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    Bryce takes a selfie while cleaning camps along the Lost Coast Trail. BEFORE: We get a lot of rain in the King Range (upwards of 200 inches) meaning we also get a lot of plant growth especially along the King Crest Trail. Yep, all this garbage was packed out of the wilderness by Chris. AFTER: We love before and after shots. What great work, thanks Chris!
Chris helped remove a huge Live Oak tree from the Horse Mountain Creek Trail.

    Meet Our King Range Volunteer Wilderness Rangers

    In 2014 the King Range National Conservation Area hosted two volunteer wilderness rangers, Chris and Bryce. These guys donated a combined 725 hours to public lands mainly within the King Range Wilderness.

    Their service included trail maintenance, staffing our visitor center, conducting public contacts along the Lost Coast Trail, rehabbing campsites and removing lots of camper trash and marine debris from the King Range Wilderness. 

    Many thanks for your great work!

    -Justin Robbins

    Kicking off the week with beautiful shots of the BLM-managed White Mountains National Recreation Area in Alaska - by Bob WIck, BLM Wilderness Specialist.

    The one-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area near Fairbanks, Alaska, offers stunning scenery, solitude, and outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation. 

    Summer visitors to the White Mountains pan for gold, fish, hike and camp under Alaska’s ‘midnight sun.’ The Nome Creek Road provides access to two campgrounds, trails, and a departure point for float trips on Beaver Creek National Wild River. In winter, visitors travel by ski, snowshoe, dog team and snowmobile to enjoy the 12 public-use cabins and 250 miles of groomed trails that make the White Mountains one of Interior Alaska’s premier winter destinations.

    CLICK HERE to learn more. 

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    This Labor Day, #getoutdoors and enjoy the view on your public lands!

    The Sonoran Desert National Monument contains more than 487,000 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse of the North American deserts, and the monument exemplifies this desert setting. The most striking aspect of the plant community within the monument is the extensive saguaro cactus forest. The monument contains three distinct mountain ranges, the Maricopa, Sand Tank and Table Top Mountains, as well as the Booth and White Hills, all separated by wide valleys. The monument is also home to three congressionally designated wilderness areas, many significant archaeological and historic sites, and remnants of several important historic trails.  

    Learn more:

    Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

    Start the holiday weekend with a night under the stars at Amargosa Wild and Scenic River, located at the south end of California’s Tecopa Valley, east of the southeastern corner of Death Valley National Park. The area has a harsh climate, unobstructed views of desert mountains, and few human settlements.

    The narrow Amargosa Canyon is known for its dense greenery and the shallow Amargosa River, complete with “hanging gardens” and a small waterfall. The river flows year-long, dropping south from Nevada, and finally flowing into Death Valley National Park.

    Recreational activities in the area include hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, rock collecting, horseback riding, scenic touring, nature study, astronomy, and photography. Amargosa Canyon, with its wide open spaces, is a perfect place to seek tranquility. In contrast to the abundant off-highway vehicle opportunities available immediately to the south at Dumont Dunes, this area is appropriate to the serious hiker, horseback rider, and casual weekend explorer.

    Learn more:

    Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

    Check out the time lapse video from Burning Man this week, by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist. 

    Learn more about Burning Man, authorized under the largest, most complex special recreation permit issued by the BLM: .

    In the remote high deserts of New Mexico, modern-day archaeologists and adventurers are building a bridge to our past.

    Between A.D. 700 and 1150, the Chacoan people built the Great Houses. Thanks to their advanced architecture and masonry techniques, some of these elaborate buildings - which they mysteriously left behind - are now known to have been several stories high with hundreds of rooms.  See the cover photo by Lorran Meares.

    Read more in Welcome to the Big House - a feature article by Donna Hummel in the BLM’s My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014


    Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. 

    The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile. 

    Photo: Charlie Choc (

    #yourwilderness is a great place to hang out over the long weekend!

    2014 Cave Study and Excavation in Natural Trap Cave Complete

    An international team of scientists has completed its first field season of cave study and excavation at Natural Trap Cave, located in the flanks of Wyoming’s northern Bighorn Mountains, northeast of Lovell. BLM manages the cave which is set aside for research purposes.

    CLICK HERE to learn more about Natural Trap Cave and see photos from this year’s research. 

    A beautiful sunrise kicked off Day 2 of Burning Man, held on BLM’s Black Rock Canyon-High Rock Desert NCA in Northwest Nevada.

    Learn more about Burning Man, authorized under the largest, most complex special recreation permit issued by the BLM.

    Photo by Casey Bryant, BLM Vending Compliance Team

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