Public Land Superheroes
Superhero Day is observed nationally on April 28, in an effort to recognize the unsung heroes that make life a little bit better. Superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes with varied purposes. The Jacobson family have a tradition of imparting love and respect for public lands and acting as superheroes for public land stewardship.
Meet Stewart Jacobson, a former BLMer, who retired in 2005 with over 35 years of service. He was one of the pioneers for BLM outdoor ethics, noted by his efforts in incorporating the Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace programs throughout the BLM. He was also instrumental in helping to develop an objective matrix to assess visual resources, which is effectively being used today. Stewart diligently worked on preserving the land, while providing recreational opportunities to the public. He understood the importance of balancing multiple-use in managing public lands.
Most importantly, Stewart passed along his love of the outdoors to his son Dave. “I remember visiting the Little Sahara Recreation Area with my dad when I was twelve. That experience made me realize that I wanted to become an Outdoor Recreation Planner,“ said Dave. Dave has successfully achieved his childhood dream, and is now the Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM Cedar City Field Office, Utah.
Just like Stewart passed on his love for the land to his son by getting him to volunteer with him at the LSRA when he was young, Dave is now instilling land stewardship into his own children, symbolically passing on the torch.
“Public Lands belong to everyone,” Dave said, and we can all be superheroes when it comes to protecting the land for future generations. When we practice the principles of Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace, we each get a turn to don the BLM superhero cape.
Story by Iris Picat and Yanavey McCloskey; Photo of Dave Jacobson’s children provided by Dave.