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Apologists for Black Lives Matter - Sargon of Akkad (21:23)

“Black people don’t commit more crimes” and “black people aren’t people”, courtesy of the Regressive Left.

MTV Decoded puts out a video defending BLM. Sargon of Akkad puts out a video showing how they’re full of crap, including the claim that “black on black crime isn’t a thing”.

Incidentally, the description on the original video says it’s trying to debunk some of the “toxic myths” after the “deaths of #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile and the subsequent Dallas tragedy”. Guess how much the video actually talks the shooting in Dallas, or any of those other incidents, or admits that any BLM supporter has done anything wrong, ever.

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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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The Perseid Meteor Shower didn’t disappoint last night in Utah’s Valley of the Gods, where 500+ foot rock spires offered a great foreground.  BLMer Bob Wick took the starry photo of the area last night and the day shots earlier in the week. A scenic loop tour travels through the spectacular sandstone formations – accessible to a passenger car in dry conditions.  #weekendinspiration

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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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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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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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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

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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Ending the day with a few colorful sunrise shots from Slinkard Wilderness Study Area in California - taken by BLMer Bob Wick this morning. The view - from a 9,000 foot peak just south of Monitor Pass - looks towards Topaz Lake, Nevada. A different perspective of Nevada for our #mypubliclandsroadtrip.

Although the winter had record low precipitation levels in the Sierra, moisture in late spring and summer has resulted in a good wildflower bloom. A note from Bob: I not adjust the color saturation on this; it was just one of those “saturated” mornings!

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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It might be time to plan your trip to Stevens Trail on the North Fork of the American Wild and Scenic River.

The wildflowers were peaking this weekend and lots of people were out. It’s hard to believe that such a wild place is less than an hour from Sacramento. 

- BLMer and photographer Bob Wick   

Stevens Trail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The trail is a popular year-round hiking trail in the lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Historically, the trail connected the town of Iowa Hill with the city of Colfax, both in Placer County, California. The current trail extends 4.5 miles along the northwestern slope of the North Fork of the American River Canyon.  

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Ending the weekend with a #NatureSelfie of BLMer Bob Wick (middle photo) along with a few Wick photos of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. 

This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - contains a diversity of geologic landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon.

Share your own #NatureSelfie this week for #EarthDay!