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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Tucson Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/18/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403, Diane_Drobka@blm.gov    

BLM Showcases Upcoming Activities and Events


Tucson, Ariz.  – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gila District and its partners are hosting a variety of events, activities, and meetings during the coming 30 days. Many of the upcoming meetings are related to the ongoing public outreach for development of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP). The summer months also include birding festivals in Tucson and Sierra Vista, volunteer projects and hikes at the SPRNCA and Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, and a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption in Show Low.  There’s plenty to do in America’s Great Outdoors so grab your family and friends and get out there!

Activities are hosted each week by the Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR):  http://www.sanpedroriver.org/fsprhome.shtml and Empire Ranch Foundation each week or month:

Every Saturday
Guided Nature and History Walks
8:00 a.m.
Sierra Vista
SPRNCA
2nd Wednesdays
7:00 a.m.
Sierra Vista
4th Saturdays
Bird Walk
 
SPRNCA San Pedro House

Specially scheduled events and meetings include: 

August 10
Docent-Led Tours of Empire Ranch House
Meet at Empire Ranch Visitor Contact Center north of Sonoita, free and open to all.
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Sonoita
August 10
SPRNCA RMP Educational Forum: Wildlife and Threatened & Endangered Species
UA South, Public Meeting Room #203,
1140 North Colombo Avenue
9:00 a.m. to noon
Sierra Vista
August 13
SPRNCA RMP Scoping Meeting
Benson Fire Station, 375 E 7th Street
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Benson
August 14-18
Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival
 
Tucson
August 15 
FSPR Lecture Series:  Tombstone 1881: A Sampling of Rogues, A Glorification of Thugs

Sun Canyon Inn, 260 N Garden Avenue
7:00 p.m.
Sierra Vista
August 16-18
BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
 
Show Low
August 17
SPRNCA RMP Educational Forum: Cultural Resources and Recreation
UA South, Public Meeting Room #203,
1140 North Colombo Avenue
9:00 a.m. to noon
Sierra Vista
August 15
SPRNCA RMP Scoping Meeting
Tucson (Location TBD)
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Tucson
August 21
SPRNCA RMP Scoping Meeting
UA South, Public Meeting Room #203,
1140 North Colombo Avenue
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista
August 22
Historic Empire Ranch House Volunteer Work Day
Hosted by the Empire Ranch Foundation. Call 888-364-2829 to volunteer.
8:00 a.m. to Noon
Sonoita
August 22
Water Sentinels: SPRNCA San Pedro & Murray Springs Water Monitoring
Email knochej@hotmail.com to volunteer.
 
Sierra Vista
August 24
SPRNCA RMP Educational Forum: Socio-Economic Resources
UA South, Public Meeting Room #203,
1140 N. Colombo Avenue
9:00 a.m. to noon
Sierra Vista

Stay tuned for National Public Lands Day volunteer opportunities in September at the Ironwood Forest National Monument and other locations. Plan now to attend the annual Empire Ranch Roundup in Sonoita on November 3.

For more information about the Gila District’s Safford and Tucson field offices, visit the BLM Arizona website at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html and click on the map. Recreational opportunities throughout Arizona can be found by clicking on What We Do on the left margin.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 08-12-2013