This past week our @mypubliclands Instagram account shared photos of and from BLM firefighters - we are beyond thankful for their hard-work and service! Thanks for following this week and learning more about NIFC.

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Meet BLM Idaho River Ranger Evan Worthington on Today’s #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover!

Evan Worthington grew up on a 100+ acre farm in West Virginia, where the New River flowed less than a mile away. For Evan, a career in the outdoors was a given. 

At the age of 18, Evan became a commercial whitewater river guide along the New and Gauley Rivers. Ten years later, in 1995, he packed up the VW van and headed west for something different. Evan found a new home when the old VW broke down in Idaho (he’s been in Idaho ever since).  

Evan’s passion for the river and artistic talent came together in Idaho as he established county programs to educate teens about the environment and the arts.   Also at this time, he became a seasonal river ranger on the BLM’s Lower Salmon River in Cottonwood, Idaho. Evan even used a BLM Take It Outside grant to develop a high school whitewater program called the Salmon Surfers, with Leave No Trace, safety and hands-on water instruction. 

Evan is now a permanent wilderness/river ranger in the Owyhee Canyonlands of the BLM’s Boise District.  He runs the stunning Bruneau-Jarbidge Wild and Scenic River System, with its nearly 40 miles of designated wild and scenic river sections. And Evan shares the wild and scenic river with local youth, visitors, and most important, his wife and two daughters.   


Meet Brian Holmes, BLM GIS Specialist in Idaho

When Brian was a kid, he wanted more than anything to be a wildlife biologist.  And then, there were maps.

After earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Biology from Colorado State University, Brian worked several seasonal jobs: seven summer seasons with the National Park Service, two winters at a ski area in Colorado, and two winters on a mountain lion research project in Yellowstone. As he pursued a Master’s Degree in Biology from Idaho State University, Brian was introduced to Geographic Information Systems or GIS, where he learned to use mapping as a tool for scientific tracking and management. Brian’s career began with a GIS internship at the local BLM Pocatello Field Office.

As a GIS specialist, Brian manages geospatial data for the field office, provides GIS system support, and even teaches Introductory and Intermediate GIS classes to fellow BLM employees.  His work varies daily, from eagle counts to grouse surveys to rock art documentation, which keeps keeps the job interesting.

Although GIS work keeps Brian in the office much of the time, he and his family spend free time skiing, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and backpacking.  And Brian passes on his love of biology, mapping, and the great outdoors to his own kids.

By BLM Idaho Tumblr Blogger Amy Lapp


From the Front Lines to the Fire Lines, Military Veterans Continue to Serve in the BLM

As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day tomorrow, November 11, we want to thank all military veterans for their service and specifically recognize those BLM employees across the country in all of our BLM states who have served and continue to serve our country.  Their contribution to our national security is something that comes at a cost, and it is right that we acknowledge and appreciate the great sacrifice our veterans and their families make on behalf of all of us.

As part of the BLM’s commemoration this year, we share our 2015 Veterans Day poster “From the Front Lines to the Fire Lines, Military Veterans Continue to Serve in the BLM,” which highlights veteran firefighters and veteran fire crews across the BLM.

We are proud to recognize BLM’s role this year in training over 200 veterans as wildland firefighters in coordination with our partner Team Rubicon.  As a result this highly skilled corps of veterans was able to mobilize quickly and assimilate into BLM’s fire community to assist in firefighting efforts across the West. Team Rubicon’s  mission is to unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

These men and women are a welcome part of the BLM’s family of veterans. We appreciate the important work they do for us, as we do all of those who have served our nation both in the military and at the BLM on behalf of the American People.


BLM Wyoming Announces Winners of First Employee Photo Contest

This summer, BLM Wyoming hosted its first employee photo contest, and employees from across the state responded! A panel of judges selected winners from over 170 photos in three categories: Living in Wyoming, Playing in Wyoming, and Working in Wyoming.

Today, we share a few of our favorite shots – click photos for descriptions and photographers.  View all photos on the BLM Wyoming Flickr page.


Fight Fire With BLM! 

The Fire and Aviation program is a diverse, professional organization dedicated to providing national direction, leadership, policy, standards, and operational oversight. Fire and Aviation works with state and field offices to ensure a safe, cost effective and efficient fire and aviation management program in support of the national Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mission.

The BLM, a leader in our nation’s wildland fire management efforts, undertakes a broad range of activities to safely protect the public, the natural landscape, wildlife habitat and recreational areas for our country’s citizens. The program includes fire suppression, preparedness, predictive services, fuels management, fire planning, community assistance and protection, prevention and education, and perhaps most significant, safety. The BLM meets these challenges by fielding highly trained and skilled professional firefighters and managers.

If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then becoming a wildland firefighter may be for you. Hiring season is here an the BLM is looking for temporary employees to work on wildland firefighting crews for the 2016 fire season. The BLM is also seeking veterans interested in joining wildland firefighting crews. The BLM hosts fire crews in six states that are specifically designed and configured to employ veterans and provide career opportunities in fire and other land management careers.

Visit to learn more.


On #mypubliclandsroadtrip, we’re counting fish in the Salmon River with Fish Biologist Bruce Zoellick and Wildlife Biologist Corbin Murphy.

Coho, Chinook, and Steelhead call the Salmon Wild and Scenic River in Oregon home. Through a cooperative effort, trees have been pulled up and hauled to the river where engineers have built log jams for fish and other aquatic species. Zoellick and Murpy count fish by species as they snorkel around the log jams and side channels.

