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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Amazing sky over the Big Southern Butte in Idaho by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.

Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain.  The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.


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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Cuter Than Bunnies and Chicks?

The first seal pup of the season was spotted Wednesday on the cobble beach at BLM-Oregon Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

The first pups are normally born around Mother’s Day, making this harbor seal about five weeks early, according to BLM staffers and volunteers who monitor the wildlife at Yaquina. They could tell the pup is early because of the beautiful white fur called lanugo.

Photos by volunteer Pam Rivers; contributed by BLM employees Meredith Matherly and Jay Moeller


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. 


National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration Just Announced

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the release of the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration today. The strategy will guide efforts to restore public lands after landscape-scale ecological changes such as wildfires and hurricanes.  

“Having the right seed to plant in the right place at the right time will make a huge difference in the health of our lands as we address impacts of large-scale disturbances such as drought, climate change, fire, and invasive species,” Secretary Jewell said.

Across the United States, the strategy will help foster resilient and healthy landscapes important to wildlife and to our economy by guiding ecological restoration, especially for those lands – such as sagebrush habitat – damaged by large rangeland fires.

The Strategy is the work of the 12-agency Federal Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance, and supports the goals of a number of other national initiatives, such as the President’s Climate Action Plan.  Among the partners in the plan is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the federal government’s largest land management portfolio of about 245 million acres.

The seed strategy delivers on Secretary Jewell’s wildfire plan and will be helpful in ensuring that landscapes – like sagebrush landscapes – can stay healthy for the sake of our economy and our wildlife.

Read the press release and follow @BLMNational on Twitter using #itstartswithaSEED for more information. For stories about ongoing projects happening across BLM visit the My Public Lands Flickr.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Bureau of Land Management!

We are thankful for our public lands and resources, and for the employees, volunteers and stewards who manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


A little morning pick-me-up!

Bureau of Land Management California recently held its first-ever employee photo contest.  Employees from across the state submitted over 500 photos in 9 categories.  Winners will be announced soon and posted here.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife submissions (click photos for credits).    

Sunset in Plush, Oregon, from the BLM Oregon/Washington employee photo contest.

This rural community in south-central Oregon is famous for both its abundant wildlife at the nearby Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge as well as for the sparkle of its local sunstone gems. Photo by BLMer Roman Iacobucci.

CLICK HERE to view more employee photos.


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.