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Nice Photos from Alaska as National Blueberry Month Ends

All blueberries are not the same! There are 4 different types of blueberries in ‪#‎Alaska‬, Alaska blueberry (V. alaskaense), oval-leaved blueberry (V. ovali¬folium), red huckleberry (V. parvifolium) and bog blueberry (V. uliginosum).  Reference: University of Alaska Fairbanks   Luckily they’re all edible and great tasting! 

Photos: Blueberries from around the state by BLM, FWS, NPS

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BLM Winter Bucket List #11:  White Mountains National Recreation Area, Alaska, for Trails Surrounded by Rugged Beauty and Northern Lightshow

Located just an hour’s drive from Fairbanks, Alaska, the one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area offers stunning scenery, peaceful solitude, and outstanding opportunities for recreation. 

The BLM White Mountains includes more than 240 miles of maintained winter trails surrounded by jagged limestone mountains and cliffs, high mountain passes, and broad, rounded valleys. Whether you choose to explore by ski or snowshoe, snowmobile, dog team, or even fat bike, you’ll find crisp, clean air, dazzling views, and if you’re lucky, shimmering northern lights against a star-studded sky.

One of the highlights of a tour through the White Mountains is an overnight stay at one of BLM’s public recreation cabins – the perfect place to warm up after a day on the trail.

Learn more: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/nlcs/white_mtns.html

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Happy Alaska Day – the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States!

The BLM manages approximately 72 million surface acres of public land in Alaska. These diverse lands -– majestic mountain ranges, vibrant wetlands, unique coastal marine environments and vast expanses of tundra – offer amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.  

Check out last summer’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip stops for great fishing, hiking, sledding and more in Alaska: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtripalaska

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#MondayMotivation from the Aurora Borealis along the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska. Photos by Jeremy Matlock, BLM. The #‎NorthernLights‬ put on a good show last week. Here is the latest from Dr. Neal Brown, the aurora conductor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute

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It’s #wildlifewednesday on #mypubliclandsroadtrip in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

The BLM-managed National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is unlike anything else in the world.  Rich in resources, it is an incredible place of shallow wetlands, deep lakes, beaded streams, deep open lakes and tundra. The BLM is developing a Regional Mitigation Strategy to effectively mitigate impacts from energy development within the NPR-A.  What resources will benefit?  Brown and polar bears, walrus, small game and birds just to name a few.

About 90 bird species, primarily migratory, are found annually in the NPR-A. The yellow billed loon winters in the Yellow Sea region and nests here; it’s very rare and being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.  A few species - including rock and willow ptarmigan, common raven, gyrfalcon, and snowy owl - live in the NPR-A year round.

There are also impressive herds of caribou in the NPR-A.  The Teshekpuk Caribou Herd is an important subsistence resource to the residents of Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut and Wainwright in the NPR-A.  The primary range of the Teshekpuk Caribou Herd is the North Slope west of the Colville River.  And the Western Arctic Caribou Herd contributes to the subsistence needs of about 40 villages in northwestern Alaska.  

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Arctic land and resources.  

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It’s Draw a Bird Day, Tumblrs.

Get outside, grab some fresh air, and sketch some local birds! Or use these models from BLM Alaska as your inspiration.  All photos by Bob Wick.

What is Draw a Bird Day?  Why do we recognize this “unofficial holiday” anyway?  As mothernaturenetwork said,” after you read the story behind it, you’re going to want to draw one.”

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/on-draw-a-bird-day-you-know-what-to-do#ixzz3Wk7XpXGw

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Today is the 34th Anniversary of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980! The act allowed for the protection and management of 104+ million acres of national parks, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, national conservation areas, and wild and scenic rivers in Alaska.

Shown here, Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River managed primarily by BLM Alaska has its headwaters in the White Mountains, approximately 50 miles north of Fairbanks. The river flows west past the jagged limestone ridges of the White Mountains before flowing to the north and east, where it enters the Yukon Flats and joins the Yukon River. 

