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Weekend Inspiration from My Public Lands Instagram!

Are you excited for the weekend? There are so many possibilities to explore your lands! From taking a boat trip down the waters of Alaska’s Delta Wild and Scenic River, to visiting a historic ranch to view fall foliage in Utah.  We hope you follow us on Instagram and share your adventures by tagging the MyPublicLands account! 

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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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

#DidYouKnow that Idaho had canyons? Southern Idaho’s Snake River plains are dissected by several deep river canyons that offer spectacular scenery and world-class bird viewing and photography opportunities. Close by is the Bruneau Canyon Overlook. It’s the only readily accessible spot from which to view this deep canyon and was recently protected by Congress as a Wild and Scenic River. The viewpoint provides a taste of one of the more remote corners of the U. S.: the Bruneau-Jarbidge-Owyhee River Canyon system. These canyons offer whitewater boating, fishing, hunting and unlimited exploring for properly equipped adventurers. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.

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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.  

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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.

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!

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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!

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The November #conservationlands15 Takeover Continues with Another Spot for Your Bucket List: Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska

The Gulkana is one of the few rivers in Alaska where you can enjoy a wilderness setting on a trip as short as three days.  The area offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities for waterfowl and bald eagles. Beavers are often visible along the shoreline where moose also come down to feed.  It is one of the most popular sportfishing rivers in Alaska, providing rich habitat for rainbow trout, arctic grayling, king salmon, red salmon, whitefish, longnose suckers, and lamprey.  A popular river for fisherman and boaters in the summer, this river has also played an important role in the lives of the Ahtna, providing access to subsistence resources throughout history and pre-history.  During winter months, the frozen Gulkana River was historically used as an important travel route from the Copper River to the Tangle Lakes and what is now known as the Denali Highway area. 

The Gulkana River Watershed drains approximately 2,140 square miles of South-central Alaska.  The river begins in the Alaska Range near Summit Lake and flows south into the Copper River, eventually draining into Prince William Sound.  Several hundred lakes and ponds are scattered throughout the spruce-dominated forest of the Gulkana River Watershed, providing abundant nesting areas for trumpeter swans and other waterfowl.

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

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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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#WomeninSTEM Wednesday: Meet Nikki Moore, Division Chief for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands and Avid Fisherwoman

I often think about how serendipitous it is that I have the privilege of managing a conservation system that includes the Rogue River where I started. The first Wild and Scenic river, my favorite river, the river I grew up on.  –Nikki Moore

On today’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip in Oregon, we caught up with Nikki Moore - Division Chief for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - for a chat about the National Conservation Lands, her background in science and fisheries, and the meaning of the amazing Rogue River to her family.

CLICK HERE to read her amazing story.

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Kicking off the weekend with the John Day River in Oregon – one of our nation’s longest free-flowing river systems. Designated under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Oregon Scenic Waterways Act, the area provides amazing recreation opportunities, from boating and fishing to camping and horseback riding.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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Visit one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers! Renowned for outstanding salmon and steelhead fishing and whitewater challenges, the North Umpqua River offers the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Almost 34 miles of the North Umpqua have been designated as a Wild and Scenic River and this section has been set aside exclusively for fly-fishing. The North Umpqua Trail parallels the river and offers challenging hiking and mountain biking experiences.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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We continue our weekend celebration of National Scenic and Historic Trails and National Wild and Scenic Rivers with fall foliage along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  

The BLM manages a section of the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, with a majority located within the Centennial Mountains Wilderness Study Area.  A part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, the Centennial Mountains WSA contains some of the most wild and biologically important lands in southwest Montana. Backcountry hiking, equestrian, hunting and fishing are popular along this segment of the trail. During the winter months, you can experience exceptional backcountry skiing opportunities and endless views.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM