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Release Date: 09/26/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, 928-348-4403,    

BLM Gila District Announces Fall Activities and Events

Tucson, Ariz.  – Labor Day is behind us and cooler fall temperatures are hopefully ahead. With the more pleasant weather, it’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy your public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). From now through November, the BLM Gila District and its partners are hosting a variety of events, activities, and meetings providing an opportunity to get involved. September 28 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD), celebrated throughout the country and by the Gila District at three volunteer projects: 

NPLD at the Ironwood Forest
Bighorn Sheep Habitat Project
Contact: Lahsha Brown, FIF
Contact: Darrell Tersey, BLM
6:00 a.m. to noon
West of Marana
Ironwood Forest National Monument
NPLD – Safford Field Office
Clean up and install signs
Contact: Scott Ford, BLM
7:00 a.m. to noon
South of Ft. Thomas
NPLD at the Empire Ranch
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
North of Sonoita
Trail maintenance; hands-on activities for the whole family; Geocaching 101 course, guided nature hikes, and ribbon-cutting ceremony for new visitor information signs.
Contact: Christine Auerbach
Contact: Catie Fenn, BLM
Special events this fall include:
September 28
October 5
October 19
Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR)
Clean-up Events at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
Sierra Vista
October 17
7:00 p.m.
FSPR Lecture and Book Signing
San Pedro: Bits and Pieces of History from Tres Alamos to Palominas
Doug Hocking
BLM/Forest Service Sierra Vista Office
October 19
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Christine Auerbach
Empire Ranch Volunteer Work Day
Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
October 19
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Lahsha Brown, FIF
Meet the Monument
November 2
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Empire Ranch Roundup
A huge celebration of everything western
Empire Ranch House
Hikes and activities are hosted by the Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR), Empire Ranch Foundation, and Water Sentinels on a regular basis:
FSPR Guided Nature Walks
Every Saturday
9:00 a.m.
Sierra Vista
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)
FSPR Bird Walks
2nd Wednesdays
4th Saturdays
8:00 a.m.
San Pedro House Sierra Vista
FSPR History Walks
9:00 a.m.
Location Varies
October 19 – Clanton Ranch
November 9 – Fairbank to Presidio Santa Cruz de Terranate
November 16 – Millville and Petroglyphs
Hummingbird Banding
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
San Pedro House Sierra Vista
September 28
Call the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory at (520) 432-1388 for details.
Docent-led Ranch House Tours
October 12 & November 9
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Las Cienegas National Conserv. Area
Empire Ranch House
Meet at Empire Ranch Visitor Contact Center north of Sonoita. Free and open to all.
Call 888-364-2829 or email
Water Sentinels
Volunteers Welcome
Sierra Vista
October 3
Murray Springs Well Monitoring & San Pedro e. coli testing
November 21
December 12
Murray Springs Well Monitoring
E-mail Jayne Knoche for details and to sign up.
 BLM partners frequently update their websites, so check for new events and details on the above:
Empire Ranch Foundation
Friends of Ironwood Forest
Friends of the San Pedro River     
Over the past several months, the Tucson Field Office has hosted scoping meetings and educational forums for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan. The scoping period will end on September 28. For more information and meeting summaries, visit
Find out more about BLM Arizona recreation areas, heritage sites, and statewide programs at and click 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 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 09-26-2013