Say hello to Kahr, our newest law enforcement recruit.
BLM Southern Nevada District Office (SNDO) recently welcomed its newest K-9 team – Ryan Parr and his German Shepherd partner Kahr. Born in the Czech Republic 18 months ago, Kahr immigrated to the U.S. and began training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.
In October, SNDO’s Law Enforcement Officer/ Field Training Officer Ryan Parr began training with Kahr. Six weeks later, they were certified by the BLM and North American Police Work Dog Association for narcotics (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy) and patrol (tracking, area search, apprehension and handler protection).
Proving that the first week of work doesn’t have to be a time of transition, Kahr made his first drug find on the second day of work.
I am thankful for the Lava Beds Herd Management Area northwest of Lovelock, Nevada because of the amazing rock outcroppings formed by northern Nevada’s unique geology. I am also thankful there are so many wondrous acres of public lands surrounding Winnemucca to observe the thousands of wild horses and burros residing here.
-Samantha Gooch, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist for the Winnemucca District Office
Calling all Tumblr artists interested in a great opportunity!
Now’s the time for Southern Nevada artists to act on their resolution to bring together their creative sides with nature. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association are seeking applications through January 31 for artists to complete two week residencies in March, April and May at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
During the inaugural artist-in-residence season, selected artists will hold open studio hours at Red Rock Canyon, develop and implement a public program and donate at least one piece of original artwork completed during their residency to be featured in an exhibition at the Red Rock Canyon visitor center during summer. Selected artists will be provided with a $750 stipend for materials and supplies and support from Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association staff in developing their programs.
The artist-in-residence program promotes awareness through art of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. The program provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving public lands. It will engage and inform an audience through public programs by participants, and will provide time for artists to pursue their work.
“Once we zeroed in on a Las Vegas destination, we knew we wanted a beautiful venue that was outdoor and timeless. We will always have a reason to visit our favorite coordinates,” said Linda and Edward Cavazos.
We met on match.com (yes, it really works). Our first date was December 17, 2012 at an outdoor coffee shop on beautiful Lake Austin surrounded by nature and whimsical Christmas lights. This four hour magical date turned into a sprint to the altar. A few 2013 races we ran together: Scholtzky’s Bun Run 10k (Austin), Corpus Christi Beach to Bay Relay, Harbor Half (Corpus Christi), San Antonio Rock N Roll ½ marathon. If we’re outside and not running, we’re on our bikes (especially during festivals i.e. SXSW) or taking a dip at Barton Springs.
For National Pollinator Week, we’re sharing great photos of the birds and the bees and more! This Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was spotted in the BLM-managed Water Canyon Recreation Area right outside Winnemucca, Nevada by Gretchen Westhoff.
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!”
BLM-Nevada Installs New Door on “Hidden Cave” Entrance to Preserve Valuable Archaeological Assets
It took six Bureau of Land Management employees to transport a 300 pound door along a quarter mile trail to Hidden Cave within the Grimes Archaeological District in Nevada. The BLM Carson City Office replaced the door to protect the valuable archaeological assets inside the cave and to provide tour guides and authorized cave visitors with a user-friendly entrance.
BLM tour leader explains how archaeological excavations were conducted to learn the human history of Hidden Cave.The Grimes Point Archaeological District, located twelve miles east of Fallon, Nevada, is one of the most significant petroglyph sites in the country. It is an archeological site important to understanding the changes in climate occurring over the last 20,000 years and the human occupation of the Great Basin over the last several thousand years. The site consists of over 900 basalt boulders that are engraved with four styles of petroglyphs: Pit and Groove, Curvilinear, Rectilinear and Representational. The public can view the rock art from the Grimes Point National Recreation Trail, Nevada’s first national recreation trail designated in 1976, and the Hidden Cave Interpretive Trail.
Hidden Cave is a geological feature with special archaeological significance located within the Grimes Point Archeological site; it is unique in that it provides the general public with the opportunity to see firsthand how archeological excavations are conducted. Excavations were completed on the cave in the 1940s, 1950s and late 1970s, and the last set of excavations was left intact with the intention of providing a site for interpretation of archeological history and methodology.
For the last thirty years, the BLM has provided bi-monthly tours of Hidden Cave to youth groups and the general public while the Churchill County Museum staff and docents has provided tours for specially arranged groups, schools and families. From Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, BLM staff provided 14 tours to 122 youth and 315 general public, and the museum staff provided 55 tours to 562 youth and 464 general public - a total of 69 tours and 1,463 individuals.
With thirty years of use and exposure to the caustic atmosphere of the cave environment, the two dead bolt style locking mechanisms on the cave door were worn out and on the verge of failing. In addition, the design of the door made it vulnerable to vandalism and the location of the locks made it difficult for the docents from the Churchill County Museum and BLM staff to operate.
With partial funding assistance from the BLM Cave and Karst Program in the Washington Office, the BLM Nevada was able to install a new door to the cave. The door, fabricated by local business Fallon Welding and Fabrication, was constructed out of a single piece of half inch plate steel to guard against vandalism and a center pivot throw mechanism constructed out of stainless steel to withstand the harsh elements of the cave environment. The new door and locking mechanism work flawlessly and will provide years of trouble free use for many tours to come.
-Lisa Ross, Public Affairs Specialist for the Carson City District
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.
Enjoy a round of disc golf at the Ward Mountain Recreation Area. Play is free and no reservations are required!
The nine-basket course is set amid the sagebrush flats and pinion-juniper woodlands on the north side of U.S. Highway 6, just six miles west of Ely, Nev. All nine of the par-3 and par-4 “holes” offer an alternate basket to keep your game interesting.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District developed and maintains the course to provide White Pine County residents and visitors an additional recreational opportunity that can be shared by all ages.
Attention all photographers! BLM Nevada is seeking amazing photos from amateur photographers that highlight the best of BLM Nevada’s lands and historical sites in these categories:
Adventure & Outdoor Recreation - Share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on BLM lands across Nevada – camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, skiing, climbing, riding, etc.
Historical & Cultural - Inspire with images depicting historical locations and cultural events – from national historical sites and monuments to cultural celebrations on federal lands
Scenic, Seasons & Landscapes - Capture scenic vistas and sweeping landscapes – fall foliage, forests, winter wonderlands, flowers, mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes, beaches, rivers, and more.
Wildlife - Take a walk on the wild side with photos of wildlife on BLM lands – mammals, birds, insects, reptiles. Keep your distance and stay safe!
The BLM Ely District in Nevada has graduated its latest class of students from wildfire awareness training. All of David E. Norman Elementary School’s participating second graders passed with flying colors.
The annual educational experience combined classroom instruction with hands-on training using such tools of the trade as fire hoses, emergency lights and sirens, and more. By the end of the session, the students thoroughly understood the roles and responsibilities of the wildland firefighter, the capabilities of each engine and, most significantly, the importance of fire safety and prevention.
“We always appreciate the opportunity to educate young people about fire safety and prevention. It’s a message they’ll carry and share throughout their lifetimes, beginning with their parents,” Tony Sifre, BLM Ely District engine captain, said.
BLM Photo: Second grader Johnathon Toth extinguishes an imaginary wildfire with assistance from BLM Engine Captain Tony Sifre.