Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: August 18-22, 2014
Social Media Highlights
Last week on social media, the BLM shared information about Burning Man, the popular arts festival on BLM public lands in Northwest Nevada. Each year, tens of thousands of people travel to the Black Rock Desert Playa to participate in this unique community event. Burning Man takes place on approximately 4,400 acres of public land for a nine-day period – making “Black Rock City” one of the largest cities in Nevada. This year, Burning Man will take place from August 24 through September 1, marking its 14th year on “the playa” and the largest leave-no-trace event in the world. Read the My Public Lands Tumblr posts about the BLM’s Special Recreation Permit that authorizes and guides these activities, and the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands and the location of the Burning Man event.
The BLM last week on social media featured the article Don’t Bug Montana about the destructive small mountain pine beetle that has killed up to 90 percent of the lodgepole pines in Montana and the BLM’s efforts to counter these effects. Read Don’t Bug Montana - a feature article in the BLM’s My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014.
Last week, the BLM celebrated Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area’s birthday. Yaquina Head extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. Read the My Public Lands Tumblr post.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 as well as the Colorado Wilderness Act, which was signed into law in August 1993, the BLM Colorado released a video last week showcasing the beauty of the state’s wilderness areas. The video highlights Colorado’s five wilderness areas on BLM lands as well as some of the passages from the Wilderness Act that most vividly describe what a wilderness area must be. Watch the video on BLM Colorado’s YouTube Channel.
Internal News Features
Last week, the BLM California shared an internal news story about a primary school teacher who has been inspired by the beauty of the public lands to develop a “place-based” curriculum to expose her pupils to the wonders of the great outdoors. Stephanie Strasser, a third grade teacher at Trinidad School, has been named a BLM “Teacher on the Public Land,” and is developing a curriculum based on the natural and cultural resources of the California Coastal National Monument offshore from her community. The BLM’s Teachers on the Public Land program was developed by the agency’s “Hands on the Land” program and the University of Colorado, Denver. It provides teachers with professional development experiences by placing them as teacher interns at BLM Hands on the Land sites, such as the California Coastal National Monument at Trinidad. Teachers spend parts of their summers working at the sites and then develop lesson plans that can be used by students, community volunteers, other teachers and BLM employees. Read the internal article republished on the BLM California’s website.