Beaver Creek has long been a popular destination for river adventurers. With Class I rapids and unparalleled scenery, floating Beaver Creek can take from seven days to three weeks to complete. This 360-mile trip has been called the longest road-to-road float in North America.

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

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Kicking off the week with beautiful shots of the BLM-managed White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska - by Bob WIck, BLM Wilderness Specialist.

The one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area near Fairbanks, Alaska, offers stunning scenery, solitude, and outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation. 

Summer visitors to the White Mountains pan for gold, fish, hike and camp under Alaska’s ‘midnight sun.’ The Nome Creek Road provides access to two campgrounds, trails, and a departure point for float trips on Beaver Creek National Wild River. In winter, visitors travel by ski, snowshoe, dog team and snowmobile to enjoy the 12 public-use cabins and 250 miles of groomed trails that make the White Mountains one of Interior Alaska’s premier winter destinations.

CLICK HERE to learn more. 

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Put White Mountains National Recreation Area, Alaska, on Your Bucket List for Trails Surrounded by Rugged Beauty and Northern Lightshow

Located just an hour’s drive from Fairbanks, Alaska, the one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area offers stunning scenery, peaceful solitude, and outstanding opportunities for recreation.

The BLM White Mountains includes more than 240 miles of maintained winter trails surrounded by jagged limestone mountains and cliffs, high mountain passes, and broad, rounded valleys. Whether you choose to explore by ski or snowshoe, snowmobile, dog team, or even fat bike, you’ll find crisp, clean air, dazzling views, and if you’re lucky, shimmering northern lights against a star-studded sky.

One of the highlights of a tour through the White Mountains is an overnight stay at one of BLM’s public recreation cabins — the perfect place to warm up after a day on the trail. #SeeBLM

Learn more: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/nlcs/white_mtns.html

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Thanks for following the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Alaska! View the Alaska roadtrip journal here: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtripalaska.

This week, the roadtrip heads to Nevada for unique desert landscapes, wildlife and behind-the-scenes stories.

Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, sent us this photo from the Forty Mile Wild and Scenic River, BLM Alaska.  His message - The moose calves were not photoshopped - their legs really are that lanky!

See the Forty Mile and amazing wildlife for yourself - CLICK HERE to plan your visit.  #GetOutdoors #backyard2backcountry

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Wildberries in Alaska

It’s a wildberry lover’s dream – with nearly 50 types of mostly edible wildberries growing all over Alaska. From mid-to-late summers and up to the first frosts, berries become part of the Alaska landscape and many are available for picking for free on BLM-managed public lands around the state. 

Learn more about wildberries in Alaska in BLM-Alaska’s Frontier magazine.  In the latest issue, you can also read great stories about historic roadhouses and Team Rubicon firefighters.

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#WildlifeWednesday: 4th Graders Share Quilt at BLM Science Center, in Thanks For “Water Discovery Days”  

Thousands of Anchorage 4th graders have enjoyed the fun annual three-day fall event, “Water Discovery Days,” at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center (CCSC). But this year, one group of kids was so inspired that they quilted their appreciation. Their beautiful 10-foot quilt, celebrating beavers, wetlands, and that glorious CCSC field trip, is on loan to the Center, where it is displayed above the salmon tank in the lobby.

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Welcome to the April #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover!

Today’s takeover will feature beautiful wildflowers and native plants on BLM’s National Conservation Lands - with the top 15 places to view wildflowers, a #WomeninSTEM Wednesday employee profile, and stunning locations for your bucket list.

We begin our day with the landscapes and flowers of three “Wild and Scenic” rivers in Alaska:  Delta, Fortymile, and Beaver Creek. The BLM manages 69 Wild and Scenic rivers in 7 states, including more than 2,400 river miles and approximately 1,165,000 acres.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Note: The #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover is a 2015 monthly celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.