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Happy Wilderness Wednesday’s from the BLM-Montana/Dakotas!

Today we’re highlighting the Seven Blackfoot Wilderness Study Area (WSA) located in northern Garfield County, about 30 miles northwest of the small town of Jordan, Montana which also serves as the county seat and hub for surrounding ranches in this portion of Missouri River country.

Photo: Mark Jacobsen, Public Affairs Specialist for the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District 

Did you say FREE?

Yep. FREE. Just in time for the hiking season, we’ve got free maps of many of the spectacular BLM-Oregon/Washington wilderness areas available online for YOU! Want to download a shiny new wilderness map? Sure you do, it’s easy. Just click right HERE!

With the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Act in March 2009, the BLM now manages eight Wilderness Areas across nearly 247,000 acres in Oregon. The BLM also manages one Wilderness Area in Washington covering 7,142 acres. In addition, the BLM currently protects wilderness values on 82 Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and five Instant Study Areas in Oregon totaling more than 2.6 million acres and one WSA in Washington totaling 5,557 acres.

These maps will allow you to plan your trip, navigate the wilderness, and enjoy its solitude and splendor. Before you head out to this area be sure you know how to use a map and compass. To learn a little more about map and compass navigation check out our video on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1gCUXQo!

-BLM-Oregon/Washington

Did you know it's American Guide Week? The American Guide is a revival of the Depression-era guidebook series by the same name. It’s part archive curation from back in the day, part documentary travel in the here and now.

They’re also working to get more Americans to see America … and we love any opportunity to talk about going outside and visiting a National Wildlife Refuge!

In fact, we have some Thanksgiving-themed advice for you right now! After you’ve celebrated at the table, why not take the family outside to see some wilder this year?

When you explore a foot trail at a national wildlife refuge, you not only get the chance to see some seasonal wildlife, but you’re outside getting exercise, which could help stave off the butterball look.

Visiting a refuge offers great bird viewing in late November.

Some will just be entering their peak migratory bird season. Join a planned Thanksgiving-theme event or venture out at your convenience. 

Refuge trails are open sunrise to sunset daily, even on Thanksgiving Day when refuge visitor centers will be closed. 

Free trail maps are available outside the visitor center or at a refuge entrance kiosk. For more Refuge System trails, visit http://go.usa.gov/w9O.

(Photo: USFWS)

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A California Spring

The start of spring has been marked with a series of Pacific storms on California’s Northcoast. They have been a welcome sign bringing much needed rain to the King Range and points beyond. Looking back, at the winter months, I can remember more days of sunshine compared to any other time in my life. I sure enjoyed those sunny days exploring the coast and the uplands of the Lost Coast. 

The King Range Wilderness provided much joy during that dry time and though today it’s raining and I’m inside, the wilderness still provides – clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and habitat for all creatures large and small. Today, I am still enjoying the wilderness and I hope you are too.

See what wilderness benefits you can experience in your daily life. If you’re stuck indoors, this could be a perfect time to plan your next wilderness adventure. To find a wilderness area near you, check out the following websites:

http://www.wilderness50th.org/ and https://www.wilderness.net/

-Justin Robbins

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Firewise Fridays

Are you ready for spring? Is your home prepared for the upcoming fire season? Get your home’s outdoor space ready for fire season with firewise landscaping. Check out the BLM-Idaho’s Facebook page each Friday over the next several weeks to learn about colorful fire-resistant additions that could be made to your home’s outdoor landscaping.

Download your own guide to fire-resistant plants today: http://on.doi.gov/1bJSOvE.