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    BLM Celebrates National Public Lands Day with Condor Release

    Managing public lands for healthy ecosystems, including diverse plant communities and viable wildlife populations, is an important part of BLM’s work related to the Endangered Species Act. The California condor recovery program is an important part of BLM’s mission.  As a wildlife biologist, father and grandfather, I would like my children and grand children to always have this unique vulture species abundant and soaring in the skies over the Arizona Strip. -Tim Hughes, BLM Arizona State Office Threatened and Endangered Species Specialist

    Tomorrow, Sept. 27, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners will release three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The condors were hatched and raised as part of The Peregrine Fund’s captive breeding program at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, and will be transported to Arizona for the release.

    As of June 30, 2014, 72 of the world’s total 439 birds live in the wild throughout northern Arizona and southern Utah. Recovery efforts have successfully helped the species recover from the brink of extinction when numbers fell to just 22 condors worldwide in the 1980s.  Success is due to the efforts of contributing partners, including the BLM Arizona, The Peregrine Fund, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park.

    The annual release coincides with National Public Lands Day and results in approximately 300 participants. Join the celebration on social media! You can follow the fun tomorrow using the hashtags #CondorsOnTheRise, #WelcomeCondors and #NPLD on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr.

    Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: September 15-19, 2014

    Announcements, Events and News

    The BLM hosted several local National Public Lands Day events in anticipation of the nationwide NPLD 2014 celebration on Saturday, September 27, 2014. NPLD began in 1994 and is now the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. For the 20th Anniversary of NPLD last year, 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Almost 2,000 projects are planned for this year’s observance. To find a NPLD event near you visit:

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    The BLM last week celebrated the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Golden Birthday. Encompassing 1.9 million acres, the Monument was created on September 18, 1996, by presidential proclamation – the first monument entrusted to BLM management. World-class dinosaur excavations have yielded more information about ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than almost any other place in the world. Among the fossil finds, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species. View photos and more information on My Public Lands Tumblr.

    The BLM continued its month-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with beautiful photos of and personal accounts about the significance of wilderness.  View some of the stunning wilderness landscapes managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands on the My Public Lands Instagram.

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    In 2009, a remarkable new dinosaur tracksite was discovered in the BLM’s Moab Field Office, containing one of the largest multi-animal tracksites in North America. The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite preserves 10 different types of tracks, including various dinosaurs, birds and crocodiles, with over 200 tracks documented in an area of approximately 500 meters. The site is being studied by an international team led by Dr. Martin Lockley of the University of Colorado at Denver. The tracks, approximately 112 million years old, are preserved in the Lower Cretaceous Ruby Ranch Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation. Read the My Public Lands Tumblr story, originally published internally, about BLM Utah’s work with partners to clean up the area, document the tracksites with 3D photography, and build a walking trail for public education.


    Benjamin Roundtree, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner

    Celebrating National Public Lands Day

    A small, but enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers celebrated the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day at an early event by replacing 18 birdhouses in central Idaho’s Chilly Slough Wetland. The birdhouses will provide nesting places for cavity-nesting birds such as swallows, bluebirds and chickadees. The birdhouses were built prior to the event by high school students gaining community experience. This 3,000-acre natural spring-fed wetland is home to 157 species of wildlife and is managed in partnership with private landowners and state and federal agencies. The public and state lands are open to canoeing, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing in season and nature photography.

    -Krista Berumen

    Photos courtesy of Bart Zwetzig, BLM Challis Field Office Wildlife Biologist

    We’re on Yonder!

    What is Yonder? Think of it as a cross between Instagram, Foursquare, and Pinterest for outdoor enthusiasts. Yonder makes it easy to find great outdoor destinations, track your adventure with geo-tagged video and images, follow other users, and share experiences with the Yonder community and other social networks.

    The BLM will incorporate Yonder in our National Public Lands Day Social Media Meetup (Saturday, September 28, 2013) and volunteers are encouraged to share experiences on the app from various NPLD sites.

    Please share all of your outdoor experiences using the tag #mypubliclands, and follow @mypubliclands!

    Learn more about Yonder, available for iOs devices, at .  Discover the outdoors.

    National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. Join volunteers of all ages for NPLD’s 20th Anniversary. Celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and other public lands.

    The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an #NPLD20 Social Media Meetup on September 28 to help you share your experiences volunteering on National Public Lands Day! Visit to join in on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Yonder. We will retweet, reblog, like, and share the best pictures and posts throughout the day.

    BLM Nevada Holds Early National Public Lands Day 2013 Event

    On July 20, the BLM Elko District in Nevada held an early National Public Lands Day 2013 event.  About a dozen outdoor enthusiasts showed up for National Public Lands Day to learn about trail etiquette and provide trail upkeep which culminated into a leisurely 2-mile hike uphill to a remote lake in the Forest.

    Nancy Taylor, Outdoor Recreation Planner, U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, leads a group of hikers on the Island Lake trail in Lamoille Canyon, near Lamoille, Nev.

    Jerry Byers of Spring Creek, Nev. picks up trash in a stream along the Island Lake trail of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, located near Lamoille, Nev.

    Hikers attending the National Public Lands Day event pose for a photo at the end of the Island Lake trail in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Lamoille, Nev.

    Learn more about National Public Lands Day and how you can contribute to your community:

    BLM Prepares for National Public Lands Day 2013

    Bluebirds, chickadees, swallows and other cavity-nesting birds will have new homes this year at Chilly Slough Wetland in Thousand Springs Valley in Eastern Idaho.  Local high school students helped the BLM build birdhouses that will be installed by volunteers for the National Public Lands Day event on August 10.

    By: Krista Berumen

    To celebrate National Public Lands Day, a team of volunteers, representing the Citizens for Dixie’s Future and led by the BLM-Utah’s St. George Field Office Archaeologist Bill Banek, spent the morning removing graffiti that had been scratched into the sandstone walls along the Red Reef Trail, in the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness, within the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA).

    For more information on the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area visit -

    -Iris Picat

    On National Public Lands Day 2012 (September 29), BLM-Idaho’s staff and volunteers spent the day improving our public lands, resources, and facilities.  Many thanks for your hard work and dedication!

    -Read the full photo essay with full-size photos and descriptions by blogger Samantha Storms.

    On Saturday, September 22nd, the BLM joined the local community for National Public Lands Day at the Cow Creek Back Country Byway. 60 volunteers had a terrific day keeping America beautiful. Check out what they’ve been up to…

    -Robert St. Clair

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