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Celebrate #YourPublicLands!

The first issue of Your Public Lands, BLM’s E-Newsletter was sent out today! This monthly E-Newsletter will bring you the latest stories from across the Bureau of Land Management. Today, the BLM manages 10 percent of the land in the United States and a third of the nation’s minerals. BLM-managed public lands stretch across the nation, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mexican border, and from Key West, Florida, to Washington’s San Juan Islands. 

This year, BLM celebrates two significant milestones: our 70th Birthday and the 40th Anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), a federal law that provides direction for the BLM to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Organ Mountains featured by the Los Angeles Times: “Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid and Apollo astronauts at this national monument in New Mexico”

Michael Mello of the Los Angeles Times shared, “As you drive through this crossroads of the Southwest, it’s difficult not to notice the sawtooth-ridged mountains bracketing the city to the east. Known as the Organ Mountains, these rhyolite and andesite peaks emboss New Mexico’s southern basin and range area. The mountains love to show off in the evening, reflecting the orange hues of the setting sun.” Read the full article HERE.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation, and is a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The National Monument - a total of 496,330 acres - includes four distinct areas with a wide variety of recreation opportunities: the Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doña Ana Mountains.

The Organ Mountains range from 4,600 to just over 9,000 feet, and are so named because of the steep, needle-like spires that resemble the pipes of an organ. Alligator juniper, gray oak, mountain mahogany and sotol are the dominant plant species here, but in the upper elevations stands of ponderosa pine may be found. Seasonal springs and streams occur in canyon bottoms, with a few perennial springs that support riparian habitats. Wildlife includes desert mule deer, mountain lion, a variety of song birds, and a race of the Colorado chipmunk. 

Since we’re getting a Victorian AU, do you think we’ll see some of Sidney Paget’s illustrations enacted? Since the day the news of outdoor Victorian set broke, I’ve been thinking about this. Like, can we get something like

in Bath? This isn’t from Blue Carbuncle, it’s from The Resident Patient. And the description in the story didn’t even have them strolling in London arm-in-arm. Paget just…drew them like that! So. Anybody taking a wishlist up at TPTB? (Though, if Benedict and Martin do anything like this…*pities internet mere at the thought*)

But even apart from my wishlist, I’m genuinely wondering if Moftiss are planning any homage to these sketches. And given their love for topsy-turvy-ing the canon, I’d love to see if there’s any subversion of this particular bit of canon!