Check out the video below to learn more about the new log jams and science behind the fish counting.


Snake River Hotshots Thankful for a New Home

The Snake River Hotshots had something to be especially thankful for this Thanksgiving. After years of working out of a warehouse district in Pocatello, Idaho, they have a new facility to call home. On November 25, community members, congressional and BLM staff, and others attended a ribbon cutting ceremony. “I am ecstatic to have the building completed,” said Idaho Falls District Manager Joe Kraaeynbrink. “The building was a long time coming and it took numerous hands to make this project come to fruition.”

The Snake River Hotshots are a Type I Interagency Hotshot Crew dedicated to wildland fire suppression.  They volunteer for a variety of assignments, which include physically challenging terrain and condition, long hours, and time away from home and family. The team is a great asset to the BLM’s fire program and the community of Pocatello.

The BLM is excited to have a permanent location for the Hotshots to train and grow.

-By Sarah Wheeler, BLM Idaho


There’s no doubt monsoon season has arrived in Arizona - thanks to these great shots of lightning over Aravaipa Canyon last weekend by Mike Schijf, BLM Aravaipa Wilderness Ranger and American Conservation Experience intern.

While beautiful, the monsoons are also a time to take extra care when recreating in canyon country.  Stay safe out there!

By Adam Milnor, BLM Arizona / Tumblr Blogger


New Weekly Series for the New Year – #TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick!

Each Tuesday this winter, follow @mypubliclands for weekly travel adventures with Bob Wick, BLM wilderness specialist.  #TravelTuesday posts will feature beautiful BLM landscapes, with helpful hints for your travel planning.  As a bonus, Bob, well known for his beautiful landscape photos of public lands, will share photo tips for each location.  

Join us this Tuesday, January 5th, for the first post in the series – with multiple stops along California’s northern coast!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

On your public lands, the #goldisinthegreen: BLMer Ryan O’Dell shares wildflowers bordering the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. According to the Hollister Field Office Botanist, this year has been one of the most productive years for wildflowers since 2010. 


This week, the BLM’s My Public Lands Instagram reached 60,000 followers! We’re celebrating this milestone with #mypubliclandspicks. Check out our instagram all weekend to view favorite photos and places to visit, selected by employees.

Featured above:

  • Sunset over Burning Man 2014, Nevada, by Casey Bryant, BLM Vending Compliance Team
  • Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado, by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist
  • Middle Fork, Wyoming, by Charlotte Darling, BLM Wyoming Rangeland Management Specialist

BLM Wyoming Surveys Devils Tower 

Story by John Lee, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Wyoming State Office

BLM Wyoming’s Branch of Cadastral Survey had a unique opportunity last summer. The National Park Service (NPS) was a little unsure of where the legal boundaries were for Devils Tower National Monument, so NPS hired the BLM team to perform a cadastral (boundary) survey of the north, east, south, and west boundaries of the iconic landmark.

Devils Tower was designated a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in September 1906. This was the first use of the American Antiquities Act passed by Congress in June of that year.

The proclamation states:

“And, whereas, the lofty and isolated rock in the State of Wyoming, known as the "Devils Tower,” situated upon the public lands owned and controlled by the Unites States is such an extraordinary example of the effect of erosion in the higher mountains as to be a natural wonder and an object of historic and great scientific interest and it appears that the public good would be promoted by reserving this tower as a National monument with as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection thereof; …"

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The #mypubliclandsroadtrip in California Goes Behind-the-Scenes with BLM Wilderness Specialist Bob Wick

Today, the #mypubliclandsroadtrip visits wilderness stops in BLM California. And who better to give a behind-the-scenes on wilderness than our own Bob Wick, photographer and BLM Wilderness Specialist?

There’s two “best things” (about my job). One is that I get to work on policy and troubleshooting questions with employees throughout the Bureau. The other amazing part of my job… I have been able to get out to all the western states and photograph some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet – places that we in the BLM are entrusted to manage.  - Bob Wick

If you follow our My Public Lands accounts, Bob is like family.  You’ve experienced the landscapes, the wildlife, the resources of your public lands through Bob’s lens - like the California shots shown here.  

CLICK HERE to read the recent interview with Bob Wick, and learn more about his wilderness “day job” and his passion for the lands managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. 


Turning Back the Clock! Surveying in the Backcountry of the John Muir Wilderness

Our day begins at 6 a.m. We wake to a brisk July morning at an elevation of 7,000 feet.

For three of us, this a welcome return to finish the job we started back in September, 2012, and for all, a highlight moment of our survey careers. This project will bring us back to the days of Cadastral Survey where all projects were completed by camping and with pack trains.

Read the full behind-the-scenes story of a land surveyor by BLM Cadastral Land Surveyor Matt Campos.


Check Out the Winners from BLM-California’s First Ever Employee Photo Contest! 

We are happy to share the winning images from Bureau of Land Management California’s 2016 Employee Photo Contest! Winners from over 500 submissions are in the following categories: BLM Careers; Cultural, Paleontology and Archaeology; Energy and Minerals; Wildland Fire; Landscape; Nature, Plants and Wildflowers; Recreation; Wild Horse and Burro; and Wildlife. Thank you to everyone for their submissions! We look forward to seeing what memories you capture next! 

This year, the Bureau of Land Management is celebrating two significant milestones: our 70th Birthday and the 40th Anniversary of our guiding law, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. What better time to celebrate #yourpubliclands and recognize our outstanding employees for their service to America’s public lands.

View all photos on BLM California’s Flickr.