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Retour de Diane 35: «Ce n'est pas le médicament qu'il faut blâmer mais les médecins qui l'ont prescrit en usage détourné»

VOTRE AVIS – Les internautes réagissent au retour dans les pharmacies de ce médicament anti-acné, largement utilisé comme contraceptif avant son interdiction…

Diane 35 va faire son grand retour dans les pharmacies. La Commission européenne a imposé mardi à…

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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.

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Happy Anniversary!

Nearly one year ago, President Obama designated two new BLM-managed National Monuments: the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico, and the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington. BLM staff and partners have been busy over the past year.

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It’s Throwback Thursday!  Check out these photos of the original Bureau of Land Management logo and matching photo from public lands.

It wasn’t until 1964 that the BLM adopted a new logo that remains today, with only National System of Public Lands added.  Learn more about the history of the BLM and public lands management through this interactive timeline: http://bit.ly/1qZn2ob

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Field Trip!

Niki Cutler, Hydrologist for BLM-Nevada's Sierra Front Field Office, took local 8th grader Mattie on a field trip as a “youth exposure to Natural Resource/ Hydrology opportunity”. Their field trip took place near the Honey Lake Hydrographic Basin, Flannigan Allotment and East Cottonwood Creek Canyon.

As we drove through the diverse landscape, we talked about the geology and desert terminal river systems. We discussed the relationship sage grouse have with the sage brush ecosystem and why/how they are a key indicator to landscape health. Mattie even saw her first deer in Nevada while we were horseback.  The experience changed her perception of a desolate desert landscape to one full of life and diversity up in the canyon (where you can’t see from the road). 

After our day in the field Mattie said, “I valued the time I got to spend with the horses and figuring out how the plant growth and water supply affected the environment around us. Now I feel like a natural resource career is definitely more of an option for me because I understand the basics of what I would be doing. Thank you very much for taking me!”

-Niki Cutler

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Movie Monday: Partnering for a Better Tomorrow in Lake Havasu!

Lake Havasu City is one of Arizona’s top visitor destinations. The Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau estimates that 1.5 million people visit Lake Havasu City each year.

Its waters and surrounding lands are managed by 14 federal, tribal, state, and local governments. To better serve the public, the Bureau of Land Management is developing a Memorandum of Understanding with these agencies to ensure consistency in decision-making, particularly related to permits for activities, on the waters of Lake Havasu as well as on its shoreline.  

Watch the BLM Arizona’s YouTube video about the cooperative management of Lake Havasu HERE.  The video underscores the importance of partnerships in effective public land management.

YouTube video courtesy of BLMer Jayson Barangan, Assistant Field Manager, Recreation & Operations, Lake Havasu.

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Meet Karen Deatherage – BLM Interpretive Park Ranger and recreational musher

Karen’s first grade teacher traveled to Alaska, sparking in her a dream to move to this amazing state when she grew up. To get to Alaska, she traveled over a year throughout the United States and Canada, visiting public lands and parks across both countries. During the summer, Karen works for the BLM in Coldfoot along the Dalton Highway, made famous by the reality show “Ice Road Truckers.” Karen had an Alaskan Malamute (the Alaska state dog) for 14 years. 

She skijored (had her dog pull her on skis) for many years and took the opportunity to mush anytime she could borrow some dogs. She also hosted Iditarod racing teams in her backyard in downtown Anchorage from 2006-2008, as well as handled dogs for the mushers at the starting line. She patrolled Denali National Park with a sled dog team, and most recently adopted a retired husky from the park’s kennel. Chinook is a fantastic all-purpose sled dog who can skijor, kick sled and lead any team of sled dogs down a mushing trail. “If you have a dog that likes to pull, you can do all kinds of fun recreational activities with them, including skijoring, kick sledding, biking or mushing,” Karen says. “I’ve seen Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers and even Schnauzers pull people on skis or small sleds. My first leader on a team was an 8-month old black lab”. Karen’s dream is to someday rescue abandoned sled dogs and build a small recreational mushing team.

