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An Active Couple = A Happy Couple…. married November 27, 2013 at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

“Once we zeroed in on a Las Vegas destination, we knew we wanted a beautiful venue that was outdoor and timeless.  We will always have a reason to visit our favorite coordinates,” said Linda and Edward Cavazos.

We met on match.com (yes, it really works). Our first date was December 17, 2012 at an outdoor coffee shop on beautiful Lake Austin surrounded by nature and whimsical Christmas lights. This four hour magical date turned into a sprint to the altar. A few 2013 races we ran together: Scholtzky’s Bun Run 10k (Austin), Corpus Christi Beach to Bay Relay, Harbor Half (Corpus Christi), San Antonio Rock N Roll ½ marathon. If we’re outside and not running, we’re on our bikes (especially during festivals i.e. SXSW) or taking a dip at Barton Springs. 

Photos of this beautiful event courtesy of Esvy Photography.

What’s more romantic than watching the sunset turn the sky pink, orange and purple?  

This Valentine’s Day, head to your public lands with your sweetheart and catch one in action.  It sure beats dinner and a movie!

-Courtney Whiteman, Public Affairs Specialist for the BLM Washington Office 

Photo: Sunset at Brown’s Canyon, Colorado by Bob Wick

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Last Week at the BLM: February 2-6, 2015

News and Events

On Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, President Obama requested$1.2 billion for the Bureau of Land Management for Fiscal Year 2016. The proposal includes strategic investments for improving management of increased energy production, conserving sage-grouse habitat in the West, strengthening BLM’s National Conservation Lands, and establishing a BLM Foundation to foster public partnerships that support BLM’s mission. Read the full press release: http://bit.ly/blm2016budget.  And then check out the BLM’s #2016Budget posts and 5 Things You Need to Know about the BLM’s 2016 Budget on My Public Lands Tumblr.

Social Media Highlights

The BLM shared additional Winter Bucket List locations on social media last week. Each day of winter, the BLM’s social media accounts will feature a location ready-made for everyone’s bucket list - for spectacular winter scenery, unique features and events, and even a few warmer locations for a winter getaway. Follow the bucket list series on My Public Lands Tumblr and My Public Lands Instagram.  You also can download the photos from our Winter Bucket List album on My Public Lands Flickr

The BLM last week launched a #LOVEINNATURE social media campaign. More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over some of the Nation’s most ecologically-diverse and essential habitat. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the BLM has posted #LOVEINNATURE Valentine’s Day cards on Pinterest – the downloadable collection features some of the cutest wildlife on your public lands!  

Internal News

BLM California’s Bishop Field Office recently partnered with the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Bodie Hills Conservation Partnership group to plant sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings in the footprint of the Indian Fire. The Indian Fire burned more than 12,000 acres in Mono County, California, in August 2012. Much of the burned area was composed of mature sagebrush and bitterbrush habitat and was used by greater sage grouse and many other species of wildlife. These new seedlings will become the future seed source for more re-colonization of native shrubs the area. View the full internal story, republished on Interior’s website.

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#LOVEINNATURE

More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over some of the Nation’s most ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Parents, teachers and everyone young at heart, you can download and share Valentine’s Day cards that feature some of the cutest wildlife on your public lands!  Pictured here, wildilfe at Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area in California, BLM Photo.

Find a Valentine on My Public Lands Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mypubliclands/loveinnature/