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. 

This is the consequence of your burger/chicken/glass of milk/cheese blocks/yogurt ect. Wildlife is run off of public lands in the interest of livestock grazing. The Bureau Of Land Management let’s ranchers graze their cattle in national forest territories, which are the territories of many apex predators that are essential for healthy ecosystem balance and function. Cattle ranching not only disrupts predator populations but healthy plant life, there for degrading the soil nutrients which starts the process of desertification. Desertification is when the land has been deprived of vegetation nutrients, making the soil unfit to grow any plant life. Without healthy soil and vegetation, there can be no healthy ecosystems. Your food choices go beyond your personal preference of taste. Every time you buy animal products you support the killing of apex predators and our environments. Many people (ranchers/hunters) claim that killing off predators is good because the predators kill off too many elk/deer and other herbivores. The thing is, is that’s how it’s supposed to be naturally. There should be a balanced number of herbivores to predators, but today there isn’t. There are way more herbivores than predators. And when there are too many herbivores, plant life and soil quality drastically decrease. But, with reintroduction of predators the herbivores are then naturally regulated, creating a domino effect of ecological balance. It’s not our jobs as humans to fill the place of apex predators. Ditch the animal products. Save wildlife. GO VEGAN. #veganism #vegan #wolves #livestock #ranching #BLM #bureauoflandmanagement #grazing #publiclands

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It’s National Public Lands Day!

These intrepid Documericans pitched in at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California, back in 1972.  

Young Conservationists Doing Trail Work, 05/1972
Dick Rowan, Photographer. From the EPA’s DOCUMERICA series.

What public lands did you help care for today?


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 


Gobbledygook has gotta go.

Collection of essays critical of government writing that has a tendency to overuse jargon and flowery language, includes examples.

Bureau of Land Management, 1966

SuDoc Call No: I 53.2: G53

submitted by Alaskanlibrarian

Find it in a Library

PLAIN: History of Plain Language in the Fed Government, from The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) ; a group of federal employees from many different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing.

Full Text from the Internet Archive


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.   



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


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. 


Weekend Recreation Inspiration 

Winter in Northern California looks and feels more like June. The King Range experienced a January with plenty of sunshine and not much in the way of precipitation. Recently, it’s been raining. And I mean raining. 

An old ranger buddy called me to backpack the Lost Coast Trail last weekend. Check out the photos from the trip - the sunshine after the rain is inspiring. 

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


Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Congress established the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in 1993 to protect a unique environment that supports one of the world’s most dense concentrations of nesting birds of prey.  Falcons, eagles, hawks and owls are found here in unique profusion and variety.  It is part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 officially added the name of conservationist Morley Nelson to the NCA, in honor of Nelson’s work on behalf of birds of prey and their habitats.

The BLM manages the area to preserve its remarkable wildlife habitat while providing for other compatible uses of the land, so that birds of prey flourish here as they have for thousands of years.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the area.

Photo: Bob Wick, BLM


Enjoying the beautiful Steens Mountain Wildernss Fall Foliage!

The United States Congress designated the Steens Mountain Wilderness in 2000 and it now has over 170,200 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Steens Mountain is located in Oregon’s high desert is one of the crown jewels of the state’s wildlands. It is some of the wildest and most remote land left in Oregon.

Opportunities for recreation on Steens Mountain are as plentiful as they are widespread. Popular activities include camping, picnicking, sightseeing, and exploring the open country on foot and horseback. Hiking is available in all areas and trailheads exist near Page Springs and South Steens Campgrounds, as well as Wildhorse Overlook and Pike Creek. Visitors photograph landscapes, wildlife and wildflowers, and catch redband trout in the Donner und Blitzen River. Others enjoy hunting for wild game and visiting special places, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.


Just 12 miles west of Las Vegas, the colorful, bare sandstone of the aptly named Rainbow Mountain Wilderness emerges from the valley floor, standing guard over the surrounding pinyon-juniper forest and Mojave Desert scrub below. Its sheer, towering red and white cliffs are cut by rugged, narrow, twisting canyons lined with willow, ash, and hackberry trees. 

Encompassing 24,997 acres, this desert wonderland dominates the western view of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and is managed jointly by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. 

With springs, sandstone ‘pothole’ water tanks, and an elevation range of 3,000 feet, topping out at the 7,070-foot summit of Mount Wilson, the wilderness supports a wide variety of wildlife and unique plant communities. Deep, cool canyons host chain ferns as much as six feet tall and ponderosa pines, which usually thrive at higher elevations like the rocky outcrops further up the mountainsides. 

Desert bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcats, mule deer, coyote, foxes, bats, squirrels, and numerous bird species also make their home in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM


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



Wishing all of you a wonderful #NPLD weekend from Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Mount Logan Wilderness Area

This 14,650-acre wilderness lies 45 miles south of Colorado City, Arizona, just north of the Grand Canyon in Mohave County.

Mount Logan is an area of interesting volcanic activity. It includes basalt ledges, cinder cones, ponderosa pine forests, pinyon-juniper woodlands, and a large, colorful, naturally eroded amphitheater known as Hells Hole. The area provides habitat for deer, turkey, and Kaibab squirrels.

Hiking, camping, scenic vistas, watching wildlife and hunting are some of the prime recreational opportunities found in this wilderness.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM