Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: October 6-10, 2014
News and Events
Last week, the BLM announced its fee-free days for 2015. In conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, the BLM will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands on four occasions in 2015 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 19), Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 14-16), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26), and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). One fee-free remains for 2014: Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Read the press release.
The BLM announced last week that it will hold an oil and gas lease sale for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) on Wednesday, November 19, in Anchorage. “The November sale is in line with the Administration’s commitment to expand domestic energy production,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze, who attended and opened last year’s NPR-A sale. “The BLM has taken a balanced approach to development in the NPR-A to ensure that future production is done safely and responsibly while protecting the subsistence resources of Alaska Natives and the habitat of world-class wildlife populations.” Read the press release.
Social Media Highlights
On October 6, the BLM California launched a Discover the Desert campaign to promote the natural and historic beauty of the California desert. The BLM, partners and gateway communities will share desert places and resources through monthly themes on social media, at community events, and more. This month’s theme - The Desert Inspires - ties public lands with arts and entertainment. Follow Discover the Desert on the BLM California’s website and through @BLMCalifornia social media to learn about these special desert places.
The BLM last week on social media featured the article A Cariboon for Caribou - an article by BLM Alaska’s Erin Curtis about the diversity of animals that inhabit America’s largest state. Read A Cariboon for Caribou in the BLM’s My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014.
Internal News Features
Last week, the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partners Directorate shared an internal news story about the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. “Sleeping Ute Awakes” by former BLM Artist-in-Residence Lewis Williams was selected as the 2013 AIR poster of the year. From the White Mountains of Alaska to the canyons of Colorado and Utah, thirteen artists sketched, painted and wrote about BLM-administered lands in 2014. These artists “translate” the resources—the heart of BLM’s mission—into images, objects and performances that bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the public lands. Read the full story, republished externally on My Public Lands Tumblr.
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