuments, 21 national conservation areas and similarly designated areas, and 221 wilderness areas.

In 2014, over 10,000 employees and over 30,000 volunteers worked to conserve and protect the natural and cultural resources on the public lands and provide recreational and interpretative opportunities and programs.

Read more about our mission activities and President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the BLM: http://bit.ly/blm2016budget

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This majestic bird has good reason to strut! New conservation plans support sage grouse and 350+ other species

The BLM and the Forest Service yesterday released final environmental reviews for proposed land use plans that will help conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development on portions of public lands in 10 states across the West. The land management plans - developed during the past three years in partnership with the states and with input from local partners - will benefit wildlife, outdoor recreation, ranching and other traditional land uses that rely on a healthy sagebrush landscape.

The updated plans are an essential element of an unprecedented and proactive strategy to respond to the deteriorating health of the American West’s sagebrush landscapes and declining population of the greater sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird under consideration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Read the press release: http://on.doi.gov/1FQfX1A

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Throwback Thursday: Ten years ago, “Clem” - a 125 pound alligator measuring 8 feet 3 inches - was found on the BLM Arizona Strip. 

For years, a few curious souls tried to catch a glimpse of an alligator that reportedly lived in a shallow pond on a private ranch, on the remote Arizona Strip. Turns out, this urban legend had been gifted by a friend from Alabama to a rancher as a pet. Somehow, the seldom-seen alligator managed to make his home in the Pakoon Springs in the Mojave Desert for 20 years.  

When the property was later acquired by the BLM Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Clem was found by employees from the BLM Arizona Strip.  With assistance from alligator wrangler Russ Johnson, the malnourished alligator was relocated to the Arizona Herpetological Society Sanctuary in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Today, Clem now measures a massive 11 feet and weighs a whopping 500 pounds, thanks to a hearty diet and suitable habitat provided by the Arizona Herpetological Society Sanctuary. And he has a friend, “Fluffy,” pictured above.

By Rachel Tueller, BLM Arizona Public Affairs Specialist and BLM Tumblr Blogger; read more about Clem on @BLMArizona Facebook

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BLM Colorado Uses “Critter Cams” for Wildlife Monitoring

Biologists at the Royal Gorge Field Office in Colorado utilize guzzlers and other water collection systems to manage grazing and increase water access to wildlife. Still cameras have been placed at guzzlers along the front range of the Rocky Mountains to monitor use and activity. 

Cameras provide a dimension of monitoring that give biologists an invaluable amount of information as to the frequency of use and by what species. Beyond the scientific data collected by the critter cameras, magnificent, candid photographs of coyotes, bobcats and other creatures are captured. 

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Today marks the first day of Great Outdoors Month 2014!  

June is designated as Great Outdoors Month each year through a Presidential Proclamation, and highlights the numerous benefits of getting outdoors on our American parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Great Outdoors Month features include National Trails Day®, National Fishing and Boating Week, the Great American Backyard Campout, and National Get Outdoors Day.  

All month, we’ll be posting amazing places - from #backyard2backcountry - where you can enjoy the great outdoors.