Fairbanks District Office employee Deke Naaktgeboren starts the Yukon Quest 300 sled dog race in downtown Fairbanks on Saturday. The 300-mile race is a qualifying event for the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, which started earlier Saturday, as well as the upcoming Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race course follows Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River at several points before ending in the community of Central. Good luck to Deke and all of the Quest mushers!

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Women in Archaeology

In Idaho there are 15 full-time BLM archaeologists and over half of them are women. Together, the nine of us have over 200 years combined experience in the field of archaeology. It’s always great when we get an opportunity to work in the field together, meet up at a conference, and learn from one another. 

“Being a female archaeologist is actually an advantage because women are typically so detail oriented. They can also bring a different perspective to the study of archaeology that gives us a fuller, richer picture of the past.” -Lisa Cresswell, Shoshone Field Office 

“For me, the coolest thing about being an archaeologist is that I still get to do what I did as a kid….explore the deserts and mountains of Idaho.” -Suzann Henrikson, Burley Field Office

“It is great to see more women with careers in archaeology today than when the discipline started and was male-dominated. I take great joy in encouraging girls and young women to pursue their interests within science and math because we need fresh and innovative ways to look at the archaeological record.” -Marissa Guenther, Upper Snake Field Office

I’ve wanted to be an archaeologist ever since I was a little kid. You can read more about my story here: http://bit.ly/1d0QWV6.

-Amy Lapp

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Forestry and Fuels: Working Together to Achieve a Common Objective

Understanding fire ecology, prevention and management… At the core of their professions, foresters and fuels specialists know that disturbance is a natural, needed and unavoidable part of every ecosystem on different scales. Foresters work to ensure resilient productive forests. Fuels specialists work to reduce the intensity of wildfires by reducing the amount of fuels in an area, and restoring more natural disturbance regimes. Many times our paths overlap. 

In the mountains of North Central Idaho overlooking the Little Salmon River near New Meadows, Idaho, BLM fuels specialists and foresters, with help from the local Forest Service and firefighters from Southern Idaho BLM Districts lit a 160 acre prescribed fire as part of the larger Bally Mountain Vegetation Management Project earlier this spring. The goal of this portion of the project was to reintroduce fire into a previously ponderosa pine dominated stand – a stand that has uncharacteristically not seen fire in nearly a century. The stand had become choked by Douglas-fir regeneration and insect and disease outbreaks are becoming more common. As is often the case in dense stands, fuels have accumulated on the ground to dangerous levels reducing the likelihood that a wildfire could be stopped if one should start nearby. Not a hundred yards away, the solution was to commercially thin or harvest timber through a timber sale to reduce stand densities. But here, due to slope, broken ground and other concerns, prescribed fire was selected as the tool of choice to improve forest health, and reduce fuel amounts.

Learn more about BLM-Idaho Fuels Treatment and Reduction at: http://on.doi.gov/1o9rg7o

-Story by Forester, Zach Peterson and photos by Fishery Biologist, C. A. Johnson, BLM-Idaho

Meet Whitney Kroschel, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada’s NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Technician in Winnemucca. 

Q: How long have you been with the BLM in Winnemucca? What made you choose to come here? 

A: I’ve been with the Winnemucca BLM since August 2012. I moved here from Minnesota and before that I had spent very little time out West. I was interested in the job opportunity and did not know very much about Nevada. I knew that by moving out here I would learn so much about the West and the BLM. It was the right choice, and it has been an adventure ever since.

Q: What’s something that you have learned about public lands while you have been at your job?

A: Compared to the other states, Nevada has the greatest percentage of state territory managed by the federal government, i.e., about 80% of Nevada is public land. (BLM public lands make up about 67 percent of Nevada’s land base.)

Q: What’s one thing you want the public to know about the Winnemucca District?

A: The Winnemucca District issues the largest special recreation permit in the U.S. – for Burning Man.

Q: What is an interesting fun fact about yourself?

