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11.18.14

Count, Tally and Report: Numbers Tell A Story

Friends of the San Pedro River, based in southern Arizona, have been stewards, advocates and volunteers for this great desert waterway even before Congress designated it as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. (Happy designation-birthday, SPRNCA!) Managing a bookstore, hikes, programs to local schools and community groups, input … read more

10.20.14

Decision Point for the Western Arctic

In just a few weeks, the Bureau of Land Management will issue its final decision for the first oil production facility in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is our nation’s largest parcel of public land, and over half of its 23 million acres are available for oil … read more

10.15.14

Thank You Pacific Gas and Electric Company for Supporting Fort Ord

Thanks to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG & E), there will be a special event celebrating National Public Lands Day and Make a Difference Day Saturday, October 25 at Fort Ord National Monument, near Monterey, CA. Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently provided a grant to the Conservation Lands … read more

09.19.14

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Anniversary

This beautiful photograph, captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee Bob Wick, is a perfect introduction to southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument–the first and largest monument officially added to the National Conservation Lands.  And it’s time to wish it happy birthday! September 18th marks the anniversary of President … read more

09.16.14

King Range Organizations Form Alliance

Four organizations that have worked for decades to protect the King Range National Conservation Area have formed a new partnership–the King Range Alliance–that will result in better care for the region and better coordination between organizations. The King Range National Conservation Area is home to the largest stretch of undeveloped coast … read more

09.15.14

Journey on the Etivluk River in Alaska’s Western Arctic

There are few places in the U.S. where you can find herds of wild animals living as they have for thousands of years. In Alaska’s Western Arctic that’s about all you can encounter as it is home of two of the largest caribou herds in the country. I just visited … read more

08.6.14

Happy Anniversary to Idaho’s Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area!

The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) was established by Congress 21 years ago this week. Its cliffs and crevices along a deep canyon of the Snake River harbor the highest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America. Each spring, over 800 pairs of falcons, hawks, … read more

07.30.14

The Dolores River Gets a “Creative Solution to a Vexing Problem”

Southwest Colorado’s Dolores River Boating Advocates have collaborated with a landowner on the upper Dolores River to build a river fence that solves a mutual problem: fencing cows while keeping the river safe for boaters to pass. Spring run-off creates rushing water – great for boating and a great natural … read more

06.26.14

Happy Anniversary to Oregon’s Table Rock Wilderness!

Happy Anniversary to one of Oregon’s BLM-managed National Conservation Lands, the 6,082 acre Table Rock Wilderness in the Molalla River drainage about 50 miles south of Portland. The Table Rock Wilderness was designated part of the National Wilderness System on June 26, 1984, a move that has spared this area the fate … read more

05.28.14

Recreation and Conservation Can Go Hand-In-Hand On The National Conservation Lands

As we near the end of May–National Bike Month if you didn’t know–it seems like a good time to talk about bikes and the National Conservation Lands. The National Conservation Lands are the premier protected lands and waterways managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Rules for bicycle access on these special lands … read more