Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: April 28 - May 2, 2014
Announcements, Events, and News
On May 1, the Department of the Interior announced the winner of the Share the Experience photo contest, the official federal recreation lands 2014 photo contest sponsored by federal agencies and corporate partners. Visit the DOI America’s Great Outdoors Tumblr blog to see the winning photo of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and read about the winner. Visit the official Share the Experience website to view the 17,600+ photos submitted by public lands visitors from across the country. (Winning photo pictured above - first photo in collage.)
Social Media Highlights
Last week, the first Harbor seal pup of the year arrived at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on the Cobble Beach in Oregon. The high energy pup waddled up and down the wave slope putting on a show for visitors while mother seal watched from the surf. Another pup was seen swimming in Quarry Cove; National Marine Fisheries and BLM Oregon staff roped off a 100 yard area of the beach to protect the pup. See the photos on BLM Oregon’s Facebook page. Visit the BLM Oregon’s website to learn more about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands
On the My Public Lands Tumblr blog last week, the BLM’s Southeastern States Office shared photos of an unlikely job hazard at a federal well in Louisiana: a mature alligator. The ofice called the alligator “an unusual hazard of performing environmental site inspections in the southeast.”
BLM Daily (Internal) News Stories
On May 1, the BLM kicked off National Bike Month with a story about BLM Alaska’s Associate State Director Ted Murphy. Throughout the year, Ted rides his fat-tire bike almost daily 15 miles from Eagle River to the Federal Building in Downtown Anchorage, using the bike trail along the Glenn Highway. Read the story and photo collage of Ted’s commute, republished on the My Public Lands Tumblr blog.
When the remote interior village of Galena, Alaska, was devastated by flooding in 2013, the BLM Alaska Fire Service stepped up to lend a hand. Last month, the employees were recognized by the Alaska director of the USFWS in two categories. Read the full story, republished last week on the Department of the Interior’s website.