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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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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.

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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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

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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!

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Thanks to @cynrk for the note about Arizona’s birthday!

While younger than Oregon (statehood in 1912), equally amazing in very different ways.  Our post highlights some of the most interesting things about BLM Arizona public lands - petroglyphs, unique wildlife, cool cactus and other plants, out-of-this world geologic formations and so much more.  A lot to love about Arizona on Valentine’s Day.

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick

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THANKS FOR FOLLOWING THE #MYPUBLICLANDSROADTRIP AT THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER OR NIFC!

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.

View the NIFC roadtrip journal-storymap here: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtripnifc.