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 – Safford Field Office
Clean up and install signs
Contact: Scott Ford, BLM
7:00 a.m. to noon
South of Ft. Thomas
Special events this fall include:
Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR)
Clean-up Events at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
FSPR Lecture and Book Signing
San Pedro: Bits and Pieces of History from Tres Alamos to Palominas
BLM/Forest Service Sierra Vista Office
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Christine Auerbach
Empire Ranch Volunteer Work Day
Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
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
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)
FSPR Bird Walks
San Pedro House Sierra Vista
FSPR History Walks
October 19 – Clanton Ranch
November 9 – Fairbank to Presidio Santa Cruz de Terranate
November 16 – Millville and Petroglyphs
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
San Pedro House Sierra Vista
Call the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory at (520) 432-1388 for details.
Murray Springs Well Monitoring & San Pedro e. coli testing
Murray Springs Well Monitoring
BLM partners frequently update their websites, so check for new events and details on the above:
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 http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/planning/san_pedro.html
Find out more about BLM Arizona recreation areas, heritage sites, and statewide programs at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.