A: I was a NCAA Division II collegiate pole vaulter from 2006 to 2010.

Meet Allie Brandt, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for Bureau of Land Management-Nevada in Winnemucca.

In this photo, Allie is on a mapping project following a 2013 wildland fire.

Q: How long have you been with BLM in Winnemucca? 

A: I have worked for the BLM since 2008. My positions have included: Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) Technician and ES&R monitoring Coordinator.

Q: What are the 3 best things about your job? 

A: 1) My co-workers. I am fortunate enough to work with some really amazing people.

2) The rapidly changing/evolving field of GIS. I learn something new every day!

3) The opportunity to integrate GIS into other disciplines. I have utilized GIS in projects ranging from cultural surveys to compliance monitoring for the Burning Man event. These experiences have allowed me to learn a great deal about the other fields within the BLM.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Winnemucca District? 

A: The smell of sagebrush after it rains.

Q: What is an interesting Fun Fact about yourself?

A: I know Lewis Carol’s poem “The Jabberwocky” by heart.

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Pathway to Archaeology

In honor of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month I would like to share a recent BLM Pathways Internship Program success story:

Marissa Guenther is the Upper Snake Field Office Archaeologist in Idaho Falls, Idaho. While working full-time with the BLM, Marissa was able to finish her graduate studies and receive her M.A. in anthropology within the Pathways Internship Program. This program provides students enrolled in a variety of academic fields with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. She graduated in March of this year and became a permanent full-time employee in April.

Marissa’s thesis research examines the evidence for communal hunting of bison at Owl Cave (a collapsed lava tube), located in Idaho. When the site was excavated in the 1960s-1970s a large bison bone bed was uncovered containing approximately 150 bison. Marissa used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore if this mass kill of bison could have been the result of a deliberate drive carried out by Native Americans. Marissa has presented her research at professional meetings, public lectures, and to BLM employees during a brown-bag lunch and learn session.

“The Pathways Program has been an excellent experience for me. There is something special about putting your boots on the ground and exploring your career path outside the classroom setting.”

The Pathways Program is a great opportunity for passionate students to find work in their fields. For more information visit: http://on.doi.gov/1fguQdf

-Amy Lapp and Marissa Guenther, Archaeologists for BLM-Idaho

Meet Robert Bunkall, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management-Nevada in Winnemucca. 

Q: How long have you been with the BLM in Winnemucca? 

A: 3 years. 

Q: What made you choose to come to Winnemucca?

A: It is where I got a job. 

Q: What are the 5 best things about your job? 

A: 1) Work with great people.

2) I get to work with maps.

3) See amazing scenery when I get to go out into the field.

4) Experience Burning Man.

5) Learn about all aspects of the BLM mission.

Q: What’s something that you have learned about public lands while you have been at your job?

A: That there is a lot of it. 

Q: What is your favorite place to visit in the Winnemucca District? Why?

A: The Black Rock Playa. Large flat barren place with beautiful vistas. 

Q: What’s one thing you’d like the public to know about the Winnemucca District? 

A: We have a wide variety of landscapes. 

Q: What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

A: I come from a large family. My grandparents posterity is over 100 people.

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A Day in the Forest

BLM resource specialists recently met with University of California (ucresearch) extension  biologists at North Dobbyn Creek to inventory the first sudden oak death detection in Trinity County. Dobbyn Creek is east of Garberville, California, and borders the Six Rivers National Forest. Photos show what happens to tan oak leaves when infected with SOD.

BLM Botanist Jennifer Wheeler and Chicago Botanical Intern Stephanie Wilson discovered Calypso bulbosa which is also known as fairy slipper or Venus’s slipper. The beautiful white Trillium flower is always a delightful discovery this time of year.

