vermilion cliffs wilderness

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On this day in 1946, the General Land Office and the Grazing Service merged and became the Bureau of Land Management within the Department of the Interior (@americasgreatoutdoors).  With historical roots spanning 200+ years, the BLM now manages many places – like ghost towns, mining camps, and homesteads – that give visitors a glimpse of our nation’s history.

And we manage national monuments, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers and other specially-designated areas as well as recreation areas - from backyard to backcountry - with an eye to the future.

Today, on our 69th “birthday,” we share a few of those amazing landscapes.  

Before highways and railways, before pioneers, even before Columbus…..the land we know as the United States was truly a vast wilderness. To protect these last remaining areas, in 1984 Congress created the Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Coyote Buttes’ outstanding scenery, desert wildlife, colorful history, and opportunities for primitive recreation will remain free from the influence of man and are protected in this condition for future generations. Its 112,500 acres beckon adventurers who yearn for solitude, scenic splendor, and the chance to explore one of the most beautiful geologic formations in the world.

Photo: Adam Marland 

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Happy Earth Day 2015 from the BLM!

Enjoy a snapshot of your amazing public lands - #noplacelikehome.

Whether you #hike #ride #climb #bike or #volunteer, share your own nature photos today with tag #NatureSelfie.

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New Weekly Series for the New Year – #TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick!

Each Tuesday this winter, follow @mypubliclands for weekly travel adventures with Bob Wick, BLM wilderness specialist.  #TravelTuesday posts will feature beautiful BLM landscapes, with helpful hints for your travel planning.  As a bonus, Bob, well known for his beautiful landscape photos of public lands, will share photo tips for each location.  

Join us this Tuesday, January 5th, for the first post in the series – with multiple stops along California’s northern coast!

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Since our launch in August 2012, we’ve shared 2,000 posts!  

Thank you, Tumblrs, for following along as we share beautiful landscapes, stories about our employees, and cool information about our mission work in conservation, energy, science, and so much more!