Today, the #mypubliclandsroadtrip heads to the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska, with a quick stop at the Central Arctic Management Area.

The Central Arctic Management Area - a BLM Wilderness Study Area - sits between NPRA and Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. This little-known 320,000 acre area is starkly beautiful and made up of rolling tundra and snow covered peaks.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM


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.

Check out more great photos in our stellerstories:


Every Drop Counts; The Importance of Water and Partnership

June is the driest time of the year in the low desert of Arizona – far removed from the region’s steady winter rains and on the doorstep of the erratic, unpredictable monsoon season.   Tucson averages about a quarter inch for the entire month. Creeks and rivers dry up temporarily, compelling people to contemplate the value of water even more than normal.

I’m impressed by one community effort to understand the situation.  Since 1999, The Nature Conservancy of Arizona has led a network of individuals, organizations and agencies - including BLM - in a large effort they call Wet-Dry Mapping.  Each June, near the hottest day of the year, over 120 volunteers and professionals use GPS devices to map the wetted sections of over 300 miles of waterways in the region.

The methods are simple, but the results are incredibly valuable.  Beyond collecting the data, it’s a format that gets dozens of people walking together in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area or elsewhere; they are thinking, talking and engaging on how important water is to our communities.

By Adam Milnor, BLM Arizona and My Public Land Tumblr Blogger
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


#WomeninSTEM: Today’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Stacey Fritz, Anthropologist/Subsistence Specialist in BLM’s Arctic Field Office

Where do you work and how does your job fulfill the BLM mission?

My office manages the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (aka NPR-A), which includes 23 million acres of Alaska’s western Arctic. I coordinate BLM’s NPR-A Subsistence Advisory Panel  to ensure oil and gas lessees and permittees consult directly with potentially affected communities. And I regularly meet with residents and tribal governments in the NPR-A about land management issues.

What previous experience/education prepared you for your job?

For my doctoral research at University of Alaska Fairbanks, I traveled the western arctic coast by sailing a canoe over the course of two seasons and participated in community activities such as hunting and fishing trips.  This field work was a fantastic way to meet people and learn about the land and the history of the Arctic North Slope. I was also a PhD fellow in an interdisciplinary program with great attention to climate change in Alaska and sustainable land management.

What is the best thing about your job?

To me, the greatest thing about Alaska is the state’s powerful and rich array of Alaska Natives living a rural lifestyle, hunting and fishing in their traditional homelands. Those residents generously share that experience with others who respect it.

Landscape photos by Bob Wick, BLM


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.


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

I had just picked up renowned cave photographer @josh_hydeman thirty minutes before this photo was taken. Our plan was to spend the week photographing a variety of beautiful slot canyons throughout the Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness. Storms had been brewing all day and in a flash of an eye a flood was upon us. It was Josh’s first #johnmuir moment in the wild and unpredictable wilderness of Southern Utah.

#getinthewild #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #utahgram #wowutah #utah
#ic_adventures #BPMag #natgeocreative #natgeo #mypubliclands #instacool #wearethewild
#liveyouradventure @picoftheday #outsidemagazine #gopro #REI1440Project #wildernessculture #wild #wildmovie #utahisrad (at Flash Flood at the San Rafael Swell)