Covering 68,000 acres and extending along 35 miles of coastline in California, King Range National Conservation Area preserves the dramatic meeting of the land and the sea. This remote region is known as California’s Lost Coast and is only accessed by a few back roads. But it’s worth the effort! The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers and abalone divers. Photos by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

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BLM Winter Bucket List #23: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, for Spectacular Geologic Features and Superbowl 49

This month, Phoenix, Arizona, is a buzz with #superbowl news.  As the state prepares for the big event, we’ll share information about beautiful public lands just outside of the city and others worth a day trip - like Vermilion Cliffs.

Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. 

Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination.  A permit is required for hiking in Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and for overnight trips within Paria Canyon. 

Whether you’re heading to the #superbowl or just want an unforgettable outdoor experience, Vermilion Cliffs is a must see!

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist
Tumblr for Feds: Gifs, Memes, and More | DigitalGov

We’ll be presenting at DigitalGov’s “Tumblr for Feds” Webinar this morning, along with our colleagues & friends from usagov, stopbullying & mypubliclands!

Whether you’ve been waiting for a while to sign up with Tumblr or whether you’re just curious how government agencies can leverage a platform known to be the breeding ground for the latest gifs and memes, this webinar will show you examples of how agencies have successfully taken advantage of gifs, memes and everything else Tumblr has to offer to meet their missions, increase audience engagement and build brand recognition.

February 19 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Update 2/26/2014: In case you missed it, Digital Gov University recorded the webinar, and we’ve shared it here: Two for Tumblr Tuesday: Tumblr for Feds: Gifs, Memes, and More

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::Repost:: By @mypubliclands The #mypubliclandsroadtrip celebrates Independence Day along the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska. The spectacular views and diversity of wildlife truly showcase America the Beautiful. (Photo:Bob Wick) Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July! #getoutdoors #landscape #alaska #scenic #wildlife #holiday #USA #independenceday #fourthofjuly #americathebeautiful #bucketlist #roadtrip #nature #getoutdoors #getoutside #hike #boat #raft #fish #camp #river #mountains #mypubliclands #SeeBLM #findyourpark #instagood #instacool #photooftheday #wildlifeconservation #KeyConservation

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The #mypubliclandsroadtrip celebrates Independence Day along the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska. The spectacular views and diversity of wildlife truly showcase America the Beautiful. (Photo:Bob Wick)

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July! #getoutdoors

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June #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover: Top 15 Places to Stargaze on the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM California

1. Amargosa Wild and Scenic River
2. Cadiz Dunes Wilderness
3. California Coastal National Monument
4. Carrizo Plain National Monument
5. Fort Ord National Monument
6. Kingston Range Wilderness
7. Little Black Sands Beach in King Range National Conservation Area
8. Lost Coast Trail at King Range National Conservation Area
9. North Maricopa Wilderness
10. Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area
11. Piper Mountains Wilderness
12. Point Arena-Stornetta in California Coastal National Monument
13. San Gorgonio Wilderness
14. Slinkard Wilderness
15. Whipple Mountains Wilderness

Thanks for following the June #conservationlands15 features on My Public Lands Tumblr, and our takeover of americasgreatoutdoors Instagram account ( Stay tuned all week as the #mypubliclandsroadtrip visits these top 15 California spots for stargazing and much more.  


Wild places in Wyoming’s incredible Bighorn Basin are at risk - but you can help!

In a land use plan for Bighorn Basin released on May 28th, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to protect any lands with wilderness characteristics, despite identifying 560,000 acres of wild lands in the 3.2 million acre region.  This means that these currently wild places could be eligible for future energy development, as well as other uses that could damage these pristine landscapes.

There is still time to urge the BLM to protect Bighorn Basin wild lands for future generations.  Here’s how:

Click here to submit comments using the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s online action form.

Click here to learn more from the Wyoming Wilderness Association and submit a letter to the BLM.

In a letter to the editor in the Casper Star-Tribune, Barry Reiswig of Cody stressed why it is so important to protect the remaining wild lands in the Bighorn Basin region:

“Maintaining some lands in their natural state is important because it is the land that shaped and molded countless generations of people that have occupied this Basin for more than 10,000 years. Several canyons such as Paint Rock on the west side of the Bighorn Mountains have lands that must be protected for our futures and those that follow us.”

Previously, the BLM had proposed safeguarding wild lands in places such as the Absaroka-Beartooth Front in its draft management plan for the region.  But the plan released at the end of last month would not protect any Bighorn Basin lands for their wilderness character.

These are our public lands, and we must let the BLM know that failing to preserve our wilderness heritage is not in the public’s best interest.  Send your message today!

Photos credit Kathy Lichtendahl.



After a wonderful National Public Lands Day weekend, we would like to thank the many volunteers who joined in our efforts to help take care of America’s public lands nationwide. 

Now go enjoy your public lands! Here are some of our favorite fall foliage photos across BLM managed lands.