public lands day

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I spent national public lands day working on a trail in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area along the Montana/Idaho border.  We cleared the trail, did a ton of cross cuts of logs that had fallen across the path, and dug drainage ditches.  We were basically in a cloud the entire time, and everything was damp and misty but so so beautiful.  Trail crews are super fun!

Today we’re celebrating our national bird, the bald eagle, for American Eagle Day. On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was placed at the center of the Great Seal of the United States and remains a symbol of our proud country. After a dramatic recovery, bald eagles are found in every state but Hawaii, soaring high and inspiring the nation. Photo from the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Despite his humble beginnings and lack of formal education, Lincoln distinguished himself as an honest leader and a powerful speaker. Leading the nation through the Civil War, our 16th President fought for unity and helped bring an end to slavery in our country. Modeled after the Parthenon in Greece (the birthplace of democracy), the Lincoln Memorial honors his legacy. It’s a towering icon on the Washington, D.C., landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world to be inspired by Lincoln’s words and accomplishments. Photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs have short ears and a short tail, and can weigh up to 11 pounds. They have two layers of fur: A dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog a “frosted” appearance. Despite how they look, groundhogs are good swimmers and tree climbers. Photo of a groundhog eating a flower at Shenandoah National Park by National Park Service.

America’s public lands are wonderful places to love and be in love. Experiences in national parks, wildlife refuges and scenic wildernesses are even better when shared with the people you care about most. We’re celebrating these great love stories with this cute video of romantic moments on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos and helped make this sweet Valentine’s Day video!

Happy Arbor Day! We’re celebrating with this pic of majestic trees offering a window to a gorgeous view of Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park in California. Cascading more than 2,400 feet above Yosemite Valley, it’s the tallest waterfall in North America. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Nguyen.

Happy Alaska Day! On this day in 1867, the Territory of Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the United States. To celebrate this important day in Alaska history, we’re highlight some of Alaska’s lesser known (but breathtaking) national parks on Instagram. Be sure to follow along all day for amazing photos of Alaska’s wild frontier: https://www.instagram.com/usinterior/

Photo of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve by by Ken Hill, National Park Service.

Looking for a last-minute adventure? We’re waiving the entrance fees for all national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands on Monday, January 16, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope to see you out there! Photo of Turret Arch Framed by North Window at Utah’s Arches National Park courtesy of Jacob W. Frank.

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Happy World Wildlife Day!

We celebrate wildlife today and every day on our nation’s public lands. More than 3,000 species of wildlife call BLM-managed lands home - that’s a backyard of more than 245 million acres in 23 states, dispersed over ecologically-diverse and essential habitat.

Enjoy a few of our favorite wildlife photos from your public lands!

Happy World Oceans Day – a day dedicated to celebrating the impact of oceans on our daily lives and raising awareness about how to better protect them. Pictured here is the colorful coral reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The usfws refuge is located halfway between Hawai‘i and American Samoa and is one of the most diverse and spectacular coral reef systems in the world. Photo by Jim Maragos, USFWS.

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Happy Arbor Day from Table Rocks in Oregon.

The 4,864-acre Table Rocks Management Area is cooperatively owned and administered by the BLM and natureconservancy.

The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular spring wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila), which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of the Table Rocks. Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), federally listed as threatened, inhabit the seasonally formed vernal pools found on the tops of both rocks.

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The sweetest Valentine’s Day video you will watch all day! 

Every year thousands get engaged and married on America’s public lands — making these special places part of their love story. Today, we are celebrating these great love stories with this cute video of proposals and weddings on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos.

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A big thank you to the many volunteers who built fences, planted trees, cleaned up trash and more during the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day yesterday! Now get outdoors and explore #yourlands, like the beautiful Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The monument offers stunning views, great hikes and picnic areas for a day trip with family and friends.   

New photos by Sherman Hogue, BLM New Mexico.

Happy Father’s Day everyone. We want to share this amazing story of James and Jonah Geier (as told by James’ daughter Laura Geier). Celebrating Dads like James is what Father’s Day is all about.

“Perseverance. Shared by both the Arch in withstanding time and change, and the resolve of a father to hike his disabled son to the Arch to experience the incredible symbol of natural beauty and strength. Retired Law Enforcement Officer James Geier hiked his eighteen year old son Jonah Geier three miles, and 480 feet over slickrock trails, and up red rock steps to share with Jonah a worldwide symbol of strength and endurance. Neither Geier nor Arch is deterred by challenges.”

It’s Take a Hike Day! Some of the best hiking trails in the world wind through America’s public lands. Whether you’re taking a day hike or spending the summer on the Appalachian Trail, you’re sure to see amazing sights and enjoy the fresh air. Pictured here is a hiker on the North Marshall Trail in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. What’s your favorite hiking trail? Photo by National Park Service.

Yesterday was National Wildlife Day, a dedicated to raising awareness for animals and conservation efforts. Pictured here is an adorable Mexican Spotted owlet found at Zion National Park in Utah. Zion is critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, a species classified as threatened on the federal level. National Park Service photo.

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip explores the beautiful towering cliffs and deep canyons of the 280,000 acre Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The remote and unspoiled monument offers opportunities to view endangered California condors. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.

Check out the condor release video from the National Public Lands Day celebration, held each September, at the monument.