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    Forestry and Fuels: Working Together to Achieve a Common Objective

    Understanding fire ecology, prevention and management… At the core of their professions, foresters and fuels specialists know that disturbance is a natural, needed and unavoidable part of every ecosystem on different scales. Foresters work to ensure resilient productive forests. Fuels specialists work to reduce the intensity of wildfires by reducing the amount of fuels in an area, and restoring more natural disturbance regimes. Many times our paths overlap. 

    In the mountains of North Central Idaho overlooking the Little Salmon River near New Meadows, Idaho, BLM fuels specialists and foresters, with help from the local Forest Service and firefighters from Southern Idaho BLM Districts lit a 160 acre prescribed fire as part of the larger Bally Mountain Vegetation Management Project earlier this spring. The goal of this portion of the project was to reintroduce fire into a previously ponderosa pine dominated stand – a stand that has uncharacteristically not seen fire in nearly a century. The stand had become choked by Douglas-fir regeneration and insect and disease outbreaks are becoming more common. As is often the case in dense stands, fuels have accumulated on the ground to dangerous levels reducing the likelihood that a wildfire could be stopped if one should start nearby. Not a hundred yards away, the solution was to commercially thin or harvest timber through a timber sale to reduce stand densities. But here, due to slope, broken ground and other concerns, prescribed fire was selected as the tool of choice to improve forest health, and reduce fuel amounts.

    Learn more about BLM-Idaho Fuels Treatment and Reduction at:

    -Story by Forester, Zach Peterson and photos by Fishery Biologist, C. A. Johnson, BLM-Idaho

    Good morning from the Cascade-Sisiyou National Monument managed by BLM Oregon/Washington

    The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was established by presidential proclamation on June 9, 2000 in recognition of its remarkable ecology and to protect a diverse range of biological, geological, aquatic, archeological, and historic objects. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, is the first monument set aside solely for the preservation of biodiversity. Due to several complex biological and geological factors and processes operating simultaneously, the monument contains an unusually high variety of species in a geographically small area.

    Learn more about this beautiful monument.  #GetOutdoors #SeeBLM

    BLM Arizona Releases New Video about Fisheries Improvement Program

    Flanked by the California and Arizona borders, Lake Havasu is a man-made reservoir situated on the lower Colorado River.  It is the busiest recreational reservoir in the Southwest, and its waters harbor numerous species of sport fish, which makes Lake Havasu one of the premiere angling destinations in Arizona.  

    The outstanding fishing opportunities Lake Havasu is known for can be attributed to the Fisheries Improvement Program, which was established in the early 1990s and implemented to improve fish habitat in the lake.  Over 800 acres of artificial habitat in multiple coves are maintained by BLM and its partners, which include the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Game & Fish Department, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Arizona State Parks, and Anglers United. 

    Watch Hooked on Habitat - the new BLM Arizona video by Jayson Barangan about cooperative efforts in maintaining the habitat.

    Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: July 21-25, 2014

    Announcements, Events, and News

    BLM Director Neil Kornze on July 24, 2014, shared information with industry representatives about the agency’s efforts to increase oil and gas inspection capacity.  In a talk at the American Petroleum Institute, Kornze cited a shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands as issues of critical common interest. In speaking to the API’s Upstream Committee, Kornze emphasized that the agency’s efforts to address these issues through a proposed fee system would allow the BLM to be more responsive to the industry’s operational needs.  “The BLM takes its role in the nation’s energy economy very seriously.  A properly-resourced BLM oil and gas program means better service for companies and more certainty for the public that operations are being conducted in an environmentally sound manner.” Read the press release .

    Social Media Highlights

    Last week, more than 250 soldiers from the Washington Army National Guard, 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team, trained with the BLM Oregon/Washington and U.S. Forest Service at the Yakima Training Center. BLM was represented by Crew No. 7 from Lakeview, which is comprised of military veterans.  View the full photo set from the training on BLM Oregon/Washington’s Flickr site

    The BLM last week featured Blazing a New Oregon Trail by Zach Jarrett and Matt Christensen, BLM Oregon/Washington, on the the My Public Lands Tumblr.  Blazing a New Oregon Trail – included in the inaugural My Public Lands magazine – tells the story of local mountain bike riders who helped build world-class trails in Portland, Oregon.  Read the full story, and then see the work in action on the BLM Oregon/Washington’s YouTube. 