Photo: Jennifer Wheeler, BLM Arcata Field Office 

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Today, take a ride on the breathtaking Dalton Highway in Alaska with #mypubliclandsroadtrip

The Dalton Highway starts north of Fairbanks, Alaska, and extends more than 400 miles north to the Prudhoe Bay. The highway is very much a working road, although tourist visits are still very high. The highway crosses through incredible scenery, including Mount Sukakpak, located 30 miles north of Coldfoot Camp. BLMer Bob Wick says of the Mount Sukakpak, “It is an iconic peak along the corridor and one of the most spectacular mountains I have ever photographed.”

The BLM manages much of the Dalton Highway corridor and has a number of popular wayside exhibits, an interagency visitor center and campgrounds. CLICK HERE to learn more and plan a visit.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Meet Mark E. Hall, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada’s Planning and Environmental Coordinator in Winnemucca. 

Q: How long have you been with BLM in Winnemucca? 

A: As of January 2014, I’ve been with the BLM for 4 years. The entire 4 years have been in Winnemucca. My current job title is Planning and Environmental Coordinator (P&EC), plus Native American Coordinator.

Q: What made you choose to come to Winnemucca?

A: At the time, I had just been laid off due to budget cuts at the museum I was working at, and was looking for work. I applied for an archaeology position in the office and ultimately received the job.

Q: What are the 5 best things about your job?

A: 1) It is seldom boring given the projects that come in the door.

2) Pretty much every day is something different. Whether it was scheduled that way or not.

3) Particularly as P&EC, I’m constantly in a position to learn something new – whether it is something about sage grouse, wild horses, geothermal energy, mining or natural gas pipelines – it runs a gamut of topics. 

4) I work with a great bunch of folks who are dedicated, intelligent, take their work seriously and have a great sense of humor. 

5) The commute to work is a breeze!

Q: What is your favorite place to visit in the Winnemucca District? Why?

A: I enjoy going to the northwestern corners of our district near Idaho Canyon and Five Mile Flat. The scenery is varied with some neat looking basalt and rhyolite flows. In the spring and early summer, there is a plethora of wild flowers up here.

Q: What should people know about the Winnemucca District? 

A: It is not all a desolate desert; there are a variety of ecological zones out here and the winter and spring is exceedingly scenic.

Q: What is an interesting Fun Fact about yourself?

A: Despite my academic credentials, I am a reader/fan of pulp fiction from the 1920s and 1930s. Particularly the fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Talbot Mundy, and Clark Ashton Smith.

Meet Calvin H. Jennings, Bureau of Land Management-Nevada’s Archaeologist in Winnemucca.

Q: How long have you been with the BLM in Winnemucca?

A: 2.5 years

Q: What made you choose to come to Winnemucca?

A: A big issue was the chance to shift from a term position to a permanent appointment. I also have always had a strong interest in Nevada prehistory but had never gotten the chance to work here until this job opened up.

Q: What are the 5 best things about your job?

A: 1) The variety of cultural resources that we deal with each day. 

2) The great colleagues I have not only in Cultural Resources but in all of the other disciplines in the office.

3) The lack of a long commute to work.

4) The variety in environments ranging from playa shore lines to pine forest and their accessibility.

5) The peace and security of small town life.

Q: What’s something that you have learned about public lands while you have been at your job?

A: That administration of public lands is a tight rope walking activity where the manager is constantly struggling to maintain a balance between conservation and preservation on the one hand and appropriate exploitation on the other.

Q: What is your favorite place to visit in the Winnemucca District? Why?

A: For the sheer joy of getting back to something similar to my home country in the Front Range of Colorado – it’s the Pine Forest Range and Blue Lake. But, I also get much satisfaction out of being out just about anywhere in the district where most places offer solitude and natural beauty.

Q: What’s one thing you want the public to know about the Winnemucca District?

A: That the people working for the BLM and other land management agencies are doing their level best to give the public the most bang for their buck from public lands. But, everyone has to realize that the demands from various sectors of the public are frequently in conflict and we have to make the hard choices about who gets to do what on public lands. 

Q: What is an interesting fun fact about yourself?

A: I once walked from the Colorado River across from Searchlight, Nevada on a nearly straight line across northern Arizona, to Farmington, New Mexico.