National Monuments

anonymous asked:

Ever visited New Mexico? I'm confident we have just about everything but the ocean here! Deserts, valleys, mountains, forests, empty nowhere, bustling cities, caves, lakes, ponds, and wildlife like you would not believe! You should come check us out some time! 😊

I actually visited New Mexico about two years ago to explore the white sands national monument. It was such an amazing experience. Can’t wait to visit your beautiful state once more. Here are some shot’s i took while i was there

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Today, President Obama designated the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the coast of New England as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Photographers Paul Nicklen, Bo Bridges, Michael Muller, and Chris Burkard, who have spent their lifetimes capturing what lies within our oceans and the beauty we stand to lose if we don’t act to combat climate change, took over the White House Instagram to mark the day.

Where’s the best place to look for wildlife when visiting America’s public lands? Sometimes you have to look where you least expect. Case in point: This pic of bobcat hiding in a cactus at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. Photo by National Park Service.


It’s International Dark Sky Week 2015!

The Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument in Arizona, jointly managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands and National Park Service, is a vast remote landscape where the only nighttime light comes from the stars. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) recognized the unspoiled quality of its pristine and breathtaking night skies with an official IDA designation as “Parashant International Night Sky Province,” joining an elite group of other international Night Sky Places around the globe.

Enjoy the starry skies over the Grand Canyon Parashant along with other BLM lands that, while not official IDA sites, offer stunning views of the Milky Way. #SeeBLM #findyourpark

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Happy birthday, Badlands National Park in South Dakota. First established as a national monument in 1939, Badlands was redesignated as a national park in 1978. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today. Photo by Harlan Humphrey (

President Obama has designated three desert areas in California as national monuments.

The move permanently protects “nearly 1.8 million acres of America’s public lands,” the White House says in a news release.

All three areas lie east of Los Angeles. Two of the new monuments — Castle Mountains and Mojave Trails — are near California’s border with Nevada.

And crucially, “the new monuments will link already protected lands, including Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and fifteen congressionally-designated Wilderness areas, permanently protecting key wildlife corridors and providing plants and animals with the space and elevation range that they will need in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change,” the release says.

Obama Declares 3 New National Monuments In California Desert

Photos: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management


The Legend of Devil’s Tower

Brought to international attention by the hugely popular movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Devils Tower in Wyoming has been a sacred place of numerous Indian tribes since prehistoric times. The Tower also seems to attract many UFOs that have been seen at its summit.

Various legends are told about the origin of the tower. One story concerns a group of seven small girls pursued by a giant bear. According to this legend, the girls were one day playing in the forest. A great bear came upon them and gave chase. Recognizing the hopelessness of their situation, the girls jumped upon a low rock and prayed loudly to the Great Spirit to save them. Immediately the small rock began to grow upwards, lifting the seven girls higher and higher into the sky. The angry bear jumped up against the sides of the growing tower and left deep claw marks. The tower continued to soar towards the sky until the girls were pushed up into the heavens, where they became the seven stars of the Pleiades.

Long an inspiration and attraction for nature lovers, mountain climbers, and UFO enthusiasts, Devil’s Tower was the first site to be named a National Monument in the United States. It received the honor in 1906, just thirteen years after the first recorded ascent of the mountain by William Rogers and W.L. Ripley in 1893.


On this day in 1946, the General Land Office and the Grazing Service merged and became the Bureau of Land Management within the Department of the Interior (@americasgreatoutdoors).  With historical roots spanning 200+ years, the BLM now manages many places – like ghost towns, mining camps, and homesteads – that give visitors a glimpse of our nation’s history.

And we manage national monuments, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers and other specially-designated areas as well as recreation areas - from backyard to backcountry - with an eye to the future.

Today, on our 69th “birthday,” we share a few of those amazing landscapes.  

Today President Obama signed a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. By establishing the monument, the President permanently protected nearly 500,000 acres to preserve the prehistoric, historic, and scientific values of the area for the benefit of all Americans. A recent independent study found that a new national monument could generate $7.4 million in new economic activity annually from new visitors and business opportunities while preserving access for sportsmen, ranchers, and recreational users.

Photo: Bureau of Land Management