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    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.

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    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

    Snowman Visits National Public Lands Day in Alaska!

    Snow in the morning didn’t stop more than 130 volunteers from showing up for our NPLD 2012 at the Campbell Creek Science Center.  These hard-working volunteers performed a variety of trail projects on the Campbell Tract along with an additional 30 or so on the Municipality of Anchorage’s, Far North Bicentennial Park. Some of these volunteers and an additional 100 visitors took part in the afternoon open house.

    Photo by Matthew Vos (Snowman built by NPLD volunteers)

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    In BLM Idaho’s Challis Field Office, National Public Lands Day projects included maintenance at the Challis Wild Horse Corrals and an Upper Salmon River trash pick-up at the Challis Bridge Recreation Site by local community members.  Great work by our volunteers!

    -Samantha Storms

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