    The BLM kicked off a social media campaign last week that features interns participating in this summer’s BLM Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistant Internship Program. Each intern was recruited by partner Mobilize Green, a nonprofit organization that “jumpstarts” green careers for diverse and underrepresented students and recent graduates.  Every Wednesday this summer, the BLM will share an intern story on the My Public Lands Tumblr.  Read last week’s introductory post about the intern program, and then check out the post about the first featured intern.  Follow along using hashtags #BLMintern and #MobilizeGreen.


    Humbug Spires, Montana, by Bob Wick Alabama Hills, California by Bob Wick Bald Ridge Trail, Wyoming San Lorenzo Canyon, New Mexico, Emilee Cantrell Mineral Ridge, Idaho Derrick Cave, Oregon Denali Highway, Alaska, by Matthew Voss Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area, Colorado, by Bob Wick Gulf Shore, Southeastern States Kanarraville Falls, Utah, by Chad Douglas

    Today we celebrate national “Take Your Pants for a Walk Day”  ……

    Yes, really.  And it’s easy.  Just put on some pants and #getoutdoors - from #backyard2backcountry.  Here are a just a few of our favorite BLM-managed lands for walking, hiking, biking and more.

    Check out last summer’s bucket list posts to learn more about these and other amazing BLM-managed lands:

    The BLM-managed Powderhorn Wilderness in Colorado is found in a rugged, glacier-carved landscape of the northern reaches of the San Juan Mountains. The area consists of large expanses of alpine tundra, spruce forests, and several alpine lakes at nearly 12,000 feet in elevation. High-elevation plateaus were created by Teritary volcanic deposits, believed to be 5,000 feet thick in some areas. 

    Visitors can explore more than 45 miles of trails within this area, including Powderhorn Lakes Trail, East Fork Trail, Powderhorn Park Trail, Middle Fork Trail, and Devil’s Creek Trail.  CLICK HERE to plan your adventure in this wilderness area.

    Photo by Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands

    BLM-Oregon Lakeview Veterans Fire Crew Trains Washington National Guard 

    More than 250 soldiers from the Washington Army National Guard, 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team, trained with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service at the Yakima Training Center yesterday, July 25th. BLM was represented by Crew No. 7 from Lakeview, which is comprised of military veterans.  (BLM Oregon photos)

    Many thanks to the crews out there - stay safe!


    For accurate, updated regional fire data visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center:

    The BLM’s Southeastern States Field Office has had a banner year so far with red-cockaded woodpeckers at Lathrop Bayou, in Bay County Florida. 

    Nest checks completed documented 4 nest cavities with chicks! There have been up to three nests in previous years, but this is the first time we have ever recorded more than two nests successfully hatching. As of last week, there were 10 adults and 9 nestlings at the site. Two of the nests are on BLM, one on Ag Reserves land and one on Genecov property. All of the chicks have been banded and an attempt will be made to sex them soon. 

    The bumper crop of chicks opens the door to potentially donate a chick back to Wetappo where it would be paired in a new recruitment cluster, based on agreements with partners and carrying capacities for the different areas. 

    -Shayne Banks, BLM

    Kicking Off the Weekend with a Beauty Shot of the Centennial Mountains in Montana

    This 28,000-acre mountain range, which forms the boundary between southwest Montana and Idaho, is some of southwest Montana’s wildest country. It is considered an important corridor for wildlife movement, providing an east-west trending mountain range connecting the Yellowstone Ecosystem with the rest of the northern Rocky Mountains. Abundant wildlife in the Centennial Mountains include moose, elk, deer, wolverines, badgers, black bears, a wide variety of birds, and occasionally wolves and grizzly bears.

    About 60 miles of the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs through the mountain range. The CDT through the Centennials is usually well-maintained, although natural events can change conditions rapidly. Several side trails provide access from both the Montana and Idaho sides of the CDT. Wildflowers are especially abundant during the mid- to late summer.

    Visit BLM Montana’s website to plan your visit:

    Photo copyright Anna Laxague, Pacific Regional Director, International Mountain Biking Association. All rights reserved. story photo by Leslie Kehmeier, International Mountain Bicycling Association Photo copyright Anna Laxague, Pacific Regional Director, International Mountain Biking Association. All rights reserved.

    Blazing a New Oregon Trail!

    Mountain bikers from all over the world ride these world-class trails built with help from local riders in Portland, Oregon.

    Read the full story - featured in the Bureau of Land Management’s My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014 - by Zach Jarrett and Matt Christensen:

    And then check out the BLM Oregon’s Sandy Ridge Partnerships YouTube video to see the work in action.

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