#mypubliclandsroadtrip finds adventure along the Delta Wild and Scenic River in Alaska

Not many rivers in the world flow into and through mountain ranges instead of away from them. For at least 10,000 years, the river today known as the Delta River has defied logic. Originating in the Tangle Lakes south of the Alaska Range – among the world’s highest mountain ranges – the 90-mile Delta River flows north into and through these mountains in a glacially carved corridor.  

If prehistory is your passion, the southern stretch of the Delta Wild and Scenic Corridor is within the Tangle Lakes Archaeological District. With more than 600 archaeology sites, this district is one of the densest concentrations of archaeological resources in the North American Subarctic.

Part of the BLM’s National Land Conservation System, the Delta Wild and Scenic River is a bucket list destination - a jewel in the rough. Shimmering with Arctic grayling, with bountiful wildlife such as moose, caribou, beaver, fox, eagles and tundra swans, the river offers legendary float trips, camping, fishing and more. Visit the Delta River, a river that defies logic, and find your adventure.


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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Today’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip features the successful Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing events in Alaska

“I take tremendous pride in the things that BLM Alaska employees do every day.  You are about to learn about a program that a few extraordinary employees quietly and modestly make happen each summer in the Tangle Lakes area of the remote Denali Highway. I am touched and honored by their involvement in Project Healing Waters, and I hope their story touches you, as well.” -Bud C. Cribley, BLM Alaska State Director

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing began in 2005, serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Since then, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing has expanded nationwide, providing structured fishing opportunities for military veterans in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

The BLM Glennallen Field Office in Alaska has been hosting Project Healing Waters events at the BLM’s Tangle Lakes area since 2011. The program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes for all experience levels. The waters - home to Arctic grayling, whitefish, lake trout, burbot, longnose suckers, and more than 100 species of migrating birds and waterfowl - provide participants with unforgettable experiences, fishing side-by-side.  

For military veterans, America’s public lands can enhance physical and emotional well-being as they connect with the lands and waters they fought to protect. Public lands can have a profoundly healing effect. For BLM employees, Project Healing Waters is a small way to give back to these men and women and their families. #BLMproud  

Pictured here, photos from Alaska 2015 Project Healing Waters event last weekend and previous years  in Tangle Lakes
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


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)