the wedge overlook

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Ending public service recognition week with a post from new BLMer Mike Richardson.

At the end of my first week on the job as a BLMer, I found myself sitting on the San Rafael Swell Wedge overlook in Emery County, Utah.

Although I had been a BLMer for only seven days, I was filled with pride to be a part of an organization committed to preserving America’s public lands for uses as diverse as the lands themselves.  I found myself inspired to be a member of a team devoted to managing our country’s iconic landscapes for everything from ranching and energy development to backcountry solitude, recreation and so much more in between.

I grew up in an outdoor family that valued public lands and was fortunate to spend time in the West enjoying many of America’s extraordinary places, but a love of country beckoned me to serve in the Armed Forces.  I completed multiple combat tours both in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and my military experiences reaffirmed my desire to live and work in an area that could provide my own children with the same extraordinary outdoor opportunities I enjoyed as a youth.  Working for the BLM allows me to show my own family just how unique and special America’s public lands are and to positively contribute to the management of these incredible spaces.  

Continuing to serve my country and the American people by being part of the BLM team is an incredible honor.  As I sat gazing out on the breathtaking vista of Utah’s San Rafael Swell, I couldn’t help but think, “This is what freedom feels like.  It’s good to be home.”