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June #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover: Top 15 Places to Stargaze on the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM California

1. Amargosa Wild and Scenic River
2. Cadiz Dunes Wilderness
3. California Coastal National Monument
4. Carrizo Plain National Monument
5. Fort Ord National Monument
6. Kingston Range Wilderness
7. Little Black Sands Beach in King Range National Conservation Area
8. Lost Coast Trail at King Range National Conservation Area
9. North Maricopa Wilderness
10. Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area
11. Piper Mountains Wilderness
12. Point Arena-Stornetta in California Coastal National Monument
13. San Gorgonio Wilderness
14. Slinkard Wilderness
15. Whipple Mountains Wilderness

Thanks for following the June #conservationlands15 features on My Public Lands Tumblr, and our takeover of americasgreatoutdoors Instagram account (https://instagram.com/usinterior/). Stay tuned all week as the #mypubliclandsroadtrip visits these top 15 California spots for stargazing and much more.  

The North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River in Oregon is renowned for outstanding fishing and exhilarating whitewater challenges for all levels of rafters and kayakers. To catch a ride on rushing waters, visit during May, June, and early July. What’s more, the 79-mile-long North Umpqua Trail parallels the river, offering a variety of hiking and mountain biking options. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands

Space chess?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that some giants had set up this flatter space in the Selkirk Hills of northern Idaho for some complex game and removed the pieces after finishing their match. What we’re seeing is an area of agricultural forest divided into 400 metre squares, with some areas harvested and covered by a recent snowfall while the rest reveal the dark green crowns of trees of dense forests. The nearby Priest River was once used to carry logs, but is now protected from development, with a status officially entitledn as a “wild and scenic river”.

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Image credit: NASA

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On This Day in 1980 President Jimmy Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act into Law 

With the signing of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the BLM became responsible for managing six Wild and Scenic Rivers, nine study rivers, one National Conservation Area, one National Recreation Area, and one National Scenic Highway. Enjoy these photos of the Delta Wild and Scenic River, Gulkana Wild and Scenic River, and Beaver Wild and Scenic River in celebration of Alaska’s vibrant waterways!

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Beacon Rock State Park, Washington

850 feet above the Columbia River Gorge during the worst air advisory since Mt. Saint Helens erupted in 1980. Smoke from five concurrent forest fires covered the Portland area in smoke so thick it resembled Silent Hill. 

Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument in Montana remains largely unchanged in the nearly 200 years since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled through this area on their epic journey. What’s more, the first skeletal remains of dinosaurs ever discovered in North America were found right here. The monument offers natural beauty in a remote setting and plenty of opportunities to explore by hiking, fishing, or floating along the National Wild and Scenic River portion of the Missouri River. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip Recap in BLM Idaho

On the Idaho leg of our summer roadtrip, we hiked a volcano, visited a ghost town, and drove a buggy around the St. Anthony Dunes.  And we explored stunning Idaho waterways - from lakes to wild and scenic rivers - known for world-class fishing and boating.  Click individual photos for name and photographer.

Check out all BLM Idaho photos on My Public Lands Flickr, and view the BLM Idaho storymap journal!

Our cherished wilderness has lost a good friend. Martin Litton has died. Along with keeping dams out of the Grand Canyon and mapping out Redwood National Park, he was critical in the creation of the Wilderness Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and the Environmental Protection Act. That’s all. And if that weren’t enough he founded Grand Canyon Dories to ply our great Western Rivers. One of the highlights of my photography in the West was rowing down the Grand Canyon with Martin Litton. While he pulled the oars he told us tales of being a glider pilot in WWII and the battles over dams on Western rivers. We hit a few rocks, but I have the tales to tell of a great man who did great things. Anyone who has ever enjoyed one of our Western National Parks owes Litton a debt of gratitude. @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #wilderness #nationalpark by natgeo

Happy Birthday to the Bureau of Land Management! Responsible for nearly 250 million acres of public land, the Bureau manages resources to best serve the present and future needs of the nation and preserve some of our country’s most stunning landscapes. Photo of Delta Wild and Scenic River Watershed in Alaska by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip heads out this week for extreme adventures on your public lands.  And there’s no better place to start that adventure than the wild and rugged landscapes of Alaska.  

Until recently, floating Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River through Alaska’s White Mountains National Recreation Area required either a pricey pickup flight by air taxi or a three-week commitment to float 360 miles all the way to the Yukon River and the Dalton Highway bridge (considered the country’s longest road-to-road river trip). The popularity of compact, light-weight packrafts has now added a third option – one that involves floating the most scenic part of the river and then hiking 30 to 50 miles back to the start through the heart of the 1-million-acre national recreation area. 

The float itself is relaxing and scenic, with mostly class I whitewater. The hike out, on the other hand, is not for the faint-hearted – you’ll need to find your own route over jagged limestone ridges, across soggy tundra, and through ice-cold streams, all while swatting mosquitoes and watching out for bears. Your reward is an unforgettable hike through some of Interior Alaska’s best scenery, a landscape that most people only see in much chillier and darker conditions via the BLM’s extensive network of winter trails and public use cabins. Visit in summer, and you’ll likely have the place all to yourself!

