federally threatened

Here we see a a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) hatching from its egg at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center located in Sacramento, California.

The desert tortoise is a federally listed threatened species only found in the Mojave Desert. Young ones like the little guy pictured above are especially prone to predators like dogs and ravens, whose numbers can increase around areas of human activity and structures.

Adult tortoises can be killed by car traffic, ingesting trash, and wildfires, and are affected by loss of habitat from urban and industrial development, cutting short their potential lifespan of 100 years.

(By: K. Kristina Drake, USGS)

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Happy Arbor Day from Table Rocks in Oregon.

The 4,864-acre Table Rocks Management Area is cooperatively owned and administered by the BLM and natureconservancy.

The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular spring wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila), which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of the Table Rocks. Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), federally listed as threatened, inhabit the seasonally formed vernal pools found on the tops of both rocks.

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A little #mondaymotivation from the scenic peaks of Colorado.

Mount Sherman is one of Colorado’s beloved 14,000 foot peaks and tops out at 14,037 feet.  It’s a popular hike among beginning peak climbers as the trailheads are located at 12,000 feet, offering a relatively modest hike as 14'ers go. And the views from the summit seem to extend forever.

The peak is located on private land in the Mosquito Range east of Leadville. The BLM-managed Mosquito Pass Area of Critical Environmental Concern extends for several miles to the north and includes numerous 13,000+ peaks as well as its namesake pass – Mosquito Pass,  the highest loaded pass in North America. (Please check maps before you depart on your adventure and respect private property.)

It is highly valued for the fragile alpine area with rare plant species including the Penland’s Alpine Fen Mustard (Eutrema penlandii), a federally threatened species. Vehicles should stay on designated roads in order to protect the unique rare plant communities.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

“I’m a libertarian but I think that the confederates were bad guys for not wanting to give up their own private property when threatened with federal force!”

See this is why I don’t call myself a libertarian anymore, libertarianism likes to talk a good game about the importance of private property and defending private property but they’ll always make caveats so that they fit within the current progressive/liberal orthodoxy. It’s embarrassing how contemporary libertarianism will betray so many of its core virtues in order to fit into the contemporary moral order instead of providing an alternative.

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This is making me so angry. These counties in Alabama are refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and in most cases have ceased giving marriage licenses entirely. Counties would rather not give ANYONE marriage than give NORMAL PEOPLE BASIC RIGHTS. And Chief Justice Moore is advocating for probate judges to completely ignore the ruling AKA the FEDERAL LAW, and threatening them with reprimand from the governor. These few official people, for their own personal reasons, are defying a federal law. The federal government should NOT let this slide. Please, something needs to be done.

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The #mypubliclandsroadtrip Heads to the Sunny Alabama Shores for National Trails Day!

Today, we’re heading over to Baldwin County, Alabama, where the BLM manages seven small beach front tracts. All of these tracts are designated critical habitat for Alabama beach mouse and contain primary dunes, the preferred habitat for this species. The tracts also provide nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.

In fact, these beaches are one of the few areas in the U.S. that federally-threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtles use for nesting. Actually locating a sea turtle nesting spot - momma turtles like to hide and lay eggs at night - and watching eggs hatch are rare events. Volunteers regularly patrol the beaches and watch for signs of turtle nesting.

BLM Southeastern States employees and volunteers also maintain some of the areas and trails around the beach tracts.  As a joint project, employees and volunteers defined the existing pedestrian pathway through the dunes with a unobtrusive fence. The marked path is intended to guide visitors to the beach and away from the unique habitat for wildlife.

Thanks to the volunteers whose work is critical to the conservation and recreation activities along the BLM-managed shoreline. 

Star Trek AU fic where no one at Starfleet Command believes any of Captain Kirk’s logbooks and when he gets back at the end of his five-year mission, he just gets chewed out for being contemptuous of his superiors, so he resigns his commission and fades into obscurity.

Then, much later, when Jim Kirk is an old man in retirement from having commanded a private spice freighter or something for most of his adult life, one of the most unbelievably ludicrous things in his logbook (like that giant space amoeba or the god Apollo) comes out of deep space and starts threatening the Federation. A young, arrogant hotshot named Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the USS Stargazer, is sent to pick-up Kirk from his retirement colony on the outskirts of known space. Picard is initially contemptuous of Kirk’s undisciplined, disrespectful “cowboy” style, but as they travel around trying to locate all of the members of Kirk’s old crew (being the only people in the Federation who have dealt with this threat before), he becomes increasingly convinced that everything in Captain Kirk’s logbook is actually 100% true.

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Thinking of the Sunny Alabama Shores as #blizzard2016 Storms in!

BLM manages seven small beach front tracts in Baldwin County, Alabama. All of these tracts are designated critical habitat for the Alabama beach mouse and contain primary dunes, the preferred habitat for this species. The tracts also provide nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles.

In fact, these beaches are one of the few areas in the U.S. that federally-threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtles use for nesting. Actually locating a sea turtle nesting spot - momma turtles like to hide and lay eggs at night - and watching eggs hatch are rare events. Volunteers regularly patrol the beaches and watch for signs of turtle nesting.

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