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This week #mypubliclandsroadtrip “Takes the Backroads” along scenic byways and highways. 

Our first stop – the Deschutes Wild and Scenic River in Oregon.

From the Oregon-Washington border past the whitewater rafting community of Maupin, the BLM manages dozens of camping sites, boat ramps and picnic areas along the Lower Deschutes. Also along the river is the 34-mile-long Lower Deschutes River Backcountry Byway. The nine-mile-long paved section ends at Sherars Falls, where Native Americans still fish for salmon using traditional platforms and nets. After that, the road is mostly gravel for another 25 miles to Macks Canyon pictured here.

Photos by Bob Wick, March 2016.

Follow all roadtrip stops this week in our Take the Backroads storymap.

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Welcome to the November #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, our 2015 monthly celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. Today’s takeover features beautiful locations where you can view a diversity of wildlife – from raptors to seals to caribou.  

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The perfect #MothersDay gift - a ride down the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River in Oregon! Located about 25 miles east of Roseburg, the Umpqua drains several high Cascade Peaks, and gains flows from  basalt springs as its crystal clear waters drop towards the coast. New photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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Celebrate the passage of the National Trails AND Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts with photos of the BLM river and trail segments included in the original 1968 legislation signed #OTD in 1968!

The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River, located within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, includes 74 miles of the river as it passes through the 800-foot deep Río Grande Gorge. The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, luring anglers, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts.  

In addition, the Rogue Wild and Scenic River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. Some of the wildlife that calls the Rogue home include black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese.

Featuring 30 miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.

The 43-mile stretch of the PCT in southern Oregon includes countless scenic views and well-known recreation points: Mount Shasta; Pilot Rock, Hyatt Lake; Soda Mountain Wilderness; and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, to name a few.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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Meet BLM Idaho River Ranger Evan Worthington on Today’s #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover!

Evan Worthington grew up on a 100+ acre farm in West Virginia, where the New River flowed less than a mile away. For Evan, a career in the outdoors was a given. 

At the age of 18, Evan became a commercial whitewater river guide along the New and Gauley Rivers. Ten years later, in 1995, he packed up the VW van and headed west for something different. Evan found a new home when the old VW broke down in Idaho (he’s been in Idaho ever since).  

Evan’s passion for the river and artistic talent came together in Idaho as he established county programs to educate teens about the environment and the arts.   Also at this time, he became a seasonal river ranger on the BLM’s Lower Salmon River in Cottonwood, Idaho. Evan even used a BLM Take It Outside grant to develop a high school whitewater program called the Salmon Surfers, with Leave No Trace, safety and hands-on water instruction. 

Evan is now a permanent wilderness/river ranger in the Owyhee Canyonlands of the BLM’s Boise District.  He runs the stunning Bruneau-Jarbidge Wild and Scenic River System, with its nearly 40 miles of designated wild and scenic river sections. And Evan shares the wild and scenic river with local youth, visitors, and most important, his wife and two daughters.   

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July #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover Goes Wild and Scenic

Rivers are an important part of our Nation’s history, economy, and way of life. They were our first “highways” - connecting people and communities.  In 1968, President Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to preserve rivers with certain outstanding wild, scenic, or recreational  values. The Act currently protects more than 200 rivers in 35 states and Puerto Rico.  

The BLM’s National Conservation Lands currently manages 69 of those wild and scenic rivers in 7 states - Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah  -  with more than 2,400 river miles and 1,165,000 acres.

Follow today’s #conservationlands15 takeover here for wildlife along wild and scenic rivers, a behind the scenes with a BLM river ranger, and stunning wild and scenic rivers for your bucket list.

Note: The #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover is a 2015 monthly celebration of the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

Supermoon, New Mexico, by Sherman Hogue, BLM 

Woodrat Mountain, Oregon, by ‘flypfeiffer’ BLM Oregon Flickr photo group

Beck Lake Mountain Biking Area, Wyoming, photo by Nancy Patterson, BLM

Wisconsin Islands, courtesy of BLM Eastern States

St. Anthony Sand Dunes, Idaho, courtesy of BLM Idaho

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Pine Forest Range Wilderness, Nevada, by Bob Wick, BLM

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, by Bob Wick, BLM

Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area, California, by Bob Wick, BLM

American Basin Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Colorado, by Bob Wick, BLM

Delta Wild and Scenic River, Alaska, by Bob Wick, BLM

Axolotl Lakes, Montana, courtesy of BLM Montana-Dakotas

Valley of the Gods Area of Critical Environmental Concern, Utah, photo by Andrea kachulus, Robert Leaver, and Bob Wick

Wishing you a Happy New Year from the Bureau of Land Management!

Here’s to 2017! Whether it’s exploring the outdoors with friends and family, or taking a moment of solitude to enjoy the silence, we wish you a year full of fun and new adventures!